Published on January 2nd, 2010 | by Editor in Chief0
Plantains, the other snack chip!
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 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.
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.
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.
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…
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.