Top Three Healthy Veggie Chips (Kids Tested and Approved!)

1. The Real Deal’s Real! Veggie Chips, Baked

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I came across this product purely by accident as I was looking to buy Pirate Booty’s in the Snacks aisle at our local supermarket. The green packaging with the large, bold words “The Real Deal” immediately caught my eyes. After reading through the nutritional facts, I was completely sold. Ingredients include green geas, corn meal, rice flour, expeller pressed safflower oil and/or expeller pressed sunflower oil and/or expeller pressed canola oil, and sea salt. For those who are not familiar with the term – expeller pressed, according to wisegeek.org it just simply means… to force oil out of something (usually a nut, a seed, or a vegetable like corn) without using anything but mechanical strength. Any oil that is released during this process is caught in a runoff tray, where it is filtered and collected for later use. There are also no chemical additives for this process.

And as an end result, these bite-size chips are delicious and pack nicely for lunches at school or work.

2. Calbee’s Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps, Lightly Salted

lightlysaltedWhile bulk shopping at Costco one day, I was fortunate enough to sample these yummy Snapea Crisps. My children loved them immediately and begged me for more (yes, can you believe it?!). So we walked away with a huge bag and it is now our go-to snack at home. Ingredients include green peas, corn oil, rice, salt, calcium carbonate and vitamin C. They are crunchy and lightly salted; perfect for a young child’s palette because it’s not overpowering. This is also another great alternative for a healthier school snack.

3. Crisproot’s Ridged Cassava Root Chips, Sea Salt

salt_bigCrisproot’s Cassava Root Chips are another great choice. I bought these at our local supermarket out of curiosity. I have never heard of cassava root before. Quickly searched online and found great reviews. Well, cassava, or yucca, is much like a potato and was once eaten back in ancient South America. With 30-40% less fat and twice the fiber of the leading potato chip, no wonder they’re so good. They are light, crispy, and all natural – no artificial ingredients and preservatives. These cassava roots are purchased from farmers on the Island of Java in Indonesia. They are a bit bitter to taste but we actually enjoyed them. My kids didn’t mind that at all. Ingredients include cassava, palm, sunflower, or safflower oil, evaporated cane juice, sea salt, garlic powder, and natural vitamin E to preserve freshness. Gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free and casein-free.

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