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Old 04-14-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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When you're craving something salty and crunchy....

(like popcorn or chips) and you don't like pork rinds, and you've tried every variety of nuts that can be found in a supermarket, what do you do? I'm planning to relax in front of the tv this evening, and I want something new and yummy to snack on.
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:25 PM   #2
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celery w/ ranch n franks hot sauce!

salted cucumbers w/ the same dip.

that's all i can think of that you can "munch" that isn't like a meal in itself!

beef jerky?
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Cucumbers with coarse salt.

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Linda Sue's Popcorn Cauliflower! Google it!!
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:38 PM   #5
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Celery stuffed with pimento cheese. or celery stuffed with cream cheese and green olives.
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Celery stuffed with pimento cheese. or celery stuffed with cream cheese and green olives.
parmesan crisps. very salty, very crunchy, very easy to make.
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I love love love cheese crisps also - I like them with American Cheese Deluxe - cook small squares on parchment paper - 1-1.5 minutes in the micro
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Pepperoni chips if you like that. Olives, pickles, or even artichokes.
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For me, in low carb eating, celery is the God of Crunch. You can dip it in anything from peanut butter to dips, and salt it all if you need to. Honestly---and this from a cracker and chip lover---celery goes 90% of the way there. And it's a simple remedy, and I really like that.

But for those times when you just need a cracker, I buy flat bread crackers in the gourmet section of the bakery. They are not low carb per say, but I can have two of the ones I buy, equal to the size of one Wasa slice, and also equal to the carbs in one Wasa cracker.

And btw, Wasa crackers are GREAT for crunch. And for 8 grams a LARGE cracker---like not much smaller than a slice of bread---they're also terrific. I love the sesame.
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Annie Chun's Korean Seaweed Snack. Salty and crunchy!
Baked Kale (if you have the patience to make it...)
Bacon cooked crispy.
Celery, of course. I like to take the large pieces and cut them fairly thin, on a slant, so you wind up actually with little celergy chips.
--depending on how low-carb, the same works with carrots.
Roasted salted Nuts.
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Try Kale Chips! I was extremely skeptical, but they are really good!

You can google search for recipes for it, but basically, you just take kale and strip it from the fat stems. Toss with olive oil and salt. Bake at about 400 degrees until its dried out and crispy - about 20 to 30 min. If you have flavored seasonings, like for popcorn, you can sprinkle that on too.
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There are some crackers at Wal-Mart that are good - 8 crackers for 6 grams carbs. World Table Bruschetta Rounds, olive oil and sea salt. Great with a wedge of LC cheese.
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Try Kale Chips! I was extremely skeptical, but they are really good!

You can google search for recipes for it, but basically, you just take kale and strip it from the fat stems. Toss with olive oil and salt. Bake at about 400 degrees until its dried out and crispy - about 20 to 30 min. If you have flavored seasonings, like for popcorn, you can sprinkle that on too.
I made kale chips at 200 degrees for about an hour. They are great and so easy. It's great with just salt, but parmesan gives it a nice flavor. I tossed some with soy sauce, sesame oil, and nutritional yeast and it was great.
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Kale chips, and flavored seaweed.

Neither one SOUNDS good as a snack... until you try it.

The seaweed I have in the house right now is heavily flavored with sesame oil, so much so that it would leave an oil-stain on a napkin, but is still crisp and salty. I find I can eat these just like chips or popcorn, and it really fixes that "just munchies" feeling.

I also love Kale chips, though I'm often too lazy to make them. I've found that EVEN FUSSY KIDS tend to like them, if you can get them to just TRY 'em.

I love these options, as I can get my salt-fix in, and mindlessly crunch a little bit, and not worry about what it's going to do to me. The calories are almost non-existent, the carbs are pretty much all fiber, and the nutritional punch is awesome.
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Thanks for all the great suggestions! I've never tried kale chips, but I'd love to give them a shot. I do like wasabi-flavored seaweed snacks, those are pretty good. I've never seen the sesame oil ones, but I love the taste of sesame oil! I'll have to look for those. I use celery a lot, and it is a good go-to food for snacking.

