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21 great snacks from the Alt-Chips pass
Potatoes fried in high-quality extra virgin olive oil, grain-free tortilla chips, coconut chips, vegan white cheddar leaves and an abundance of cassava. It’s great to see that more chip options are becoming available for different nutritional needs, lifestyles and tastes. But as we have seen with plant-based meat,, vegan cheese, i gluten-free pasta, alternatives are not guaranteed to achieve flavor (termination of agreement) or a complete diet (not that our chips need vitamins and minerals at the level of supplements, but we are interested in the possibility of a healthy diet).
Our senior director of science and research (Dr. Gerda Endemann) provided some tips for buying aisles with chips, and our food director (Caitlin O’Malley) set out to select the ones with the best taste.
TO CONSIDER BEFORE BEGINNING THE PURCHASE
LOOK FOR WHOLE FOOD
Generally speaking, the closer you can get to the whole ingredient, the healthier you are. Less processing usually means retaining more nutrients. And that can mean slower digestion. Super processed ingredients can be digested into sugars very quickly.
BAKED, BLOWN AND REMOVED, WHEN POSSIBLE
This category is currently huge, with lots of delicious options. It’s a great way to enjoy a satisfying crunchy or crunchy treat that isn’t cooked in oil.
IF FRIED, CHECK THE OIL TYPE
Fried food is really delicious, and there are healthier oils that we opt for when they are available. Olive oil, avocado oil and high oleic sunflower oil are all monounsaturated fats, which means they are less likely to oxidize than polyunsaturated fats (such as corn oil and cottonseed oil). Without too much grain and science, it is worth noting that all oils will oxidize over time or due to exposure to air and heat (see our guide to olive oil to learn more about it), so it’s not a perfect rule, but just something to be aware of. Perhaps more importantly: Chips fried in olive oil tastes really good.
Potatoes hit badly (Gerda wrote about it here). Just because we do paleo / keto / grain-free doesn’t mean that classic potato chips don’t have a special place in our hearts. When we are in the mood for spuds, these are the ones we like to go for.
José Andrés Himalayan salt chips made from pink salt
They look impossibly thin and crunchy. And you can really taste the high quality extra virgin olive oil used to fry them.
Boulder Canyon Avocado Oil Canyon Cut Kettle Chips Sea Salt
A comb chip made for all your dipping needs.
If you avoid corn and vegetable oils due to food sensitivity, tortilla chips can be hard to find. But we have three favorites that we think you will like.
Siete Fuego cereals without grains
Siete never disappoints – we have long been fans of his grain-free tortillas and vegan pie. These chips make us nostalgic for the ones we had at lunch in bags as kids, but with improved spice-flavored dust and fresh, airy cartilage. These are love doctors.
Sana Coconut Flour Tortilla Chips Himalayan Sea Salt
Once known as The Real Coconut, which was one of the first tortilla chips without the grains we remember appearing on stage. They are a powerful vehicle for more cordial performances, like guacas and beans. Try pairing these coconut chips with mango salt to fix the tropical flavors.
More chips that are either whole foods or are mostly made up of plants.
Good Roots Lotus Chips Wasabi
Superior crushing, and that wasabi heat cleanses your sinuses and brings you back for more.
Artisan Tropic cassava strips
These are the closest in structure to ordinary chips. We love to see cassava used in its entirety over flour or starch, which is currently predominantly an ingredient in healthy alternatives to chips.
Cellulose pantry Jalapeño Lime
The chips in the pulp wet are great because they are made from vegetable pulp left over from cold-pressed juices. They are a little waste and full of fiber, and they also taste great.
Sweetpotato Awesome Dill and Garlic
Because these chips are made from frozen freezes, their texture is different from the texture of regular chips, but the sweet potato flavor is sweet and clean.
12 tides and inflated algae chips All
A lot can be loved here. The algae itself is an oceanic regenerative food and crop without intake. It contains vitamins and minerals and the taste of umami that goes so well with all the spices in the shape of a bag. Bonus for composting packaging.
Surprising number of candidates in this category – it seems that we all need adult versions of cheese foxes from childhood. You can get that and more with all this.
Lesser Evil “No Cheese” Cheesiness Paleo Puffs
Another GP favorite. These poufs have a base of cassava flour and paleo are suitable. The texture is fresh with that familiar cloud-like mouth-melting quality.
Spudsy Sweet Potato Puffs Vegan Cheesy Cheddar
Puffy based on sweet potatoes, a slightly softer texture and a nice clean finish (which can be hard to do with a vegan cheese flavor). This mixture also includes pea proteins.
KOPARIN AND PRETCELI
A cult duo. Necessary snack for sleeping, movies and traveling.
Bjorn Qorn Classic
Solar-powered popcorn – sign us up. Each core somehow appears on that perfectly gently sharp texture. The original with salt and nutritious yeast has become our wish, but the spice is really good and has serious heat.
WILD CARDS: MEAT AND SWEET
It’s not the usual price of a pass with chips, but it’s a very snack nonetheless.
Chicken protein juice Wilde sea salt and vinegar
One of the more unusual chips we came across. It’s literally a chip made from chicken – it’s fresh and light like chips, but with a very subtle chicken flavor. This is a nice high-protein substitute, and the spice for salt and vinegar works well.
4505 Chicharrones Classic Chili & Salt
If you eat mostly keto or paleo and are looking for a whole snack with just one ingredient instead of thirteen different starches and gums, a salty, crunchy, rich chicharron won’t come to mind. The source is of the utmost importance at 4505, which uses only superbly humanely raised meat.
Siete granular churro strips
Siete did it one more time. These chips are not too sweet, and the cinnamon level is on the spot. It can take care of churro craving when you don’t have churro.
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