Salty snacks that aren't fatty

(33 Posts)
catsofa Tue 25-Feb-14 22:17:44

I've stopped smoking (hooray!) and gained weight (boo!). I'm starting to try to deal with the weight gain now because I'm so uncomfortable.

I've always been a grazer and need to replace my snack foods with things that aren't so full of fat as the endless crisps I've always eaten. What I find I crave is salt, and I can't think of much that's salty but not fatty.

I guess ultimately I should be cutting down on salt too, but I'd prefer to take one thing at a time. So, can anyone suggest snack foods which are salty but not fatty?

I love limes, if anyone can think of anything to be dipped in lime and salt - this is common in some countries but I can't remember what is usually dunked. Not at all averse to loads of raw veg if I can find some way to make it salty. I lurve soy sauce.

Smartiepants79 Tue 25-Feb-14 22:20:25


annabelcaramel Tue 25-Feb-14 22:21:11

Prawns dipped in sweet chilli sauce might help the cravings? Carrot sticks with garlic powder or chilli ground on them? Bit of marmite goes a long way. I love salty stuff too.

BellaVida Tue 25-Feb-14 22:21:51

Do you like rice cakes or corn cakes? You can get those with sea salt or other savoury flavours like cheese or Marmite.

annabelcaramel Tue 25-Feb-14 22:25:22

Well done on stopping smoking by the way. My DH did, many years back, and he put on two stone but he did lose it eventually.
I think I found it.

VelvetDuvet Tue 25-Feb-14 22:25:38

Yes popcorn! It's low calorie and tasty (the salted one is, avoid sweet)

Or have a look a graze boxes. Think you should be able to find a first box free offer, then you can have either a random selection or choose your own.

I clamped on two stone after I stopped the evil fags sad lost it again now but it took some doing and I wish I'd been more mindful at the start!

Alternatively, get yourself a bottle of tequila wink

mrspink27 Tue 25-Feb-14 22:27:52

How about some baked salted chickpeas, you can add chilli/garlic/cumin powder etc for other flavours...

DazR Tue 25-Feb-14 22:30:48

Walkers baked stars - 1.8 g fat per bag. Tasty - label says 70 percent less fat.......

exexpat Tue 25-Feb-14 22:32:01

A lot of Japanese rice crackers are salty but very low fat - but they are not exactly calorie-free as they are mainly carbs. I also like nibbling strips of dried seaweed - a bit like the kind you get wrapped around sushi, they sell multi-packs of snack-sized portions in Chinese/Asian groceries, like this. Virtually calorie-free, but strong flavour.

KatoPotato Tue 25-Feb-14 22:32:20

Roast some kale in the oven with garlic oil and sea salt. Goes all crunchy and salty and delicious, this is from a crisp FIEND!

Taffeta Tue 25-Feb-14 22:32:25

Corn on the cob is great with lime and salt <and chilli>

Celery is salty I think

Mumraathenoisylion Tue 25-Feb-14 22:32:29

Rocket salad with a dressing of lime, soy, ginger, garlic and chilli? (Just mix it all together in a little bowl and keep it in the fridge for dipping?)
Nuts - you could grate some lime zest on top?

Aren't pretzels low fat? I love crunching the salt off them...

Tuc crackers are 25kcal each & salty.

Mumraathenoisylion Tue 25-Feb-14 22:33:26

Roasted pumpkin seeds are gorgeous too, roast and coat in salt and paprika

Taffeta Tue 25-Feb-14 22:33:54

Edamames dipped in salt or soy <or both!> are v good too

furlinedsheepskinjacket Tue 25-Feb-14 22:36:22

any kind of cracker?

annabelcaramel Tue 25-Feb-14 22:38:55


Timeforabiscuit Tue 25-Feb-14 22:39:58

I don't know if its low fat,maybe better fat, but I love olives or tapenade.

BiscuitBeast Tue 25-Feb-14 22:40:01

Yes to homemade popcorn!

I buy the kernels from the supermarket so can monitor my salt consumption.

A scrumptious snack ready in minutes.

Well done on stopping smoking, keep up the good work smile

joanofarchitrave Tue 25-Feb-14 22:40:26

Wasabi peas?

Cockadoodledooo Tue 25-Feb-14 23:06:08

Lime and salt is crying out for a shot of tequila wink

Agree with the popcorn. I love the toffee stuff but when dieting do it with minimal oil, salt and black pepper.

Rosieliveson Tue 25-Feb-14 23:12:48

Radishes dipped in lime juice then salt are goooood!

Bit unhealthy on the salt front but I try not to get too much by sticking an edge in rather than the full radish

WilsonFrickett Wed 26-Feb-14 11:12:55

Cherry tomatoes with a good sprinkling of salt are also good. Celery salt works too and you can pretend it's a bloody Mary!

Warm some sunflower seeds in your frying pan. When they are lightly toasted, lob on some soy sauce, and mix. Soy sauce will bubble and give the seeds a delicious salty coating.

mumbaisapphirebluespruce Wed 26-Feb-14 13:45:16

Kale chips are brilliant. Just google there are loads of recipes for flavourings online. Just make sure the leaves are really dry. Also edamame are great and you could flavour with lime, chilli flakes and salt.

TheReturnoftheSmartArse Wed 26-Feb-14 13:46:53


Timeforabiscuit Wed 26-Feb-14 17:50:59


catsofa Fri 28-Feb-14 19:20:51

Brilliant thanks everyone, loads of great ideas there! I'm off to Tesco with a very long list...

Wasn't it on here that someone suggested roasting potato skins ie the peelings with oil/salt? Then everyone went and tried it and was amazed at how fabulous it was.
Still on my list of Things To Try.

catsofa Sat 01-Mar-14 02:36:33

That has GOT to be fabulous, and could you not use potato peelings from peeling potatoes for something else?

There is oil in that recipe though, won't that make it fatty?

In fact what I've been finding is that things without fat in them are a bit dry, which makes sense, I guess fat is often a lubricant.

So I guess the most useful things might turn out to be wet things that are salty - oh dear, and salt saps moisture, doesn't it?

Are there things I should know about fat - aren't some fats better than others? Olive oil is "good" isn't it? Can I eat as many crisps as I want if I make them myself with olive oil? (This can't be right can it. Tries not to get hopes up.)

BTW thanks to all on this thread, I have happily stuffed myself with corn and pretzels and other things up thread all evening grin

crazykat Sat 01-Mar-14 05:23:13

Original flavour popchips are lovely and salty. Low fat and quite low calorie. Boots have individual packs and sainsburys have a big bag. Avoid the sainsburys own though, they taste nice but have maltodextrin in which doesn't agree with a lot of people including me.

siblingrevelry Sat 01-Mar-14 13:07:35

Nigella does a thing with cauliflower florets sprinkled with cumin & sea salt and roasted in the oven. Might be worth a google; assuming there's no oil used it'd be fat free & low cal.

Huge congrats on the smoking-it's been 8 yrs for me, still the hardest thing I ever did and one of the things I'm most proud of. Stick with it, it gets easier!

SoftSheen Sat 01-Mar-14 13:13:51


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