Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Chips That Won't Make You Chubby

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When it comes to chips, it’s not all about potatoes any more. Different varieties of chips have been appearing on our grocery store shelves with increasing frequency, and many of the options are healthier than your traditional potato chips, which are usually high in Calories, Bad Fat, and Salt.

A simple alternative to regular potato chips is sweet potato chips. Many varieties, including Food Should Taste Good, are lower in Bad Fat and higher in fiber compared to more traditional potato chip options.  Even better, sweet potato chips give you a hefty dose of Vitamin C and beta-carotene, important antioxidants  that according to a recent study, may protect against memory loss and dementia. In order to limit your dose of Bad Fat, choose varieties like these that are baked instead of fried.  For only 140 calories and 1 g of Bad Fat per 12 chip serving, Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips are a great pick!

Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips, 1 serving (12 chips)

For those who are ready to branch out a little bit more into the non-traditional varieties, many brands are starting to make lentil chips. These chips are often lower in calories and higher in protein compared to more traditional chip varieties. Try Trader Joe’s Baked Lentil Chips, which contain only 120 calories and no Bad Fat per 22 chip serving, and go particularly well with hummus.

Trader Joe’s Baked Lentil Chips, 1 serving (22 chips)
We’ve also been observing a rise in the prevalence of chips made from fruits. One of the more popular options is banana chips, available from a variety of brands. Choose banana chips that are dried over ones that are deep-fried, and pay attention to the sugar content when making your selection. The process of drying the fruit concentrates the sugar so there’s no need for banana chips to have added sugar.  Try Whole Foods Banana Chips which contain only 60 calories and 4 g of sugar per 17 chip serving, with no added salt. Note, there are 3 g of Bat Fat per serving, so you may want to choose the actual banana fruit instead of chips if you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth.

 Whole Foods Banana Chips, 1 serving (17 chips)
Right now, kale chips are perhaps the trendiest of all. These chips are light and crunchy and depending on the brand, are available in various fun flavors. Kale chips are lower in calories and higher in fiber than traditional varieties, and per calorie, contain more calcium than milk. Plus, they’re very easy to make at home! If you don’t have time to make your own, Trader Joe’s Kale Chips are a great option racking in only 150 calories and 1 g of Bad Fat per 1 oz. serving.
Trader Joe’s Kale Chips, 1 oz. serving
Pop Chips, which are made from potatoes, are popped instead of fried, containing far less Bad Fat than traditional chips. Available in over a dozen different flavors ranging from Chili Lime to Barbeque, they are sure to satisfy your potato chip craving. Pop Chips Original variety contains zero grams of Bad Fat, and only 120 calories per 22 chips.

Original Pop Chips, 1 serving (22 chips)

No matter what type of chip you choose, always look for a short ingredient list with as many recognizable ingredients as possible. Then use Bon’App to see their impact on your healthy eating goals. And remember, no chip is complete without a nutritious dip! Try fruit salsa, hummus, or guacamole.

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