I recently embarked on a clean eating adventure that involved giving up most grain/starch, dairy, and refined sugar. As a result, I’ve lost weight, gained clearer skin, and enjoyed more energy!
On the flip side, I’ve realized these ingredients are everywhere, even in “healthy foods.” Avoiding them can be difficult, especially when you’re craving a salty snack (as I always do in the late afternoon).
They’re not lying when they say that potato chips are addictive. You literally can’t have just one, and all that fat, salt, and empty carbohydrates are poison to our bodies.
If you find yourself reaching for a savory snack, there are lots of healthier alternatives that will soothe your cravings without undoing your diet. And, as I’ve discovered, once you eliminate these super-salty processed foods from your diet, your taste buds will reset themselves, and you’ll be satiated by far less sodium and fat.
Here are seven ideas to get you started, but trust me, these are just the beginning. Share your favorite healthy alternatives to potato chips in the comments!
1. Kale Chips
If you’ve yet to try chips made from kale, you’re missing out. Kale is a superfood, packed with more protein than kale, as well as lots of other nutrients your body needs. Baked with some sesame seeds and sea salt, you’ll wonder why you ever wasted time on boring potato chips. See: Crunchy Kale Chips with Sesame Seeds and Sea Salt.
2. Oven-Baked Taro Chips
Taro is a root vegetable that’s kind of like a cross between a coconut and a parsnip. Taro has 30 percent less fat and more fiber than its cousin, the potato, plus lots of vitamin E. When sliced and baked, it makes a delectable chip-like snack that you won’t be able to get enough of! See: Oven Baked Taro Chips from Tiny Urban Kitchen.
3. Crispy Zucchini Chips with Parmesean
It’s harvest time and that means finding a way to preserve the wealth of zucchini produced in your garden. What better way to ensure no zucchini is left behind than to turn them into a delicious snack? Coated in egg whites, dipped in panko, parmesean, and baked with lots of garlic, no one will even notice they’re not potatoes! See: Crispy Zucchini Chips with Parmesean.
4. Baked Broccoli Chips
Broccoli has lots of nutritional benefits, including lowering our cholesterol, delivering vitamin D, and kaempferol, which is an anti-inflammatory. If broccoli is pale and mushy, it’s lots many of these nutrients, which is why baked broccoli is a great idea. See: Baked Broccoli Chips from Keep It Simple Foods.
5. DIY Chili Doritos
If, like me, you’re avoiding wheat, even some of the above recipes will be off limits… but not this one. Using almond meal, coconut flower, and several other gluten-free ingredients, this re-imagined Dorito recipe will deliver the crunch and spice you crave. See: Low-Carb Chili Doritos from Ditch The Wheat.
6. Radish Chips
September/October is radish season, and if you’re seeing them at the farmers market, pick up a bunch or three to make a healthy potato chip alternative. Radishes are rich in folic acid, Vitamin C and anthocyanins, all substances that can reduce cancer risk. Radishes also have a lovely peppery flavor that make them perfect for chips. See: Simple Red Radish Chips and Daikon Radish Chips.
7. Sweet Potato Chips
If you’re more of a traditionalist, and are scared to stray too far from the normal potato chips, sweet potato chips are an easy introduction into the world of baked veggie snacks. Slightly sweeter than their white cousins, sweet potatoes are packed with beta-carotene and vitamin A. See: Baked Sweet Potato Chips from Minimalist Baker.