Once You Pop, You Just Can’t Seem To Stop

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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I’m not ashamed to say that this weekend I found myself standing in front of my pantry looking for something to satisfy my snack craving when I spotted it, the bags of Lays Potato Chips. The golden yellow bag looked so tempting and delicious I told myself, “I’ll just have one”. Lets all be honest… who can have just one chip? Next thing I know, the bag is sitting next to me on the couch and I’m elbow deep.  We’ve all done it. Face it, chips are addictive! In one ounce of Lays Potato chips, or in 15 chips, there are  160 calories! These clearly are a dangerous addiction. 

I was recently reading TIME Magazine, and their feature health article was coincidentally “5 Healthier Alternatives to the Potato Chip”. I was amazed to learn that more people share this salty addiction than I thought, with Americans spending more than $7 billion a year on chips! Author Anita Hamilton suggested five alternative ways to the snack, which you can purchase or even prepare yourself! Her suggestions included apple chips, taro chips which are made from a root vegetable, sweet potato chips, kale chips and plantain chips.

As much as I love the salty, crunchy potato chip, I know just one handful is a difficult feat. So instead of humming the mantra “just one chip” each time I feel a craving, I am excited about trying some of Anita’s healthier options and finding a new favorite! Read her article to get recipes on how to make all the snacks in your own kitchen, or her top brand choices to buy on your next grocery trip.