I personally cannot have potato chips in the house and don't buy them when at the store. Sometimes Terra chips quell the craving (they come in a sweet potato variety, among others) because they have that crunch, while being slightly healthier.
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I don't eat sandwiches as the amount of bread a woman needs to get by is 1 30 gram slice to lunch- many sandwich bars make people eat 10 to 15 times the actually daily requirements.. I make salads and enjoy my single slice of bread- more than what amounts to 3 slices a day is too much complex carbs which doesn't include white of fluffy breads..
The sandwich without the huge amount of vegetables as a side dish is not a complete meal. Never keeps me satisified now I know correct plate construction rules of decent meals. So if you feel hungry for chips, definitely not eating enough or the correct carbs to keep going..
It's about tanking up on veggies they are the filler up that our stomach a huge grinding machine needs to avoid fast burn off of our other compulsory nutritional needs..
Edited by: REDSHOES2011 at: 5/27/2012 (11:49)
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Junk food is junk food, even if they advertise it as "healthier." Any packaged food is only going to be loaded with a lot of sodium and preservatives. If you need a "crunch" with meals, try replacing them with some raw sugar snap peas and baby carrots.
Chips are my favorite snack food and just like Lay's motto I just can't eat one, serving that is. So I've come up with an alternative I have a whole dill pickle and lite greek yogurt with my sandwich. The piclke satisfies my craving for a salty snack and the yogurt makes me feel like I'm having desert. When that doesn't work I just buy the single serving bag.
Potato chips are a weak link for me. I just avoid them so as to not go out of control.
You can purchase a Presto popcorn popper and Orville Redenbacher kernals and pop some and spritz with butter flavor PAM and salt it and it will satisfy the craving and fill you up and popcorn has a lot of healthy antioxidants and fiber in it to boot!
I agree with HolisticDetoxer. Do you really, really love chips, or are you just eating them because it feels weird to have a sandwich alone? For me it was the second. I just feel like there has to be *something* to go along with a sandwich or it's lonely on the plate. It looks unbalanced. Once I realized that, though, it wasn't that hard to figure out things I could put on the plate that actually contributed nutrients. One of my favorite sides is jicama. It's crispy/crunchy, and it has a bunch of fiber and protein. Not only does it make my plate look pretty and balanced, it also helps makes the pie chart in my SparkPeople daily report look pretty and balanced!
5/26/12 1:46 P
i have some herr's potato chips in the house right now, i usually portion them out so i do not indulge. you have to try cracker chips, they are sooo good, they have many flavors, cheddar, sour cream and onion and sea salt. all are very good and made by kellog's . you can find them in the cracker aisle at walmart.
5/26/12 12:06 P
Try the baked ones or veggie chips. Veggie chips are quite tasty!
I enjoy the occasional chip (sour cream and onion). I have a kitchen scale, which makes it really easy for me to portion out a serving without having to second guess it.
Baked chips are good, if you stick with Lays. I have some Herrs baked chips in the house right now and they're not very good.
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I think that one step on the path to health is re-evaluating things that we consider habits. "I almost always get potato chips" with a sandwich. You might want to think about why you're doing this. Does the sandwich leave you hungry? If so, could you get the same feeling of satisfaction from a food that is more nutrient-dense, like a piece of fruit, raw veggies or even choosing a sandwich with more lean protein? Do you crave potato chips? Is it the crunch? Again, there are foods with more nutrition that would still give you that crunch, like bell pepper strips, apple slices, rice crackers, etc. Is it the salt? Try adding a flavourful spread to your sandwich, like pesto, olive tapenade or hummus.
If you really want chips, go for it. Maybe they'll fall in your recommended calorie range, maybe they won't. Life will go on. But "habitually" eating junk food, just because you always have in the past, probably won't help you achieve your goals in the long term.
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Kettle cooked isn't any different, nutritionally speaking, than regular. If you want chips, why not try baked! They're a little better, and personally I enjoy them. I like the baked lays.
And if you want them, get them. There's nothing wrong with having them, just measure out your serving according to the package (Which is generally 8-12 chips) and stop there. They'll last longer!
Remember that Sparkpeople isn't about deprivation. If you can find a healthier alternative, that's better, but if you just plain want something less than healthy, go for it. There's no such thing as bad or good foods... just things you overindulge in.
5/26/12 10:39 A
Everything in moderation. I enjoy potato chips from time to time. There is no good substitute for potato chips.
5/26/12 8:11 A
Special K makes a new chip/cracker thingy. My husband thinks the "plain" ones are bland, but perhaps the flavoured might be better (or you may disagree).
Portion control is definitely your friend. Bring them home; divide into portions; freeze or refrigerate the portions (at least I hear that keeps them fresh - sorry, but I rarely eat chips)
i don't think the kettle kind are any better for you than regular. if you like chips, any root veggies [carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, etc] can be thinly sliced, tossed with a little bit of olive oil, seasoned and baked until crispy turning once. taste just like chips too.
I was going to go to the store tomorrow and buy sandwich supplies. Usually when I eat a sandwich I almost always get potato chips. I was planning to buy the kettle cooked ones. Though, I'm not sure really if they're any more healthier for you than regular ones.
I love chips. What do you think? Can anyone offer substitutions?
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