Hoo Knew? Hoo Needs Potato Chips?

Posted on: Nov 08, 2012


Some people can’t resist the creamy decadence of chocolate, the sugary crunch of hard candies, or the cool creaminess of ice cream. For other folks it’s the crispy saltiness of potato chips that is tougher to avoid. The problem with this snack of choice is that most potato chips are high in fat, calories, carbs, and sodium while generally lacking any essential nutrients. For the health-conscious crunchy snack-seeker out there, we have some deliciously healthy alternatives:


Kale Chips
It seems unlikely that this leafy green super-food could possibly satisfy your craving for crunch, but kale chips are delightfully crispy AND full of fiber and vitamins.

  • Wash kale if needed, then dry in salad spinner or between towels (moisture will keep them from crisping up).
  • Cut or pull out the tough stems down the middle and tear leaves into chip-sized pieces.
  • Spread the leaves on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive or canola oil and toss with your hands to coat well.
  • Arrange leaves into a single layer and sprinkle with salt.
  • Roast for about 10 minutes at 400° F, until leaves are crispy and starting to turn brown.
  • Share your new favorite snack with friends and family (or don’t)!

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
Healthy, salty, and crunchy; roasted chickpeas are simple, nutritious, and satisfying. The best part of this recipe? You can tweak it to your liking with almost any seasoning! Leave off the spice if you don’t like spicy food.  Try onion soup mix or ranch seasoning instead. Got a sweet tooth? Replace the cayenne and salt with sugar and cinnamon. The possibilities for this savory snack are endless!

  • Heat oven to 450° F and line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Drain and rinse one 15.5 oz. can of chickpeas and put them in a bowl.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Mix well then spread on baking sheet in one layer.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes.
  • Remove pan, shake chickpeas around to make sure they brown evenly, then return to oven for an additional 15 minutes or until brown and crunchy.
  • Enjoy right away, or save for later. With friends, or by yourself!

Baked Tortilla Chips
So the first two recipes may satisfy that desire for the traditional potato chip, but when it comes to needing a vehicle for your favorite dips and salsas, kale and chickpeas just won’t do. Enter homemade tortilla chips – way better for you than the store bought, fried version and super easy, too!

  • Corn, flour, or wheat tortillas (fresh is best, but pre-packaged will do) cut into triangles.
  • Lightly spray chips with cooking spray, sprinkle with salt, and bake at 400° F for 6-7 minutes or until crisp.
  • Once the chips are done, remove from oven and allow to cool. They will continue to crisp as they cool.
  • Dip into your favorite guacamole, salsa, or hummus and enjoy!