Love crunchy and salty chips, but need a healthy alternative? Here's 15 healthy ideas to replace potato chips in your lunches!

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By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer

I love chips. Crisp and salty, chips just seem to be the perfect side to pack up for lunch.

What I don’t love about chips are the levels of acrylamide – a cancer causing chemical found in many brands of pre-packaged chips.

The good news is, you can still have a crunchy, crispy, salty and tasty addition to your lunch. You just have to think outside the chip box.

15 Healthier Ideas for Lunches

Vegetable chips can be a great substitute for bags of chips, and making vegetable chips at home is actually quite easy.

Investing in a dehydrator is a great way to make vegetable chips at home.  Try searching craigslist, eBay or your local Goodwill, and chances are you will find a great deal on a dehydrator.

You can have a crunchy, crispy, salty and tasty addition to your lunch. You just have to think outside the chip box for healthier ideas for lunches.

These dehydrator recipes all make delicious additions to lunches:

1. Crispy Green Bean Chips — Make up a batch of these for an awesome crisp and crunchy lunch addition.

2. Kale Chips — Two great ways to make these chip substitutes – oven and dehydrator.

3. Salt and Pepper Zucchini Chips — This is a family friendly recipe that makes good use of plentiful zucchini.

4. Sweet Potato Chips — Dehydrate sweet potatoes to make a tasty treat without any oils.

5. Beet Chips — You won’t miss your bag of chips if you pack up these sweet and crunchy beet chips.

6. Tomato Chips — These chips are perfect for the tomato lovers in your house.

You can have a crunchy, crispy, salty and tasty addition to your lunch. You just have to think outside the chip box for healthier ideas for lunches.

If you don’t have a dehydrator, don’t despair. There are lots of tasty recipes that use your oven to make up delicious lunch additions.

7. Chili Flavored Crispy Roasted Chickpeas — The flavor and crunch of these chickpeas make them highly addictive.

8. Oven Fried Garlic Parmesan Green Beans — Try these green beans that are baked – not fried – but totally delicious.

9. Plantain Fries — Here’s a great recipe to try if dietary restrictions limit your potato intake.

10. Apple Chips — Homemade apple chips are an addictive lunch addition.

You can have a crunchy, crispy, salty and tasty addition to your lunch. You just have to think outside the chip box for healthier ideas for lunches.

11. Homemade Corn Chips — These corn chips taste even better than the store bought version.

12. Baked Butternut Squash Chips  —A little bit sweet, a little bit salty, totally delicious chip substitute.

13. Popcorn — Homemade popcorn is so inexpensive and a fantastic replacement for a bag of chips.

14. Lemon Pepper Brussels Sprouts Chips — You may think you don’t like Brussels Sprouts, but this chip will change your mind.

15. Carrot Chips — Make these with different colored carrots from the farmer’s market.

What are your favorite chip substitutes?

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