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Love It, Like It, Hate It: Veggie Chips

There’s been an explosion of new versions of veggie chips on shelves lately, and while they may seem like a good way to squeeze more vegetables into your diet (and your kids’ diets) but, most store-bought veggie chips really aren’t any better than regular potato chips!   In today’s Love it, Like it, Hate it, we’re taking at look at some of the best and worst options on shelves.

 

Love it!

 

Brad’s Raw Leafy Kale Chips

  • Dehydrated kale, not baked or fried, so all nutrients are retained
  • Packed with vitamins K & A, plus lutein
  • Ingredients: kale, red peppers, sunflower seeds, cashews, lemon juice, chickpea miso
  • 2.5 servings per container; per serving: 132 calories, 9 grams fat, 11 grams carbs, 2 grams fiber, 1 gram sugar, 5 grams protein

 

RECIPE: Homemade Nacho Crispy Kale Chips

  • 1 large bunch kale
  • Cooking spray or olive oil spritzer
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Nutritional yeast, to taste (approximately ¼ cup)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray large baking sheet with olive oil.  Cut or tear the flowery ends off of the kale into 2-inch pieces. Spray kale with olive oil and lightly sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 5-8 minutes, and top with nutritional yeast.  Bake 5-10 more minutes, or until kale is crispy and edges begin to brown.

Like it!

Neither of these are great sources of green veggies, but at least they both contain more whole grains than anything else, not just potato starch & potato flour.  They’re both more along the lines of Sun Chips, nutritionally speaking.

The Real Deal Veggie Chips

  • Made with green peas and corn meal
  • Very small, so 100 chips only has 110 calories (and 19 grams carbs, 2 grams fiber, 3 grams protein)

 Hi I’m Skinny Veggie Tortilla Sticks

  • First ingredients: whole ground corn, tortilla flour, corn bran, oil, cane juice, then powdered tomato, spinach, and beet for color
  • For 34 sticks: 130 calories, 16 grams carb, 2 grams fiber, 0 sugar, 2 grams protein

Hate it!

Both are similar to Pirate’s Booty and other pseudo-veggie chips, neither are really better than regular potato chips.

 

The Daily Crave ‘Breaking News’ Veggie Chips

  •  First ingredients: potato flour ,  potato starch, oil, salt, sugar
  • Contain more oil, salt and sugar than tomato paste, spinach powder, or beetroot powder
  • Per ounce: 130 calories, 6 grams fat, 300 mg sodium, 3 grams fiber, 3 grams protein

Jensen’s Orchard Spinach & Artichoke Chips

  • First ingredients: potato flour , oil, potato, corn and/or rice starch
  • Contain more oil than spinach, and more sugar than artichoke powder
  • Per ounce: 130 calories, 6 grams fat, 300 mg sodium, 3 grams fiber, 3 grams protein

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