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Chip Chips Chooray! Product Review

By Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

What do kids pack in their lunch bags and adults put out at Chip Chips Chooraybar-b-ques? If you are tempted to say “Twinkies,” hesh your mouth right now! It’s chips for the win! Since we’re not big fans of high-calorie, low-nutrition chips, we taste tested a truckload laundry line full of unusual chips that just might be a better choice.

Alexandra: I’m going to start off with the one I thought I’d hate: plantain chips. I only like plantains when they’re disguised in a fruit smoothie, so I was practicing my “be open-minded before you make any assumptions” attitude when I accepted an offer from Turbana to try their chips. Call me Convert (not Spartacus), as I totally fell in love with 4 of their 6 flavors: chili, lime, chili & lime, and garlic (the other 2 are natural – too banana-y for me, and sweet – I’m not much for sweet). I like to read labels, so it matters to me that the Turbana chips have 30% less fat than ‘tater chips, no trans fat or cholesterol, and are free of preservatives, additives and gluten. I strongly encourage you to try these, even if you’ve been wounded in love with previous plantain chips.

Another kind I tried and liked was the Plentils line of lentil chips by Enjoy Life. Sounds weird, right? I mean, lentils!!? Again, you’ll be surprised. Dill & sour cream, garlic & parmesan, margherita pizza, and sea salt (this last one I haven’t yet tried). My younger son used to have some food allergies, so I am happy to see what’s NOT in these: wheat, soy, tree nuts, egg, peanuts, shellfish, dairy or fish. Okay, if fish were in these chips, that would be seriously nasty. Although….I do love kroepoek (shrimp chips).

I’ll turn this over to Kymberly, but first a little link love to our previous post about LesserEvil krinkle sticks and popcorn.

Clean Eating ChipsKymberly: I admit it –  I hear the siren call of crunchy snacks, but I don’t like the guilt and lethargy that go with fried junk food, aka “your usual chip.”  When we had the chance to taste test snacky crunchy items that fell into the “somehow unusual and better for you” category it practically felt like we were performing good deeds. One – so you could see all the healthier options, and two – who doesn’t like to eat snacks guilt-free (though not actually calorie-free. Come on, these are healthier options, not magic ones).

Suffice to say that over the last three months I have tried the following:

  • RW Garcia Dippers – Gluten free, Non GMO, organic corn – 3 Seed Curry and Mango Dipping Chips (Yes, they dipped well and were one of my flavor champs.)
  • Simply Sprouted Way Better SnacksOrganic grains, seeds, beans , Gluten free, Non GMO- Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips (super delish! Another flavor champ)
  • Green Chopsticks – Green Tea Roasted Seaweed Crisps (yes, there are people who actually eat and like these snacks and I am one of them. My puppy eats raw seaweed at the beach. Bleeech!)
  • Sea’s Gift - Roasted Seaweed Snack – Original, Wasabi (lots of protein!)
  • Kettle Classics – Sundried Tomato Basil Chips (had to rescue from the hubster in order to try these so we know what he thought. Gotta say I would be more than willing to try the 8 other Classic flavors and the Baked and California snack lines which actually looked healthier. Got that Kettle peeps? HINT! My cupboard has space.)
  • Kay’s NaturalsGluten Free, soy protein – Protein Pretzel Sticks, Jalapeno Honey Mustard (mustard anything falls into my “like” file box. Mayonnaise is a slimy food that must be defeated.)
  • PopCorners - Gluten free – Caramel, Popped Corn Chips (Hand raised when anyone asks “Who LOVES popcorn? Who has a hard time resisting movie popcorn even though it’s high salt, not real butter, super greasy and ruins your pants?”) SOOOoooo glad to find several popcorn options that offer taste, lowered cals, low earth impact, and social conscience!
  • Popcorn Indiana –  Gluten Free, Non GMO – Kettlecorn, Corn Chips
  • Beanitos - Corn Free, Gluten Free, Non GMO – Pinto Bean and Flax Cheddar Cheese, Black Bean Chipotle BBQ (Those were calling my name louder than ranchera music on a blasting car radio!)

Daunted by that list? Impressed at my vast array of samples? Let’s cut to the chase – every single one of the snacks above had some redeeming quality.  If you are trying to avoid carbs, you’ll find several protein options. You support Non GMO products? Look at all the choices above. Want to avoid potatoes as your chip base? Well hello popcorn, seaweed crisps and chips with beans or lentils, fruit (those plantains my sis mentioned), tubers (think “yams” and “sweet potatoes”) or veggies as the main ingredient. Trying to clear out chemicals? Read the labels of the above products to find your natural happy!

