Sweet Potato Chips

I love potato chips. Crispy, salty potato chips… yum.  So I took the sweet potato from my fridge and started baking a healthy alternative to the bag of chips in the cabinet.   Having only 3 ingredients (sweet potato, drizzle of olive oil and sea salt) these are a healthy alternative.

Sweet potatoes have several benefits including:

  • High in carotenoids like beta carotene and other carotenoids. Carotenoids help strengthen our eyesight and boost our immunity to disease, they are powerful antioxidants that help ward off cancer and protect against the effects of aging
  • Their natural sugars are slowly released into the bloodstream, helping to ensure a balanced and regular source of energy, without the blood sugar spikes linked to fatigue and weight gain
  • They are a source of potassium, one of the important electrolytes that help regulate heartbeat and nerve signals. Like the other electrolytes, potassium performs many essential functions, some of which include relaxing muscle contractions, reducing swelling, and protecting and controlling the activity of the kidneys
  • High in vitamin B6 reduce the chemical homocysteine in our bodies.  Homocysteine has been linked with degenerative diseases, including the prevention of heart attacks
  • A good source of vitamin C wards of cold and flu produces collagen which helps maintain skin’s youthful elasticity
  • Contain vitamin D plays an important role in our energy levels, moods, and helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth
  • Contain iron white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper im­mune functioning
  • Contain magnesium – the relaxation and anti-stress mineral

To read more about why you should love sweet potatoes visit: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/9-reasons-to-love-sweet-potatoes.html

Sweet Potato Chip How To:

  • Gather ingredients and pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
    • 1 yam/sweet potato
    • Olive oil
    • Sea salt (or mixed salt/seasoning of your choice)
    • Clean your sweet potato, get a sharp knife and slice into thin “coins” 
    • Spray a baking pan with non-stick spray and lay the sweet potato slices flat. Drizzle with olive oil and add sea salt.
      • For crispier chips, remove excess water by sprinkling with salt and letting them rest for an hour or blot with a paper towel
      • I did not do this so mine turned out soft, more like French fries than a potato chip
      • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, flipping them once at 15 minutes
      • Remove, let cool and enjoy!  -Aubrey
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