Chips, Chopped: 9 Healthier Alternatives
Kale, full of calcium, magnesium, and vitamins A, C, and K, is the king of the cruciferous vegetables, and baking it into light and crispy chips can make even the most determined junk-food addict happily eat her greens. This recipe for roasted kale chips from Dan Barber of New York’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns minimizes kale’s bitterness and brings out sweet, nutty flavors.
Packed with vitamin A, carrots are nutritional powerhouses. Depending on the size of the carrot, they can be sliced, julienned, crinkle-cut, or made into waffle shapes, and the chips are easy to make at home. This baked carrot chip recipe from Talk of Tomatoes uses just three ingredients.
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This low-fat and mineral-rich cousin of the banana is a staple of diets in Central and South American cuisines, as well as in the Caribbean. When frying plantains, as in this recipe for spicy plantain chips from Epicurious, the key is to use very firm, green, unripe fruit.
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Crunchy, hearty baked pita chips are a better alternative to fried potato chips, and they’re even more delicious when they’re spiced up with garlic, cayenne pepper, or cinnamon. When using a recipe like this one from SparkPeople, substitute whole-wheat pita bread for extra nutritional benefits.
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