By Bobbi Burger Brunoehler of Bobbisbargains.
I love veggie chips and I pay WAY too much for these crispy treats. I convinced myself that they are healthy and therefore it is OK to pay at least twice as much as I would pay for a bag of regular chips. Boy, have I been taken in by packaging.
The fact is that packaged veggie chips are healthier than potato chips but still contain carbs, fats, and sodium.
How about controlling the fat and salt by making them yourself?
My favorite veggie chips are the ones made from beets. They are so colorful and impossibly swirled with white and color. Turns out you can make your own by
roasting them for just 30 minutes. No frying.
- Just grab a fresh beet from your local farmer’s market.
- Scrub well, but don’t peel.
- Slice thinly using whatever means you have available. I’ll be using my Cuisinart with slicer attachment.
- Place on a greased cookie sheet. Don’t let them overlap.
- Spray with a non-stick spray. (I’d like to come up with an alternative to this step.)
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Roast for at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Turn chips over and roast for another 15 minutes or until crisp.
- Eat. Yum.
You can make chips out of lots of different veggies. I also like carrot chips.
Another great snack that is way more nutritious if you make it yourself is fruit leather. When you make your own fruit leather, you can leave out most, if not all, of the sugar and additives. If you are lucky enough to have fruit trees on your property, this is a great way to use all that fruit. Remember to share with your friends and neighbors.
Do you know of other snack foods you can make yourself?
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