Chips are down to support your healthy eating

Sherrel Jones discusses various brands of snack chips designed to support a health lifestyle.
BY SHERREL JONES, sherrel@justdelish.com Published: May 28, 2014
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Have you been to the chip aisle lately in your grocery store? I’ve been trying to avoid lingering there for years as the selection has been meager for those trying to make healthier choices.

Now many area grocers offer crunch-seekers a huge variety of chips to satisfy our craving and boost our daily nutrition intake. Several manufacturers have been making vegetable chips for years. If you’ve ever sampled Terra’s Sweet Potato Chips, you know they are as addictive as the best of any potato chip.

Our children have turned us on to kale chips for snacking. You can buy them or make them, and both ways are quite satisfying, although they are a bit delicate for dipping and scooping. I love to create seasoning combinations. Preparation is easy enough for the younger cooks, who will probably enjoy eating this homemade crunchy version of a super vegetable.

Wonderfully Raw makes chips, called Brussel Bytes, from Brussels sprouts. Though a little fragile, Chili Pumpkin Seed Crunch Brussels-Coconut Snack Mix was a hit. My husband and I practically devoured Wonderfully Raw’s “Snip Chips,” a parsnip-coconut snack mix seasoned with chipotle, lime and cilantro. I think it was that sweet parsnip and coconut punched up with the heat of the chipotle. These are certified gluten-free.

Simply Sprouted offers chips made from sprouted grain. Their Pita-ahh Chips are made from sprouted red fife and spelt, touted for better nutrient absorption and digestibility than typical grain.

Of course, you can also make your own pita chips by cutting pita bread into little triangles and drying them in a 300-degree oven until crisp.

But the convenience of the Simply Sprouted Way Better Snacks is great.

The Beanitos original bean chip company has a great high fiber and protein chip that, like many on the market these days, is gluten-free.

They are corn-free, all-natural, and contain no trans fat, preservatives or monosodium glutamate. They also are certified kosher and low-glycemic. And if that’s not enough, these lightly salted chips are cholesterol-free and vegan. We liked the Chipotle BBQ flavor.