Last night I tried the "Crispy Cheese Crackers" from Linda's Low Carb (just American cheese microwaved). For some reason mine turned out puffy but crispy, instead of thin and crispy like hers. So they were more like a cheetos puff than a cracker. But they were still pretty good! They stuck to the wax paper horribly though. I spent a lot more time peeling tiny bits of wax paper off the back of them than I did eating them! What did I do wrong?
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Last night I tried the "Crispy Cheese Crackers" from Linda's Low Carb (just American cheese microwaved). For some reason mine turned out puffy but crispy, instead of thin and crispy like hers. So they were more like a cheetos puff than a cracker. But they were still pretty good! They stuck to the wax paper horribly though. I spent a lot more time peeling tiny bits of wax paper off the back of them than I did eating them! What did I do wrong?
I got my seaweed at the local Korean market this time. I'd give you the brand, but I don't read Korean!

And wow... never had that happen to my cheese! Of course, I just use shredded "natural" cheese -- I never buy processed cheese (ie: American Cheese). I nuke it on a little parchment paper, and when it cools, I can just peel the parchment off the back. Sometimes it looks messy, but 30 seconds cooling, and it all works.

Maybe parchment paper instead of waxed?
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You should be using parchment paper or sil pat so they don't stick...waxed paper won't work. And the cheese you use is key...mine turn out puffy also, but taste good and have good crunch. Parmesan crisps are great, I season mine with some chili powder and a dash of Cayenne pepper along with onion powder, garlic, salt and pepper.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:56 AM   #20
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Thanks for the tip about the parchment paper -- I didn't think there would be any difference! I'll buy some today.
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I love salted radishes -- especially when they're spicy!
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This is not DRY but it IS Crunchy, and I do love me some vinegar cole slaw.

I took a small carrot and shreddit, took half an apple and shreddit, took half a small red cabbage and shreddit, took a stalk of celery and slice it thinly, and then I took some fresh leaves of green kale and pieced it really small.

Then I took 1/2 teaspoon of salt, a packet of xylitol, and dissolved it into about 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and tossed the veggie shreds with that and let it sit about five minutes to soak/marinate/wilt/whatever.... Then I cracked some black pepper over it and tossed it with some black truffle oil, but sunflower or olive oil would work also. I used the truffle oil because it smells delicious.

Toss it and and serve. It tastes, sweet, salty, vinegary, super crunchy and cool at the same time. And it's got lots of pretty colors!
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lterry, what's your recipe for parmesan chips, just parm?
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This is not DRY but it IS Crunchy, and I do love me some vinegar cole slaw.

I took a small carrot and shreddit, took half an apple and shreddit, took half a small red cabbage and shreddit, took a stalk of celery and slice it thinly, and then I took some fresh leaves of green kale and pieced it really small.

Then I took 1/2 teaspoon of salt, a packet of xylitol, and dissolved it into about 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and tossed the veggie shreds with that and let it sit about five minutes to soak/marinate/wilt/whatever.... Then I cracked some black pepper over it and tossed it with some black truffle oil, but sunflower or olive oil would work also. I used the truffle oil because it smells delicious.

Toss it and and serve. It tastes, sweet, salty, vinegary, super crunchy and cool at the same time. And it's got lots of pretty colors!
That sounds yummy!
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:37 PM   #25
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That sounds yummy!
It is Yummy! But it's a bit too loud for TV watching! LOL
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What, no one has mentioned jicama yet? Peel, slice into sticks or rounds or whatever you like, salt, eat!

Even better - sprinkle with lime juice, then with a little cayenne and salt. YUM.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:22 PM   #27
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I've tried jicama in a few recipes before, but never tried it as the "main feature" before. I'll have to try that! Thanks!
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I make my own crackers from almond meal and flax. I also allow myself popcorn occasionally, but I also am not losing very fast, so you may want to ignore that. LOL
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Make crackers with flatout bread. Just slice it into crackers with a pizza slicer, spray a little oil or cooking spray, season as you wish and bake at 375 until brown. About 10 minutes in my oven does the trick. They get crunchier if you put them on a cooling rack after you take them out of the oven. You can eat them with cheese, hummus, wing dip,etc.
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