For many, snacks are an important part of the day. They not only keep hunger pangs at bay but provide a needed break from routine. Sadly, conventional snacks nowadays are junk foods that are loaded with trans fats and other artificial ingredients.
The good news is that there are healthy snacks. One delicious example is this Crunchy Broccoli Chips Recipe from Healthy Holistic Living.
Explore Broccoli’s Vital Health Benefits
Most people think of broccoli as an ingredient for soups, salads and stir-fries, but with a little creativity, you can turn fresh and organic broccoli florets into crunchy and delicious chips that you, your family and your friends will love.
Broccoli is a popular and easily identified bright green vegetable. More important than its unique appearance are the bountiful health benefits that it provides.
Broccoli contains important nutrients such as vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, potassium and fiber, plus a variety of plant compounds like sulforaphane, glucoraphanin, phenolic compounds and diindolylmethane (DIM). These nutrients are known to help in preventing:
|Arthritis||Cancer (particularly colon, prostate, breast and tobacco-induced lung cancer)|
|High blood pressure||Heart disease|
|Asthma||Type 2 diabetes|
|Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)||Alzheimer’s disease|
Your body’s overall health could also potentially improve should you eat broccoli, as it was proven to:
|Support detoxification||Lessen inflammation, a known precursor of inflammatory diseases|
|Combat allergies||Enhance digestion and gut health|
|Maintain good eye health||Improve skin|
|Help lessen blood sugar levels||Support heart health by helping prevent the thickening of arteries|
When buying broccoli, pick vegetables that have tight, green florets and firm stalks. Check as well if the vegetable is heavy for its size, and if the cut ends of the stalks are fresh and moist. Refrain from buying broccoli that has yellowing florets and dried out or browning ends. For optimal shelf life, broccoli is best left unwashed in an open plastic bag in your refrigerator.
This Crunchy Broccoli Chips Recipe Makes for a Perfect Snack
If you’re tired of eating the same old chips, this Crunchy Broccoli Chips Recipe will take snacking to a whole new level. The combination of the crispy broccoli and sweet coconut oil provides immense flavor, and health benefits. You can also add a few teaspoons of your preferred spices such as cayenne pepper, turmeric or paprika, if you want additional flavor.
Plus, this recipe only requires four ingredients and takes less than an hour to make, so you can definitely make a batch beforehand and munch on these the following day.
1 head of organic broccoli, washed and completely dried
1 tsp. coconut oil, melted
Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cut broccoli into florets and place in a large bowl.
- Drizzle coconut oil over broccoli, add salt and pepper and toss.
- Transfer 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.
Tip: It may take some trial and error to reach the desired level of crunch. Oven temperatures can vary, and the humidity levels can affect the results. Watch your broccoli carefully!
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
This recipe makes 2 to 3 servings
Pro-Tip: Use Coconut Oil for This Recipe
Using coconut oil instead of other vegetable oils for either cooking or baking can make a huge difference. Not only does this oil provide a unique flavor, you can also be assured of health benefits such as:
|Providing an additional energy boost since it is easy on the digestive system and does not trigger an insulin spike||Promoting heart health|
|Boosting brain function||Supporting proper thyroid function|
|Enhancing the immune system||Helping in maintain a strong metabolism that can assist with weight loss|
|Assisting in maintaining healthy and youthful looking skin|
Coconut oil also contains lauric acid that converts into monolaurin, a monoglyceride that can effectively combat bacteria strains like staphylococcus and streptococcus. You can also expect antifungal and virucidal effects against other bacteria strains, virus and protozoa.
Medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that are easily digested and readily cross cell membranes are present in coconut oil too. MCFAs are essential since instead of being stored as fat, the liver converts them into energy you can utilize for your daily activities.