Saturday, April 6, 2013

make sweet potato chips. a healthier option.

ok.

if you're following along this crazy and magical ride of "i'm over sugar", you're sometimes feeling overwhelmed. if you watch a food documentary, you surely feel overwhelmed. but here's how i keep it simple. sugar out, nutrients in. that's it. if i'm taking the sugar out, what can i put in that's healthy.

my tendency, if i don't eat sugar, is to just eat bread or crackers or chips. so what are my options?  i like to play a little joke on myself and pretend like i'm eating non healthy things, when really i'm eating a vegetable. for instance, if i want chips, i've been making sweet potato chips.

so the deal is, i've tried to make sweet potato chips in the oven and they don't crisp up right. i make them in the microwave. it pains me to do this because i think it zaps nutrients out, but it works the best to make super crispy chips. and at least i didn't fry it, right?

so slice them thin. you can use your mandolin slicer, or your food processor has an attachment, or just do it by hand. but keep them thin. i hand sliced mine and it was sort of therapeutic for some reason.



then you have to lay them all out in their own spot on wax paper or a plate. i salted them and also added some cayenne pepper for some kick.

then microwave for 3 minutes. everyone's microwave is different, so you might need longer! just keep an eye on them. well, not too close though...i also have a fear that microwaves give you cancer. LOL. just don't even google that. let me believe it and duck down in front of the microwave anytime i use it.

i mean, not rocket science, right? so easy and a big sweet potato yields so many chips! and it's so much cheaper. right up my ally.

i like to dip the chips in texas caviar. or beans, onions, corn, tomatoes, cilantro(said like thu-lan-tro), salt and pepper and some lime if you're feeling frisky. avocados are a nice addition. always. i eat avocados like it's my job. is one a day too many? the point is, i'm eating vegetables instead of a cookie. and i'm feeling good about that.

side note, it took me a couple tries to get the right consistency and time in the microwave. don't give up if it turns out wrong the first time! like all recipes, they take time and practice.
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here is part 1 of the series that explains what the heart is behind all this not eating sugar and what my symptoms of crappiness were.
here is the second part: 8 steps to steps to stop feeling like crap

24 comments:

  1. It blows my mind that it's so easy! Of course with my luck I'll probably just melt my sweet potatoes into mush. We'll see. Thanks for sharing! Loving the #imoversugar posts!

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  2. I'm all about microwaving - I don't think it zaps the nutrients at all, plus you're eating the skin too! Pinning this one because you're a genius :)

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    1. don't be mad if you don't do it right the first time. it might take a couple practice rounds. :)

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  3. So smart. I love sweet potato chips! Also, avo is super food! Go on wid yo bad self.

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  4. Mkay so I bought avocados for the first time at Sams Club last night. I have five. TELL ME WHAT TO DO WITH THEM!I'd only ever heard of them living in a small town in NY and then when I went out to California they were in what seemed like every dish.
    I want to use them but I'm clueless. Also, how to buy them(what to look for/ripe,etc...) would be helpful.
    I will try these chips on my unsuspecting family. :)

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    1. put them on eggs in the morning!
      make guacamole!
      and there are a ton of recipes online using them in chocolate pudding, chocolate cake, and all sorts of things. :)

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    2. To check for ripeness in the grocery store, you just have to flick the nub off the top (technically it's the stem. I like nub better)and check the color you see underneath. If its brown, it's not so great. Ideally you want a yellowish-green color underneath which means its ripe or will be ripe quite soon! Also, if you happen to pick hard, unripe avocados, you can quicken the ripening process by wrapping in newspaper for a few days and placing by/near other produce like bananas. :)

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    3. To check for ripeness in the grocery store, flick the stem off the top and check the color underneath. Brown means it's no good or might be mushy inside. Greenish-yellow is what you're looking for which means its ripe or nearing ripeness. You can also speed up the ripening process by wrapping them in newspaper for a few days and placing near other produce like bananas. :)

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    4. I've never heard this tip! Life changer!! :)

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    5. Thank you ladies:) I saw the same tip on Pinterest and have been using them up. So far my hubby and girls are not fans. Party poopers!

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  5. Sweet potato fries are delish too!! Just whack em up into wedges, gently sprinkle with olive oil and salt and bake! mmmmm

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  6. I just did this last week. Mine turned out soggy. But I baked them on a cookie sheet. You say microwave? Sorry if I missed something in your post that explains...

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  7. I am impressed by the hand slicing..I will try! I tend to ummm allllways cut myself when handling a knife. It's weird. But I know it's not the microwave, because I also step back/duck after turning it on.

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  8. I LOVE sweet potatoes so I tried these. 10 minutes later, they still weren't done. I think our microwave just sucks? Hopefully I can perfect this because baking them in the oven just takes way toooo long. Loved your healthy eating posts, by the way. I'm still trying to kick my twin pregnancy weight off 7 months later...Stopped eating sugar and I lost 3 lbs this week! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. Great recipe Jami, can't wait to try this! I've made sweet potato fries (faux fries-baked) but haven't tried chips. Have you tried kale chips yet?

    I just found you from Hannah @ Happy Days, and have been so excited to read your "no sugar" posts. I quit sugar and wheat in November of last year and have felt like kind of a weirdo doing it. Ha! (When I've told friends and family they look at me like I'm insane and say, "Why??".) I haven't even really posted much about it. It's so nice to read about your similar experiences, recipe ideas etc.

    Glad I found you!

    ♥ Melissa~

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  10. Jami, I am having issues too. they are just soggy no matter what I do. Are yours really that crisp? whats going on here???!! ;)

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  11. Hi Jami - Love your blog! I've recently also been cutting back on sugar and I was wondering how much sugar you allot yourself each day? I'm struggling with this as it seems almost EVERYTHING has sugar in it. For example, I've switched to unsweetened almond milk (2-3g of sugar per serving) from regular milk (12g of sugar). Is this still bad? Just seeing if you had any input about this. Thanks!

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  12. These look so yummy! I'm going to try them this week!

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  13. These look so yummy! I'm going to try them this week!

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  14. okay then. I tried this and learned a couple things. One, my ability to slice thin pieces is directly related to the SIZE of the potato I choose. Bigger is not better. Two, your 3 minutes is my 13. But, it CAN be done!

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  15. waaaahhhh. i don't have a microwave. because they give you cancer. :) i have an oven though. and those look yummy. and i must try them. baked sweet potato chips it is. :)

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  16. I did it and mine were awesome! I microwaved them about 5 or 5 1/2 minutes. Thanks!!!

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  17. I tried this and it took about 5 1/2 minutes. They were awesome! Thanks!

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  18. I love sweet potato chips! they are really popular here. as are plantain chips (called "cheef-lays") banana chips that are super thin and salty not sweet. I think you should try to figure out how to make those next.

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