Today, people are becoming more and more healthconscious regarding their food choices and food habits. Most nutritionists will agree that snacking is important to keep your metabolism up and also avoid untimely cravings. Power snacks such as store bought potato chips top the list when it comes to carbohydrate-rich food items. Who can resist a pack of salty and crunchy potato chips? But there’s really no substitute to a fulfilling homemade snack and if you haven’t discovered it yet, now is a good time.
The beauty of vegetable chips
There’s no better way to enjoy your vegetables than in the form of crispy and crunchy chips, especially those that you don’t like. Bake them, microwave them or roast them. Garnish with a host of flavoured salts, lemon, fresh herbs and seasonings and combine them with your favorite dip. They’re not only healthy, but also packed with nutrients and taste amazing. There’s no rocket science involved to make them, you just need a few ingredients. There’s an array of vegetables that can become more appealing in the form of these healthy chips.
1. Sweet Potato Chips
An excellent alternative to deep fried potato chips are the baked sweet potato chips
. They can be easily prepared at home. All you need to do is slice the sweet potato into thin slices and bake them till they turn slightly brown. Just pair it up with salsa or hummus. Sweet potato chips render an unpredictable twist to the conventional potato chips.
2. Kale Chips
Although kale is not readily available in India, it’s worth mentioning these as kale chips can be credited for giving birth to the global trend of vegetable chips. After removing the stems from the kale, ensure that it is well washed. Sprinkle some olive oil and bake the leaves. Whether it’s your heart health or eyesight, the nutrients in kale take care of it all.
3. Spinach Chips
Since spinach is more readily available in India and is an equally nutritious leafy green, you can make your own spinach chips at home. Toss the spinach leaves with olive oil and bake in an ovem for 7 to 10 minutes. Spinach chips have become very popular and have occupied the position that kale chips once did. Squeeze some lemon over them, they taste wonderful.
4. Carrot Chips
Why feast on monotonous carrot sticks when you can get more pleasure with baked carrot chips? All you require is a vegetable peeler. Slice the carrot with the help of the peeler and then bake the slices till they become crisp. It is the most suitable crunchy topping for your salad. Try it with a spinach dip for an extra veggie punch.
5. Turnip Chips
Turnip chips are delightful and flavorful. Served with Parmesan cheese, they taste phenomenal. You should bake them fresh when the craving hits. They can be made easily in few minutes. Slice them and bake them for 5-10 minutes but keep tossing them every now and them while the bake. Garnish with some salt and pepper and enjoy.
6. Beetroot Chips
If you don’t like the usual bitter and pungent taste of beetroot, try turning them into chips. When baked, these chips can be garnished with some rosemary and thyme and they taste delicious. They are loaded with nutrients like vitamin A, zinc, iron and potassium. They possess the ability to flush out toxins from the body and rejuvenate the cells, improving your blood circulation.
7. Green Bean Chips
Green beans into chips? Yes, it’s true! For all those who dislike this green veggie, here’s a great way to sneak them in your diet. These are rich sources of vitamin A and fiber. A fiber-rich diet is excellent for the digestive system. The best way is to dehydrate them in a dehydrator and sprinkle with some sea salt.
8. Colocasia (Arbi) Chips
Arbi is a popular root vegetable. It is extremely rich in Vitamin C and vitamin B6. Bake them or roast them but make sure the consistency of the slices remains the same. Peel the root and then slice them. Try not to overcook them as that will destroy the delicate sweetness. Garnish with salt and paprika.
9. Zucchini Chips
Bake thinly sliced zucchini strips with a teaspoon of olive oil and some garlic and it tastes heavenly. Pair it with hummus to serve. To ensure sufficient crunchiness, make sure you allow the chips to cool down before eating them.
10. Tapioca Chips
Tapioca chips are every popular down South, especially in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. These are made with the cassave root which is a staple food in Kerala. Peal the tapioca root, boil it for few minutes, slice it up and then let the slices dry under the sun for a day or two. Later, when you want to eat them, fry them till they turn light brown and crispy. Add a pinch of salt and relish these delicious chips.
Given the variety of vegetables that can be transformed into a delectable snack, it is better to expose your taste buds to these trendy and delicious bites rather than opting for the usual, greasy potato chips. These can be equally addictive.