10/25/2012 08:11 am ET Updated Dec 25, 2012

Chip Your Way to Healthy Fall Foods

Think nice, crispy chips can't be part of a healthy diet? Think again! The crispness of fall is in the air, and it should be in your food, too, in the form of delicious chips made from seasonal, locally-grown foods. Here are a few fall staples that have amazing health benefits -- and that make fantastic chips.

These aren't fried chips -- there's no real way to make that healthy! But if you bake the chips they are just as delicious, with none of the fat or health downsides. For each of the ingredients below, you'll preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and arrange the food on a non-insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle with olive oil and bake until crisp and slightly brown (though not burnt) -- this will be closer to 25 minutes for apples or pumpkin, more like 10 minutes for kale.

Healthy Chip Recipes

With all of these fall chips in your repertoire, you'll have healthy snacks for the entire season.

Manuel Villacorta is a registered dietitian in private practice, MV Nutrition, award winning weight loss center in San Francisco. He is a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the founder of Eating Free and author of his new book Eating Free: The Carb Friendly Way to Lose Inches, Embrace Your Hunger, and Keep Weight Off for Good!

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