Taro, a starchy, white-fleshed root vegetable, has 30% less fat and more fiber than its cousin, the potato, plus lots of vitamin E. It's native to Southeast Asia and a staple of the Hawaiian diet. It's also commonly used in Latino cooking and can be easily found in markets that serve Hispanic communities. Always cook taro before eating because raw taro root is toxic.
HomemadeRecipe adapted from TuristaChef at PopSugar
1 large taro, peeled and sliced
1/2 tsp salt (try roasted sea salt, if you have it)
1 tbsp Spanish olive oil
Preheat oven to 400°F. Wash, peel and slice taro root into quarter-inch-thick slices, using a mandoline. Brush olive oil on each side of taro slices. Place slices in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with salt. Bake for 10 mins. on each side or until golden crisp. Watch carefully to avoid burning!Store-Bought
Terra Taro Chips are so good, I actually prefer them to potato chips. Among our five TIME.com taste testers, all but one liked them. "This is the chippiest chip," noted one taster. "It's very filling," said another. One critic found them bland, however, while the Healthland editor noted, "They taste like Baked Lay's" potato chips.
For sheer crispy, crunchy deliciousness, the potato chip is tough to beat. It’s no wonder, then, that Americans spend more than $7 billion a year on the salty snack. Not coincidentally, it’s also one of the top dietary contributors to weight gain, according to a recent Harvard study.
But rather than lecture you on your naughty chip-chomping habit, I’m here to help you kick it: following are five delectable — and healthier — alternatives to potato chips, all taste-tested by members of the TIME.com team. You can buy the snacks at grocery stores, but they taste better baked from scratch, so I’ve included the recipes I liked best. (If you go the DIY route, it might be worth investing in a mandoline, which can help you make neat, even slices in a snap.)
Whether you bake or buy these treats, each has less fat and fewer calories than deep-fried potato chips. And they’re all delicious.