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kitchen A Better Crunch

FRYER BE GONE! Finding new ways of cooking chips has been perhaps the best health innovation we’ve seen. Baked chips are a popular alternative, but the most creative approach comes from Popchips, which “pops” potatoes in a pressurized container to create light, delectable, crunchy chips—some varieties even have ridges.

Today’s chips use healthier, innovative ingredients to make snack time every bit as delicious, but with less guilt. BY KELLEE KATAGI

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one are the days when your only chip options were potato and tortilla. The chip aisle is now full of brands that offer inventive base ingredients, oils and cooking styles that make snacking healthier and more appetizing. Here are our top choices— broken down by main ingredient—for getting your crunch on.

Type

POTATO

CORN

VEGETABLE

BEAN/LEGUME

FRUIT

Our pick

Kettle Brand

Garden of Eatin’

Terra Real Vegetable Chips

Food Should Taste Good — Black Bean

Bare

Why we like it

Kettle Brand won our hearts with no-nonsense ingredients lists and interesting flavors (try: Maple Bacon or Pepperoncini). Some flavors use avocado or olive oil, and every bag comes with a tater-tracking code you can use to learn about your chips’ farm of origin.

You can taste the “natural” in Garden of Eatin’s hearty tortilla chips and (new!) corn chips, both made with USDA Organic corn. The seasonings— nacho, ranch, BBQ black bean—come from real, wholesome ingredients, like organic cheddar and organic cumin.

We did not expect these to be so addicting! Whether the thick, crinkly sweet potato variety or the original mix of root vegetables (taro, cassava, parsnip and more), these chips deliver a depth of delicious flavor and natural color unusual for a chip—in a very good way.

Just 10 of these black bean, multigrain chips provide 15% of your daily fiber from beans, seeds, corn and quinoa. The texture is hearty, and the touch of salt is just right. Perfect for dipping in salsa, guacamole or beans.

The crispness of a chip with the subtle sweetness of fruit—yum! Made from the simplest of ingredients—just fruit and minimal, realfood flavorings—these baked (not freezedried!) snacks are high in fiber and crunch. Eat plain or atop salads or yogurt.

Our tasters say

“Love the creative flavors!”

“Thick, crunchy and satisfying.”

“Sweet, salty—my new fave!”

“A great blend of tastes.”

“Yummy any time of day.”

Bonus points for

Also try

K

NG

Boulder Canyon

B

NG

O

Simply Organic Tostitos

B CORP*

GLUTEN-FREE

K

NG

Rhythm Superfoods Beet Chips

K

KOSHER

NG NON-GMO

V

NG

Off the Eaten Path

O

ORGANIC

V

B

NG

Dang Coconut Chips

VEGAN

*B CORP Certification for social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

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