When it comes to snacks, we often tend to have a preference for sweet or a savoury.
And if savoury floats your boat, then there is rarely anything better to satisfy your cravings than a good old bag of crisps.
At Holland and Barrett, we have a great range of crisps and chips that come in various flavours and varieties. Choose from hummus chips, veggie straws, chickpea puffs and much more.
Perfect for sharing, grab a bowl and let everyone help themselves. Or else keep them to yourself!
Crisps have often been thought of as an unhealthy snack but this need not be the case.
And there are a number of of things you can look out for, to ensure that you choose a healthier option:
Sometimes crisps come in larger bags, which are perfect for sharing. But once they are open, they can be hard to resist!
Empty an individual portion size into a bowl, rather than munching from the packet, to ensure that you are not overeating.
Pulses are high in both fibre and protein as well as being low in fat and so snacks such as lentil crisps, sweet potato crisps and kale crisps can be a more nutritional option.
The way in which crisps are made can often influence their overall fat content. Those that are fried may be higher in fat than those that are baked. So it can be worth reading the packaging for more details.
Fear not, the majority of crisps and chips are suitable for anyone following a vegan diet.
They are usually made of a plant (traditionally potato) or corn, cooking oil and flavourings and rarely contain any animal products.
Of course, as with any product, you will need to check the label to ensure that the crisps are suitable for vegans before you eat them.
Luckily, we have got lots of crisps and chips that are vegan-friendly.
Eat Real Sea Salt Hummus Chips for example, are not only suitable for vegans but they are also 48% lower in fat that standard potato crisps and therefore ideal for guilt free snacking.
These vegan crisps are free from artificial colours, preservatives and additives as well as being free from all of the 14 declarable allergens.
For a more substantial snack, try dipping them in some spicy salsa.
For another light snack, try Abakus Foods Seaweed Crisps Lightly Salted which are also vegan.
Made from South Korean seaweed and crispy tapioca, this crunchy snack is a good source of iodine as well as being high in fibre.
Iodine is a mineral which the body needs for a number of functions, including making thyroid hormones.
Snacks that are high in fibre tend to keep you feeling fuller for longer, so these should take you through to your next meal.
If you are gluten free for medical or health reasons, do not worry, you can still indulge in some of the tastiest crunchy snacks.
Ten Acre Crisps The Story Of When The Cheese Met The Onion not only have the most whimsical name for cheese and onion crisps ever but they are also gluten free, dairy free and vegan, halal and kosher certified.
They have a mature, super cheesy flavour despite being suitable for vegans, thanks to their secret recipe. Ten Acre crisps are all made in the UK on a dedicated Free From site with ingredients of the highest quality.
Another delicious cheesy snack with a great name are Hippeas Take It Cheesy Chickpea Puffs. They are the perfect snack for when you need to take it cheesy (we couldn’t resist!).
Suitable for vegans and gluten free too, Hippeas are made with high quality ingredients and are a good source of both fibre and protein. Their high protein content means that they are a great snack choice if you live an active lifestyle.
Protein is essential to repair and maintain your muscles and tissues as well as providing energy
Because of all this, it is important that you choose snacks that are high in protein as part of a healthy balanced diet.