Just like when a sweet tooth craving hits, the quest for salty snacks can be powerful too. Unfortunately some of them come with nutritional baggage like high calorie counts and too much grease and unnecessary fat. Keep an eye on your sodium intake, especially if you have high blood pressure, but your body does need some salt for normal functions. Here are some ideas you can reach for to satisfy your craving and stay on track:
Olives contain high amounts of antioxidants and pair well with a couple of cheese slices for a low-carb snack.
• Roasted Seasoned Chickpeas
Easy to make with lots of flavor, crunch, and even some protein and fiber.
• Salted Macadamia Nuts
Watch the portions but these can be really satisfying and pair well with fruit for a salty/sweet combo.
• Cottage Cheese
On its own, cottage cheese has around 30% of your daily sodium recommendation per cup so it can help knock out that salty craving.
• Cheese and Crackers
A classic combo where you can pick out the best crackers for your needs (whole grain ingredients, 3g of fiber, no added sugars) and pick your favorite cheese. Very satisfying!
• Rice Cakes and Nut Butter
Adding a couple tablespoons of your choice of nut butter to a whole grain rice cake makes them way more exciting and you’ll end up getting some healthy fats, fiber, and complex carbohydrates.