Skip the Chips

Originally Posted on December 9, 2012 

I discovered this article in a Walgreens newsletter and wanted to share it with you.  Healthy snacking!

Potato chips and similar snack foods contain the trifecta of unhealthy components: high sodium, high calories per serving and high fat. A Harvard study found that potato chips were the worst snack food — ever — because they led to more weight gain per serving than any other food studied.

And odds are, you can’t eat just one. Conventional diet wisdom says that everything in moderation is okay, but the problem with chips and even pretzels is that we often mindlessly consume numerous servings in one sitting. And while many people believe that pretzels are a healthier option—and they are to some degree—they are still void of nutritional value and provide a third of the sodium a person needs each day in a single serving.

Eat this instead: For a healthy crunch, try snacking on homemade vitamin-packed kale chips. Remove the ribs from a fresh bunch of kale and cut into one- to two- inch pieces. Place on a baking sheet, toss with olive oil and salt, and bake at 300 degrees until crisp, turning the leaves halfway through. Cut vegetables are a great alternative for your cravings for crunch.