When user Wholesome_Douchebag took to Reddit in search of “healthy snack alternatives that can be consumed in large amounts,” the community responded in droves. Here’s a smattering of some of the most popular and unexpected answers.
1. You’d be shocked to find out how good cottage cheese mixed with “Everything But The Bagel” seasoning is.
2. Snap peas are totally underrated.
“We’ve been getting them fresh from a farm stand, then cooking them for just a couple minutes in a pot with a splash of water and some garlic salt. They’re like CRACK. We fight over them and can’t seem to get enough. Toddler included. 10/10 underrated vegetable.”
3. Put tajin on everything (but especially fruits and veggies).
4. Plain popcorn only has 31 calories per popped cup — and you need to try it with salt and nutritional yeast.
“That’s the real tip, nutritional yeast is something you would never think of, I didn’t even know it existed, but it makes popcorn so good!”
5. Roasted chickpeas are dangerously addictive.
6. Pork rinds are a keto staple that you can actually find for cheap.
“Seriously, a whole bag is like 250 calories and zero carbs.”
You can get a huge ass jar of them for ~$8.
7. Roasted dry seaweed packs will satisfy any salt cravings.
“Many people have been asking about specific brands. The one I get is a Korean brand called gimMe organic. I personally like the sea salt. 25 calories a pack and only 65 mg of sodium. Just be careful with consuming large amounts due to iodine.”
8. Craving salt and vinegar chips? Pickles might do the trick.
9. Cutie oranges are the lower-calorie counterpart to bananas.
They’re only 40 calories apiece and the time it takes to peel one is a good time to pause and wonder if you really need another.
10. Make this healthy ranch dip and munch with sliced red and orange peppers.
11. Chocolate chips (the kind used for baking) is a good way to get your chocolate fill if you can limit yourself to just a few.
“I love the 60% baking chips; they’re the perfect size to pop in my mouth and savor.”
12. Boar’s Head makes a chocolate hummus that doesn’t taste how you’d think it would taste.
13. Substitute peanut butter for PB2, aka the powdered version that tastes just as good.
“I love peanut butter but I can’t justify 190 calories for 2tbsp. Go get some PB2. It’s only 50 calories for 2tbsp. Smear that stuff on apples, celery, bananas, bread, and everything else you own because it is miraculous.”
14. Frozen peas (and corn, too).
15. Homemade kale chips can be just as crunchy and satisfying as potato chips — just make sure it’s completely dry before you bake.
“Kale chips are the perfect potato chip diversion. I mix my torn kale leaves with olive oil and either sea salt, chopped garlic or both. I cook at 250 until they look and feel crunchy, usually 45-60 mins. Yummy!”
16. Always level up your shelled edamame.
“If you add a little bit of sesame oil and salt to that, it will make edamame 10000% better.”
17. Frozen Greek yogurt bites are great if you’re just in the mood for mindless eating.
18. Ice pops — because it’s summertime!
“Fla-vor-ice is my go to. Super cheap, only 20 calories (5 grams of sugar). One or two usually satisfies my sweet tooth.”
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