If you digest just one thing from this post – and who can intake just one (get  the reference, chip addicts?) – it’s that companies are out there working hard to bring you more flavor and nutritional value with less fat, salt, preservatives, chemicals, and calories.

Final word from Alexandra: If you’re wondering why kale chips aren’t on this list, it’s because we have not yet tried any that were worth the insult they gave our taste buds.

Disclaimer: The only compensation we received for this post was the snacks themselves, no additional funds, bonds, cash, or prizes. Pass the golden dip, will you?

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19 Responses to Chip Chips Chooray! Product Review

  1. Tara Burner June 4, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    yum! and plantain chips rock! of course then again plantains made any way rock…yummmmm

    • AlexandraFunFit June 4, 2012 at 10:51 am #

      Yes, I also like fried plantains. Why are they so much more delicious than bananas, I wonder?

  2. Kerri O June 4, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Shut. The. Front. Door. Plantain and seaweed chips? I never knew. I’m off to click the links and see if any of these plethora of chiptasticness are paleo.

    • AlexandraFunFit June 4, 2012 at 10:51 am #

      I hope they are paleo, because all of them were delicious. Of course, my sis obviously had more chips than I did, the wench!

  3. Krysten Siba Bishop (@darwinianfail) June 4, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    THOSE SEAWEED SNACKS SOME DELICIOUS! Mental note for my next next snack attack!

    • AlexandraFunFit June 4, 2012 at 11:17 am #

      I’ve tried the sweet, salty and spicy and loved all 3. I pack these in my lunch all the time. But I have to warn you – you’ll finish the packet and wonder, “Hey, did I really just finish the whole thing? Dang, I want more.”

  4. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast June 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    Great review! I try to avoid processed food, but sometimes you just have to pick up something… and it’s so nice to have these options laid out. Most of them are new to me, I’m excited to check them out!

    • AlexandraFunFit June 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

      Yes, I tend to cook from scratch, especially as one son had food allergies for his younger years, but for myself and the kids, these are great for packing in lunches. Since the bags look so enticing, it’s easy to just keep quiet when the boys put them in their lunches. It’s later that they ask, “Mom, what were those chips?” So far, good luck.

  5. Jody - Fit at 54 June 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    So many choices & not enough time! ;-) I try not to keep this stuff in the house – even healthy stuff tempts me BUT I will check out & I have 7 grandkids so… :-)

    • AlexandraFunFit June 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

      I think you’re on the right track to save these for the grandkids. It’s better than having them in the habit of eating the real junk chips. Blecchhh.

  6. Tamara June 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    I just can’t get excited about chips; despite all the temptations you’ve described in this post! I’m a ‘sweet’, not ‘salty’ girl. Now if you had some great, healthy versions of cookies and chocolate, I’d be all over it!

    P.S. I do, however, love kale chips. Not the kind in the bag, the ones you make yourself, in the over, using kale fresh from your garden!

    • AlexandraFunFit June 4, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

      I didn’t eat chips for years, Tamara, because they felt so oily. But I love salt on chips and have found that I don’t really like sweets that much anymore. And I do like the occasional snack, so these are perfect for me. Please come over and make me some kale chips so I can change my mind. As to cookies & chocolate, I bake that stuff all the time for my kids, so have lots of healthy-ish recipes!

  7. Shira June 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    Great post – although I just opened it while waiting for dinner to cook and now I’m super hungry! Those lentil chips sound yummy and I’ll have to check them out. Not a big fan of potato chips, but some of those with added protein need to be investigated too. BTW Kymberly, I’m also a fellow mayonnaise hater – haven’t touched the stuff since I was 12 years old and decided it was polyester food. :)

    • AlexandraFunFit June 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

      I am a big fan of Miracle Whip. That’s just the way it is. I love it in tuna. Sometimes I use yogurt instead, but Kymberly can have her mustard and I’ll have the Miracle Whip. We all have to draw the line somewhere!

  8. donnaandtora June 5, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

    Wow,yummy! Plantains chips are nutritious and offer several health benefits in addition to their delicious flavor. Another thing, it is a good source of carbohydrates and dietary fiber. Love it!

  9. Jenn @therebelchick June 6, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    maybe it’s just a Miami thing, but plantain chips are my favorite!
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  10. Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired June 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    I’d love to try these. We are always on the look out for healthier ways to snack.
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  11. Marnie Byod June 6, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    yummy Chips! love to try this one. It is good that this chips are healthy. Thanks!
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  12. Calla Gold June 8, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    That’s quite the impressive list! I think I just got hungry.

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