Homemade vegetable chips are crispy, have an interesting taste, and do not contain fat. They are even healthy – prepared in the oven, they retain most of the vitamins and other nutrients they contain.
The salt contained in traditional chips is extremely harmful to our bodies. Excess consumption leads to the development of arterial hypertension, and untreated disease can lead to serious health complications. The great advantage of vegetable chips is the lower calorific value – they can be baked in the oven not to be a caloric bomb.
Why Are Chips From the Store Unhealthy?
Chips appear to be otherwise thinly sliced potatoes – this is not always true. Very often, the chips are made of potato pulp or flakes. Traditional crisps contain a lot of oil and therefore are very caloric.
In the composition of traditional chips, we often find not only salt, but also sugar, palm oil and a whole series of flavor enhancers (e.g. glutamate) and dyes (e.g. carotenes). They often also contain dairy products, powdered milk, powdered milk whey, or powdered butterfat. Their composition leaves much to be desired. Meanwhile, homemade vegetable chips will only contain what we add to them.
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Celery and root celery are vegetables that add flavor to many dishes. The vegetable detoxifies the body, helps digest fats, has a diuretic effect, improves kidney and heart function, and positively affects the nervous system. Celery is often used in cleansing and slimming diets. It is a rich source of B vitamins (B1, B2, B5, B6, PP), vitamins C, E, and K, and minerals: zinc, phosphorus, copper, sodium, manganese, magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium, as well as fiber digestive system and bioflavonoids.
Recipe for celery chips
You need celery and a little oil. The vegetable should be thoroughly washed and then cut into the thinnest slices. Then put them into a bowl and add oil – each celery slice should be smeared with oil. Place the chips on a baking tray; they should not overlap. We bake them in an oven preheated to 180 degrees for about 20-30 minutes. Watch them and take them out when they turn golden.
They taste great with an avocado dip (blended avocado, a bit of yogurt, and lemon juice).
Beets are vegetables known for their health-promoting properties since antiquity. Their consumption prevents anemia, supports the circulatory system, and the folic acid contained in them helps to remove homocysteine from the bloodstream, too high levels of which can cause heart disease. Beets have a positive effect on cholesterol, lowering its bad fraction and increasing the blood concentration of nitric oxide, which regulates the pressure. Therefore, they are recommended in the diet of people with hypertension.
In beetroot, apart from folic acid, we also find calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, and vitamins C, A, and B vitamins.
Recipe for beetroot chips
Wash the beets, cut them into equal slices, brush them with oil and place them on a baking sheet. Bake the beetroot chips for an hour in an oven preheated to 130 degrees.
Vegetable crisps can also be prepared from other vegetables – e.g., kale or carrots. They are an interesting alternative, but beware – they will not always be crispy! The edges will be mostly crispy, while the center will be rather soft.
|Kcal (100 g of beetroot)||43|
Healthy Homemade Potato Chips With Herbs
Ingredients: 5 large potatoes, olive oil. Spices: salt, pepper, basil, oregano, chili.
Preparation: Peel the potatoes and cut them into very thin slices. We put them in a bowl filled with oil and spices. We can also brush them with a kitchen brush. Line the baking tray with baking paper. Arrange the slices so that they do not touch each other and do not overlap. We bake them for 10 minutes at 220 degrees with hot air. Then we turn off the oven and do not open it. We let the chips dry inside to make them crispy.
We can make vegetable crisps from the dryer in the same way as above, with the difference that instead of baking them, we dry them. The drying time depends on the vegetable we use and the power of the dryer.
Vegetable Chips – a Delicious Mix With a Hint of Cinnamon
Ingredients: carrot, celery, parsley, beetroot, salt, pepper, cinnamon, olive oil, balsamic vinegar (preferably red), and garlic clove.
Preparation: Peel the vegetables and cut them into the thinnest slices. Line the baking tray with baking paper. Sprinkle the beetroot slices with balsamic vinegar, brush the parsley and celery with olive oil mixed with garlic, salt, and pepper. Season the carrots with cinnamon—Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Bake the vegetables for half an hour using only the top heating element. After 30 minutes, turn off the oven and leave the chips inside for about an hour to dry well and make them crispy.
Are vegetable chips from the store healthy?
Vegetable chips are also available in stores. However, beware of them as they are usually just as unhealthy as regular potato chips. They are also deep-fried and seasoned with monosodium glutamate.
The healthiest alternative to traditional chips is those made at home, not bought in a store. Vegetable chips baked in the oven or dried in the dryer retain their nutrients. Therefore, they are an excellent source of valuable vitamins and microelements. They also provide the body with fiber, which is extremely important in regulating the digestive process. Beetroot crisps contain vitamin B, folic acid, and a large dose of vitamin C. They also contain iron. Homemade vegetable chips, such as potato (salty) or carrot (sweet), are a good dose of B vitamins, iron, copper, zinc, vitamin A and beta-carotene. So it is health itself – it is worth replacing snacks from the store with homemade vegetable chips.