National Potato Chip Day was just a few days ago, and it got me thinking. The search for the healthy potato chip is not an easy one. The best solution is to make our own. This home made healthy potato chip recipe is a real treat, and the best thing about it is that you are completely in charge of what goes into your potato chips.
Potato chips are the ultimate snack food for those of us who crave salty carbs. But, I am pretty sure that grabbing a bag of potato chips from the store is not the healthiest snack choice. Deep fried and full of salt, preservatives and additives, all the benefits of the healthy potato go out the window. In fact that bag of commercial potato chips can increase your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even cancer according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Potatoes on the other hand are naturally low in calories fat, cholesterol, and sodium, the opposite of the commercial potato chip. Potatoes are also high in fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 according to the nutrition facts database found here. And these facts are based on the standard russett potato. Go for a red, blue, or yellow flesh potato and you increase the phytonutrients too. Think how expensive that bag of organic colorful chips is, but if you can grow or buy your own colorful potatoes, and make your own potato chips, you have enjoyed a little fun in the process and increased the health value of one your favorite snacks.
Potatoes are native to the Andes Mountains and there are thousands of potato varieties in all different shapes and colors. For more interesting facts and research on potatoes follow the link to check out this website maintained by the International Potato Center.
But back to our main goal, the healthy potato chip. Following is a healthy potato chip recipe that maintains the health benefits of the potato but still provides that tasty crisp snack to meet your carb craving.
Healthy Baked Potato Chip Recipe
Using some colorful potatoes, a mandolin slicer and your favorite healthy seasoning, you can make some healthy baked potato chips in less than a half hour. This is a great way to fulfill your carb craving without all the unhealthy additives of that commercial bag of chips.
- Potatoes - for extra health benefits choose some colorful potatoes
- Seasonings of your choice - sea salt, nutritional yeast, lemon pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, chipolte powder, italian seasoning, etc
- Olive oil or melted coconut oil - for 2 potatoes use about 1 tbsp oil
Slice potatoes thin with your mandolin slicer and place on paper towels to absorb excess potato moisture.
Place potatoes in bowl and add oil to potatoes to coat lightly with oil by mixing the potatoes in the bowl with the oil.
Lightly coat baking sheet with oil. I like to use my stoneware baking sheet for even heat distribution. Place sliced potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet.
Sprinkle sliced potatoes with salt or seasoning of your choice.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes, or until potatoes have browned or become crisp. Check frequently to make sure that potato chips are not burning.
Remove from oven and take chips off baking sheet to cool on paper towel or cooling rack.
Potato chips should be crisp and ready to serve. Or once cool they can be saved in serving size bags to be eaten over a few days.
If you use a more starchy white potato, you may want to rinse the potatoes after slicing to wash some of the starch away. The starch makes the potatoes more likely to stick to the pan.
Potato chips from the store are not usually very healthy, but with a few minutes of preparation, you can have a healthy potato chip snack. If you have any tips for making this healthy potato chip recipe, or a favorite way to season your homemade chips please share them in the comment section below.