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Salty snacks that aren't fatty

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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.

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


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!

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.

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

TheKitchenWitch Fri 28-Feb-14 19:25:16

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 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...

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


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


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.

BlueChampagne Wed 26-Feb-14 13:21:41

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.

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!

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

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.

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

Wasabi peas?

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

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.

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


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

any kind of cracker?

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

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

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

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

LastOneDancing Tue 25-Feb-14 22:32:33

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

Tuc crackers are 25kcal each & salty.

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?

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

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!

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.

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