What are some healthy alternatives to chips?

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N.

If you want something to crunch on, try popcorn.  You can use the 100-calorie microwave packs or use a hot air popper.  Popcorn is low in calories if you don’t add butter and also a good source of dietary fiber. Carrots can also provide some crunch and also provide vitamin A, vitamin C and also some dietary fiber.  You can cut whole wheat tortillas like a pie in wedges, spray a cooking spray over them, sprinkle a little salt or another spice of your choice. Bake in a single layer at 450 degrees until crisp about 8 minutes.  Watch closely. Dip in a salsa.  You can also use the cooking technique to make homemade potato chips.  Thinly cut potato chips using regularIdaho baking potatoes or sweet potatoes. Leave skin on the regular potato but peel the sweet potato before slicing.  Sprinkle a little cinnamon over the sweet potatoes instead of salt.

Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N., is a registered dietitian with a Master’s Degree in clinical nutrition.  The former publisher of Kentuckiana HealthFitness Magazine, Kentuckiana Healthy Woman magazine and radio show host of Health News You Can Use, Barbara has over 30 years of experience in promoting healthy lifestyles to consumers.  Barbara worked as Nutrition Consultant to the Navy SEALs (8 years) and the University of Louisville Athletic Department (10 years). Barbara has private practice, DayByDay Nutrition, www.DayByDayNutrition.com, where she counsels clients on weight loss, cholesterol management, performance nutrition and an array of other medical issues.  Visit Barbara’s new website which is an on-line health & wellness magazine, www.KentuckianaHealthWellness.com. Barbara writes nutrition and health columns for www.LiveStrong.com as well as a weekly nutrition column for the Southeast Outlook. She also designs and presents employee wellness programs to small and large businesses. Barbara is a runner, cyclist, hiker and a mother and grandmother to 12 grandchildren.    


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