Your body needs salt - just not too much of it. So from time-to-time, a salty snack can be just what you need and the less refined, the better. Here are some ideas that can get you on the right track (provided your sodium levels can handle it):
🧂Nuts - Plenty of options here. Peanuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts, or mix ‘em all up! You’ll get fat, fiber, protein, and magnesium.
🧂String Cheese - Don’t let the kids have all the fun. String cheese is a good source of calcium and protein and you can usually find a low-sodium version if you’re trying to watch it.
🧂Vegetables and Hummus or Guac - You can always use more vegetables in your life and covering them in hummus can help get your salt craving under control while also adding some fiber and protein. Making a quick guacamole instead of hummus is an option too and can yield healthy fats, fiber, and potassium.
🧂Popcorn - Make it yourself and you can control everything about it: the oil you use, how much butter you add, and how much salt or other seasonings you add.
🧂Seeds - Sunflower seeds are a good choice but also try roasted pumpkin seeds if you haven’t yet. They have lots to offer nutritionally including fiber, protein, and minerals that are good for your heart.
🧂Fruit and Nut Butter - Another wide-open choice with a classic combo being apples and peanut butter or celery and peanut butter. For something different try strawberries and almond butter.
🧂Seasoned Hard Boiled Egg - Simple yet effective, a hard boiled egg sliced in half is just begging for some seasoned salt before enjoying.