For years, chips have been the American way of snacking. Chips are delicious, crunchy snacks that can satisfy our everyday cravings. They are also known to be a common side dish to meals (especially at lunch), an appetizer option for many restaurants (especially Tex-Mex, served with salsa/dip), and even a base ingredient for meals (such as nachos, hard tacos, frito pie, etc.). Chips are usually eaten at lunch, dinner, and even as "in-between" snacks.
But for the majority of chip history, they have not been a very healthy snack.
Until just several years ago, new chip companies and chip products have started to bloom with much healthier options. In fact, did you know Kettle Brand chips were the first non-GMO chip product that was produced for consumers?
Continue reading for the Top 10 Healthiest Chips for snacking (not in order).
Popchips, Salt & Pepper
Serving size: 1oz/20 chips, 120 cals, 4g fat (0g sat fat), 0mg chol, 290mg sodium, 1g fiber, 1g protein
The Mediterranean Snack Company, Baked Lentil Chips
These flavorful chips are so good you don't even need dip to go with it. Rich in fiber and low in fat, but warning, they are relatively high in sodium.
Serving size: 1oz/22 chips, 110 cals, 3g fat (0g sat fat), 0mg chol, 250mg sodium, 3g fiber, 4g protein
Laurel Hill, Multigrain Tortilla Chips
Quinoa, corn bran, brown rice, and flax are the rich ingredients that make these chips a great healthy option. Quinoa is great for fiber and protein, corn bran and brown rice are high in fiber, and flax contains omega-3 nutrients. They are great for dipping in salsa or guacamole, but can also be a great snack for muching on by itself.
Serving size: 1oz/8 chips, 140 cals, 6g fat (0.5g sat fat), 0mg chol, 80mg sodium, 3g fiber, 2g protein
TERRA Chips, Plain Sweet Potato Chips
Although these chips may have a higher calorie and fat content than the other chips listed in this blog, they include an entire serving of vegetables in just one ounce of chips. They are also very low in sodium and rich in antioxidants, so I think they are worth a try.
Serving size: 1oz/17 chips, 160 cals, 11g fat (1g sat fat), 0mg chol, 10mg sodium, 3g fiber, 1g protein
Food Should Taste Good, Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
Quinoa, blue corn, brown rice, and oats (such as flax, sunflower, and sesame seeds) pretty much sum up the ingredient list of these chips. They are also low in sodium and said to be great with guacamole, fruit salsa, or hummus.
Serving size: 1oz/10 chips, 140 cals, 7g fat (0.5g sat fat), 0mg chol, 80mg sodium, 3g fiber, 2g protein
Kettle Brand Baked Potato Chips, Sea Salt
Everyone loves kettle chips. With merely just potatoes, sea salt, and vegetable oil (no artificial ingredients), they are the healthier option to traditional potato chips -- and with 65% less fat.
Serving size: 1oz/20 chips, 140 cals, 3g fat (0.5g sat fat), 0mg chol, 135mg sodium, 2g fiber, 2g protein
Beanitos, Chipotle BBQ Black Bean Chips
Beans are high in fiber, protein, and complex carbs. These chips contain beans and brown rice that make it a healthy and filling snack. Although it has the same amount of calories as a traditional potato chip, Beanitos have over double the amount of protein and are much lower in sodium.
Serving size: 1oz/10 chips, 140 cals, 7g fat (0.5g sat fat), 0mg chol, 150mg sodium, 5g fiber, 4g protein
Yay! My favorite. These chips are a great source of whole grains and fiber. Sunchips are also 30% lower in total fat than traditional potato chips and have a slightly salty flavor, while still maintaining a relatively low sodium level. These multigrain chips are made with all-natural ingredients like whole corn, whole wheat, whole oat flower, rice flour, and corn bran.
Serving size: 1oz/16 chips, 140 cals, 6g fat (1g sat fat), 0mg chol, 120mg sodium, 3g fiber, 2g protein
Corazonas, Black Bean & Cheese Tortilla Chips
Whole-grain packed (18 grams per serving) and full of fiber, these chips are great for snacking. They are infused with all natural plant sterols to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and fight heart disease.
Serving size: 1oz/14 chips, 140 cals, 7g fat (0.5g sat fat), 0mg chol, 170mg sodium, 3g fiber, 2g protein
Humbles Baked Hummus Chips, Sesame Garlic
These light chips are great for dipping, snacking or topping on soups or salads. Made from chickpeas, they also have 60% less fat than traditional potato chips, plus 3 grams of protein.
Serving size: 1oz, 120 cals, 4g fat (0g sat fat), 0mg chol, 135mg sodium, 1g fiber, 3g protein