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The Bachelor on the Cheap Gluten-Free Diet Challenge 2023 - Day 7, Featuring Simply Nature Cassava Chips w/Sea Salt

Simply Nature Cassava Chips
Of course it's "Gluten-Free" it's not a wheat product! That's a bit of marketing there. But it is nice to know the product is wheat free, so also worry-free.

It's been a week now...  No regular bread, no cake, no muffins, no waffles, no breaded and fried, no crackers or the like...  And it hasn't been all that tough to do.

The Day 7 menu was light, with less than 1,000 calories, but still provided an ample amount of protein.  The highlight of the day was a "potato" chip snack, featuring Simply Nature Grain Free Cassava Chips with Sea Salt.

If you're not familiar with cassava, it's a root vegetable, a tuber not unlike a potato or yam, and very popular in South America.  You can do all sorts of things with cassava, there's mashed, french fried, and chips, you can make bread and cake with cassava flour, and tapioca pudding is made from the cassava root.

I've never had Cassava Chips before, I sampled them today for lunch with an onion & sour cream dip.  They're lighter-colored chips with a very dense crunch.  They're also thicker cut chips, with some elongated shapes and they had a nice amount of sea salt in the bite.  Given the robust sea salt flavor, I was a bit surprised in reading the label that they only have 90mg of sodium per serving, just 4% of the recommended daily intake.  That's almost unheard of in a chip snack.  Despite the pleasant sea salt flavor note, however, these chips definitely need a dip.  The chips can handle a dip well too, it's a VERY sturdy chip, almost too sturdy in texture.

Costing me $2.99 for a 6-ounce bag at Aldi, I'm giving Simply Nature Cassava Chips with Sea Salt 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars.  They taste OK, but the chips are too dense for my liking and a bit bland, needing a dip to be enjoyable.  They are not worthy of a repeat buy, I'll pass on these next time I'm looking for another gluten-free chip or cracker option.

Here's the Day 7 menu:

GF Diet Day 7

I started out light, which kind of set the tone for the rest of the day, eating lighter than usual during normal meal times and eating heavier at snack time.  With less than 1,000 calories consumed, an overall good week, and smarter eating choices, I'm looking forward to weighing in tomorrow morning.

After seven days of removing wheat products from my diet and replacing them selectively with Gluten-Free products, I'm not feeling the joint pain nearly as much, and that bloated feeling has been greatly reduced.  I'm looking forward to weighing in tomorrow morning.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

Related:  A Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: Going Gluten-Free For Good

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