You’re craving potato chips, but one look at a typical bag’s Nutrition Facts tells you to run the other way. Listen to it — run home and cook these homemade veggie chips made from fruits and vegetables (and no potatoes) that skip the artificial ingredients and fat. These truly healthy veggie chips can act as a great alternative.
They might be the weirdest-shaped chips you’ve ever seen, but these curried baked carrot chips from OhMyVeggies.com pack some serious flavor. Toss the carrot slivers with olive oil, curry powder, salt and pepper and bake — in 15 minutes or less, you’ll have a nutritious, tasty snack. Not a curry fan? Make them with just salt and pepper or add your own favorite seasonings.
Nutrients: Carrots are a very good source of vitamins A, K and B6, as well as manganese; they’re also a good source of vitamins C and E, thiamin and potassium.
Even those who hate beets will love them in chip form. This recipe from Cooking With Michele uses zero oil, but there’s a catch: She uses a silicone mat. If you don’t have one, use a little oil to prevent sticking. Not only do the rings make these chips look cool, but the beets’ natural sweetness makes them a seriously addictive snack.
Nutrients: Beets are a very good source of folate and manganese, and a good source of vitamin C, magnesium and potassium.
Sometimes you really need to fill that sweet-and-salty craving. These banana chips from A Beautiful Mess do the job. Slice up some under-ripe bananas, add some brown sugar, sea salt and black pepper, and bake for an almost-sweet-enough-to-be-dessert snack.
Nutrients: Bananas are a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of vitamin C, potassium and manganese.
You might have had those delicious Terra taro chips before — those funky-looking pale chips with purple specks. Turns out they’re insanely easy to make at home. All you need is one taro root, some vegetable oil spray, salt and something to slice it with (preferably a mandolin). And these taro chips from TinyUrbanKitchen.com are oven-baked, so you don’t need to worry about using up your day’s worth of calories and fat on a snack.
Nutrients: Taro root is a very good source of vitamins E and B6, as well as manganese.
We. Are. Obsessed. These sunchoke chips eschew the grease, fat and calories that you’d find in your favorite bag of potato chips — and we swear to you they have more flavor, thanks to a little rosemary, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Try it for yourself!
Nutrients: Jerusalem artichokes are a very good source of iron and a good source of thiamin, phosphorus and potassium.
Make them year-round, but also keep these cinnamon-spiced apple chips in mind when the holidays roll around again — they’ll make your home smell like Christmas and give you something to bring to parties. These chips from With Style And Grace blog are a sweet treat fit for dessert or healthy snacking.
Nutrients: Apples are a good source of vitamin C.
Since the whole concept of baking kale for a chip-like snack is nothing new to the average person, we thought we’d incorporate a yummy twist on the traditional recipe. This recipe from “The Cleaner Plate Club,” featured on Foodess.com, uses the leafy green to create a lighter and more nutritious version of one of the most popular potato chip flavors: salt & vinegar. Foodess blogger Jennifer confessed she could have titled the post “how to eat an entire bunch of kale in under five minutes.”
Nutrients: Kale is a very good source of vitamins A, C, K and B6; calcium; potassium; copper; and manganese. It’s also a good source of protein, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, iron and magnesium.
P.S. If you want something to dip the chips in, try one of these unbelievably good low-calorie dips.