Healthier Snack Options

Updated on February 06, 2015
G.T. asks from Canton, MA
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OK mama's - my kiddos love their Goldfish, Pretzels and Pirates booty. Some days I find myself liking them too much myself! My husband LOVES them all, and I do not expect to keep them out of the house entirely. I would like to find a salty, crunchy replacement. Nuts work sometimes - as does Chex Cereal, but would love some other chip-like- alternatives. Thanks!

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answers from New York on

Kale chips, dried crunchy soy beans, toasted seasoned chick peas might do the trick. Most used to be available in health food stores only, but can probably be found in the supermarket.

F. B.

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answers from Phoenix on

Trader Joe's has some great options in their chip/snack aisle- I like the Crunchy Curls (made of lentils), reduced fat cheese puffs, plantain chips (aka monkey chips), apple sticks, and Savory Thins.

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answers from Boston on

Pistachios and homemade popcorn are my go to healthy snacks

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answers from Columbia on

Homemade popcorn! It's so easy to pop your own on the stove. :-)

ETA: Also, dehydrated apple chips are delicious. You can dehydrate lots of great snacks right in your oven on low heat.

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answers from Washington DC on

popcornopolis nearly naked.
my hopeless passion is raw macadamias with just a touch of salt.
but eaten in the quantities i put 'em away, they pack a big fat wallop.
:) khairete

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answers from Indianapolis on

One snack that we like is sunflower seeds and raisins. I have liked this since I was a little girl. It's salty and sweet and pretty healthy.

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answers from Salinas on

Edamame w/salt or soy sauce
Kale chips-home made, lemon, salt, oven until crispy
Dried green beans
Nuts, nuts and more nuts-Trader Joe's has bags of mixed nuts and dried fruit in individual little bags that makes traveling and portion control easy.
Toast your own pita bread right int he toaster and dip in hummus
Crudites w/hummus, dip or home made pesto

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answers from Jacksonville on

Why not pop your own popcorn? Isn't that what Pirate's booty is? My kids actually think it is gross. They prefer the Smart White Cheddar popcorn (I think that's what it is, it's in a black bag). Or popped at home on the stove in a whirly pop. It's much healthier if you make your own.



answers from Philadelphia on

I love granola. It taste more like a dessert and it is high in fiber.



answers from Portland on

I had a big can of peanuts I feed the squirrels. It amazes me how many people reach for that and sit there shelling them to eat when they come over.

My nephew loves sunflower seeds.

Trail mix is another option - it can get pricey so I tend to mix our own cereal in with it.

Pop corn as others have said - I bought the old kind of air popper as we found the microwave ones a bit buttery. This way I can kind of control it.

We still have our chips, etc. Just in moderation. If we hand the bag around, we're goners!


answers from New York on

I'm addicted to Triscuits



answers from Seattle on

My kids like salami, cheese, quesadillas, hummus, salmon jerky and tuna kits for salty snacks, plus any leftover meats and even soup, like Ramen or tomato or Mac N Cheese.


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