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Healthiest Chips To Buy

"There are a lot of healthier chips on the shelf nowadays, and if you enjoy them in moderation and choose the right one, they can still be included into a healthy diet plan," adds Roxana Ehsani, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, sports dietitian in Miami, Florida.

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When it comes to fitting chips into your weight loss nutrition plan, focusing on portion control can help as well. "Individual size bags are great to keep on hand to help control portions," adds Flores.

Quest Tortilla Style Protein chips have an added bonus: protein. "These chips are packed with protein and low in sugar and carbohydrates. This will keep you fuller longer, which is great for weight loss," says Amber Pankonin, MS, RD, LMNT, CEC, registered dietitian, chef, and owner of the food blog Stirlist.

Lay's Poppables Salt and Vinegar chips are packed with flavor. "Compared to regular Lay's Salt and Vinegar chips, you get double the volume per serving, with the same great flavor," says Flores. While it's not ideal that these are low in fiber and protein, they are relatively low in calories and saturated fat compared to many other types of chips on the market.

"These chips not only taste great, but they are high in fiber," says Pankonin. "Fiber is good for a healthy digestive tract, but will also keep you more full throughout the day, making weight loss easier to achieve." Another benefit to these chips is that

"Don't knock them before you try them," says Ehsani. "These chips contain 130% of your daily value of vitamin K, 30% of your daily value of vitamin C, and 15% of your daily value of vitamin A. Plus, there's a pound of real vegetables in one bag. These are perfect for weight loss, as they are quite low in calories per serving, too, at just 70 calories."

"These chips are made with black beans, corn, flax seed, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds, which is a nutrient dense list of ingredients!" says Ehsani. "These chips also contain a whopping 4 grams of both fiber and protein. Both of these nutrients are important to always have at meals and at snack time, as both keep you feeling full longer, and can help prevent overeating."

"These chips are baked instead of fried and are made from only yellow corn, sunflower oil, and sea salt," says Flores. "For only 120 calories, these chips are crispy, full of flavor, and great on their own or with your favorite dip."

"These chips are not only low in calories, but they also contain a blend of other vegetables like carrots and broccoli, in addition to the cauliflower," says Pankonin. "Consuming snacks that are more nutrient-rich like this can help meet vitamin and mineral needs, which is really important while trying to lose weight."

"These chips are made with chickpea flour, which contributes to it having 3 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein," says Ehsani. "Both protein and fiber, especially when combined together, keep you feeling full for longer, which can help with weight loss and is another way to get in a serving of a legume!"

"These healthy chips contain 3 grams of fiber and 19 grams of carbohydrate per serving," says Pankonin. "Carbohydrates can help provide the energy needed to fuel workouts and healthy activity throughout the day." These chips are also relatively low in calories and contain 3 grams of protein, which can help you meet your protein goals without breaking your calorie deficit.

"These chips have only three ingredients: sweet potatoes, avocado oil, and sea salt, and they taste delicious," says Ehsani. "Since they are made from sweet potatoes, they are naturally sweet, contain no added sugar, and can satisfy anyone looking to get a sweet and savory fix. They are made using avocado oil, which is a heart-healthy monounsaturated oil."

"Food should taste good, and these chips sure do. They are made with a variety of gluten-free grains, great for those who may be avoiding gluten for Celiac disease or other medical reasons,"says Flores. "With 2 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein, these chips may keep you fuller longer. Dip these in guacamole for even more nutrients."

With a huge variety of flavors on the market, these crunchy, savory chips are quickly flying off the shelf. But the sea salt variety is a fat bomb with 14 grams per serving, more than a whole tablespoon of butter. The jalapeno flavor contains 180 mg of sodium and the pepperoncini 170 mg of sodium, so this chip can quickly bust your sodium budget.

While many of us try to eat healthy, we also love our snacks, specifically chips. One reason chips are so delicious has a lot to do with the crunch factor. Per Eat This Not That, researchers have studied the addictive quality of potato chips and found that the notorious crunching sound has a big role in how much consumers like a food. The louder the noise, the more desirable the chip.

