I picked the worst week ever to give up crisps – two trips to London when it’s so handy to just carry a bag of crisps around for a quick snack. Instead, I had much healthier rice cakes, and when I was at home discovered some surprisingly tasty alternatives.
Spinach and parmesan
I found a recipe for baked kale and parmesan crisps. Being without kale, I thought I’d give it a go with spinach and dried goats cheese. I loved it! I spread spinach on a baking tray and sprinkled over the cheese, then put it in the oven for 5-10 minutes. It didn’t crisp up, unfortunately, but it tasted as good as crisps but was much healthier! I’d definitely recommend trying it!
Making just about anything from scratch is going to be healthier than buying it ready-prepared. I did it the long way – slicing potato, boiling it for a few minutes, putting a single layer onto a baking tray with oil and paprika, and putting in the oven. However, I’ve since discovered a much easier microwave recipe (http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/6586/homemade-crisps.aspx): slice the potatoes, cover in oil and layer on a microwavable plate. Voila!
I’ve discovered a new love for flapjacks! I can’t get enough of them. And they’re so simple to make! All I do is melt some butter and honey in a pan and add oats and olive oil. I then add chopped dates or banana and a small handful of 85% cocoa chocolate to give each bit an extra treat. Stick it in the oven for about 20 minutes. One warning: if you take these on a packed lunch, the hands will quickly fly in when you get them out and you’ll be left with only crumbs!
How to resist
I find that if I buy crisps, I can’t resist them, so the best thing for me is to keep them away from my shopping trolley. But even if you swap one packet of crisps a week for a healthy alternative, you’ll be on your way to a healthier you. Why not give it a go?