By Mike Thayer
I'm always on the lookout for new chip and savory snack flavors, to include healthier versions of those foods that actually taste good. After a recent visit to the doctor, I'm also in search of lower sodium and gluten free options. A bonus would be lower in carbs too.
Doing some routine weekly grocery shopping at Aldi recently, I came across some black bean chips made by Simply Nature.
I love tortilla chips and I really like black beans, so I'm thinking, what a great pairing!
Made from the obvious black beans and some rice, a serving of these chips delivers 5 grams of protein, contains 85 milligrams of sodium and 15 grams in carbs. Compare that to a traditional tortilla chip made from corn and you get 2 grams of protein, 115 mg of sodium and 19 carbs. All other nutritional values are about the same. That may not sound like much of a difference in just the one serving, but when you're counting carbs, watching the sodium intake and trying to add more protein to your diet without adding bad cholesterol (animal based foods), these amounts matter from meal to meal. Another way to look at it is the cumulative total for eating through the bag over the course of a week or whatever, or oops, one sitting... 510mg of sodium for the black bean chips vs. 690mg for the traditional tortilla chips; 30 grams of protein vs. 12; 90 carbs vs. 114. Those numbers become a little more eye-opening huh? And we haven't even factored in the other foods consumed meal to meal adding to all those totals.
But it doesn't matter if it's a healthier chip if it doesn't taste good and these things do. Sampling them with salsa and guacamole sides, they're flat out tasty, have a great tortilla crunch and I didn't wish I was eating traditional tortilla chips. They hold up to dipping well and when I did get to the bottom of the bag - no, not in one sitting - there was minimal chip breakage.
Costing me $2.39 for a 6 ounce bag of chips, I'm giving Simply Nature Black Bean Chips 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. These things are tasty, crunchy and they hold up to dips well whether it's a light salsa or something heavier like quacamole. They're an excellent alternative to traditional tortilla chips and healthier too, providing the benefits of reduced sodium, a lower carb count and more protein. Reasonably priced, they're definitely worthy of a repeat buy.
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