Chips are pretty hard to resist, even for the most diehard dieter and committed healthy eaters among us. So what if there was a way to have your chips and eat them, too? Not all chips have to be fried in trans fat, covered in artificial colors and flavors, and tossed with some unhealthy preservative additives. You can make your own chips at home, from a variety of vegetables, and create a healthy snack that satisfies your cravings. Here are five homemade healthy veggie chip recipes that you can feel great about eating.
Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Sweet potatoes are the perfect alternative to regular potatoes to make healthier, homemade chips. Naturally fat-free, sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A, vitamin B5, B6, thiamin, niacin and riboflavin. Just one sweet potato can provide an entire day’s worth of vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin that is needed for healthy eyesight. Plus, sweet potatoes have carotenoids, antioxidant pigments that give sweet potatoes their signature orangish color and can help keep cells healthy. Baking the sweet potato chips instead of frying them will keep the calorie and fat count down.
This recipe for Baked Sweet Potato Chips comes from Martha Stewart, and can be a perfect appetizer for a party, or a delicious snack for when the chip craving strikes. Simple seasoning with sea salt and lime will let the natural sweet flavor of the sweet potato take center stage.
Parmesan Parsnip Chips
Parsnips look a bit like carrots, but these white or cream colored root vegetables are sweeter than carrots, since their winter growing conditions convert most of their starches into sugar. Even though the parsnip has more sugar and a sweeter flavor than a carrot, that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in beneficial nutrients. Parsnips contain a good amount of fiber and beneficial antioxidants, including vitamin C. Parsnips can also deliver a good amount of B vitamins and minerals, including iron, calcium, copper, potassium, manganese and phosphorus.
This recipe for Parmesan Parsnip Chips combines the naturally salty flavor of parmesan cheese with the natural sweetness of parsnips. Baked with a touch of olive oil, these chips are far healthier than a fried potato chip.
Curried Baked Carrot Chips
Carrots offer many health benefits that make them a great alternative to regular chips. A recent study of different fruits and vegetables found that orange and yellow foods, the ones that contain carotenoids, are the most protective against cardiovascular disease. The carrot emerged as the top protective food in the entire orange/yellow food bunch, so eating carrots is actually good for your heart. Carrots have long had a reputation as good for your eyes, as well. One cup of raw carrots provides more than an entire day’s worth of vitamin A, as well as a host of other nutrients. Carrots offer vitamin K, fiber, molybdenum, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B6.
For a tasty snack that will awaken your taste buds, try this recipe for Curried Baked Carrot Chips from Oh My Veggies. These curried carrots will do more than zest up your snack. Curry spice mixes traditionally contain turmeric, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Get ready for a warm and slightly spicy flavor that will pair perfectly with the natural sweetness of baked carrot chips.
You’re going to want to bring out your beet chips when you have a guest to impress, because the deep reddish purple hues of these healthy veggie chips make them the most beautiful of the vegetable chips. They’re crispy and tasty too.
How healthy are beets? Well, let’s put it this way: they belong to the same chenopod family as spinach, chard and quinoa! The antioxidant pigments that give beets their beautiful, deep red color are called betacyanins. Betacyanins have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and help to protect cell health by fighting free radical damage. Beets provide folate, iron, copper, vitamin C, magnesium, vitamin B6 and manganese—essential nutrients that the body needs to properly function.
This recipe for Beet Chips from Cooking With Michele is simple, elegant and would be a crowd-pleasing appetizer to serve when you have very special guests.
Chips don’t have to be savory salty, or spicy; they can also be a sweet snack substitute. Apple chips tossed with a smidgen of sugar and warm cinnamon, like in this Apple Chips recipe, will satisfy your sweet tooth while filling the whole house with a delicious apple-pie aroma. Like most of our recipes, apple chips only require three ingredients. And you’ll get the benefit of the apple’s pectin, fiber and vitamin C.
By making your own vegetable (and fruit) chips at home, you can conquer the cravings with a healthy snack. Salty, crispy, crunchy, or sweet, homemade chips baked in the oven are a nutritious treat with none of the guilt..