It’s almost an oxymoron to say healthy chips, but wait until you see what these chips are made from and how they are cooked. Appropriate for SCD/GAPS, Paleo,/Primal, we don’t use potatoes which are a nightshade vegetable and dangerous for people sensitive to solanine. Oh no. We don’t use corn meal which is genetically modified unless it is organic. Oh no. Can you guess what we used for these gorgeous chips?
There are plenty of root vegetables that are acceptable for SCD, GAPS, Paleo and Primal diets. For these incredible chips we used golden beets, daikon radish and celeriac. I bet you couldn’t guess!
Traditionally chips were deep fried in tallow or lard. Due to conventional misinformation about saturated fats, commercial chips are loaded with toxic additives. I fried these chips in tallow, which is a stable saturated fat that can handle high heat cooking. Tallow is actually very healthy in spite of what you have been told by health officials. I get my tallow from grassfed animals and it if full of beneficial CLA. This fat supports the heart and brain.
Conventional chips are fried in highly processed, chemical laden, rancid and deodorized vegetable oils like corn, soy, cottonseed or canola. Ninety percent of the corn, soy, cottonseed and canola crops are genetically modified in this country so it is practically impossible to get a commercial chip that is not GM (even though it is not labeled as such). In addition, in many of the flavored varieties that you can get these days, there are additives such as MSG, refined salt and other chemical flavors.
Some of the health food store versions may appear better, but using sunflower or safflower oil is still not good because these oils are not made for high heating and will get rancid.
These vege chips are labor intensive — but a labor of love for someone who has not had chips due to dietary restrictions. The idea for these chips came from the wonderful parents of a little patient of mine who is doing very well on the GAPS diet. They didn’t want him to feel deprived when others were eating chips.
This is an advanced food and may be offered when someone is ready and can tolerate it well. Of course, they are a special treat and should be made only on special occasions.