Ten Calories of Salty, Healthy, Whole Food Crunch
February 18, 2010 8 Comments
When we dream of the perfect salty snack we tend to think of Potato Chips. Dah-duh-duh-dah! Snack-Girl to the rescue!
What if you could spend just 10 calories and get the same satisfaction? And, this is a food that is really good for you.
Pickles are simply cucumbers that have been cured in water, vinegar, and assorted spices. Like Olives, they keep for a long time in your refrigerator.
Having a pickle instead of that bag of chips could save you 150 calories, and cucumbers are good for you.
My favorite brands of pickles are found in the refrigerated section of the supermarket. Kosher dill pickle taste great right out of the jar and have a satisfying crunch.
Claussen will set you back about $3 a jar - but you are looking at about 10 servings.
The jars of pickles that aren't refrigerated tend to be soggy and they don't taste as good to me.
Probably the best pickles are ones that you make yourself by buying cucumbers in season and jarring them. I have never attempted such an endeavor as I use up most of my energy just lifting the jar into my cart.
You can't eat that many pickles in one sitting. They are very satisfying because their taste is so strong. If those 10 calories stop you from indulging in something else salty (think Doritos) - why not give them a try?
Finally, kids tend to really like pickles. Cut them up and put them on their plate and you will be amazed. I know a kid who had a gherkin ration for her day because she loved them so much. Wouldn't it feel better to fight about gherkins vs. Potato Chips?