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Healthy Snacks: Southwestern Beet Chips

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Southwestern Beet Chips Recipe

Full of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins A and C, beets encourage the growth of new cells and promote colon cleansing.

The other day, my fiance was snacking on zesty, jalapeno chips.  They looked temptingly delicious, but ever wary of processed snacks, I decided to try my hand at homemade chips–a healthier option for both of us! Beet chips make a gorgeous side or appetizer and are pretty easy to make.  Be sure to wear an old t-shirt when processing your beets because you and your cutting area will inevitably be covered in pink juice!

Below is a recipe for simple beet chips with a Southwestern flair.  But I encourage you to try other seasoning combinations!  To experience the full health benefits of beets, enjoy this recipe raw.  It’s just as delicious–I found myself snacking on the raw chips before I put them in the oven.

Ingredients:

(Serves about 4)

6 medium-sized beets

1 tbl. coconut oil

juice of half a lime (about a tablespoon)

dashes of: cayenne, smoke paprika, onion powder, garlic powder

chunky sea salt to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Wash and peel beets. Using a mandolin, slice beets into thin coins.Healthy Snacks: Southwestern Beet Chips 2. Pat off any excess beet juice and throw sliced beets into a large bowl.  Toss beets in lime juice, coconut oil, and spices.  Spread seasoned beets on a baking sheet and put sheet in the oven.  If possible, make sure the sliced beets aren’t touching edges.

Healthy Snacks: Southwestern Beet Chips

3. After about 20 minutes, begin to monitor you beet chips.  Depending on your oven and the width of your beet slices, the time needed to reach perfect crispiness may vary.  When your chips reach your desired level of done, remove from the oven and place chips on a wire rack to cool.  Once cooled, sprinkle with sea salt and enjoy!

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Photos: B. D.’s world via Flickr, Mary Hood

Mary Hood Luttrell

Mary Hood Luttrell

Beauty Editor at Peaceful Dumpling
Peaceful Dumpling Beauty Editor and creator of Bisou du Jour, Mary Hood Luttrell lives with her husband in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mary is a freelance writer and writing and blogging consultant. A lover of whole foods, Mary delights in learning new ways to prepare vegan dishes. Mary also enjoys reading and writing poetry, art journaling, running, and practicing yoga and ballet. Follow Mary on her blog Bisou du Jour, Instagram and Pinterest.
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