BBQ Zucchini Chips

Hi friends! I absolutely loved reading your comments on yesterday’s intermittent fasting post. Thank you again to Maria and Catherine for starting the conversation! For now on, I think that would be a fun way to present “Focus On” posts regarding diet, just to further demonstrate that there are so many ways to fuel yourself- it’s up to you to determine what works for your unique needs and body composition.

I haven’t taken many pictures this week, as my hands and arms have been literally quite full.

A few:

our bottle brush trees that in bloom

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(my favorite)

the salad from Sweet Tomatoes

Sweet tomatoes

and one of our many snuggle sessions.


It’s another rough teething week for little miss. They always seem to alternate (good week, tough week), but as soon as those eye teeth pop through, I’ll be doing the happy dance.

We were up two nights in a row, and for Tuesday’s nap time, we snoozed together on a blanket on her bedroom floor. She would only sleep with me holding her, we were both exhausted, and it was lovely. At least I’m get lots of extra snuggles… I’ll take ’em.

Even though she hasn’t been feeling quite like herself, Liv’s appetite hasn’t changed in the least. We shared this entire batch of BBQ zucchini chips, fresh from the dehydrator yesterday morning.

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I’m always looking for ways to change up our zucchini consumption -it’s so easy just to sautee in butter with garlic, salt, pepper and balsamic- and I usually get the big packs of organic zucchini from Trader Joe’s.

I love plain veggie chips in the dehydrator, and figured I’d make a BBQ variation using some zucchini we had on hand.

Here’s what I did:

Sliced two medium zucchini using a veggie peeler, and placed them in a large bowl

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I poured about 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil on top of the zucchini and tossed to coat.

Next, in a small bowl, I combined some spices to make the BBQ rub:

-1/2 t smoked paprika

-1/2 t chili powder

-1/2 t cumin

-1/4 t pepper

-1/4 t salt

-1/2 brown sugar

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-Added the rub mix to the zucchini, and used my hands to make sure they were fully coated before placing in the dehydrator.

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I dehydrated them overnight on Teflexx sheets, and this morning, they were crisped to perfection.

(If you make them at home in an oven, just place on a cookie sheet, turn the oven to the lowest setting and leave the door slightly ajar. It will take a few hours, but it’s worth it.)

The entire batch was gone before breakfast…

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Off to work for me!

Hope you have a wonderful day <3



What’s your favorite chip flavor?

If you’re looking for more ideas, check out kale chips, cool ranch kale chips, sour cream and onion kale chips, zucchini bites and eggplant bacon 🙂 (I kinda like veggie chips.)

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  1. lucie on April 18, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Such a beautiful pic of you and Liv! I am sorry for her that she has go through the teething pain.
    Hmmm, these Zucchini Chips look delicious, I need to try and make them in the oven.

  2. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat on April 18, 2013 at 10:12 am

    These look delicious! I tried zucchini as “noodles” with pasta sauce last night for the first time and loved it. Such a versatile veggie!

  3. Racheal @ Running with Racheal on April 18, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Um, yum. Thanks for the recipe! Totally trying these this week and maybe also with summer squash?

  4. Ali on April 18, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Love the chip idea, and love the nails!

  5. Erica { } on April 18, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I’ve never had luck with making zucchini taste good but these look yummy enough to give it another shot!

  6. Seema on April 18, 2013 at 10:28 am

    What kind of dehydrator do you use? I’m thinking of purchasing one but don’t know anything about them or what to look for when purchasing one.

    • michelle on April 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      I would also like to get a dehydrator but have NO IDEA what kind to get or where to even start looking/comparing!! Any advice would be great!

  7. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on April 18, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I looooove your sunglasses!

    • Veronica on April 18, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      I was thinking the same thing. Where do you get those from?

  8. JennP on April 18, 2013 at 10:34 am

    My 8 month old just got her first tooth on Tuesday and her second tooth on Wednesday. We are doing a little happy dance now that we’re on a temporary teething time out! I’m not looking forward to the eye teeth. Those were the hardest on my older daughter 🙁

  9. Lisa on April 18, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Gorgeous photo of you and Olivia!
    These zucchini chips look delightful! Zucchini may just be may favorite veggie of all time.

  10. PracticingGrace on April 18, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Love the sunniessssssss

  11. Sarah @ Yogi in Action on April 18, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I’ve recently overdone it on kale chips- so I’m very excited to try out a new type of vegetable chip 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Danielle on April 18, 2013 at 11:37 am

    These look awesome! I will definitely be attempting to make these without a dehydrator!

  13. Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body on April 18, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I’m dying to try these! Do you think you could bake them and get a crunchy texture?

  14. Vicky on April 18, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Love your sunglasses! Where did you get them??

  15. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on April 18, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    you are stylin’ in those shades!!

