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Missing crunchy foods...

Asked on December 20, 2014
Created August 27, 2013 at 6:55 PM

I miss the satisfaction of a good, crunchy, grainy snack like crackers, chips, or a bowl of crunchy cereal. I miss toast... I miss "snacking" in general, but I guess the lack of snacks could be a good thing. Or is it? I'm not trying to lose weight, in fact I'd be happy to gain a few pounds. I need some good crunchy food/snack replacements... And no I don't mean apples and carrots. I mean dry, satisfying, crunchy goodness. Greasy is just fine too, and paleo :-)

Any ideas or good experiences?

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on September 03, 2013
at 03:04 PM

I did manage to find some fantastic coconut chips at World Market and they contain nothing but coconut flakes, coconut oil, and a tiny dash of sugar. Perfect, though I guess I could do without the dash of sugar.

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on September 01, 2013
at 12:33 AM

I get a sprouted mix from Whole Foods that has an ayurvedic chili mix sprinkled in - they are SO ADDICTIVE, but outrageously expensive. Seriously - crazy expensive and they might put crack in it because everyone I knows who tries them gets hooked! It is pumpkin seeds/sesame seeds and what I think is turmeric, a mild chili powder, and sea salt.

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on August 31, 2013
at 04:52 AM

I've seen coconut chips at Trader Joe's

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on August 30, 2013
at 05:10 AM

That was devastatingly brief yet it somehow made me want to try fried grasshoppers... or other crispy bugs.

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on August 30, 2013
at 05:05 AM

Excellent ideas. I noticed on my past few trips to Trader Joes that looking longingly at their chips section didn't make Taro chips appear as I had hoped. I plan to look into a good source of pumpkin/squash seeds. I'd make them if I had to but can you point me to a good Paleo friendly brand?

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on August 30, 2013
at 05:03 AM

yeah I second jicama sticks. even though they aren't the dry crunch I was looking for I think they would help satisfy the urges with some Paleo friendly salts and spices. Could you please clarify coconut chips? I'm a coconut madman. A specific store/brand or a link to Amazon would ease up my efforts :-)

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on August 28, 2013
at 04:03 AM

I think that's part of the beauty of these things. If you have to make your own, you make them, enjoy them, and move on. Too few hours in the day to spend making crunchy foods except occasionally. When I do have time, I enjoy the heck out of them, and then get on with my life!

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on August 27, 2013
at 10:48 PM

Banana chips or make some sweet potatoe chips and dust with like... cinnamon, paprika, salt and other spices. immitate the spices of that popular brand of sweet potato chips.. that flavor is good. (forgot the name)

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on August 27, 2013
at 10:46 PM

mmm.... kale chips. mushroom chips. potato chips. sweet potato chips. i love these things but i rarely eat them.

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618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

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on August 28, 2013
at 01:14 AM

Taro Chips! Yucca Chips! Tortilla Chips! All these can be made by drying them out in your oven and frying them in coconut oil. I am also a cruncher and I eat pepitas (pumpkin seeds/squash seeds, roasted w/ sea salt and turmeric) Why deprive yourself? Eat well and crunch on!

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on August 30, 2013
at 05:05 AM

Excellent ideas. I noticed on my past few trips to Trader Joes that looking longingly at their chips section didn't make Taro chips appear as I had hoped. I plan to look into a good source of pumpkin/squash seeds. I'd make them if I had to but can you point me to a good Paleo friendly brand?

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on September 01, 2013
at 12:33 AM

I get a sprouted mix from Whole Foods that has an ayurvedic chili mix sprinkled in - they are SO ADDICTIVE, but outrageously expensive. Seriously - crazy expensive and they might put crack in it because everyone I knows who tries them gets hooked! It is pumpkin seeds/sesame seeds and what I think is turmeric, a mild chili powder, and sea salt.

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on August 27, 2013
at 07:15 PM

I get that way sometimes too. Here are a few of my snackbusters:

  1. Homemade kale chips.
  2. If you aren't watching carbs you can make chips out of other firm veggies like sweet potato, sunchoke (I love these!), carrot. I use my food dehydrator for these.
  3. I occasionally make a big batch of "crackers" from home ground nut meal flavored with herbs and spices.
  4. Some people are OK with commercial potato or other chips made with olive oil or coconut oil and can chime in on what brands to look for.

52ad7ee5eef0d7339d0977bd7a2ceb8a

(416)

on August 27, 2013
at 10:46 PM

mmm.... kale chips. mushroom chips. potato chips. sweet potato chips. i love these things but i rarely eat them.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on August 28, 2013
at 04:03 AM

I think that's part of the beauty of these things. If you have to make your own, you make them, enjoy them, and move on. Too few hours in the day to spend making crunchy foods except occasionally. When I do have time, I enjoy the heck out of them, and then get on with my life!

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on August 27, 2013
at 07:15 PM

Take a listen to this (or read) NPR interview "Why Do Humans Crave Crispy Food?", where they interviewed a research scientist who studies exactly what you are asking about.

The article mentions one main point: there's a very strong chance that or desire to eat crunchy food comes from the fact that fresh vegetable and fruits (the safest ones to consume) are themselves crunchy.

However, since you pointed out that you are looking for ideas beyond deliciously crunchy fruits and vegetables, I'll offer some that fit your "dry" criteria ...

  • Nuts and seeds
  • Chocolate (yeah, the dark stuff in squares can have crunch to it!)
  • Bacon (it's not always best crispy, but it does crisp up nicely)
  • Baked kale / kale chips
  • Baked plantain chips (use green ones for slicing and baking chips, yellow ones for more quick cooking)

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on August 30, 2013
at 05:10 AM

That was devastatingly brief yet it somehow made me want to try fried grasshoppers... or other crispy bugs.

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736662d9fd6314d426cc6de1896aa045

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on August 28, 2013
at 07:47 AM

You could try gluten free products.

There's a thread here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/95954/gluten-free-products

I guess if it's potato starch + rice flour + no bad veg oil, it should be ok.

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A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on August 28, 2013
at 03:32 AM

Nuts (in moderation, of course), kale chips, coconut chips, and jicama (hick-hu-muh) sticks are all good crunchy paleo options

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(624)

on August 30, 2013
at 05:03 AM

yeah I second jicama sticks. even though they aren't the dry crunch I was looking for I think they would help satisfy the urges with some Paleo friendly salts and spices. Could you please clarify coconut chips? I'm a coconut madman. A specific store/brand or a link to Amazon would ease up my efforts :-)

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on August 31, 2013
at 04:52 AM

I've seen coconut chips at Trader Joe's

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on October 09, 2013
at 03:19 PM

Just came back across this and figured I'd add a little from my findings:

-Coconut chips

-Pork rinds

-Macadamia nuts

-cocao nibs (usually with coconut chips)

-yes, some crispy veggies...

Over all I've lost much of my crunch-loving past self in the course of a couple months on Paleo. It's amazing how fast you change. Also, I don't like sweet things any more! Mildly sweet is nice, but much more than that and it starts to seem kinda nasty. Weird, I used to love sugar. I'd eat it by the spoonful literally.

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on August 28, 2013
at 12:37 AM

I second the pork rinds!

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on August 27, 2013
at 10:45 PM

pork rinds, crispy chicken skin (I bake mine), cauliflower florets, kale chips, raw crackers, zucchini chips, onion rings with a almond/coconut flour batter.

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