People love to eat chips. They are inexpensive, readily available, and easy to keep eating. Most people don’t realize how awful chips are for their bodies, though. Chips are dangerous because you can keep eating them without realizing how much you have eaten. One serving is only about ten or fifteen chips, but it’s easy to eat the whole bag.
The link between potato chips and weight gain is more prominent than the link between the consumption of meat, sweetened beverages, or processed meat products and weight gain. Chips tend to displace other nutritious foods in your diet because they are addicting and easy. It’s much easier to grab several handfuls of chips, for instance, than it is to prep carrot sticks to dip in hummus (which isn’t that hard!). Additionally, the sodium content in chips can drastically impact cardiovascular health. One ounce of chips has about 120-180 milligrams of sodium, and high sodium consumption can lead to high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
Homemade carrot chips, on the other hand, are not like these processed, unhealthy snacks. They are incredibly easy to make and you can eat them guilt-free because they are just carrots (with the seasonings of your choice). Carrots are a great vegetable for absorbing various spices, so you can make these chips spicy, herbaceous, or subtly sweet. We added a hint of cayenne for some extra heat when we made ours.
- 4 carrots
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne (optional)
- 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Thinly slice the carrots using a mandolin. Add the sliced carrots to a bowl and toss them with the spices and olive oil.
- Lay the slices in a single layer on several baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake them ion the oven until the carrots are nice and crunchy, like chips. Remove from oven and enjoy. You can store them in an airtight container for several days.