Alternate Title: You Win Some; You Lose Some
It’s still hot here, and that means not a lot of cooking going on in TippyToe Land. I’m relying on previously-cooked chicken from my freezer, salads, and sandwiches to provide my sustenance.
Although now that I think about it, that’s mostly what I eat in January, too.
I have a weird little quirk about sandwiches. (We’ll pretend it’s the only quirk I have.) It doesn’t feel like a complete meal without a little something crunchy to go with it. I can make do with celery, carrots, apples, or pears, but to be honest, what I really want are chips or pretzels. Baked is preferable, but even those add 100-150 calories to a meal, along with a dose of sodium that would best be skipped.
Over the past week or so, I’ve tried a couple of new-to-me alternatives that are worth mentioning:
First up, Archer Farms Hummus Chips:
In a word: Crunchilicious!
The Archer Farms brand is Target‘s nod to “premium foods” (their words, not mine.) I’ve tried a few of the products, with some hits and misses, but these hummus chips will be alternating with the AF Blue Corn Tortilla Chips for my crunch stash.
Nutritionally, the hummus chips are somewhat similar to Other Brand that Rhymes with Day’s Baked Potato Chips, but hummus chips are made with chickpea flour, sunflower oil, olive oil, and sea salt. Other Baked Potato Chips are made of potatoes, sugar and corn by-products (oil, starch, etc.). Neither would qualify as “health food”, but I prefer the former to the latter.
These hummus chips are light and crispy, slightly salty, but leave no greasy residue on your fingers like potato chips. Also, I don’t know if it’s the ingredients or what, exactly, but a half serving (about 10-12 chips) is quite satisfying. Especially when piled high with salsa.
I count this one as a WIN! And I’m not the only one; FatFighterTV liked them, too! (Along with some other healthy food finds, so check out the link!)
Moving on to my second foray into potato chips alternatives…. Thanks to the fun and fantastic folks at Does This Blog Make Us Look Fat? and Subway, I had a $25 gift card burning a hole in my pocket. What better day to use it than yesterday, after a 4-mile walk with the temps approaching triple digits? As I was evaluating chip possibilities (sweat replacement therapy), I spotted these on the shelf:
They had me at “crunchy” and “crisp”. A quick label check showed ingredients of apples and lemon juice (score!) and a calorie count of 45 for the whole bag! Sold!
Um, Snapz People? Where’s my Crunch? my Crisp? ‘Cause it wasn’t in this bag. I had chewy dried apple slices. Chewy, not crispy.
So I’m calling this one a miss*. Next time, I’ll either get potato chips or the regular apple slices, depending on exercise recently completed.
So two new-to-me products. One thumbs up, one not.
Have you found any new-to-you crunchilicious snacks lately?
*In all fairness, you’ll note that the bag is now empty.