The next time you crave something salty, put down the potato chips and try one of these under-200-calorie snack ideas.
These flaxseed crackers go well with all kinds of cheeses; try them with Brie or manchego. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks. Makes about 5 dozen crackers (132 calories each).
Soak 1 cup dried yellow split peas in 3 cups water for 4 1/2 hours. Drain and pat dry. Over medium-high heat, coat a large skillet with oil. Add half the peas; cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown and crunchy, 6 to 10 minutes. Season with salt. Repeat with remaining peas. Makes 12 servings (55 calories each).
Mix 3 cups whole nuts with 1/4 cup each flaxseeds, quinoa, and sunflower seeds. In a separate bowl, whisk 2 egg whites with 2 tablespoons honey, 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt, and 1/4 teaspoon each cayenne, cumin, and cinnamon. Toss with nut mix.
Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet; bake at 325 degrees until dry, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Scrape from pan while cooling, to avoid sticking. Makes 16 servings (178 calories each).
Combine 1 ounce cheddar cheese and 2 pickles, or 1 ounce cheddar cheese and 2 teaspoons jam on crackers. Try aged cheddar with golden plum, apricot, or peach jam. Makes 1 serving (cheddar and pickles, 160 calories; cheddar and jam, 146, not including crackers).
Cover eggs with cold water by 1 inch. Bring water to a boil. Keep covered and remove from heat. Let stand 13 minutes. Drain and run under cold water.
To spice it up, cut the egg in half and top with a dash of salt mixed with paprika; pepper and lemon zest; or chili flakes. One large egg is 1 serving (78 calories).