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Published on January 2nd, 2010 | by Editor in Chief

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Plantains, the other snack chip!

plantain chips

plantain chips

I’ve found a new addiction: plantain chips!  This tropical fruit, cousin to the banana, contains complex carbohydrates and are rich in heart healthy potassium, magnesium, and phosphate.  They are a good source of immunity boosting vitamins A, B6, and C, which also help maintain vision, good skin, and are low in fat and calories.

plantains

plantains

Plantains chips are a healthy alternative to potato chips. White potatoes have a high Glycemic Index (70 or more) which spike blood sugar levels.  Plantains on the other hand have a GI of 40 or lower making them a great addition to a diabetic diet.

Plantains have a similar neutral flavor as potatoes, however these extremely versatile fruits can be prepared either when green, as when frying or baking to make chips, or at maturity when they are ripe and sweet.

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Grab Em Snacks

One to try is made by Grab Em Snacks, (www.grabemsnacks.com).  Their plantains are fairly sourced from Ecuador and are seasoned with organic spices, cooked in pure safflower oil (high in Omega 6’s and proven to lower cholesterol), and packaged in recycled packaging.

Grab Em Snacks is a progressive, woman-owned company.  I spoke briefly with founder and president Geetha Jayaraman, and was pleased to learn that in addition to using organic spices in preparing her plantain chips, she has plans to upgrade to solar power and hopes to make her facility waste-free by partnering with a company that will compost the plantain peels.

Grab Em Snacks plantain chips come in a variety of flavors: Sea Salt, Red Chili, Black Pepper Spice, Chili Garlic, Jalapeno, Cinnamon Sugar, and Cajun Seasoning.  Available for purchase online.

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Paisanitos

Another to try are PAISANITOS® (www.paisanitos.com) brand plantain chips.  Containing no preservatives, artificial flavors, or colorants, their plantains are also cultivated in Ecuador using sustainable farm practices.  Paisanitos plantain chips, organic raw sugar, and spicy sauces are Whole Foods Market exclusives, however they can be purchased via their online store. Available in salty, sweet, spicy, and onion flavor.

Tropical Chips

Tropical Chips

A personal favorite of mine are plantain chips made by Miami based Tropical Chips, (www.tropicalchips.com).  I have been known to finish one 1.2 oz bag in one sitting!  I’m looking forward to trying their cassava and sweet potato chips as well.  I’m able to find them at my local supermarket, but they can also be purchased online.

Or maybe you’d like to try your hand at making your own plantain chips. Try my baked concoction…

You’ll need:

2 medium green plantains (about 2 cups)

2 tablespoons olive or safflower oil

½ teaspoon salt or other spice

1. Peel plantains and slice into thin wedges

(Tip: soak plantains in hot water for approximately 5 minutes prior to peeling)

2. Place plantains on a non-stick baking pan and brush with oil

3. Bake in oven set at 375 for 30 minutes or until golden brown

4. Sprinkle with salt while still warm, or spice it up with a bit of cayenne pepper!

Check out another quick and easy recipe at Epicurious.com.

Resources:

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/safflower-oil-benefits.html

http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/Diabetes_Diet_Plan_The_Good_The_Bad_and_The_Ugly.html

http://www.carbs-information.com/glycemic-index.htm

http://www.africanfoods.co.uk/nutritional-value-of-plantain.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantain

http://grabemsnacks.com/what-is-a-plantain.html

http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/2031/2

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About the Author

Jaszy McAllister is the driving force behind MHMag. Her desire to give voice and document her own personal eco-journey and discovery was the basis of creating Modern Hippie Mag. Outside of being the Editor in Chief, Jaszy is a media consultant, host, model, actress, and self-professed workaholic, computer junkie. She enjoys good food, good company and dancing her tushy off at local Latin dance clubs.



2 Responses to Plantains, the other snack chip!

  1. Tabetha says:

    Hi, Where are you getting your information from? I looked up the GI of plantain chips last night and read that they are 90, the same as table sugar!!! I looked up banana chips also and saw that they are in the 40s range. I don’t know if this difference in information is due to your talking about raw plantains vs. chips fried in vegetable oil or not. If you are able to do a follow up with where you are getting your GI information from, that would be great! I started getting my usual hypoglycemia symptoms after eating plantain chips last night and decided to look them up on the GI scale and was totally shocked!!! I should have been eating potato chips, which according to Harvard Health Publications are a 51 on a scale of 100 and not 70, as you reported above.

    • Hello Tabetha, thank you for reading Modern Hippie Mag. The article you are referencing was written back in 2010 so I’m not sure how much of the info has changed since then. I wrote the piece more because I had gained an appreciation for plantain chips not to be a source for GI or dietary info. I am not a physician or dietitian but simply a gal who likes snacking responsibly when I can and sharing stuff I think is interesting. I’m glad you did your research which is what we’d love for our readers to do which is why my sources were listed at the end of the piece. Thanks again!

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