5 Delicious Alternatives When You Want Chips But Don’t Want The Calories That Come With Them

April 19, 2016  |  


Salt is a big weakness of mine. Salt and sugar, but specifically salts. I love chips, damn near any and every kind you can think of. So trying to limit them a great deal in my diet, let alone trying to push them out completely has not been easy. There are alternatives to a bag of Doritos or Cheetos (yum…), but sometimes you just want something with a little salty kick, but without all the unhealthy oils, calories and more that are in such bags. So, with that being said, here are five alternatives (and links) to those snacks that get you into all sorts of trouble. They are fewer calories, all natural, and delicious.


Flamous Falafel Chips

The Flamous Brand of falafel chips are not only tasty, but they’re also vegan, kosher, and filled with fiber, protein and antioxidants. The chips are loaded with organic ingredients and a whole host of delicious spices that give them their definitive kick. The brand’s spicy falafel option, as well as the sprouted multigrain Zatar chips, are absolutely delightful. And after just a few of them, you feel full, which is great, because around eight to 10 of the round chips is roughly 123 calories.

Buddha Bowl

Lesserevil Buddha Bowl Organic Popcorn

If you love popcorn but don’t like all the grease and salt that come with them, you need to get your hands on a bag of the Lesserevil Buddha Bowl organic popcorns. The snack is air-popped popcorn, so the calories are almost nonexistent, averaging around 38 calories a cup. Plus, they’re free of the chemical residue often found on standard bags of popcorn. And they also use natural and pure oils and ingredients in every bag, including coconut and avocado oils, as well as Himalayan salt. All five flavors are good, but nothing beats the Classic Cheddar.

Snap crisps

Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps

Who knew peas could be this good?! But seriously, with half the fat of chips, this crispy gluten-free option gets rave reviews. About 70 percent of the crisps are whole peas. The ingredients are simple, the snack is baked, and on top of eating them because they’re delicious, you’re also adding more veggies to your diet in one way or another. There are four different flavors, including wasabi ranch and caesar, but the lightly salted option is our favorite.


Quest Protein Chips

From the texture to the flavor to being a great option on a low-calorie diet, Quest’s protein chips are one of many protein products from the brand, but they’re highly touted! If you go in remembering that these are a healthy alternative to chips, and not thinking that they will taste exactly like the Lays (or Jays for the Chi-town folks) you used to scarf down, you will enjoy them. Not to mention that they are baked, not fried, they’re all natural with a mix of whey and milk protein isolates as well as potatoes, and they’re gluten and soy free. Plus, they come in some really yummy flavors, including sea salt, BBQ, salt & vinegar, cheddar & sour cream, and sour cream & onion.


Justin’s Snack Pack – Classic Almond Butter with Pretzels

If you must have carb-heavy pretzels, the trick is to know how to ration them off. Thank goodness for gratifying snack packs like Justin’s Classic Almond Butter + Pretzels option. They are a great choice to throw in your bag to help quell hunger pangs throughout the workday or after a workout. And at 190 calories, you won’t feel bad when you end up full after dipping your pretzel sticks into the thick, natural almond butter. The vegan treat, low in sugar, is one of my favorites. And if almond butter and pretzels aren’t your thing, there is chocolate hazelnut butter or maple almond butter with pretzels instead.


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