Thank you for all the wonderful suggestions!! Today i brought in a 100 calorie bag of popcorn in case i have that craving again. Unfortunately I gave in yesterday and I tried to only eat a few chips but I ended up eating the entire bag. Yikes 400 calories!! Today will be better!!
I like to substitue almond for chips when I crave something salty and crunchy.
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Allow yourself some chips but in moderation. Find healthier alternatives. There are plenty of companies who are now making chips in 100 calorie packs. Allowing yourself the food you enjoy in moderation gets rid of cravings and you won't be tempted to binge.
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Can you have a small bag of chips?
You can...there's no reason why a small bag of chips (or a small portion if you have the will power!) can't be part of your caloric intake. If you restrict, or cut out a food today, while you're on your weight loss journey...when is it OK to reintroduce it? Never? At some point? Have a small bag/portion, count it in to your calories for the day, and enjoy - guilt free
i'm with laura -making your own is the way to go. but don't peel your potatoes. all the good stuff is in the skin. also try using any root veggie or squash. zucchini, yellow squash, butternut, parsnip, carrot and sweet potato all make great veggie chips. and a teaspoon of olive oil per large veggie will do you.
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Why not try a healthier alternative? I LOVE Glenny’s Soy Crisps, and have been eating it for almost 6 years now. It comes in a ton of flavors (my favorites: ranch and cheddar), and is only 140 calories for a pretty good-sized bag:
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I really like Kellogg's cracker crisps, but if I'm not careful, I can eat the whole box at once. I also like Pita chips, they pack a powerful crunch but aren't greasy at all and you can eat several for the calorie limit.
I had this craving last night, so I made my own potato chips. Using a peeler, I peeled thin slices off of a 3-ounce potato, spread them out on a pizza stone, sprayed with Pam, sprinkled with some spices, and broiled until crispy. Broiling worked for the most part, but some were too crispy while others weren't crispy enough (still good though and took care of the craving)! I'm going to try baking them next time, but I'm not sure yet what temp I'll use or how long - one of those things I'll have to experiment with.
I imagine if you have a mandolin or other kitchen gadget that slices thinly, you could use that. I do have a mandolin, but I'm terrified of cutting my finger off. lol. I think I'll try to get over that fear, though, because I wouldn't mind trying some thicker potato chips in the future.
What's nice about doing this is a single potato makes a lot of chips, and the calories are very friendly if you bake them since they're just plain potato calories. :)
You can eat chips, but in moderation. If you are incapable of controlling yourself (as I am sometimes with Doritos) then buy pre-portioned bags or portion them before you go to work. If you are flexible, I suggest you try something like popcorn - 100 calorie bags are GREAT and usually fulfill my salt craving. OR I love quaker rice cakes, which are great and you get a ton of them in one serving for only 130 calories. I like the ranch or cheddar flavor. I also like POP chips or Smartfood's pop hummus chips. these are great and a lot of chip for a little calorie! there are a ton of options out there to fill your cravings :)
Potato chips..I started eating the Special K crackers in place of regular fried potato chips. Has all the taste and texture if a chip and works for cravings. Nice variety of flavors, southwestern, cheddar, ranch, and sea salt. Also Pringles make a fat free chip. Sometimes not giving in a little to a craving can trigger a major binge later!
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Can you have a very small portion of potato chips just to get it out of your system? If not, maybe try substituting with something crunchy but healthier, like lightly-salted popcorn or pretzels. I find eating either of those helps me when I really want to munch.
Also! Make sure you've had enough water...I've heard that we sometimes crave salty things when we are actually dehydrated.
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