If you’ve been looking to replace potato chips in your life, look no further than chips made from zucchini, also known as courgette crisps.

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zucchini chips or courgette crisps oven baked in bowl

Once you know how unhealthy regular store-bought chips can be for you, there’s really no way to enjoy them guiltlessly again. They’re loaded with salt, fats, GMOs, artificial coloring and flavoring…. What’s worse, even baked chips can do a number on our health. It’s hard to pretend that you’re doing the right thing when you purchase any bag of what is, in reality, junk food. And yet, it can be hard to let go. Few foods have that burst of flavor and crunch that you’re craving.

Homemade chips can be the exception

With all natural, healthy ingredients, they can be baked with relatively little heat and oil (and no artificial oil substitute) for a satisfying crunch. As for all that sodium, you can instead flavor your chips with herbs and spices that actually add health benefits on top of all the good the vegetable does on its own—especially a particularly nutritious and low-carb choice such as zucchini.

Just a serving of zucchini can do a world of good for your general health. Zucchini is a great source of vitamins B6 and C, beta-carotene (pre-vitamin A), folate, potassium, and fiber, as well as important phytochemicals such as quercetin.

Health benefits of zucchini chips

Scientific research has observed health advantages of the pumpkin family—of which zucchini is a member—in supporting the body’s natural anti-cancer mechanisms , as well as prostate health , beyond simple nutritional benefits.

Convinced yet? The taste of zucchini chips is sensational and the nutritional benefits can’t be beat, but they have one more crucial thing going for them.

Usually, we have to make a trade-off. The convenience of the grocery store means we have to take home processed foods that have lost a lot of their nutritional value in the refining process. The taste and nutrition of cooking at home mean we have to set aside 30 minutes to an hour to get everything ready to eat. One of the first things we realize at Trim Down Club, however, is that it doesn’t have to be like that. With so many fruits and vegetables to choose from in the world, and so many different ways to prepare them, we shouldn’t assume that homemade means hard work.

Make your own zucchini chips at home

Our recipe for zucchini chips (click here), for example, requires just four ingredients and 15-20 minutes. If you have one zucchini, a bottle of olive oil, and some seasoning on hand, you can have this delicious, savory snack almost immediately.

The recipe also leaves some room for creativity. Turmeric is one spice we recommend, but a quick look around the site will remind you that there are health benefits to be had from dozens of different natural herbs, spices, and other seasonings. For example, if you choose to flavor your zucchini chips with a classic blend of paprika, garlic, and black pepper, know that their antioxidants have been found to support healthy skin, hair, digestive, and metabolic health. Just as importantly, the recipe can be applied to a multitude of vegetables, with all of their respective benefits.

Whatever you’re looking for in your wellness journey, chances are you can find a solution in a certain spice or herb. Simply sprinkle on top of a serving of nutrient-rich zucchini chips hot from the oven, and you’ll never look back.

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  1. Profile photo of Flomadaleine

    Since signing on 4/10 and after 3 weeks and no results I hit weekly menu instead of the 8 day choice. Much easier to read and process so I guess I could give this another week. I find its eating more often and increased amounts. And recently I am
    facing new medical problems so will be checking with my Drs.Only hope I can show some results soon.

  2. Profile photo of Kaylee7339

    Still waiting for answer on the last two foods to avoid. Before signing up to the premium plan the speaker said the last two foods would be revealed after the business potion.
    After signing up they never came back to the sales pitch, so I am still waiting to hear what those last two foods are. Thanks.

    • Profile photo of ossie-sharon

      Hi, Kaylee. I’m not sure which ones you saw, so I’m posting the whole list below:
      The video discussed artificial or overprocessed versions of popular foods that should be healthy, but have been manipulated into being particularly harmful to your goals. Rather than giving up on them altogether, we encourage better versions in their original, natural forms. Note that the foods discussed in the video are only examples, and many other popular foods have been similarly affected—so it’s good to read labels, be aware of how a food is made, and choose whole foods as much as possible.
      1. Regular “whole wheat” bread – this often also contains refined flours, so it is preferred to select “100% whole” grain products (wheat or other). Even with these products, be sure to read the label and avoid hydrogenated fats or similar ingredients such as mono- and diglycerides.
      2. Regular margarine – this is often made from chemically altered fats that create health risks similar to those people are trying to avoid by eating a plant-based product. If you must use a hardened oil, t is better to choose those based on coconut oil, and otherwise to use healthy liquid oils, such as olive, as much as possible.
      3. Artificial sweeteners – you can read more about this here: https://www.trimdownclub.com/the-best-way-to-sweeten-your-tea-2.
      4. Regular orange juice – If it is in a store, it is likely to have been stripped of what makes it healthy. Even if vitamins etc. have been added back in, it really is not the same. Fresh-squeezed is the way to go.
      5. Conventional and overly processed soy – organic is fine, and minimally processed items such as tofu, yogurt, and milk, as well as fermented items such as tempeh and natto are fine. However, most pre-packaged mock meats tend to be a problem.

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