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Guilt-Free Recipes that Will Satisfy Your “Flamin’ Hot” Cravings

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Can you relate to the kids in this music video?

"Hot Cheetos and Takis, Hot Cheetos and Takis
I can't get enough of these hot cheetos and takis 
Got my fingers stained red and I cannot get 'em off me 
You can catch me & my crew eating hot cheetos and takis"  

While working at the student store in high school, I remember the infamous spicy snacks, Hot Cheetos and Takis, being the top-selling items during every lunch period.  Similar to the flavor of these spicy chips, these brands have recently come under fire due to children and young adults experiencing health complications after consuming. According to USA Today, a 17-year-old teen recently had her gallbladder removed after eating four bags of hot chips on a weekly basis. School districts have even banned the high-fat, high-sodium snack

So when you have the craving, here are some healthier snacks to enjoy.

1. Spicy Hummus

Hummus is a great alternative! Here is a recipe for Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.

2. Chickpeas

Baked chickpeas are a great on-the-go snack. Check out this Cheetos-inspired Baked Chickpeas Recipe.


3. Popcorn

Have you ever added spices to popcorn at home? To find a new way to level up ordinary popcorn, click here


4. Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

Here is a great recipe for cauliflower bites. These can fulfill your craving for spicy food, and they are vegan!

Comment below if you plan to try one of these spicy snacks.

SAVOR REPORTER | Zaria Rayes is a junior biology pre-med major with a minor in finance at Hampton University. Her ultimate career goal is to become a pediatrician. At an early age, she realized her passion for community service and healthy living. The 20-year-old Las Vegas native enjoys writing as a form of creative expression. Zaria has remained actively involved on campus at Hampton University as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, and the Honors College.