Fans of ABC's "Shark Tank" may be familiar with Jackson's Honest. The founders, the Reamer Family, made the shift to a high fat, low carbohydrate diet in order to better the health of their son who was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. As a result, the brand focuses on sweet potato chips made from higher quality oils like coconut and avocado, and flavors include from sea salt to Carolina BBQ.

True to its name, Good Health is the health-focused brand by Utz. The line of snacks includes familiar territory such as popcorn, veggie sticks, and pretzels with a focus on non-GMO ingredients and the use of different types of cooking oils. There are multiple kettle style potato chips to choose from with flavors such as avocado oil sea salt, olive oil sea salt, avocado oil barbecue, and avocado oil jalapeno.

If you're looking to stock your pantry with strictly plant-based products, consider Brad's. Among the brand's multiple snack options is a line of chips made with air dried organic vegetables that includes flavors such as broccoli cheddar, red bell pepper, and Vampire Killer. Are you as intrigued as we are by that last one? Well, it happens to be a lemony kale chip made with cashew cheese, and, not surprisingly, lots of garlic.

The brand, however, has its detractors, with complaints on Amazon ranging from an unpleasant aroma from the chips to quality inconsistency from bag to bag. One reviewer mentions love for these chips, but notes that you must eat them with dip for the best taste. Though we prefer a chip that stands on its own, these are a solid bet for vegans in search of a low calorie, low fat and high protein snack.

Siete Foods is a Mexican-American brand devoted to making grain free food products that range from cookies to sauces. When it comes to chips, there are several bags to choose from including multiple kettle cooked potato-based flavors, but the most options are of the tortilla variety.

Because the tortilla chips are made without grains (cassava serves as a substitute for the familiar corn base), we find that the texture is a bit too fragile. As a result, they don't have the best crunch, not to mention, we tend to find that the bag is filled with broken crumbs that aren't suitable for dipping. Still, the flavor delivers. According to the Amazon reviews of the dip chips, even those that are not interested in following a grain-free diet love these chips for their taste. While they are a bit pricey, many people note that these chips are super tasty.

You may have come across banana and plantain chips in your supermarket aisle, but Barnana takes the snack to a whole other level (it's no surprise that the founder is from Brazil). Over the past decade, the company has expanded its product line to include multiple sweet and savory banana-based treats including several flavors of chips that fall into either the kettle cooked or tortilla categories.

PopChips sell a variety of chips that are never fried, but instead placed in a high pressure environment forcing them to pop. We love that these are made from potatoes, instead of corn, ensuring that they taste more like a traditional chip, at least compared to some of the other healthy chip options. PopChips offers a deep flavor roster with varieties including barbeque, aged white cheddar, sour cream & onion, sea salt & vinegar, and Crazy Hot. If you prefer your chips with ridges, the brand also offers those too.

While we heartily endorse PopChips, make sure you try them with the right expectations. They are not fried chips, so the crunch and flavor factor won't be comparable. But that difference is made up for by the fact that, on average, a 1-ounce serving of these is 4 grams of fat and 120 calories compared to 10 grams of fat and 160 calories for a standard fried potato chip. For our money, PopChips is among the best chip brands, healthy or otherwise.

Late July offers a wide range of organic and non-GMO snacks. While the brand includes a line of potato chips, tortilla chips reign supreme and flavor choices include the standard sea salt as well more interesting options such as Mexican Street Corn and Garden Ranch. Our personal favorite is the restaurant style sea salt and lime tortilla chips which offers a welcome citrus kick.

There is a reason PopCorners earned a coveted spot on the JetBlue snack roster. Because these aren't fried (they happen to be yellow corn chips that have been popped, via high pressure), PopCorners contain less sodium and about half the fat content of typical potato chips, according to Maple Holistics. Beyond including non-GMO ingredients, most flavors are gluten free.

PopCorners may not offer a lot of variety, but the limited flavors tend to be great. Our suggestion for first timers: Opt for a variety pack, which includes a range of options such as white cheddar, sweet chili, spicy queso. These chips are the essentially perfect cross between tortillas and popcorn. Beyond the delicious taste, also have an ideal texture somewhere in the sweet spot of pillowy soft and crispy crunchy. While we enjoy the more adventurous flavors like sweet and salty kettle corn, keep in mind that the basic sea salt only contains three ingredients, which we definitely appreciate. 041b061a72


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