Healthy Baked Apple Chips Recipe [Video]
One of the hardest part of getting yourself to follow a healthier lifestyle is being able to resist cravings. This unhealthy habit is what keeps many people from following through with their lifestyle changes. Unfortunately, quitting unhealthy habits cold turkey only leaves us feeling a miserable, unsatisfied void we desperately want to fill. Instead of depriving your cravings, change the foods you're craving for. Sometimes, simple alterations to the very thing you are trying to avoid can be the very solution to you are looking for. Healthy substitutions can be extremely effective when it comes to satisfying your cravings without the guilt. Switching from white rice to brown rice or quinoa, red palm oil instead of canola oil, unrefined coconut oil instead of butter, baking instead of frying. These are simple changes that have the ability to drastically change your health. One of our favorite hacks for potato chip cravings is to substitute Healthy Baked Apple Chips instead!
While packaged Baked Apple Chips are readily available at your local grocery store, they tend to be expensive and include a list of unnecessary ingredients you're better off without. This recipe may require some time to make, but it is relatively simple with minimal ingredients.
Apples are a super healthy snack. According to New York Fruit Quarterly, Apple consumption have been shown to decrease the risk of chronic diseases. 3 studies have linked apples to a decreased risk of cancer while other studies have linked apples to a decreased risk of asthma, a decreased risk of coronary heart disease, and a reduction in Type II Diabetes.
In addition, eating Apples may improve Brain Health by protecting neuron cells against oxidative stress-induced neurotoxicity. This factor may help reduce the risk of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's. It is suggested that three (3) servings of Apples (or a comparable fruit) a day is linked to a 7% lower risk of Type 2 Diabetes. It is believed that this may be due to the ability of Apples to regulate blood sugar levels. Apples also help limit the absorption of glucose from the digestive tract as well as stimulate beta cells in the pancreas to secrete insulin, and help increase the uptake of glucose from the blood by stimulating insulin receptors.
All of the benefits of apples makes it the perfect food to munch on in between meals. Even if you finish an entire gallon-sized bag of Baked Apple Chips, it would be the equivalent to eating only a few apples. Talk about guilt-free snacking!