National Potato Chips Day: Tips for making healthy potato chips at home

Potato chips can be highly addictive and high in calories and low in nutrients can be fattening with regular consumption. If it is eaten deep-fried and cooked in generally unhealthy oil, it can increase the risk of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and blood pressure in the long run. The worst thing about store-bought potato chips is that you can’t stop eating them until you finish polishing them off. However, if you are a potato chip lover and are looking for a healthier version of this sinful food this National Potato Chip Day (March 14), you can make it at home using minimal oil, less salt, and herbs and spices. Take it in balance because they still don’t have enough fiber and other nutrients needed for weight loss and good health. (Also Read: Crisp Chemistry: What It Takes To Make The Perfect Potato Chip)

“As a nutritionist, I am constantly on the lookout for healthy options for myself and my family. One thing I hate is packaged items. Everyone in my house knows that if something is in a packet – I won’t eat it. My son loves chips, But the ones on the market are super unhealthy with sodium, preservatives and trans fats. So, I discovered this recipe – once we tried it, we never looked back at the bag. The cherry on top – it’s even tastier than the packaged ones. Love, care And made with no added preservatives—you can’t miss trying this recipe,” says nutritionist Sakshi Lalwani in an interview with HT Digital.

Recipe for healthy potato chips:

1. Wash the potato skins thoroughly and dry the skins with a paper or cloth towel.

2. Thinly slice the potatoes to the size you want. I usually slice it about 1/16th of an inch because the thinner it is the crispier it is.

3. Coat them with a little olive oil, just enough to give a glossy effect to each, the baking in no case needing to use a large quantity to soak it all up.

4. Layer the slices on the baking sheet. When layering potatoes, make sure there’s space between them, so there’s plenty of room to get around each chip in the heat.

5. Preheat the oven to 200-220 degrees for 3 minutes on the grill. Bake for 10 minutes, then carefully remove from the oven, and using tongs, flip each one over and bake for 7-8 minutes more. Be sure to keep an eye on them as they will eventually cook quickly.

6. You can season them with simple salt and pepper or add some chili powder or oregano and eat them with any dip.

7. Baked potato chips are eaten immediately but can be stored in a covered container for 1-2 weeks (do not let them cool completely before storing).

“When trying to make potato chips healthier, you have to check the quality of the oil used for frying and the added salt. To be completely honest, there is no healthy alternative to potato chips. The main reason is the texture and taste of potato chips. Designed to be addictive and No healthy variant does,” says Khushboo Jain Tibrewala, founder of The Health Pantry, nutritionist and diabetes educator.

Tibrewala suggests some easy ways to make potato chips healthier:

1. Soak the potato pieces in lightly salted water for some time. Drain them and dry them with a kitchen towel. Place on a tray, brush some oil on the slices and cook in the microwave for 3-4 minutes until golden. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. To reduce the salt, add some dried herbs.

2. The same method can be used to bake or air fry them.

3. Use raw bananas, sweet potatoes, beets, carrots instead of potatoes. This makes a colorful bowl of chips that looks really good at a party.

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