When starting a low carbohydrate diet, one of the hardest things to give up is potato and corn chips. The salty, crispy crunchiness of chips makes them an ideal snack, and they are the perfect item for serving with tasty dips like hummus or spinach dip. However, even just one serving of potato chips contains several grams of carbohydrates, and since it is so hard to eat just one tiny serving, many people end up eating all of their carbs for the day in one quick snack.
Most store bought chips also tend to contain way too much grease and salt, so homemade chips are a far better alternative. If you are desperate for a low carb substitute for this favorite snack, take a look at these tasty recipes. All of them are carb-free or low-carb, making them the ideal treat for people on a low-carb diet.
50 Ways to Enjoy Chips on a Low Carb Diet
1. Radish Chips
Most root vegetables are high in carbs, but radishes are an exception. Though they are typically eaten raw in salads, the sweet, peppery flavor of radish actually works very well as a chip. The firm texture of fresh radishes also makes sure that the radish chips are crisp and crunchy instead of being soggy. This recipe bakes the chips in an oven instead of deep frying them, so they are low in both calories and carbs.
2. Cheesy Nacho Spinach Chips
This is one of the most flavorful low-carb vegetable chips recipes that exists, and the tasty, Tex-Mex flavors make these cheesy nacho chips just as satisfying as a handful of Doritos. The nutritional yeast used in the recipe gives them a yummy, cheesy flavor, but the chips are still completely vegan and dairy free. Though any type of spinach can be used for the recipe, using pre-washed baby spinach makes it a fast, easy process. Since just one serving of spinach gives you over 50 percent of your necessary vitamin A for the day, this snack is a particularly healthy way to eat no carb chips.
3. Low Carb Cheese Crisp Nachos
These are one of the great low-carb foods that perfectly fulfill a craving for a big bowl of nachos. A simple recipe for cheese crisps is adapted to make little bowl shaped chips out of cheese that are perfect for holding nacho fillings, and a rolling pin is used to quickly make each chip. The recipe suggests adding a mix of ground chicken and guacamole to the the nacho chips, but it can easily be adapted to work with your favorite nacho toppings. (See our top 50 low carb Mexican recipes)
4. Honey Nut Cluster & Sweet Potato Chip Snack Mix
This tasty snack mix uses store bought sweet potato chips to create a low carb party mix that is sure to impress your guests. Unsalted cashews add some healthy protein, while the pepita and chia seeds provide a serving of fiber. The seeds and nuts are formed into yummy, crunchy clusters that are then mixed together with the sweet potato chips and berries to create the salty, sweet snack.
5. Pepperoni Chips
Not only is this one of the easiest low-carb chips recipes, but it is also a fantastic way to get some of the protein that is so essential to a successful low-carb diet. Since the recipe uses a microwave, you can quickly prepare a full portion of pepperoni chips whenever you are in the mood for chips, and the only necessary ingredient is classic pepperoni. These chips are particularly tasty served with a cheesey dip.
6. Sour Cream and Chive Crackers
The classic flavor for chips and crackers gets a new update in this low-carb chips recipe. Almond flour is used to make a gluten free, low carb cracker that is just as healthy as eating a handful of nuts. This recipe uses sour cream to bind the almond flour together, so it is an excellent egg free option. The trick to getting the mixture rolled out perfectly thin is to sandwich the dough between parchment paper while you roll it out.
7. Homemade White Cheddar Cucumber Chips
Most people never even eating cucumbers that are not fresh and raw, but the secret to these delicious carb-free chips is a dehydrator. The texture of dehydrated cucumbers is crunchy without being brittle, so they are an excellent chip substitute. Because they are not being baked or fried, it is not necessary to use a lot of oil, so these low-calorie chips can be eaten in huge portions without packing on the pounds.
8. Baked Butternut Squash Chips
Butternut squash is a fall staple, but these low-carb squash chips can be enjoyed year round. If you have a mandoline slicer, it will be even easier to create these chips by sliding the narrow necks of butternut squash across the slicer. This recipe also recommends pre boiling the squash to shorten the baking time. The parmesan provides a nutty taste that perfectly complements the natural sweetness of butternut squash.
9. Baked Zucchini Chips
This is a very simple low-carb chips recipe that can easily be adapted to fit any tastes. Zucchini has a very mild flavor that will go well with a variety of spices, ranging from garlic to curry, and it quickly gains a crisp texture when baked at a low temperature. Raw zucchini tends to have a lot of moisture, so do not be surprised when these zucchini chips shrink quite a bit in the oven. If you are making them for a large group, you may need to double the recipe!
10. Parsnip Chips
Parsnips might be a starchy root vegetable, but they actually are very low in carbohydrates because parsnip roots contain so much fiber. Their texture and slightly sweet flavor makes these chips incredibly similar to classic potato chips, and they are so flavorful that just a small amount of salt is the only necessary seasoning. This recipe provides directions for both frying and baking the chips, so you can choose between a low calorie version and a more classic fried chip.