How to make low-fat crisps at home

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How to make low-fat crisps at home
Prepare homemade crisps that are low in fat and salt. (Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

To maintain a healthy weight, or lose excess weight, you may wish to include low fat snacks, such as low fat crisps, as part of your healthy eating plan. However, commercially-produced low fat crisps may contain large amounts of salt and artificial fat substitutes, such as olestra. Selection of high quality ingredients for homemade crisps enables you to choose heart-healthy unsaturated oils, such as sunflower oil, and follow a diet that is low in salt and without artificial additives.

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Things you need

  • Potatoes
  • Knife
  • Paper Towels
  • Bowl
  • Oil
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Colander
  • Baking sheet

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  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

  2. 2

    Wash eight small potatoes and cut them into wafer-thin slices. Tip onto a paper towel to remove excess moisture.

  3. 3

    Mix 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil, half a teaspoon of paprika, and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Add the potatoes and toss to thoroughly coat them in the oil and seasonings.

  4. 4

    Place potato slices into a colander and shake briskly over a sink to remove excess oil.

  5. 5

    Arrange potato slices in one layer onto a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet onto the lowest shelf in the oven for 10 minutes. Turn the potato slices over and roast them for a further 10 to 15 minutes, or until they are crisp and golden brown.

  6. 6

    Spread the crisps onto a paper towel to cool.

Tips and warnings

  • To increase your vegetable intake, use root vegetables, such as parsnips, beetroot and sweet potatoes, instead of white potatoes.
  • Closely monitor cooking progress of crisps to prevent burning them.

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