You can still have the saltiness and crunchiness
We don’t blame you for those salty, crunchy cravings, or for letting your kids indulge every once in awhile. At Bentology, we’re all about eating the foods you want, but in the correct portions. It’s okay to give into cravings every so often, but potato chips are one food you might want to consider finding a substitute for.
Researchers at the Duke National University of Singapore found potato chips to be one of the most obesity-promoting foods for youth to consume. Here are some recipes for a few healthier alternatives to your favorite salty snack:
- Sweet potato chips: Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Rinse and dry sweet potatoes. Using a sharp knife or mandoline (we like this one from Good Cooking), thinly slice sweet potatoes. Toss slices in a little bit of olive oil and salt, place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for about two hours, flipping the chips halfway through baking. Remove when chips are golden brown. Let sit for 10 minutes, then enjoy!
- Kale chips: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Carefully remove the leaves from the stem, using a sharp kitchen knife or scissors. Break them into bite-sized pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry the kale with a salad spinner. Place on a baking sheet in a single layer, then drizzle with olive oil and salt. Bake until the edges start to brown, about 10-15 minutes.
- Salted edamame: Add one tablespoon of salt to six cups of water and bring it to a boil. Add edamame (we suggest fresh edamame) and cook for five minutes, or until tender. Drain and toss with kosher salt. Serve warm or cold. So easy!
- Homemade tortilla chips: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut whole grain tortillas into wedges, toss in olive oil and salt. Place them on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for about 12 minutes or until golden brown, flipping the chips halfway through baking.*
*This same recipe can be made with carrots or zucchini slices, thinly sliced with a mandoline. Both should bake for about 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
These healthier options are sure to satisfy your craving for potato chips, but without all the processed fat! Make these recipes the night before and then pack them in your kid’s bento box for a delicious snack the next day.