Chances are if you see something in the produce aisle that looks like a banana, but is a little smaller, bright green, and thick-skinned, it is not a banana.  It is a plantain.  Plantains are popular in Latin, African, and Caribbean cuisine.  Even if you are not a fan of those types of cuisines, adding plantains to your diet can put you on the road to being healthier. However, plantains cannot be simply peeled and eaten, like a banana.  This is the equivalent to eating an uncooked potato, as it will have a starchy taste.  Plantains can be enjoyed sauteed or cooked like a vegetable and added a side to a main course or dessert.  


1. A healthy alternative to potato chips

Admit it.  You have noshed on an endless bowl of potato chips while binge-watching your favorite TV show, right?  Binge watching your favorite show can become healthier by replacing your potato chips with plantain chips. Simply peel and chop the plantain into bite-sized pieces.  You should cut the plantain as thick as a potato chip would normally be.  Place on a baking sheet.  Sprinkle with olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, to taste.  Bake until delicious. Imagine all the calories and fat you are saving by switching potato chips for healthy plantain chips.

Healthy alternative to potato chips

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