Healthy Alternatives to Your Favorite Snacks

Tater tots, french fries, and potato chips – all of that starchy, salty goodness is appealing, but usually not the healthiest choice. Here’s a roundup of healthier alternatives to your favorite savory snacks.

Broccoli tots are a delicious and healthy way to take you back to your elementary school lunchroom. Here’s an adaption of a broccoli tot recipe from Gimme Delicious.


2 cups of broccoli (frozen works too!)

1 egg

1/4 cup diced onion

1/2 cup cheddar cheese (your favorite type of cheese works well here, too!)

1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs

1/3 cup Italian breadcrumbs

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

Get Cooking!

Preheat oven to 400℉ and grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper

Blanch your broccoli. To do this, boil broccoli for 1 minute and then set into cold water to shock it and end the cooking process.

Drain broccoli

Chop broccoli finely

Add the rest of your ingredients and mix well

Portion scoops of your mixture into your palm and form into a tot shape (if this isn’t your strong suit, no worries, your misshapen tots will taste just the same!)

Bake your tots until golden brown – about 20 minutes

Next in line are baked sweet potato fries, yum! Craving french fries? This colorful alternative will do the trick. This is a recipe I cooked up a few years ago.


1 sweet potato

1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil

Dash of salt

Dash of pepper

Pure maple syrup if you need some sweetness

Get Cooking!

Preheat oven to 400℉ and grease baking sheet or line with parchment paper

Rinse sweet potatoes and peel

Slice sweet potatoes into thin strips (like fries…)

Toss sweet potatoes in olive oil, salt and pepper

Lay fries onto the baking sheet in one layer. Be sure fries are evenly spread on baking sheet

Bake until golden brown,  35-45 minutes

Here is where the pure maple syrup goes in: drizzle it on top of your fries or use it as a dipping sauce

Lastly, we have an alternative for crispy, crunchy and salty potato chips: Kale chips. This recipe is adapted from Whole Foods Markets.


1 bunch of kale

1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 sea salt

2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

Get Cooking!

Preheat oven to 350℉ and grease baking sheet or line with parchment paper

Toss kale well with olive oil and salt

Lay kale onto a baking sheet in one layer, making sure to spread evenly

Bake until kale is crispy and browned, about 15 minutes

Toss kale with parmesan once cooled

Enjoy these healthy alternatives to your favorite salty snacks!

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