We’ve all been caught with a crisp craving at some point in our lives. It might just be that you’re stressed out, or maybe you simply want something to munch on while binge watching your favourite Netflix series? If you must have that crunchy, salty treat, try to reach for healthy crisps alternatives instead. Here are some choices that will satisfy your cravings but won’t ruin your diet.
These healthy crisps alternatives are a replacement for corn crisps, such as Doritos. What ups both the taste and nutrition factor in these crisps is the healthy mix of chickpea and lentils. Serve these as typical nachos or, as recommended by the brand, with cheese and pineapple cubes.
If you’re on a diet and looking for a high-protein snack option that won’t mess with your workouts, then these are the crisps for you! Two Chicks’ Chirps are made from egg whites and seasoned with classic crisp flavours. You’ll get all the taste of your favourite crisps without all the nasty fat and oil.
These bad boys will satisfy any crisp cravings. With their salty-sweet flavour and addictive crunch, it’s hard to believe that these are only 24 calories a pack. These are available in tons of different flavours so stock up — seaweed is great for your hair, skin and nails.
Metcalfe has taken their skinny popcorn a step further by turning it into crisp form for a delightful crunch. At only 138 calories per pack, you won’t feel guilty munching on these crisps. Definitely try out the original flavour, which is a mouthwatering mix of melted butter, lemon and black pepper.
Craving crisps on the go? Hop into your nearest Pret and purchase a bag of their crisped kale chips. Unlike other kale chips that are baked, these ones are slow dried to preserve all the nutrients of the vegetable. Simply seasoned with rosemary and olive oil, these definitely won’t ruin your diet.
If you’re not quite sure what kind of flavours you’re craving but just want something crunchy to munch on, then why not go for some plantain crisps? These Waitrose ones in chilli & lime combine spicy, sour, salty and sweet in one perfect bag of crisps. The best part? They’re not all that bad for you.
Rice cakes are a classic “diet” treat. Kallo takes your typical rice cakes a step further by adding wonderful fresh flavours. While the traditional rice cakes are good on their own, Kallo also makes mini rice cake crisps for on the go.
These puffed snacks are so delicious you won’t even know that they’re actually good for you. Made from organic chickpeas, hippeas are high in fibre and a good source of protein, so they definitely won’t ruin your diet.
Popcorn is always a better alternative to oily, greasy crisps. Propercorn takes it a step further by making sure that their popcorn is low in fat and low in calories. They’ve got tons of flavours from salty to sweet, but definitely give their sour cream and black pepper a try.
Kettle Chips has long been in the business of making crisps in all sorts of flavours, but they aren’t exactly the healthiest of options. Luckily, they’ve decided to step in with some kettle cooked vegetable chips with that same crispy texture at a much lower calorie count.
These rice and corn snacks are bagfuls of crispy, puffy goodness. If you’re craving something salty, steer clear of your regular crisps and opt for a bag of SnackaJacks. They also do a sweet version that serves as a great alternative to chocolate chip cookies!
BEPPS, which stands for Black Eyed Pea Puffed Snacks, are tiny, puffy balls of goodness. Packed with protein and fibre, these are so much better for you than regular crisps. They certainly won’t ruin your diet, and they might taste even better than the unhealthy options out there!
Well & Truly believes in bold flavours and outrageous crunch, and they certainly deliver. You won’t feel guilty eating any of their snacks, but you will find that all your crisp cravings are satisfied. If you’re a big fan of Cheetos, go for this healthier alternative.
If you’re a fan of sweet potato fries, then why not go for the crisp version? These are a healthy snacking choice that are high in fibre and complex carbs, so you won’t feel all gross and bloated after eating. These are so good for you, they actually count as one of your five a day!
Who knew peas could be so good as crisps? With an almost nutty flavour, peas are a great way to upgrade your usual snack crisps. And of course, these are baked, not fried in oil, so they won’t ruin your diet.
If you’re looking for high-fibre, low-carb, healthy crisps alternatives to replace your favourite potato crisps, give these carrot crisps a try. They give the same addictive crunch with a slightly sweetier, tangier flavour. There’s also something about these crisps that tastes home-cooked, which makes them that much better.
If you’re craving crisps but don’t wanna ruin your diet (or workout), a packet of flavoured peas will do in a pinch. These roasted peas are made even more flavourful with toppings like garlic and chive or paprika and chilli. They’re also high in protein so you can pretend they’re good for you.
Hummus lovers rejoice! This is one of your healthy crisps alternatives that tastes just like your favourite pita bread and hummus snack, but packaged in an easy-to-eat bag. Well seasoned with rosemary and olive oil, opening up a bag of these crisps is like snacking on your very own Mediterranean meal.
Which of these healthy crisps alternatives will you be having? Let us know in the comments!
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