Love it, Like it, Hate it: Tailgate Chips + Dippers

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Football season means tailgating, which of course means chips and dips.   And even when we have the best intentions of eating clean, chips are one of those snacks that can quickly get the best of us, especially with distracted or mindless nibbling.  Today we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on some truly good for you chips and dippers, and which ones to steer clear of!




Vegetables + fruits built for dipping!


  • Jicama Sticks
  • Endive Leaves
  • Red, Yellow, Red Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini + Squash
  • Apple slices – perfect for creamy dips & chicken salad-style dips
  • Beet Chips by Rhythm Foods | also available at CostCo | Ingredients: Just beets


Beanfields Chips & Beanitos Chips

  • Made with real black beans & navy beans: 5-6 grams fiber per serving; 5 grams protein per serving
  • Per serving: 140 calories – 190 mg sodium - 16-18 grams carbs – 5-6 grams fiber – 5 grams protein





 Tostitos MultiGrain Scoops

  • Made with whole corn, brown rice flour & whole buckwheat flour
  • Per serving: 140 calories – 110 mg sodium - 17 grams carbs – 2 grams fiber – 2 grams protein





Stacy’s Pita Chips

  • Enriched wheat flour => same main ingredient as white bread
  • Per serving: 130 calories – 270 mg sodium – 19 grams carb – 1 gram fiber – 3 grams protein


Lay’s Oven-Baked Chips

  • White potatoes + sugar. The BBQ flavor has white potatoes & corn starch, plus 4 different types of added sugar: sugar, molasses, brown sugar, and fructose
  • Per serving: 120 calories –190 mg sodium – 22 grams carb – 2 grams fiber – 3 grams sugar – 2 grams protein


“Kale” and “Veggie” chips that are really mostly corn, rice, or potatoes

  • Marketed as “veggie” but they’re primarily potatoes, corn, and/or rice flour
  • Carbs, calories + fat are typically the same as regular chips




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