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20 Delicious and Healthy Alternatives To Potato Chips and French Fries

JANUARY 20, 2015  —  By Emily Geraghty  
Emily Geraghty

Emily Geraghty

Emily Geraghty is a DIY writer and video specialist for ViralNova. Previous to ViralNova, she worked in digital content and video production for MTV, Allure, Glamour and LogoTV, as well as reality television development. In her free time she runs the fashion blog That Cheap, a blog about thrift store shopping and inexpensive beauty trends.

Fried potato dishes, like french fries and chips, are delicious...but not particularly healthy. These savory treats are okay every once in awhile, but sadly aren't an everyday option. Instead of reaching for junk food when you're hungry, why not whip up a healthier alternative to our salty favorites? Check out the recipes below for baked chips and fries made of vegetables and low-calorie foods. These snacks taste like an indulgence, but you won't feel guilty later.

1. Butternut Squash Chips

See how they're made here.

2. Baked Zucchini Chips

Learn how to make these thin and crispy chips.

3. Brussels Sprout Chips

This snack is high in fiber and low in calories.

4. Polenta Fries

Get the recipe here.

5. Baked Apple Chips

Get the step-by-step here.

6. Radish Chips

See how to make them here.

7. Broccoli Chips

Make these instead of throwing your broccoli stems in the trash.

8. Kale Chips

This recipe includes parmesan cheese for an extra kick of flavor.

9. Turnip Disco Fries

Disco fries are covered in gravy, but go for the fat-free variety for a healthy snack.

10. Asparagus Fries

This tutorial also includes recipes for three dipping sauces.

11. Beet Chips

You can use golden or red beets for this recipe.

12. Baked Tortilla Chips

Making your own tortilla chips is healthier than buying them at the store.

13. Low Carb Chili "Doritos"

The recipe is tasty and lighter than the brand's version of tortilla chips.

14. Zucchini Fries

These fries are actually baked, not fried.

15. Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Baking mozzarella sticks is not only healthier for you, but it also gives the snack a lighter taste.

16. Daikon Radish Chips

These daikon radish chips are high in vitamin C and low in calories.

17. Carrot Fries

Carrot fries have a ton of health benefits and are lower in calories than potatoes.

18. Banana Chips

For a healthy but still sweet option, go for this banana chip recipe.

19. Green Bean Fries

This dish is pan fried, but has a lighter taste than deep-fried french fries.

20. Cheesy Spinach Chips

This recipe uses baby spinach, but you can use other varieties as well.

(via BuzzFeed)

Are you salivating as much as I am? I think I'm going to whip up some zucchini chips to eat with my dinner later tonight. Which recipe will you try first?

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