Healthy homemade alternatives to crisps

Salty, savoury crisps are a moreish treat, and while we believe it is important to live a balanced life enjoying a little of what you fancy, we wouldn’t recommend snacking on them every day. Vegetable crisps may seem like a good alternative, but certain shop-bought varieties contain even more fat than potato crisps. One 40g bag of a mainstream brand of vegetable crisps was found to have nearly twice as much fat as a Mars bar. We far prefer making our veggie crisps, so that we know exactly what goes into them. If you’re trying to curb a crisp habit, opt for our healthier vegetable alternatives instead – they’re just as tempting and crunchy, but with a good kick of nutrients too.

 

Healthy snack chickpea popcorn from Liz Earle WellbeingChickpea popcorn

This savoury snack is ideal for devouring in front of a good film. Make a batch over the weekend and store in an air-tight container so that you have a handful handy when you need a pick-me-up.

 

Dried apple rings recipe from Liz Earle WellbeingDried apple rings

If you have a windfall of apples and need a bit of a break from crumbles, these are an ideal way to work through the bumper crop. They’re a great way to help children eat more fruit and veg and always prove popular in a lunchbox. Made using only three ingredients, they’re virtually fat free, and a good source of vitamin C, too.

Kale chips

Kale chips are one of the most popular alternatives to potato crisps, and with good reason. This leafy green is packed with vitamins A and C and also provides us with dietary fibre – find out more about its health and beauty benefits here. To make your own kale chips, simply dab with rapeseed oil, sprinkle with sea salt and bake in the oven until crisp – delicious!

Beetroot crispsbeetroot crisps recipe liz earle wellbeing

Slightly sweeter than their potato counterparts, we find beetroot crisps utterly delicious. Use a mandolin to get extra thin slices – but watch your fingers, mandolins are incredibly sharp utensils! Topping them with Parmesan cheese (or a veggie alternative) makes them even more moreish.

 

healthy popcorn recipeChilli and lime popcorn

This healthy popcorn gets its savoury flavour from cheesy nutritional yeast, a kick of chilli and a zing of lime. Low in fat and calories, it is a great alternative to the salty, sugar-filled varieties you can buy at the cinema.