30th January 2017 by Jess
Just because you’re trying to choose more nourishing snacks this year doesn’t mean you have to give up on that moreish crunch you love!
Vegetable crisps have the health advantage over potato crisps because they can be dried rather than fried, creating a naturally delicious wholesome snack with many more vitamins and nutrients than fried potato crisps.
Whether or not vegetable crisps are healthier than potato crisps depends on the veg in question. Potatoes are typically not as nutrient-rich compared to beetroot, parsnip and carrots, all three of which make for nourishing and delicious vegetable crisps.
Air drying over a long time at a low temperature is the best way to preserve all that natural goodness whilst creating the delicious crunch we all love.
The key to finding vegetable crisps that are an improvement on standard fried potato crisps is to look at the ingredients. If they are fried, oiled and salted the same way then you’re not really doing yourself any favours.
Flavour-wise, the flavour from the vegetable being used carries through and often salt or a herb or spice is added on top for an additional flavour lift. A good system is to go for crisps made from vegetables you enjoy. Don’t like carrots? You probably won’t like carrot crisps!
The bottom line is, switching fried potato crisps for dried vegetable crisps, you’re giving your body more vitamins and minerals without all the added oils and salt, but still getting that delicious savoury crunch.
This snack is as simple as it gets - dehydrated beetroot slices with nothing added. The dehydration process preserves all the natural flavours and gives it a satisfying crunch, with no added sugar, salt or oil.
Because they are so pure they keep their natural nutrients, including manganese which helps your body release energy, and potassium which helps regulate blood pressure. All in all we think they beat a packet of crisps hands down!
Try dipping these crisps in hummus as a mid-afternoon snack. Of course, you can eat them straight from the bag too or if you want to get experimental, spread them with our taste expert Grace’s whipped goats cheese with ground almonds and thyme.
And even if you’re not a fan of vegetable crisps, but still want to upgrade your snacking to more nourishing crisp alternatives, we’ve got a whole collection for you to explore.
dried-not-fried beetroot crisps, pure sunflower seeds and jalapeno chickpeas
crunchy beetroot, dried not fried, and nothing else - no added salt, sugar or oil!
crunchy carrot slices, dried-not-fried for a light and nutritious alternative to crisps - 100% carrot and nothing else!
pure carrot crisps, wild rice sticks and hickory smoked almonds
black pepper almonds, black beans, beetroot crisps and carrot crisps
crunchy edamame beans and kale crisps baked with chia & cashew butter
chilli lemon broad beans, black beans and kale crisps baked with cashew butter
By Jess, graze nutritionist.
Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to Jess's blog at jessipes.co.uk for even more.
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