It is safe to say that raw zucchini chips are the ultimate comfort food. Reminiscent of their not-so-healthy cousins, the potato chips, in terms of crunchiness and flavor, zucchini chips are light, healthful and can easily be consumed at any time of the day as a snack or part of a main meal. I love to snack on these in the morning, before starting work, alongside my usual green smoothie.
Zucchinis are very low in calories and recommended by nutritionists as an ideal diet food. At only 15 calories per 100 grams, one could eat a whole lot of raw zucchini dishes without having to worry about their figure!
Zucchinis are also loaded with important nutrients, such as folate, potassium, copper and vitamin A, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Potassium can help reduce an elevated blood pressure, which can, in time, lead to atherosclerosis, heart attack or stroke. The high fiber content of zucchini can help flush out cholesterol as well as promote healthy bowel movements. Fibers also ensure colon health by preventing carcinogenic toxins from settling in the colon.
Some studies have shown that the phytonutrients in zucchini may help reduce the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy, a condition that can lead to difficult urination and sexual dysfunction in men.
High in manganese, zucchinis can contribute to overall health by assisting a number of physiological functions. Just one cup of zucchini contains about 20% of the daily recommendation of manganese, a trace mineral needed for the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates.
- Dehydrator – Excalibur Recommended
- 2 medium sized zucchinis
- 3 to 4 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon finely minced shallots
- 1/2 tablespoon paprika
- a dash of cayenne pepper (you can use more if you want the chips to be more spicy)
- 2 finely chopped cloves of garlic
- 1 tablespoon basil
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- a dash of sea salt
- Slice the zucchini into very thin slices.
- Mix the rest of the ingredients into a marinade. Let the zucchini slices sit in the marinade for at least an hour.
- Place zucchinis onto dehydrator trays in single layers and dehydrate until crisp, for about 14 to 16 hours.