Five healthy homemade crisp alternatives

Five healthy homemade crisp alternatives

Try making some healthy apple crisps as an alternative to store-bought snacks.

When it comes to snacking healthily, crisps are the downfall of so many. Crunchy, tasty, satisfying and packed full of flavour, these little guys are hard to say no to. If you could easily munch through a family-sized bag in just one sitting, fear not. We have some great healthy homemade alternatives that will satisfy your inner crunch without leaving you feeling guilty:

Curly kale

This lean green distant cousin of the broccoli is packed full of antioxidants and makes for a tasty crunchy treat when oven baked.

Try it at home: Preheat the oven to 190°C. Rinse and pat dry one large bunch of kale before removing the stems and centre ribs. Rip the kale into large pieces, massage in some olive oil and then sprinkle with some salt and pepper or Parmesan before baking in the oven for around 10 to 15 minutes (until crisp). Keep a close eye on them as they can burn easily.

Carrot

This versatile and healthy veg is full of vitamins and tastes great when sliced thinly and baked until crisp.

Try it at home: Slice very thinly using a mandolin (mind your fingers!) and dust with cinnamon, nutmeg or salt and a little oil before popping them into a preheated oven set to 130°C. Bake for 45 minutes or until crispy.

Apple

For something a little sweet, apples make a delicious autumn/winter snack when baked with warming spices.

Try it at home: Preheat the oven to 90°C. Slice the apples thinly and dust with cinnamon, ginger, allspice and nutmeg. Bake your apple slices in the oven for one hour, remove, flip, and pop back into the oven to cook for another hour.

Courgette

The delicious courgette contains the B vitamins needed to produce both healthy skin and hair.

Try it at home: Slice thinly using a mandolin and coat in egg white before covering in Parmesan, breadcrumbs and black pepper. Once ready, pop into a preheated oven set to 230°C and cook for 8 to 10 minutes before turning and putting back into the oven for a further 8 to 10 minutes.

No matter what crisps you are making the process remains the same. Lay the fruit or veg slices onto a baking sheet lined with parchment and rotate the tray halfway through baking to ensure an even finish. Your crisps will stay fresh in an airtight container for several days, so be sure to make a large batch so you can enjoy plenty of guilt free snacking.

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