Eating potato chips is a comforting taste, texture, sound, and memory most of us have from some point in our social lives. This is a “food” that has been incorporated as a part of family and friend gatherings of all sorts! I mean, who doesn’t love everything potato chips?
It’s been years since I’ve indulged in them, and I’m so excited for their welcome back into my life!
When there’s a will, there’s a way, and I believe this in full when it comes to creating a healthy lifestyle that allows the freedom to taste all of the flavors we grew up feeling comforted by.
Chips, sandwiches, burgers, sugary pastries, etc…
These are all foods that I was addicted to growing up. I’m happy to say that you and I can still eat these delicious comfort foods with just the slightest modification, will, dedication, and a little bit of extra time to weave into your ever so busy schedule.
Look, I get it. We barely have any time as it is to sit down and eat a meal. Many of us are living lives on the go, eating as your moving around the house, eating in the car, or maybe you’ve even had to resort to food bars because you really don’t have any time to give to yourself!
Stop. Sit. Breath. & Eat
The skill of multitasking is required for proper flow and functionality for the survival of our long list of tasks for the day.
However, there’s always time to stimulate your brain with the pleasures of comfort food!
“Comfort food seems to be something people associate very significantly with close relationships,” says Troisi. “This probably comes about by individuals coming to associate a particular food item with members of their family, social gatherings, and people taking care of them, which is why we see a lot of comfort foods [that are] traditional meals or things had at a party.”
Biologically speaking, scent and memory are closely tied. “Psychological research has demonstrated that smells are powerfully linked to memory, and to autobiographical memory in particular,” says Reid. “The olfactory bulb, which is involved in the sense of smell, is linked to areas in the brain associated with memory and emotional experiences.”
The best part is that when you set aside the time to prepare your food in the best possible way to support your health, & eliminating toxic agents, your comfort foods have the high ability of nutritionally supporting your body along with healing it from years of damaged foods.
Vitamin B6—Building Your Cells
If only for its high concentration of vitamin B6—1 medium potato contains over one-half of a milligram of this important nutrient—the potato earns high marks as a health-promoting food.
Vitamin B6 is involved in more than 100 enzymatic reactions. Enzymes are proteins that help chemical reactions take place, so vitamin B6 is active virtually everywhere in the body. Many of the building blocks of protein, amino acids, require B6 for their synthesis, as do the nucleic acids used in the creation of our DNA. Because amino and nucleic acids are such critical parts of new cell formation, vitamin B6 is essential for the formation of virtually all new cells in the body. Heme (the protein center of our red blood cells) and phospholipids (cell membrane components that enable messaging between cells) also depend on vitamin B6 for their creation.
Vitamin B6—Brain Cell and Nervous System Activity
Vitamin B6 plays numerous roles in our nervous system, many of which involve neurological (brain cell) activity. B6 is necessary for the creation of amines, a type of messaging molecule or neurotransmitter that the nervous system relies on to transmit messages from one nerve to the next. Some of the amine-derived neurotransmitters that require vitamin B6 for their production are serotonin, a lack of which is linked to depression; melatonin, the hormone needed for a good night’s sleep; epinephrine and norepinephrine, hormones that help us respond to stress; and GABA, which is needed for normal brain function.
Vitamin B6—Cardiovascular Protection
Vitamin B6 plays another critically important role in methylation, a chemical process in which methyl groups are transferred from one molecule to another. Many essential chemical events in the body are made possible by methylation, for example, genes can be switched on and turned off in this way. This is particularly important in cancer prevention since one of the genes that can be switched on and off is the tumor suppressor gene, p53. Another way that methylation helps prevent cancer is by attaching methyl groups to toxic substances to make them less toxic and encourage their elimination from the body.
4 Russet potatoes
1- 1.5 Tsp air dried pink salt
1/2 Tsp fine ground black pepper
1/2 Tsp ground garlic (optional)
1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder (or other anti-mibrobial herb)
Thoroughly was your potatoes if you plan to leave the skin on for your chips.
If you prefer skinless potato chips, then use you’ll need to peel them with your hand peeler.
In a large pan, bring about 2 inches of water to a subtle simmer while you are slicing your potatoes.
Using a mandolin, slice your potatoes using your single blade option. A mandolin blade makes the perfect potato chip thickness 🙂
Take your freshly sliced potatoes and place them evenly in your simmering pan. Let them lightly simmer for about 2-3 minutes.
Make sure your potatoes are laid evenly in the pan so they all soften as they gently simmer. Your sliced potatoes should be slightly transparent when they’re ready to be pulled out of the pan:)
Gently toss your potatoes into a strainer. Then, place them into medium glass or ceramic bowl. Shake your salt, pepper, and turmeric evenly over the potatoes. Now, gently turn your potatoes & swirl your bowl around so all the flavor covers the side of each potato. Whatever method you choose to evenly disperse the flavor will be perfect, I’m sure 🙂
Now, lay your thin chips out on your non stick baking tray, or your oven rack. Space them out enough so they’re not touching.
I prefer to use an oven rack so they’re evenly baked on both sides.
Let them bake for 45 minutes in your oven or toaster oven. If I’m making a small batch, I’ll just toss them in my toaster oven.
You may notice that some of the chips will begin to look golden. To test if they’re done, pull out a chip, let it cool, then take a bite 🙂 It should crunch.
Once you’ve got that lovely desired salty crunch, serve by themselves, layer them up in your burger, or however you love to indulge in potato chips!
I hope you enjoy these just as much as I do! Takes me back to the junk food days!
To healthy eats that bring comfort and memories to your soul,