A lot of vegetables are made into chips these days. Aside from classic ingredients such as potato and corn, you’ll find alternative chips such as wasabi and seaweed. In the case of this recipe, one growing trend is the use of broccoli.
But just like conventional chips sold these days, the broccoli chips you see at your local supermarket are most likely loaded with artificial preservatives and trans fat. I find this to be a waste of good broccoli, because it's one of the healthiest vegetables around.
Instead of purchasing commercially manufactured broccoli chips, why not make your own? This recipe from Healthy Holistic Living shows you how to make broccoli chips that are easy to prepare and cost next to nothing. All you need is broccoli and some seasoning to create a nutritious and flavorful snack.
Prep Time – 5 minutes
Cook Time – 25 minutes
Total Time – 30 minutes
Serving Size – 2-3
1 organic head of broccoli, washed and completely dried
1 tsp. coconut oil, melted
Unrefined natural or Himalayan salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cut the broccoli into florets and place them in a large bowl.
- Drizzle the coconut oil over the broccoli, add the salt and pepper and then toss.
- Transfer the broccoli onto a large rimmed baking sheet, ensuring the broccoli is one flat layer.
- Bake for at least 25 minutes or until the broccoli is crispy and crunchy, but not burnt.
Makes two to three servings.
Tip: This may take some trial and error to reach your desired level of crunchiness. Oven temperatures can vary and humidity levels can affect the results. Watch your broccoli carefully!
Broccoli Is the Perfect Natural Chip
If you’ve been avoiding broccoli since childhood, now’s the perfect time to change your mind. A member of the cruciferous family, broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables you can ever find.
For one, broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane, which may help fight prostate cancer that claims the lives of 220,000 men around the world every year. According to a PLOS One study, sulforaphane works by mobilizing cancer protection resources that reduce the risk of malignancy.[i] To sum it up, consuming broccoli can turn on genes that prevent cancer development, while turning off the ones that help it spread.
Thanks to sulforaphane, broccoli may help treat diabetes as well. It works by encouraging the production of enzymes that protect your blood vessels and reduce reactive oxygen species (ROS) by up to 73 percent. ROS is the number of molecules that can cause cellular damage.[ii]
Coconut Oil Adds Essential Healthy Fat to the Chips
Coconut oil is one of the most versatile ingredients you can have in your cooking arsenal. One of the reasons why I recommend coconut oil for this recipe is its diverse nutritional benefits, mainly from medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs).
One benefit of MCFAs is that they can help maintain your weight. When digested, they’re immediately converted by your liver into energy instead of being stored as fat. They also don’t cause an insulin spike, so they’re a good replacement ingredient for sugar-loaded foods.
Another type of fat found in coconut oil is lauric acid. When digested, it converts into monolaurin, which can help combat Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and its antibiotic-resistant strains. It is this compound that makes coconut oil an effective antibacterial agent, both internally and topically.
The Right Amount of Salt and Pepper Is All You Need to Flavor Your Chips
Processed chips contain a lot of salt, which can cause various chronic diseases. However, salt is not the enemy the medical community makes it out to be. If you use the right amount of unrefined natural or Himalayan salt, it can become a boon to your health. Salt can help maintain your acid-base balance by helping carry nutrients in and out of your cells, and it can help maintain your blood pressure levels as well.
Pepper works great in this recipe because it helps counteract the saltiness and add some heat into the flavor. Pepper is beneficial for you as well, because an ounce of it already provides 79 percent of the daily recommended value for manganese and 57 percent for vitamin K.
Pepper also contains potassium, which is another nutrient that can help maintain your blood pressure. It’s also abundant in zinc, which is known for its cell-growing and antioxidant capabilities that can help fight free radicals throughout your body.
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