Healthy crisps for a picnic lunch
My kids don’t seem to think that it’s a perfect picnic unless there’s also a bag of crisps present.
And while I try to avoid including crisps in their school packed lunches – I really don’t want them to expect it as their right – I’m not an ogre, and I do give way for a family weekend picnic, opting usually for healthy-ish bags of crisps.
I say ‘healthy-ish’ because I make sure they’re the smaller 20g packets – as found in a multi-pack – and I also select varieties that are lower in calories, for example Quavers.
But on my quest for junk-free alternatives, I’ve discovered two healthy natural alternatives and… drumroll… my kids rather enjoyed them: apple crisps and pitta crisps.
Both types of crisps are simple to make. For the apple crisps, just slice the fruit very thinly and bake them in a very low oven until they are, well, crispy of course. (Recipe comes thanks to Holly Bell, the mum behind the blog Recipes from a Normal Mum and a finalist in the Great British Bake-Off in 2011.)
To make pitta crisps, cut the bread in half, and then into triangles to make thin crisps. Again bake in a low oven, for about 25 minutes.
My three kids demolished both containers of crisps and didn’t ask for the usual bagged variety once. And we found they’re perfect for dipping into homemade hummus too. They’ve even asked to make the crisps again, which says it all.
Recipe for homemade hummus
Blend all the ingredients together. Add extra oil if necessary to taste.
This blog post was written in support of the Organix #NoJunk Challenge.
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