Top 13 Snack Ideas With Crunch

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-02-19 11:34:12 -0600
Started 2012-02-16 15:18:02 -0600

This is from South Beach Diet's website.

I know for me, crunch is king. I love crunchy foods and that is the problem when it comes to snack time. here are some good ones that I go to usually.

Craving something crunchy? Give up the chips, and go for a healthier choice, like nuts, seeds, or raw veggies. Here are some Phase-specific snack suggestions that pack a crunch!

Phase 1 Snacks

Raw veggies — including green or red bell peppers, cauliflower and broccoli florets. Serve with reduced-fat cheese, nonfat Greek yogurt, or a bean-based dip (or offer a South Beach Diet-friendly dressing as an accompaniment)
Celery sticks with 2 tablespoons natural no-sugar-added peanut butter (count toward your daily nut/seed allowance)
Soy nuts or dry-roasted edamame (count 1/4 cup toward your daily nut/seed allowance)
Almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pistachios, dry-roasted peanuts, or other nuts (limit to one 1/4-cup serving once a day, which can be counted towards your daily nut/seed allowance)
Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds (count 1 ounce or 3 tablespoons toward your daily nut/seed allowance)

Phases 2 and 3 Snacks

Carrot sticks
Whole-grain crackers (3 g or more fiber per ounce)
High-fiber, low-sugar, whole-grain cereal (choose a low-sugar brand with 5 g or more fiber per serving)
Air-popped or microwavable popcorn (3 cups; check the label to be sure it doesn't contain trans fats)
Apple slices
Frozen grapes
Toasted whole-wheat pita bread (choose varieties with 3 g fiber per pita), sliced into triangle; serve with hummus
Toasted whole-wheat or whole-grain tortillas or wraps, sliced into triangles; serve with salsa or a bean-based dip

What are some of your snacking favorites?

21 replies

Nick1962 2012-02-18 18:20:18 -0600 Report

Pork rinds! If you can get around the sodium and fat, they're 0 carbs and 17g protein per ounce. Might come close to the perfect food (for skinny people).

GabbyPA 2012-02-19 11:11:01 -0600 Report

Yes, I used to hate those. But now, they are an occasional crunchy friend. You are right about the fat...but the are so good.

jayabee52 2012-02-18 18:22:33 -0600 Report

I only eat them once in a great while due to the sodium. But they are good!

Nick1962 2012-02-18 18:35:53 -0600 Report

We have a guy at a local flea market who makes them fresh while you wait. He'll make them completely salt free if you want, or my favorite - chili powder.

Young1s 2012-02-18 18:43:02 -0600 Report

I remember a few months ago I bought a bag of the hot kind and I could swear it brought my levels down after eating them. Never actually tested the theory though.

Nick1962 2012-02-18 18:57:57 -0600 Report

Hmmm, might be something to that spice and lowering effects theory after all. Next time I get a mess of strips I may have to do a Graylin and test it out!

GabbyPA 2012-02-19 11:13:11 -0600 Report

We will be waiting for that one! Porky Pigs Pokes....yep. The heat of peppers can often have a beneficial effect on many things in our bodies. All but my taste buds!

Young1s 2012-02-17 17:22:09 -0600 Report

A lot of my favorites have been mentioned above but one that isn't is green beans. I usually boil them in some seasoned water just enough to get the raw taste out of them but still have a crunch. They're great as is or for dipping in sauces, dressings, etc.

jayabee52 2012-02-16 15:39:33 -0600 Report

I love frozen blueberries and frozen strawberries. I just eat them as is. Almost (almost!) cures my craving for icecream! and they crunch a bit like the frozen grapes.

GabbyPA 2012-02-18 11:17:38 -0600 Report

Yeah, I would watch out for the frozen grapes. I loved those before diabetes. I don't mess with grapes too much anymore. But there is nothing like a green seedless grape frozen on a hot day. Mini slushy bites.