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6 Low-Calorie Crunchy Chip Recipes

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6 Low-Calorie Crunchy Chip Recipes

Since snacking is the opportunity to give yourself an energy kick and to refuel between meals, why not do it right? Forget greasy, empty-calorie potato chips, and try any or all of these 6 amazing vegetable or fruit-based crunchy chip recipes.

1. Baked Carrot Chips

If you're in need of a new, tasty and crunchy snack to munch on, try baking this homemade carrot chips recipe! This antioxidant-rich vegetable is packed with vitamins A and D as well as fiber, and this super healthy chip is bound to satiate your salty cravings.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 onion powder (or you can use garlic salt, cayenne, cumin or cinnamon instead for an added kick!)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Thoroughly wash the carrots and lightly peel the outer layer of skin off. Next, cut off and discard of the tips on both ends.
  •  Slice the carrots into circular-shaped pieces that are about 1/8 of an inch thick. You don't want the slices to be too thick or the chips will not be very crunchy.
  • After cutting all the carrot sticks into slices, place them in a medium to large-sized bowl. Pour the olive oil, salt and onion powder over the carrots. Then, toss the slices so they're evenly covered in the seasoning.
  • Place a sheet of parchment paper on top of a cookie sheet and then lay the carrots on top, forming a single layer of chips.
  • Bake the carrots for roughly 15 to 20 minutes or until the chips appear lightly toasted and crisp. Be sure to watch them periodically to make sure the chips do not burn.
  • Enjoy!

2. Parmesan Kale Chips

Nothing is better than low-calorie, nutrient-dense chips that are both salty and crispy! Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables, and this superfood has numerous nutritional benefits such as its detoxifying and cholesterol-lowering effects. Add this Kale Chips Recipe to your go-to list of foods for the next time you feel like baking

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/3 cup of grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Using a knife, remove or tear chip-sized pieces of leaves from the kale bunch.
  • Wash and pat the kale leaves dry.
  • Place the kale leaves into a medium to large-sized bowl and coat them with the olive oil, sea salt and grated parmesan.
  • Put a piece of parchment paper on top of a cookie sheet and place a single layer of the seasoned chips onto the baking sheet.
  • Cook the chips for 10 to 15 minutes or until the chips look crisp with slightly browned edges. Monitor the chips to ensure that they do not burn.
  • Eat up!

3. Oven-Baked Bread-Crumb Covered Zucchini Chips

This simple and easy chip recipe is sure to become one of your favorite snacks! These healthy, low-calorie chips taste great and don’t blow through your daily calorie allowance. Plus, get vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese and calcium!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1/3 cup of whole-grain bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons of low-fat milk (can use soy or almond milk instead)
  • 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder or garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • A dash of salt and black pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 °F.
  • Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Wash and dry the zucchini. After doing so, cut it into 1/8” circular slices, discarding of the tips of the zucchini on each end.
  • Combine the bread crumbs, cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper into a medium to large mixing bowl.
  • Dip the slices of zucchini into the milk and then coat each side with the bread crumb mix.
  • Make a single layer of chips on the baking sheet.
  • Bake the chips for roughly 10 to 15 minutes, flipping the slices over halfway through the cooking duration. Routinely check on the chips to make sure that they're golden crisp but not burnt.
  • Munch away!

4. Spicy Sweet Potato Chips

Finding a snack that's both sweet and salty is a win-win! Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, potassium and iron! Why not bake this sweet potato chip recipe for the ultimate guilt-free and delicious snack!

Ingredients:

  • 1 or 2 sweet potatoes (either one large or two small)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of chipotle or taco seasoning

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 °F.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Wash and dry the sweet potatoes before cutting them into 1 ¼” thick slices.
  • In a medium to large-sized mixing bowl, combine the seasoning and olive oil. Add the slices to the bowl and toss them until they're evenly coated.
  • Next, lay the slices in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until they appear lightly browned and toasted. Make sure that you do not overcook the chips.
  • Dig in!

5. Seasoned Spinach Chips

Trying to find a snack that's all the rage? If so, you must try this spinach chip recipe! Spinach is a superfood that's loaded with nutrients and makes for a flavorful vegan and vegetarian delight!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Italian herbs or any, mixed herb seasoning
  • Dash of sea salt

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Lightly wash and dry the baby spinach before coating it with olive oil and seasoning in a mixing bowl.
  • Place the seasoned spinach leaves onto the baking sheet, in a single layer, without overlapping them.
  • Bake for 12 minutes.
  • Take the cookie sheet out of the oven. Let the chips sit and continue to crisp on the heated sheet for additional 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Snack away!

6. Apple Cinnamon Chips

This apple cinnamon chips recipe will make your sweet tooth happy while also serving as a great substitute for cookies, candy, pie and cake. You must try this guilt-free treat because as the doctors say, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away!”

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples of your choice (Honey Crisp, Gala or Golden Delicious are recommended)
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of brown sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Balsamic glaze (optional)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 200°F.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.Wash and dry the apples.
  • Core the apples, followed by horizontally cutting them into 1/8 inch thick slices. The chips should resemble donuts with the core hole in the middle.
  • Lightly cover each side of the apples with lemon juice.
  • In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon before coating both sides of the lemon-juiced apple slices with the cinnamon sugar mix.
  • Form a single layer of chips on the baking sheet and bake for two hours. After the first hour, rotate the chips. Check the apples every 15 minutes or so to make sure that they don't burn.
  • After they're done cooking, if you want, lightly drizzle balsamic glaze onto the chips.
  • Delight your taste buds!

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