By San Tan Valley Fit Body Boot Camp

We love snacks. Like, seriously, if snacking were a profession, we would have more sponsors than a NASCAR driver. Whether it’s chips, cookies, pastries, or entire turkeys, we love a good snack. So, let’s get down to the serious business of snacking.

Crunchy and sweet are the top things you want in a snack, right? So let’s ditch those cookies and candy bars for some decadent cinnamon apple chips.

Cinnamon Baked Apple Chips

Ingredients 

  • 6 apples (try Pink Lady or Honeycrisp)Cinnamon Baked Apple Chips
  • 6 cups fruit-only juice (try pear juice)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Sea salt
  • Coconut Crystals

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Core and thinly slice 6 apples (skins are fine!)
  • Boil the apples for 5 minutes in a pot with the fruit juice and cinnamon sticks.
  • Remove the slices from the juice, pat them dry and arrange them on a cooling rack placed on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle them with cinnamon, sea salt and coconut crystals. Place in the preheated oven for 1 to 2 hours. Remove from heat once crispy.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings: 5
  • Calories: 114
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrate: 30g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sodium: 60mg

Up next for snacking, Healthy Chips. Wait, what? Healthy? Alright, well give it a go… right after New Years. So, let it on us:

Chips. Why are you so good yet so unhealthy? I mean, chips are so addictive. You open a bag, stick your hand in, and before long, they’re gone. And unfortunately, they’re not always the healthiest choice on the shelf.

Well, we’ve got the solution to quell your chip cravings without sacrificing your precious diet!

The key is to swap the potatoes out for some veggies or dried fruits. You can still keep the regular texture of chips with some added kick or sweetness, depending on what you’re going for.

Let’s explore a few ways you can cook up some tasty chips to munch on free of guilt! You won’t want to go back to processed bags ever again.

Crunchy Baked Plantain Chips

Ingredients

  • 2 large unripe plantains
  • Olive oil
  • Juice from ½ a lemon
  • Freshly ground sea salt 

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F°. Lightly grease 2 large baking sheets with olive oil.
  • Peel the plantains and slice on a diagonal thinly. In a medium bowl, toss the plantains with some olive oil, the juice from ½ a lemon, and a generous sprinkle of salt.
  • Arrange them in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden and crisp. 

Nutritional Facts

  • Servings: 1
  • Calories: 110
  • Fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 133mg
  • Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 1g

Cajun Veggie Chips

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. of root vegetables, thinly sliced (sweet potato, parsnips, beets, or carrots)
  • Sea salt
  • Cajun spice

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 F°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Thinly slice the root vegetables with a mandoline slicer until they are 1/8th of an inch thick.
  • Spread the sliced veggies over the prepared baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes or until crispy. Enjoy!

Nutritional Facts

  • Servings: 1
  • Calories: 139
  • Fat: 0g
  • Sodium: 287mg
  • Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 3g 

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