Food!!! When you make the move to eating “real” food you'll notice the change in how you feel, how you move and even how you sleep.
And still . . . chips.
There are things that are hard to give up and, for many of us, potato chips are high on the list. In celebration of National Potato Chip Day, here are some of the healthiest ways to make your own chips.
Yes, it's true, you can make healthy, homemade potato chips!
You can even make sweet potato chips – by far the healthiest choice! If you make your own chips, you know the potatoes are organic, the oils healthy and the salt has been added at a sane level.
Potatoes get a bad rap these days, but one potato is full of:
- Potassium (great for blood pressure)
- Vitamin C (immune system)
- Fiber (do I have to explain?)
- B6 (processing foods optimally)
- Iron (pay attention ladies!)
Yes, they are a carb and no one is going to benefit from a potato-based diet, but they are a delicious treat. If you happen to be feeding teens, baked potatoes are a great way to use up leftovers – teens can handle lots of potatoes. My son will grab a leftover potato and just start chowing down… It's actually a little disturbing…
If your budget allows, always choose organic potatoes. And, if you haven't already, start experimenting with sweet potatoes. They are full of sweetness and fiber as well as being low in calories. In addition, you get Vitamins A, B5, B6, C. Not to mention thiamin, niacin, carotenoids and riboflavin. And, it's a potato that can be a side dish, an awesome pie or CHIPS!
But, I digress. We're talking about a celebration of potato chips. Salty, crunchy, decadent potato chips. You do not have to give them up forever. Make your own.
How to Slice Your Potatoes:
Now you can sharpen your knife and take the time to cut your potatoes super thin for chips, or you can make it easy on yourself and buy one of these fun kitchen tools:
If you are a serious chip lover, look into purchasing a mandolin. It's a slicer that will give you the nice thin slices that get crispy no matter how you cook them. You can get a Mandolin Slicer for around $20 on Amazon. This will make your life so much easier if you're like me and REALLY enjoy homemade potato chips. 🙂 But please be careful because these things are super sharp. I learned the hard way… ouch!
I get really excited to use my Spiralizer. I don't know if you've ever had Twisted Chips from O'Charleys? I know, not the healthiest choice. But with a Spiralizer, you can make your own and they taste just as good, MAYBE even better. (Now I'm getting hungry…)
How to Cook Your Homemade Potato Chips:
Another consideration is how to cook the chips. Fat is not a bad thing if you're using a healthy fat. For healthy and delicious potato chips, your best oil choices (if you are frying) are:
Palm oil – “Palm oil traditionally has been used for baking, shortenings, margarines and deep fat frying, as it is shelf stable with a high melting point and does NOT require hydrogenation. Therefore, it contains no trans fatty acids.” (You can find this at Tropical Traditions.)
Lard – An oldie, but a goodie.
AVOID – canola, generic vegetable oil, corn oil – all can contain gmos, pesticides and other ingredients no one should be eating!
Baked Potato Chips:
If you opt to bake your potato chips (they will have a slightly softer middle texture than fried but are amazingly satisfying), choose one of the above oils to spritz your potato slices with – on both sides – before baking.
Your final touch? Sea salt, a bit of black pepper and your favorite dip.