The Art of Making Healthy Chips & Fries (Yes, It’s Possible!)

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The Art of Making Healthy Chips & Fries (Yes, It’s Possible!)

Jennifer Pantin
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The Art of Making Healthy Chips & Fries (Yes, It’s Possible!)

Lorimer Street KitchenCertain foods are hard to avoid. French fries come with every burger and chips are out at every party. While tasty, they are also highly caloric, and packed with sodium. And potatoes—no matter how delicious they may be—are not the most nutrient dense food. Unfortunately, salty and delicious are totally addictive, so even if you do manage to resist the temptation the cravings remain.

The solution? Veggie chips and fries! Whether you are trying to lose weight or simply want to make healthier choices, veggie versions are the perfect choice—and there are a lot of options.

Although some are best prepared with a little oil, my favorite veggie chips and fries are baked, not fried, and pack in more vitamins than standard potatoes. They take a little time to prepare (reaching for a bag of chips will always be easier), but it’s a snack you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging in.

Here are some of the best veggie chips and fries:

Kale Chips Kale chips pack a ton of crunch and can be seasoned with just about anything your heart desires. What are the benefits to using kale? It’s low in calories, high in fiber, and packed with iron and vitamin K!

Zucchini Chips Chances are your supermarket or garden is overflowing with zucchini right now. Like kale, zucchini is a blank canvas for flavor, and add will do well with your favorite seasonings, such as fresh black pepper and sea salt.

Beet Chips Think beets are just for roasting? Think again! With a little salt they become the ultimate sweet and savory treat. Beets are also incredibly good for you—they’re a great source of magnesium, fiber, iron, and vitamins A, B, and C. Wow!

Eggplant Fries With a slightly sweet flavor, eggplant stands up well to a little salt—in fact, letting eggplant spears sit with a bit of salt helps to remove moisture before roasting. And the summer favorite is a fantastic source of fiber and vitamin B.

Brussels Sprout Chips The little leaves crisp up quickly and perfectly in the oven, making a healthy and yummy snack. Brussels sprouts are loaded with vitamins K, C, B, fiber, and magnesium.

A personal favorite in my home is the parsnip. I load up at the farmers market when I see them because they can become chips OR fries, depending on your mood or meal. When cut length wise (and a little thicker) into fries, parsnips stay slightly soft on the inside, just like a typical French fry. And when you slice them chip-thin, they get super crispy. Bonus: parsnips are rich in fiber, vitamins B and C, and folic acid. Here’s how I turn this healthy veggie into a tasty side dish or snack:

How do you feel about veggie chips and fries? Planning to try one of these recipes? Let us know in the comments below!


About the Author

Jennifer Pantin
Jennifer Pantin

Writer, lawyer, and healthy-eating proponent, Jennifer Pantin loves experimenting with new, healthy recipes in her Brooklyn kitchen. Her blog, Lorimer Street Kitchen, is where she shares this passion for food and the belief that healthy recipes can be good for you and delicious, too. Connect with Jennifer and Lorimer Street Kitchen on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.


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