Clients are always asking me for healthy, yet convenient, snack ideas. These two chip recipes are an extremely simple, yet tasty, way to increase fruit and vegetable consumption throughout the day. They can serve as a substitute for a chip craving, a quick snack while you are on the go, an appetizer for a gathering with friends, or a sweet and healthy dessert.
Made with few ingredients and minimal effort, these chips are as good for your health as they are delicious. Kale, a superfood and dark leafy green, makes a crispy and healthful alternative for potato chips while apples provide fiber and sweetness should your cravings be angled toward sugar.
Source: Ontario Apple Growers
(makes 2 cups)
- 2 large apples
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 200 F.
- Thinly slice apples crosswise about 1/8-inch (2 mm) thick with a mandolin or sharp knife.
- Arrange apple slices in a single layer on two parchment-lined rimmed baking sheets.
- In small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon.
- Put mixture into a sieve and sprinkle evenly over apple slices.
- Bake in the top and bottom third of the oven until apples are dry and crisp, about 2 hours.
- Remove from oven and let ‘chips’ cool completely before transferring to a sealed container for up to 3 days.
Baked Kale Chips
- 1 bunch kale
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Line a non-insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- With a knife or kitchen shears, carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces.
- Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner.
- Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
- Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.