How to beat your addiction to those crunchy packets of bliss.

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Crinkle cut or thinly sliced, potato chips have stolen most people’s hearts with their salty, oily, crispy finish. However, eating copious amounts of potato – as we are often obliged to do when the deliciousness of a crisp packet calls – is not always the healthiest option.

If you’re looking for a way to curb those chip cravings, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled a list of options you’ll actually be excited to swap those chips for. Delicious, homemade and healthy? What more could you want?

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Roasted chickpeas

This crunchy delight is super simple and takes no time at all. Pop a tin of chickpeas onto an oven tray, drizzle with olive oil, salt and paprika, then place in the oven (pre-heated at 190°C) They should be done after 20 minutes and taste as good as any packet of chips.

Vanilla “nice cream”

Who needs ice cream when you can have a frozen treat made from banana? All you’ll need is a frozen banana, dates and vanilla essence. Once you whiz them together in a blender they develop a smooth ice cream consistency and the sticky dates are almost like caramel bits throughout.

Guac and roasted carrots

Preheat your oven to 200°C and chop up carrots into sticks. Roast in the oven with a little olive oil and salt and pair with a homemade guacamole). Hint: adding caramelised onion to the guac is always delicious. It’s basically chips and dip with a whole lot more vitamins.

Baked broccoli with tangy drizzle

Simply season broccoli florets with chipotle spice and garlic salt and throw it in the oven until they start getting a touch crispy. Serve drizzled with some Greek yoghurt mixed with lemon juice over the top.

Kale chips

Kale is great for the body and fab alternative if you’re craving some crinkle-cut. Chop kale into chip shapes and mix in coconut oil, salt, parmesan and chilli. Pop these healthy chips into an 180°C oven for 12 minutes or until crispy.

Tamari almonds

Basically you just toast some almonds in a hot pan and then add in splashes of tamari until it coats the nuts in its salty, smoky flavour. Goodbye BBQ chips.

Spicy bean dip and roasted parsnip

Grab your food processor and mix cannellini beans, garlic, lemon, sriracha, olive oil, pepper and parsley until slightly chunky. Meanwhile roast some parsnip in a hot oven until crispy and serve as ‘chips’ and dip.

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One ingredient and you’ll have yourself a tasty snack. Put your frozen edamame into hot salted water and boil until tender, which is usually about four minutes.

Sweet potato fries

Cut your sweet potato into sticks and season with olive oil, salt and pepper or chilli spice. Roast in the oven for 25 minutes flipping halfway through for a take on hot chips.

Apple sprinkled with cinnamon

Simply slice an apple into wedges and sprinkle cinnamon spice to taste. It feels very festive with the apple and spice, and complements a mulled wine perfectly.

Sugar snap peas and tzatziki

It’s Mediterranean inspired and a delicious way to get some probiotics into your diet. Mix Greek yoghurt, garlic, grated cucumber and half a lemon into a dip. Use sugar snap peas instead of crackers and tuck in with a few friends on a hot summer afternoon.

Roasted onions and pumpkin

Preheat your oven to 180°C and cut butternut pumpkin and red onions into chunky pieces. Place a tiny bit of vegie stock in the bottom of the pan along with rosemary and some salt and pepper to taste. Bake until the vegies are soft.

December 9, 20168:31am

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