Do you love potato chips as much as I do?  Do you not love so much what they do to your waistline?  I have a few alternatives for you since this Friday, the 14th, is National Potato Chip Day.  Maybe you will love these “healthy” chips as much as I do too!

Sweet Potato Chips


I have a couple of varieties for you to choose from.  They all start with preheating the oven to 250 degrees and slicing about 2 sweet potatoes as thinly as you can (about 1/8th of an inch thick).  For speed and accuracy, I would highly recommend a mandolin.

Option 1

          Toss potatoes in 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon, and salt to taste.

Option 2

          Toss potatoes in 1-2 tablespoons rice vinegar and salt to taste.

After flavoring your chips lay them out on baking sheets covered in parchment or tinfoil and bake for 1 – 1.5 hrs.  Sometimes I flip them over half way through, sometimes I am lazy and don’t.  They usually turn out just fine both ways.  They should crisp up nicely and turn a little brown when they are done.

Apple Chips


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Depending on your preference you can core your apple prior to slicing.  I leave my core in because it doesn’t bother me and it is one less step I have to take.  After you core your apple, if you are going to, slice your apples about 1/8th of an inch thick as well.  I usually dehydrate my apples because I do them in bulk but you can dry them in the oven as well. 

You will want to lay your apples out on a dehydrating rack or if you are baking put them on a baking sheet that is covered in parchment or foil.  Spray lemon juice on the apples (optional, doesn’t affect flavor, just color).  And then choose one of these options below or you can also leave them plain, which is tasty too.

Option 1

          Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon sugar.

Option 2

          Sprinkle liberally with flavored gelatin powder.  All the flavors are good.

If dehydrating you want the temperature set to about 140 degrees and it will take 8-10 hours depending on the humidity of your home.  If you are baking you can do it at 170 for 6-8 hours or if you oven doesn’t go down that low you can bake them at 200 degrees for about 2 hours.

Kale Chips


You will want to take one bunch of Kale, the variety doesn’t matter, wash and dry very well.  If it is still wet the kale will not crisp up, it will steam instead.  Remove the hard rib in the middle and tear into pieces, size does not have to be precise.  You can either put the pieces into a bowl or a large zip-top bag and pour 1/2 – 1 tablespoons olive oil over kale and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. 

Then massage your kale to soften it and to really get the flavor all over the kale.  On a baking sheet covered in parchment or foil lay the kale out, in a single layer, not overlapping.  Bake at 300 for 10 minutes, gently stir the kale and bake for about another 10 minutes, until nice and crispy.  Watch them closely the last 10 minutes they can burn quickly and since everyone’s ovens are a little different it is impossible to give an exact time.

After you master the basics it is fun to branch out into some other flavors.  Keeping with the theme I thought I would give you two options to try.

Option 1

          Add red pepper flakes and cumin to taste along with the salt & pepper.

Option 2

          Omit the salt & pepper and use 2 T soy sauce and 1 – 2 T sesame seeds.

You don’t have to miss out on the crunchy saltiness just because you are eating healthy.  Hopefully, these options will help you satisfy those cravings in a healthy way.

Do you have other tasty combos that you like?  Share them here and enjoy!


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