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Saturday, April 1, 2023

Better Alternatives to Favorite Snacks

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Are you trying to look for a way to cutting back on those harmful snacks you’ve been gorging on in between meals? Well, the good news is that more and more people are taking stock of their health nowadays which means that you’ll find plenty of advice on healthy food swaps that have worked for others. The best thing about going the healthier route is that you’ll find that you’re starting to feel better than before plus you’ll have more energy and that your weight is not going up at all. So if you want to save yourself from those unhealthy snacks that you’ve been munching on, try these alternatives instead.

Roasted plantain chips with salsa verde

If you are one of those individuals who have a hankering for hot pretzel with mustard, you might want to try roasting some plantain chips and have it with some salsa verde. For this recipe, you will need to peel and then slice green plantains into 1/8 inch thick pieces. Toss them well with olive oil and salt then pop them into the oven to be baked at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for half an hour. Dry the chips afterward then serve with some salsa verde.

Crispy parmesan chickpeas

It’s hard not to feel some form of cravings for chips but since they are in salt and oil content, it would be better to make some crispy parmesan chickpeas instead. You will need unsalted chickpeas, grated Parmesan cheese, grated lemon rind, kosher salt, olive oil, ½ teaspoon of garlic powder, ½ teaspoon of dried oregano, and ¼ teaspoon of freshly ground pepper. Start by draining and rinsing the chickpeas then pat dry with paper towel. Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat before adding the chickpeas. Cook for 17 minutes or until they have become golden brown. Stir occasionally. Transfer the chickpeas to a bowl then add the cheese, garlic powder, oregano, lemon rind, pepper, and salt then toss gently. Serve afterwards.

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Oven-baked potato thins

French fries are high in oil and salt content which is why we just can’t get enough of them. Unfortunately, too much of this unhealthy snack can have an effect to our overall health. The good news is that you can satisfy your craving by preparing a healthier version of it which is the oven-baked potato thins. Slice 4 russet potatoes into 18 slices each. Toss them with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 ½ teaspoon of vinegar, then sprinkle some paprika, garlic powder, a pinch of sea salt, and cayenne. Bake them in 475 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.

Crispy Parmesan tomato chips

If you want to eat chips but don’t want to stray from your healthy diet, this recipe is for you. You will need thinly sliced beefsteak tomatoes, 2 teaspoons of sea salt, 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped parsley, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, and 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese. Drizzle some olive oil on the beefsteak tomatoes and toss them until they are evenly coated. Place the slices onto a baking pan or dehydrator shelf without the slices overlapping. If you are going to bake the chips, preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Get a small bowl and whisk together the remaining ingredients. Sprinkle the mixture over each slice and back for 3 to 4 hours depending on the thickness of the tomatoes. If you are going to use the dehydrator it will take 12 to 24 hours before they are done.

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