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The Healthiest Chips and Dips
Crunchy, salty, and addictive, chips are the ultimate gameday snack. From potato chips to tortilla chips to pita chips, it's a safe bet at any Super Bowl party that a bag of chips will never last long.
As much as we all love chips, they can easily turn into a mindless snack—and before you know it, you’ve maxed out on calories, fat, and sodium for the day before halftime. Fortunately, there’s an endless variety of fried, baked, and “popped” options on grocery store shelves today that won't stretch your waistline.
After sampling dozens of chips, we landed on our top ten. You’ll find chips made with nutritious ingredients such as quinoa, chia seeds, and brown rice, chickpeas, black beans, lentils, sweet potatoes, beets, and more. (Don't worry—we haven’t forgotten the classic potato chip!) And because every chip needs a place to land, we've paired each one with the perfect healthy dip.
Popchips are a lighter and less greasy version of the classic potato chip. Thanks to a little heat, pressure, and magic, they're are neither baked nor fried. You won’t artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, hydrogenated oil, or msg in any of their products either. Popchips’ Salt & Pepper flavor reigned supreme as the favorite among our tasters. Positive comments ranged from “best tasting” and “great crunch” to “perfect portion size.” Snag them on Amazon or at your local grocery store.
If you’re looking for a wholesome, low-sodium tortilla chip, Food Should Taste Good’s Blue Corn Tortilla Chips are a smart pick. They’re low in sodium (rare for tortilla chips!) and packed with whole grains like like quinoa, blue corn, brown rice, and oats as well as flax, sunflower, and sesame seeds. We also love their versatility—try pairing with guacamole, fruit salsa, or hummus. Grab a bag at your local grocery store, Wal-Mart, or on Amazon.
Finding a healthy pita chip proved difficult for us, since so many are loaded with sodium and lack overall nutrition. However, Kashi's riff on the tasty, all-purpose chip blew us away. One serving packs an impressive 10g of whole grains or about 1/5th of your daily needs. These crisps also pack plenty of fiber to help keep your snack cravings at bay. They're delicious with hummus, spinach-artichoke dip, or just on their own. Grab a bag on Amazon or at your local Whole Foods.
We love three things about Green Mountain Gringo Tortilla Chips. First, there’s zero preservatives and a simple ingredient list—stone ground masa harina, oil (safflower or sunflower oil), and salt. Second, the sodium is surprisingly low (just 80mg per serving) for the amount of flavor you get. Third, they’re the perfect shape for dunking into salsa or guacamole or for making cheesy nachos. Buy them on Amazon or at Whole Foods.
TERRA Sweets and Beets Chips have a higher calorie and fat content than the other chips we reviewed, but their extremely low sodium content (just 10mg per serving) makes them shine. We also love the simple ingredient list—just sweet potatoes, beets, and oil (either canola, safflower, and/or sunflower). In one ounce of chips, you get nearly a full serving of veggies. Find them on Amazon or at Whole Foods.
With relatively the same amount of calories as a potato chip, legume-based Beanitos chips have a satisfying crunch and crispy texture. They also have a whopping 4g of protein and fiber, while and fall lower on the glycemic index than potato and corn tortilla chips. Extra bonus: They’re also relatively low in sodium (ranges from 55mg to 150mg depending on the flavor). We vote for Beanitos’ Original Black Bean flavor because of its versatility, but Honey Chipotle BBQ is also a strong contender for our favorite. Find them on Amazon or at your local grocery store.
Serving size: 1 oz. Calories: 120, Fat: 8g, Sat Fat: 2g, Sodium: 200mg, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 2g
We’re totally addicted to Farmhouse Culture’s probiotic-rich Kraut Krisps (and so is our microbiome!). Sauerkraut may sound like an unexpected ingredient, but it packs a tangy, slightly funky flavor that works surprisingly well in chip form. You get one billion probiotic cultures in every serving, which work to support digestive and immune health.
The Dill Pickle flavor stole the show, but we also loved Zesty Garden Veggie. Sodium and fat are a touch on the higher side, but the extra blast in nutrition makes these chips a healthy pick. Find them on Amazon or at your local Whole Foods.
SunChips’ Original chips are 30% lower in total fat than traditional potato chips and also pack ample salty flavor without an excessive amount of sodium. The ingredients stay honest, too—you’ll find whole corn, whole wheat, whole oat flour, rice flour, and corn bran. But what really surprised our tasters about these chips was the nutrition. One serving of SunChips supplies 18 grams of whole grains, over ⅓ of your recommended daily servings, and 3 grams of heart-healthy fiber.
We’ve raved about these flavor-packed chips before—once again, they’ve won us over. Flamous Falafel Chips are organic, vegan, gluten-free, and boast a simple ingredient list of beans, veggies, and spices. We loved the Original flavor, but if you’re looking for some, give the Spicy flavor a try. What’s even impressive are the numbers—the sodium is among the lowest we’ve seen in a chip, while the fiber and protein is among the highest. Snatch up a bag on Amazon or at Whole Foods.
Compared to traditional potato chips, Kettle Brand Baked Potato Chips have 65% less in fat, but they don’t sacrifice a bit in flavor. The best part about these perfectly addictive chips is the short and simple ingredient list—just potatoes, sea salt, and vegetable oil. Extra bonus: The hearty serving size of 20 thick-cut potato chips. Order through Amazon or find them at your local grocery store.