These heartwarming baked zucchini chips will certainly satisfy your cravings for snacking. This recipe is not only healthy but… tasty and will indulge those midnight urges that most of us experience. Instead of reaching for those forbidden potato chips, replace it with something that tastes amazing and won’t ruin your diet? Unlike those diet sabotaging potato chips, these baked zucchini chips will satisfy your hunger and allow you to sleep with peace of mind.
Why do we feel guilty after eating junk food?
Do you crave junk food? Do you find yourself captivated by the constant thought of ransacking your refrigerator but you’re trying to be good and not give into the temptation? If you’re like me, finding the willpower to resist those urges can be a daunting task. Far too often, we give into the dark side for a quick feel good fix only to experience shame and soul crushing depression later once we realize what we’ve done.
The art of deceptive advertising
Let’s face it, potato chips can be irresistibly addictive and the snack industry knows it. Years ago, Doritos released a campaign with Jay Leno called, “Bet you can’t just eat one.” They definitely know their market. 5 chips lead to 10 chips, 10 chips leads to 20 and so on. This would be exquisite if we lived in a world with no accountability.
Obesity in the United States has never been higher. In a recent CDC poll of 100,000 adult Americans, 30.4% of adults aged 20 and older were determined to be obese. This means that more than 97 million adult Americans are grossly overweight. Let’s look at it this way. 15 Lays potato chips weigh in at stunning 180 calories and a whopping 15g of carbs. This isn’t the end of the world if you have to will power to just stop there but once you get started it can be such a huge battle to say no more. By comparison, 4 oz of baked zucchini parmesan chips comes to 105 calories and 8 carbohydrates. Considering the fact that potato chips are not filling and baked zucchini chips are, the savings can be substantial.
Trans-Fat is poison
Trans-fat is an artificial laboratory created ingredient that is used in a lot of the food we purchase. Sadly, companies use trans-fats because they inexpensive to produce, last longer than other fats and give food a desirable taste. According to The American Heart Association, eating trans-fats increases your risk of developing heart disease and stroke. It’s also associated with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Lovely, I know.
On the flip side, natural monounsaturated fatty acids like those found in olive oil have many benefits. According to the Mayo Clinic, monounsaturated fats lower total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels. Research also shows benefits in regulating insulin levels and blood sugar if you have or are at risk of type 2 diabetes.
Bottom line, if you are serious about eating healthy, it’s essential for you to pay attention to the ingredients you’re putting into your body. If you are serious about eating healthy, it’s time to start making wiser choices.
Our baked zucchini chips recipe is all natural. We use non-GMO zucchini, olive oil, Parmesan, panko bread crumbs and salt and pepper. That’s it! Simple, healthy and practical is the way we roll!
Effortless baked zucchini chips recipe
- 3 Medium sized zucchini
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 c Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 c panko bread crumbs
- 1 pinch Salt
- 1 pinch Black pepper
Pre-heat oven to 450 Lightly spray baking sheet with non-stick olive oil spray Cut off unwanted ends to zucchini and slice zucchini to 1/2 inch slices In a bowl mix Parmesan, bread crumbs and salt and pepper Dunk each zucchini slice into oil and then into dry ingredient mixture. Be sure to coat both sides. Place slices on the baking sheet and place sheet in the oven. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes.