According to this NPR article, America’s favorite snack, the potato chip, may soon be replaced by a much healthier version–veggie crisps.
From the article:
Or, take a mandoline to your vegetables, toss with olive oil and a dash of salt and serve them hot alongside a sandwich as chips. This vegetables-as-chips innovation has gone viral and can be found in grocery stores, restaurants and food trucks across the country. I’ve leapt onto this bandwagon with both feet. (If you don’t have a mandoline, use a sharp knife.)
Veggie chips, in contrast, are practically a health food in comparison, especially where they’re tossed with heart-healthy olive oil and baked, not fried. I’ve tried a range of veggie chips from paper-thin, crisp kale and spinach chips to more muscular taro and beet chips. They’re all winners — tasty, colorful and fun to make. The best part is that you need no technology more sophisticated than a sharp knife.
I haven’t made veggie chips at home but I have purchased two different varieties at the local co-op. While kale chips really do not do it for me, contrary to the claims of the article which note they are, “among the healthiest and tastiest of all veggie chips,” the others were fine. They’re definitely not as good as potato chips can be and they’re still loaded with fat and calories but at least I can pretend I’m not going to die almost immediately after I eat them. But even though they are tasty, I still haven’t found any that are as versatile as the potato chip.
What about you? Do you like veggie chips? Do you agree that they’re tasty but not as versatile? Do you make them at home or do you stick to what you can find at the grocery store? What flavors/brands do you like best? Did you replace them at this summer’s BBQs or did you go the more traditional route? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.