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Healthy Chips: 5 Delicious, Better-For-You Options

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Whether you’re planning your Superbowl snack list or burying your sorrows in a bag of chips, it’s time to rethink our go-to for salty-crunchy cravings. There’s been an explosion of new better-for-you chip options on store shelves, including chips with more protein, fewer carbs and even more fiber. Here’s a rundown on my top five picks, with options to suit a variety of nutritional needs, from ­­­vegan and low carb to gluten free and grain free.

IWON Organics Protein Puffs

  • High in protein
  • High in fiber
  • Gluten free
  • Non-GMO
  • Per 1.5 ounce serving: 10 grams protein. 5 grams fiber. only 1 gram sugar, 180 calories

Oven Baked Pork Rinds by EPIC

  • Baked, not fried
  • 40% less fat than typical pork rinds
  • Flavors include Chili Lime, Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Ingredients include antibiotic-free pork skins, pork fat, salt, citric acid
  • Per half-ounce (approximately one handful): 70 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 230 milligrams sodium, 0 carbohydrates, 0 sugar, 11 grams protein

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Vegan Cracklins by Beanfields

  • Flavors include Korean BBQ, Ranch, Spicy Nacho, Chili Lime
  • Gluten free, grain free, vegan
  • Ingredients include navy beans, cassava flour, chickpea protein
  • Per one ounce (18 pieces): 130 calories, 8 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 230 milligrams sodium, 14 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams fiber, less than 1 gram sugar, 4 grams protein

Power Curls by Lesser Evil

  • Texture similar to a cheese puff
  • Gluten free, grain free
  • Flavors include No-Cheese Cheesiness, Fiery Hot, Himalayan Pink Salt, Spicy Salsa
  • Ingredients include cassava flour; cage-free, non-GMO dried egg whites; avocado oil; Himalayan sea salt
  • Per one ounce (approximately 14 curls): 130 calories, 5 grams fat, 0.5 grams saturated fat, 250 milligrams sodium, 14 grams carbohydrate, 6 grams protein

Cheddar Crisps by Sonoma Creamery

  • Baked crisps made of cheese and brown rice translates to a crispy chip-like texture to satisfy any salty-crunchy craving
  • Gluten free, whole grain, lactose free
  • Ingredients include cheese, brown rice, oat bran, quinoa
  • Per one ounce (approximately 7 crisps): 140 calories, 7 grams fat, 5 grams saturated fat, 210 milligrams sodium, 9 grams carbohydrate, 0 grams sugar, 10 grams protein

Editor’s note: Registered Dietitian Molly Kimball offers brand-name products as a consumer guide; she does not solicit product samples nor is she paid to recommend items. This originally appeared on WGNO’s “Get FUELED with Molly” segment.

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