DIY Fruit and Vegetable Chips for Game Day

Game day means snacking, snacking and more snacking. Before you OD on sodium and preservatives, consider making your own alternative chips. Just bust out the trusty dehydrator, and you'll have curiously crunchy snacks for days, with a fraction of the guilt.

Vegetable Chips

Kale Chips
Kale Chips
Kale crisps up nicely in the dehydrator, making for a pleasantly crunchy snack. Give it a whirl with chard or chicories for a flavorful twist. (Image via Tim Vidra Eats)
Beet Chips
Beet Chips
Ruby red, glowingly golden or candy-striped pink, slice and dehydrate beets into earthy-sweet chips, perfect for dipping or eating straight up. (Image via Eating Rules)
Sweet Potato Chips
Sweet Potato Chips
Move over, humdrum potato chips. Slice sweet potatoes very thin with my mandolin, toss them in olive oil and dehydrate them. Voilà! Sweet potato chips. (Image via NutriSue)
Cucumber Chips
Turn your favorite pickle into a chip! Simply slice thin, toss with vinegar, salt and dill, and dry until crisp. Perfect with a hoppy beer. (Image via nettlefetter)
Zucchini Chips
Zucchini Chips
Got zukes instead of cukes? Chip 'em up! (Image via Stufff by Cher)

Fruit Chips

Apple Chips
Apple Chips
Dried until soft and chewy or all the way to brittle and crisp, apple chips are a sweet, satisfying snack on game day or any day. (Image via Eating Rules)
Pear Chips
Pear Chips
Slice firm, crisp pears for the dehydrator, and if you like, add savory seasonings like ginger and black pepper for an unexpected flavor combination. (Image via Fruit Maven)
Melon Chips
Melon Chips
Dehydrating melons intensifies their sweetness, and creates a texture that's hard to describe ... yet is curiously addictive. (Image via Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking)
Banana Chips
Banana Chips
Your favorite childhood snack or trail mix add-in is as easy as slicing and drying your workaday grocery store banana. (Image via Well Preserved)

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