I sometimes think I could subsist on snacks, but then sense kicks in and I know that thankfully it’s just a temporary phase. The fact still remains that I do get these cravings, usually at tea time for something crunchy to munch on. Unfortunately for me, most crunchy munches are invariably the kind that either head straight for my hips or else gently coat my blood vessels.
Sure there are plenty of healthy alternatives like carrot sticks and cucumbers. I may be a vegetarian, but you wouldn’t find me looking very happy when faced with eating raw vegetables. And who ever heard of anyone having raw vegetables with their tea, anyway?
Then of course, I could make healthy chivda, oven baked fries and some of that stuff. Much as I enjoy these, there are sometimes when I have to honestly admit to myself that they’re not a patch on the original deep-fried versions.
And what about fruit then? Fruit? With tea? Really!
If you want to have fruit with tea, it usually needs to be propped up and padded with butter, flour, sugar and cream maybe. This is a wonderful way to eat fruit (think apple pie, for one) but I am looking at a healthy snacking option.
And I found it sometime back in baked apple chips. Funnily enough, at the time I came across it, the apple chips were decorating a calorie laden confection. I stuck the idea in some corner of my mind and then eventually forgot all about it till last week.
I have previously mentioned that I’ve joined a couple of photography groups on Flickr and one of the group assignments required us to shoot an apple. How we envisaged the apple and presented it was up to us, but it had to be apple.
So I was thinking about how to go about this in a different manner from the usual when the baked apple chips popped into my mind.
The result of the photography exercise was the proverbial “two birds with one stone” thing. I got a picture that I was reasonably pleased with and a healthy and crunchy snack as well. In fact, just what the doctor would have ordered, if he knew about these crisp apple chips!
They’re fruit, minimally sweet and satisfyingly crunchy. They don’t take too much effort to make. I spent more time trying to get a good shot than I spent slicing the apples.