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We’ve all been there. That moment when the thought of a flavor-packed, crunch-inducing potato chip seems unavoidable. That craving that catches you totally off guard and usually unprotected. But if you’re trying to eat clean and healthy, what’s a potato chip-craving person to do? Here are my ideas for what to eat when you’re craving chips.
This isn’t an all-inclusive list that will be a perfect fit for everyone. That would be impossible. But if you are wanting to break the chip habit and try getting your crunch from healthier options, this list might give you some ideas.
I know that chip cravings can be intense. I had them a lot myself in the beginning and occasionally, I do enjoy chips <gasp!!>. But I choose to buy healthier versions. You won’t catch me with a bag of Doritos these days. I make my own, or I find something else to eat.
But keep in mind the 80/20 rule. You have to make room for life to happen and if that means a bag of chips in your future, then don’t beat yourself up. It’s what you do the majority of the time that counts. So enjoy those chips, but then continue with clean eating.
However, if you really don’t want to walk that fine line, there are definitely other options.
First of all, think about why you want it. Is it the crunch? The flavor? Are you actually hungry? Are you bored? Trying to distract yourself from something you’d rather not be doing?
Cravings are often emotional. But if you can rule that out, then here are some alternatives to try.
What To Eat When You’re Craving Chips:
If you’re craving chips, there are lots of healthy alternatives. Here are some of them:
- Celery (maybe with nut butter?)
- Roasted Chickpeas (these are GREAT!)
- Organic popcorn
- Trail mix
- Raw sugar snap peas
- Homemade organic corn or sprouted grain tortilla chips
- Whole grain pretzels (read ingredients!)
- Cucumber slices with salsa
- Whole grain crackers or brown rice crackers