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Homemade Vegetable Chips

The health advantages of eating vegetables are plentiful.

We all know we should get our daily servings, but sometimes we truthfully would rather have that crunchy, salty bag of potato chips.

Not to worry, as vegetables are very flexible foods.

Select your favorite sliceable veggies and they can probably be used to replace the not so healthy variety.

Homemade chips are easy to make, only requiring slicing, baking and seasoning, and no throw-away bag. These are just a few examples of how to make healthier chips.

Beets and sweet potatoes make great chips. Simply wash, pat dry and slice them evenly. Put slices in a bowl, add a bit of olive oil and place them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Put a second baking sheet over the chips to press them down while they heat if you want uncurled slices. Cook at about 350 degrees for approximately 10-25 minutes or until the edges just start to crisp. Kale also makes surprisingly unbelievable chips, despite being a green. Kale chips are made much like the others, but any stems or centers will need to be removed first and then bake sections for about 20 minutes at 300 degrees. Sprinkle on sea salt or any favorite seasoning to warm chips, then let cool and they will turn crisp and be ready for snacking.

For an interesting twist on radishes, attempt Pinch of Yum’s recipe for cinnamon sugar radish chips. Even if you’re not a fan of these root vegetables, chances are you will want to try them turned into chips. Made similar to the above directions, except honey, cinnamon and sugar mixtures are added along with olive oil. Cook them at 350 for 15 minutes then flip and lower the oven temperature to 225, cooking for an additional 15 or 20 minutes. This recipe would also work well with sweet potatoes, carrots, or any other vegetables you want to add a sweet crunch to, just adjust the cooking time depending on the thickness of the slices and type of chip used.

Serve these vegetable portions with dips or enjoy plain. Even skeptics will at least want to sample one for curiosity’s sake. Naturally made chips are more affordable than the kind on the shelf, and are a colorful and tasty way to eat vegetables. Getting the crunch of a chip along with rich nutrients will have you wanting to try new combinations and make up your own recipes.

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