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Ok, I admit it. I’m a snackoholic and am no stranger to crisps (potato chips)!

The only thing better than a packet of crisps is two packets of crisps!

I come from a world where the only thing better than a packet of crisps is two packets of crisps! I loved them (note the word loved) but I had to find a better way. It was no good building a healthy way of living on one hand and destroying it with countless salty, savoury snacks on the other.

Several months ago I would have thought it impossible to find anything as good, to replace those naughty nibbles.  I was wrong. There are hundreds of healthy ways to snack and nibble.  Since I started juicing in August 2013 I have found a number of healthy alternatives which, dare I say it, are even tastier then the naughty nibbles they replace. This week I am sharing a few of the ones that are simple to make from affordable ingredients. They are delicious too!

Healthy Alternatives to Crisps / Potato Chips

The world of healthy crisps is a wonderful playground of taste and textures. I have thinly sliced and baked all manner of vegetables. Kale, parsnip, carrots, sweet potatoes, celeriac, pears the list goes on. Thinly sliced, lightly coated with extra virgin olive oil, natural sea salt and baked in the oven at about 135C . Keep an eye on them though, kale will take 10 minutes or so and the other veggies will take up to half an hour or more. For an extra little zing sprinkle with ground cumin to taste before baking. Wow, who would have thought that vegetables, simply prepared and baked could taste so good. As soon as they are in the oven I can count the seconds before my youngest daughter starts hovering around the kitchen waiting for the first batch! Simple, tasty and super healthy.

Healthy Alternatives to Crisps / Potato Chips

Spiced Roasted Treats

Ultra savoury, my replacement for dry roasted peanuts are easy to make. I have also tried the spice mix with roasted chick peas for added crunch! For a 15oz tin of chick peas or equivalent plain peanuts, I mix the following

  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • Natural sea salt to taste.

Mix in the chick peas or peanuts (or go half and half) and make sure they are all coated in the spice mix.

Preheat the oven to 200C and put the nuts / chick peas onto a baking tray in single layer.

Bake for 15mins, give the tray a shake and bake for a further 15mins or so.

Keep an eye on them, you don’t want them to burn. When fully roasted let them cool and enjoy!

As an alternative replace the garam masala with the same measure of smoked paprika.

Spiced Roasted Treats

So there you have it. That is what I will be nibbling on as the family sits around the T.V on a Saturday night. Guilt free snacking!

And this weeks juicy news?

I have lost another 2lbs. Not far now till I reach the magic 5 stone (70lbs or 31kg) target!

Juicing Weigh Loss - Mark Beddoe 12 April 2014

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