Salt and vinegar potato chips have a very distinct flavor and if you’ve got a hankering for them, pretty much nothing else will quench your craving. That’s a problem if you’re eating healthier now but your cravings didn’t get the memo. For gastric sleeve patients, it can pose a larger problem- not only will giving into your potato chip cravings add extra calories and hinder your weight loss efforts, but snacking on the chips can replace the chance to have a snack that would help you meet your protein goal and offer some of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to be healthy after bariatric surgery.
So, if you love the taste of salt and vinegar on your potato chips, you may want to try this healthier replacement: Salt and Vinegar Chickpeas.
This chickpea snack is better than potato chips for several reasons:
- These chickpeas are baked, which will naturally offer less calories than a fried potato chip.
- Chickpeas offer fiber, which not only contributes to helping you feel fuller for longer but also helps keep you regular.
- Since these chickpeas are baked they are crunchy and crispy, which are qualities many gastric sleeve patients miss when they cut out high carbohydrates snacks like chips and pretzels.
- Chickpeas are a good source of protein with nearly 10 grams in a ¼ cup serving (can’t say the same thing about potato chips).
If you’ve never tried salt and vinegar flavored snacks, this could be a recipe to try. Between the crunch and the protein, these chickpeas can make a great snack in the afternoon or after dinner when you need just a little something. But, if you have high blood pressure, you should probably pass on both these salt and vinegar chickpeas as well as the chips due to the levels of sodium.
The above suggestion is offered by Dr. Shillingford, MD, PA, a Center of Excellence Surgeon specializing in laparoscopic and weight loss surgery. Dr. Shillingford’s gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients often come from all over Florida, including Boca Raton, Miami, Tampa, Sarasota, Orlando, and Jacksonville. His weight loss surgery patients are often seeking protein rich snacks that satisfy cravings and are low in calories, and these Salt and Vinegar Chickpeas may just do the trick. For more snack ideas, check out Dr. Shillingford’s Facebook page.