Switch Your Chips

Time to change up your chips? Here are some nutrition tips on the new alternative snacks arriving in the snack aisle.

Alternative “healthy” chips made from beans or veggies promise to satisfy a need for crunch while also giving us a bit of nutrition. Some new snack alternatives are worth trying, says Jadyn London, head of nutrition and wellness at Weight Watchers, but only if:

  1. they are made from whole ingredients
  2. a serving has less than 2 grams of saturated fat
  3. a serving has less than 5 grams of sugar
  4. a serving has greater than 2 grams each of protein and fiber

The following is a list of new alternative chip-like snacks you might like.

If you like Tortilla Chips try…

  • Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips
  • Vegetable Tortilla Chips – Red Pepper with Chia Seed & Chipotle – NON GMO
  • Beanitos – Black Bean Tortillas with Sea Salt – NON GMO Plant Based Protein: Per Serving: 5g protein, 4grams fiber

If you like Potato Chips Try…

  • Vegetable Chips – Sweets & Beets – No added sugar, NON GMO
  • Bada Bean Bada Boom – each serving bag has 100 calories, 7 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fiber
  • Plant Snacks – Beet with Vegan Goat Cheese – Cassava Root Chips or Vegan Cheddar Cassava Root Chip s- No Added Sugar, Free of the Big 8 Allergens

If you like Puffed Cheese Snacks Try…

  • Baked Original Cheese Puffs – Gluten Free
  • Aged White Cheddar Puffs – Vegan, Gluten Free, Zero Trans Fat
  • Turmeric Puffs – Made of Sorghum, Cinnamon Pumpkin Flavored, Gluten Free, NON GMO

Most of these snacks can be found at Fresh & Natural Foods. Enjoy experimenting! You be the judge to determine which of these snacks make it to your “must have” list.




Author: Michelle Hanson

Michelle Hanson, MA, RD, LD is Fresh & Natural Food’s Registered Dietitian. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics with a minor in Community Health from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She is a registered dietitian and current member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Michelle has been a nutrition consultant for numerous years as well as a nutrition research director at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Michelle is passionate about food and nutrition and believes in helping people find simple, realistic ways to make healthy eating a part of their everyday lifestyle.
If you are interested in meeting Michelle or have questions for her, you can email her at: michelle@fnfoods.com. She will look forward to meeting you!