  16. Brittany @ kitchen::candid on April 18, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I think my next kitchen investment is going to have to be a dehydrator! Have you ever made beef jerky?

  17. Jeannie on April 18, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    These recipes all look so good and I love to make sweet potato chips!

  18. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on April 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I have yet to make any veggie chips, I need to get on board! These look super yummy. Love your shades and your nails… summer is coming 🙂

  19. Kim on April 18, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I can’t wait to try that zucchini – I’ve only used my dehydrator a couple of times – need more ideas!!
    Cutting teeth is rough for both child and mom – hope this time passes quickly for y’all!

  20. Victoria @ Reluctantly Skinny on April 18, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Love zucchini any way – plus I’m intrigued by the link to eggplant bacon! Gorgeous picture of you and Liv – wish I could pull of sunglasses like that, too!

  21. CATHY on April 18, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Sounds Yummy! We make a zucchini casserole/lasanga during the summer. It’s so simple but so good! Layer zucchini, fresh tomatoes, shredded cheeses (i use Mozzerella) and Mcormick Salad Supreme spice mix. Do multiple layers and then bake at 350 for at least 1 hour. It’s delicous and a great dinner with a salad and some fresh bread. 🙂

  22. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! on April 18, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I hope little Liv’s teeth make and appearance soon! Poor thing! I have really been wrestling with buying a dehydrator. I think I really just need to bit the bullet. Those chips look delicious!

  23. Sarah @ Love Bites on April 18, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Wow…I need to try those zucchini chips! I’m in a bit of a zucchini rut at the moment…

  24. Amanda on April 18, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Hi Gina! I’m new to your blog. I read Kath Eats Real Food and was linked in here. I’m really enjoying it. I also am hoping to save enough money to one day make it to Canyon Ranch for a stay. I was looking through some of your previous posts and wanted to know if you could direct me to any posts you may have made when you got hired on there. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on April 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      i wrote some posts about lenox when i stayed there, but don’t really write a lot about work specifics. i hope you’re able to make it out sometime- it’s an amazing place

  25. Caitlin on April 18, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Oooooh these look so good. I need to try it in the oven! I also wanted to tell you I went to my first *real* zumba class yesterday and OH MYGOSH IT WAS THE MOST FUN THING ON THE PLANET. My instructor kinda looked like you too! Hopefully someday I can come to a real class of yours. My goal after this half marathon is to become a dancing fiend because I just find it to be so much fun. As always, thanks for such a great blog 🙂

    • Emma @ a mom runs this town on April 19, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Was it hard to keep up? I’m nervous to try Zumba because I can’t dance!

    • Fitnessista on April 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      YESSSS! i’m so happy that you loved it!

  26. Cai on April 18, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    1. Those look absolutely delicious.
    2. Your sunnies are fab…
    3. …and so are your nails.

    • Fitnessista on April 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      thank you! 🙂

  27. Courtney @ Star Systemz on April 18, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    I have tried the whole oven thing and it just takes too long for my senses… I need a dehydrator! This recipe sounds so good , I love zucchini chips so obsessed! Hope you have a great weekend. Love + shine Courtstar

  28. Bek @ Crave on April 19, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Yum these look (and I bet taste) amazing! Aww poor Livvy 🙁

  29. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on April 19, 2013 at 7:49 am

    My sister just got a dehydrator, and I’m definitely planning on “borrowing” it every so often. 😉 I can’t wait to make these!

  30. Emma @ a mom runs this town on April 19, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Love veggie chips! Never tried BBQ zucchini but I will now! Just need a dehydrator. Gotta convince the hubs!

  31. Emily N on April 19, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    What dehydrator do you have? I have been considering purchasing one, but do not know what’s good and what’s not. It’s easiest when someone you “know” loves theirs. That is how we ended up with our Vitamix! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      i have the excalibur 9 tray and LOVE it. it’s been almost 4 years and it still works like it’s brand new

  32. Bekki on April 19, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Great- I was just thinking about what to do with my zucchini….this is perfect- I will just pop in the oven in the morning and let em bake 🙂

  33. Bekki on April 19, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Would you care if I shared this post with a link to your site?

  34. Samantha on April 21, 2013 at 1:00 am

    What is the measurement on the brown sugar? Have these for our meal plan this week but not sure if its tsp, tbsp, etc? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on April 21, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      1/2 t should be perfect

  35. Amie on May 25, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Hi Gina! I made these last night, they were so yummy!! I followed the recipe as stated but mine turned out paper thin, some tissue paper thin. Is that normal or did I dehydrate too long?

    • Fitnessista on May 25, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      nope, you did it right! 🙂

  36. Becca @ familyfaithfitness on August 22, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    when I do this in the oven should I put it on parchment paper or directly on the cookie sheet???

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