Lots of people love snacking on salty treats. But, potato chips are loaded with fat and calories. For gastric sleeve, gastric band, and lap band patients, zucchini chips may help satisfy your salty cravings without adding all the calories of potato chips. Zucchini is naturally lower in carbohydrates and calories than potatoes, and by baking the chips instead of frying them, you can really cut back on calories from fat. Reducing the amount of calories and fat in your snacks can help you promote weight loss. To top it all off, by making the chips yourself, you can control the ingredients and the amount of salt. Use organic zucchini if that’s your preference, or a zucchini out of your own garden.
Adapted from www.tablefortwoblog.com
- 1 large zucchini, or 2 small
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- salt to taste
- Slice zucchini evenly, with a mandolin if available. Leave the skin on.
- Preheat the oven to 225 degrees.
- Place zucchini circles on paper towels and cover with another layer of paper towels. Place the bottom of a metal sheet pan on top of zucchini and press down gently to help remove some liquid.
- Remove the metal sheet pan from on top of the zucchini when sufficient water has been drawn out.
- Line metal sheet pan with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Place zucchini circles on the pan in straight lines, being careful not to overlap. Use two sheet pans if necessary.
- Using a pastry brush, brush each side of the zucchini circles with olive oil.
- Sprinkle with salt. Be careful not to over salt, you can always add more when they are done cooking.
- Bake for 2+ hours at 225 degrees until chips begin to brown and crisp up.
- Let cool before enjoying.
This snack idea is offered by Dr. Shillingford, M.D., P.A., a board certified surgeon specializing in laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. Dr. Shillingford’s gastric sleeve, gastric band, and lap band patients come from all over South Florida, including Boca Raton, Parkland, Miami, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Wellington, and even as far away as Orlando and Jacksonville. Dr. Shillingford’s bariatric patients are often seeking ideas for lower calorie snacks that help keep them on track with their post surgical weight loss diets.