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Dried Beet Chips for a low carb snack

Dried Beet Chips for a low carb snack
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Beets, although not the lowest carb in the category of vegetables, are a tasty way to get a lot of nutrients.  Dried beet chips can be baked or made in a dehydrator. They make an easy, nutritious afternoon snack- and the hardest part is keeping your pantry stocked with them!

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Beet chips made in dehydrator
Beet chips made in dehydrator

*Note: This is a post from Tesla Stainbrook (my millennial daughter). Her video tutorial is at the end of this post.

Beginner Dehydrators

A few months ago I downloaded the NextDoor app- not really having any idea how I’d use it.  Well I found the “free” section, and I was hooked!  Not even a week into using the app, I found myself the proud new owner of a dehydrator. 

Of course, I scoured Pinterest and good ol’ Google for recipes.  The only thing I knew you could dehydrate was apples- and I’m not very fond of dehydrated apple chips myself. 

If you are just starting dehydrating, go for something inexpensive until you see whether you will like the taste of dehydrated food. If you find you’re really into it, I would recommend one of the Nesco dehydrators, like the Gardenmaster below. My mom has tried a number of them and this one lasted the longest and produced the best chips.

Nesco Gardenmaster dehydrator
Nesco Gardenmaster dehydrator

Just make sure you get one with a temerature control that allows a range of temeratures. Caveat: stay away from Ivation brand….doesn’t last and terrible customer service.

Adding Dehydrated Vegetables to a low carb lifestyle

After a super quick search on Pinterest I realized you can pretty much dehydrate anything (dehydrated watermelon, anyone?!)  I found a list of options on Pinterest and decided to make my way through the massive list.  Well, that didn’t work out very well since I got to the Salt & Vinegar cucumber chips and just made them over and over again. 

I did get around to trying the beet chips however, and although this was the first time I made these beet chips- it will definitely not be the last!

Because my parents typically follow a low carb diet, we are going to have to explore all the different low carb vegetables in the dehydrator. 

Next up, I plan on getting my parents as hooked on the salt and vinegar cucumbers as I am, and then maybe some of the cauliflower popcorn.  I’m also curious to try the jerky recipes!  The possibilities are endless!

How to store Dried Beet Chips

Prior to working remotely during the 2020 quarantine, I loved to take snack type items to work at the high school.  These days, they don’t travel as far, but the beet chips are still the perfect snack in between my many work from home meals.

One other snack I rely on heavily (although not made in the dehydrator) is these roasted harissa chickpeas.

I typically store my dehydrated items in a large mason jar, though I know many people will store them in Ziploc bags.  We are trying to reduce waste, plastic and unnecessary trips to the store, so if I was going to store the chips in a bag, I would probably get cloth, breathable bags like these that my principal swears by.

However, for the beet chips I prefer using a mason jar or other glass container so they don’t get squished or broken up in the bags.

Are Beet Chips really healthy?

Beets are chock full of nutrients such as fiber, Vitamin C and folates.  They are also low calorie and have been proven to lower blood pressure. 

So yes, beets are very healthy, but if you are on a low carb diet, they don’t work well as a compliant vegetable. They are considered a starchy vegetable, as are most root vegetables, and that’s a no-no on low carb diets.

Although you can buy beet chips in the store, as with other processed foods, there are many additives and preservatives added to the packaged versions.  With just beets and salt in the ingredient list, these beet chips are a tasty, crunchy alternative to the store bought versions and much healthier than potato chips or processed vegetable chips.

How to Serve Beet Chips

Even though there are so many great ways to serve beet chips, I think my favorite is just straight out of the dehydrator!

If you’re not a fan of them straight up, here are some other great options for serving these beet chips:

  • With a side of hummus or baba ghanoush
  • On a cheese board or with charcuterie
  • For all my fellow Midwesterners, ranch or french onion dip would be a “taste treat” (as my dad says)
  • Beet chips would be a great lower carb alternative for croutons in salads
  • As a topping for a cold beet gazpacho/ soup

Similar Recipes You’ll Love

Check out the following recipes for more ideas for low carb snacks we love (and we think you will too):

Low Carb Beet Chips

Plate of Dried Beet Chips
Beet chips are a crunchy, healthy alternative to potato chips
4.65 from 17 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Servings 4
Calories 35

Ingredients

  • 4 medium- large beets
  • 1 tbsp salt or to taste

Instructions
 

  • Peel and slice beets using the mandolin (or thinly slice with a knife).
  • Lay beets out on dehydrator trays in a single layer.
  • Sprinkle salt on beets.
  • Turn on dehydrator to 135 degrees Fahrenheit and leave the dehydrator on for 8-10 hours.

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Nutrition

Calories: 35kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSugar: 6g
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How to make dehydrated (dried) Beet Chips - Grow Your Own Food
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Claudia

Sunday 26th of June 2022

Do you have to peel the since there are so many nutrients in the skin. I was wondering what they would taste like if I sprinkle them with ranch seasoning

dorothy stainbrook

Tuesday 28th of June 2022

Sorry for the delay in responding. No, you do not need to peel the beets first, as long as you scrub them well. It would be helpful to use organically grown beets if you can, as the pesticides would be more in the skins than the flesh. I love ranch seasoning and think that would be awesome!

Alfa Foods

Tuesday 21st of June 2022

Thankyou for sharing this beautiful and very helpful post. I really like your post.

Jacqueline

Friday 18th of March 2022

What temperature do you bake these in the oven and how long. What is the recipe for baking them in the oven. Please and thank you.

dorothy stainbrook

Friday 18th of March 2022

Hi Jacqueline, Set your oven temp to the lowest it will go (usually about 200 F) and dry for 3 1/2 hours. Check them occasionally as some will dry quicker than others. You can turn the pan around every so often. Oven temps are not usually even unless you have a convection oven, which would be optimal.

Elena

Thursday 12th of August 2021

Do you cook the beets first or is it raw before slicing???

dorothy stainbrook

Thursday 12th of August 2021

They are just sliced raw. Thank you for asking!

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