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.
These snacks are as simple as it gets - dehydrated beetroot and carrot slices with nothing added. The dehydration process preserves all the natural flavours and gives them a satisfying crunch, with no added sugar, salt or oil.
Because they are so pure they keep their natural nutrients. Our beetroot crisps are high in manganese which helps your body release energy, and potassium which helps regulate blood pressure. Our carrot crisps are high in vitamin K which contributes to the maintenance of normal bones, and vitamin C which helps support the immune system. 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.
Never tried vegetable crisps before? Our taste experts have combined them with other wholesome delicious ingredients so you can get the best introduction possible!
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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