Emily’s Post: Springtime Snacks

With warmer weather coming around the corner, there is going to be a lot more opportunity to meet up with friends to enjoy the weather.  If you’re anything like my friends and I, there is no such thing as a gathering without food around.  Typically, some snacks include some sort of chip product.  Unfortunately, chips are not the healthiest snacking option because they typically are high in fat content, making them higher in calories.  I have recently discovered a yummy alternative…carrot chips!  Carrots are high in vitamin A which helps with eyesight and also contain more fiber in comparison to a potato chip.  Carrot chips are easy to prepare and make, and satisfy that chip craving.

Here’s how to make them:

Ingredients

  • 2 large carrots
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

 

Directions 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Wash and peel the carrots.  Using a knife, tilt the carrot and slice diagonally making oval-shaped pieces.  The thinner the slice, the crispier the chip will be.
  3. In a bowl, toss the carrot slices with the olive oil and sea salt until evenly coated.
  4. Lay the carrots on a lined cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the carrots are crisp.

This is such an easy way to get your salty chip craving fix while not putting extra fat and calories into your body.  You can modify this recipe and use it with other root vegetables.  Pair your homemade chips with your favorite dip and you will be ready to have a healthy springtime snack!

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