My absolute favorite snack in the entire world is almost any form of chips. I love the crunchy, salty, deliciousness that they bring to my life, and perhaps more than anything I love that they act as a vehicle for getting tasty dips into my pie hole. When I first started eating clean I traded chips for dried fruit, which is a tasty and healthy snack in its own right, but let’s be honest….it’s not chips, and it ain’t gonna cut It.
While exploring “clean” chip options with which to pair my beloved guac and salsa, I stumbled across Beanitos. Beanitos don’t look like traditional chips and they aren’t made with the same ingredients that traditional corn, wheat, or potato chips are made of….logically, in my mind at least, if some company decided it would be worth it to completely re-write the script on chips it must be for a good reason.
And a good reason it is. Check out the goodness that resides in a bag of Beanitos:
- 20% of your daily dietary fiber (5g) and 4g of protein in just 12 chips
- Non-GMO Project Verified
- Corn Free, Gluten Free, Cholesterol Free
- No Trans Fat, No Preservatives, No MSG
A healthy alternative that packs a nutritional punch and won’t break the bank (Graphic from Beanitos.com)
So what makes a bean chip a bean chip? Well, Beanitos are made with whole beans (black, white, or pinto), which are washed, cooked, and mixed with whole grain rice to form a dough. After being shaped and cut, they are baked and then flash fried in Sunflower and/or Safflower Oil (source: Beanitos website). Sprinkle a little sea salt on these bad boys and they’re ready to be bagged. Alternately, flavored Beanito options tout several additional seasoning ingredients, but you can rest easy knowing that all flavor varieties are made with all clean ingredients and no GMOs.
Beanitos do taste different than traditional chips because you’ve probably never tasted a chip made from beans, but they are light and crispy and made from excellent ingredients that you don’t feel an ounce of shame for eating. With six flavor varieties currently on the market, my favorite is Original Black Bean with sea salt (it’s the best for dipping, behind the brand new white bean “restaurant style” variety), followed closely by Nacho Cheese (a lighter, crispier Doritos) and Chipotle BBQ (deep BBQ hickory flavors).
In tortilla chips these days, the top ingredient is corn followed by whatever refined or hydrogenated oil they cook the chips in. Add artificial flavors and processing and you welcome a science project in your mouth. While writing this, I decided to take a look at a leading Multigrain Chip brand just for kicks since my assumption was that this would be one of the healthier traditional tortilla chip options on the market (they are multigrain, afterall). I was wrong, take a look:
Sorry to pick on you traditional Multigrain chips, but come on? These corn chips are packed with processed oils and grains, and GMOs abound.
And don’t assume that potato chips are any better. I recently read an article (yes, I know not everything on the internet is gospel, but this is interesting nonetheless), regarding the production of cancer-causing acrylamide when potatoes and other carb-rich foods are cooked at high temperatures. Levels of acrylamide (used industrially to treat sewage) were so high that the State of California sued chip makers and various restaurants for not properly warning consumers of the health risks.
With all of this said, how excited are you to try heart-healthy, protein rich, fiber filled, non-GMO Beanitos?? I’ve made Beanito converts out of several people already, especially those concerned with cutting corn out of their diet. Beanitos are a prime example of the wonderful, healthy food options you can find at the store when you start looking a little deeper.
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If you haven’t heard of Beanitos yet, I have no doubt that you’ll be hearing more about them in the near future. Having tasted and loved every Beanitos flavor, you can’t go wrong if you grab the first bag you see. I buy my Beanitos at Mother’s Market, but judging by how much I’ve been seeing them lately it looks like they’re making a big push to get their products onto the shelves of traditional grocery retailers too. You can also use Beanitos handy locator to source these chips in your area.
Have you tried Beanitos yet? What are some other healthy chip options you love?