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Monday, October 13, 2014

Veggie Chips

Veggie Chips
There are many new products on the market including an assortment of veggie chips.  While many of these new products are made with vegetables and a few flavorings, other products are potato- or corn-based with a few vegetables added in. 
Veggie chips are often a healthier option than regular chips.  Here are some tips when selecting veggie chips.

Look at the ingredient listing which is found below the Nutrition Facts label to determine the actual vegetable content.  Look for products that list vegetables as the first ingredient.  Ingredients are listed in descending order of weight in the product.  Also look for the percentage of vitamin A which is part of the Nutrition Facts label.  Many vegetables contain vitamin A and the percentage should be 25 percent of the Daily Value or greater.

Check the amount of fat in a serving which is also found on the Nutrition Facts label.  Many of these chips are processed with oil and contain a fair amount of fat.
Pay attention to the serving size.  While it can be easy to eat a significant amount of veggie chips, check the Nutrition Facts label to determine number of chips per serving.

Making veggie chips is easy.  Here is a recipe for making kale chips.
1 head of kale, washed and dried
2 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt    
1.       Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
2.       Remove ribs from kale and cut into 2 inch pieces.
3.       Place in bowl and toss with olive oil and sea salt.
4.       Bake until crisp. Turn leaves over 10 minutes and bake for 17 to 20 minutes total.  

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