Lower cal salty snacks?
I eat fairly healthy - when I reach for a snack, it's usually a diminutive carrot or cherry tomato. The problem is that after a pound or so of these, I've run out of hummus and any other dipping or saucing accessory I've found in the fridge, and the unaccompanied sweetness of the veg does not go that well with beer.
As developing some self control would take far too much time and effort, I'm looking for a new salty snack to accompany my suds and generally alleviate my salivation for sodium. I should say out of the gate that popcorn is one of few foods I don't like. I'm as fond as the next man as nuts, but they become remarkably unhealthy in the volumes I tend to snack on. I find nori tasty, but it isn't always a good prelude to a backyard barbecue. Any thoughts?
I love these kale chips. They are really simple to make, and dangerously addictive.
Similarly, you can make baked potato chips or this easy shortcut recipe for Microwave Potato Chips.
If you want a new dip for your veggies, this Creamy Tofu Savory Sauce is truly amazing (much, much better than it sounds).
Another great healthy snack is pickled vegetables. Here is a recipe for Pickled Carrot Sticks (from Gourmet).
You can also make roasted garbanzo beans or edamame with whatever seasonings you like.
Thirded! Pickled veggies are great to grab in a pinch if you like to graze but don't want to go to the snacking dark side. They're also an awesomely tasty treat with a nice, cold Stone IPA.
I've got garlic tarragon dill Persian cukes, spicy garlic dill okra, spicy ginger cilantro carrots + radishes + jicama, and straight-up dill cauliflower in the fridge now. So far I've found virtually no crisp, fresh veggies which doesn't rock when made into some sort of pickle.
I usually use 2 cups of hot water (+ 1/4 sugar and 2TBSP kosher salt - which you can always up if you dig saltier) with 1 cup of vinegar as the base, then add whatever else ... fresh smashed garlic, herbs, funkier vinegars, Thai peppers, whatever, to play with flavors. Softer stuff like sliced cukes will be ready to nosh in about 2 days, harder/thicker veg a bit longer, and they just get more tart and zingy as they hang out. I'm not sure of the absolute max life, since pickles don't last long around here.
Unfortunately not easy to find nor inexpensive...Kettle Brand Baked potato chips in Aged White Cheddar. There's also Pop Chips, again not inexpensive but available at Costco.
Not quite as sexy as the above two, but I have found Tostitos baked tortilla chips to be satisfactory.
You'd have to read some labels but if memory serves, I read somewhere that Snyder's of Hanover Pretzel Nuggets were the winner in a taste test of low-fat crunchy snacks. I am partial to the Honey Mustard and Onion Nuggets. NB: nuggets, not pieces.