Thursday, May 23, 2013

Snapea Crisps

A while ago, I reviewed Green Giant Multigrain Chips. And while I liked them pretty well, they were a little too sweet for me. While I'm trying to watch what I eat, I also am simultaneously denying myself my favorite snack food: the potato chip. Thusly, I am on a quest for the perfect faux-chip. For it to be an effective potato chip substitute, the food in question has to have a kick, like my beloved salt-and-black-pepper chips. It has to be crunchy, and it has to taste good. (We all remember those horrendous Ruffles made with Oleo from the 90s, now don't we?)

Enter the Snapea Crisp.

Oh my goodness, the Calbee company must be chock full of angels who descended from heaven specifically to invent the Snapea Crisp. Why do I think these are so great? Let me count the ways.

  • These are 70% whole pea, with 30% of other stuff added to them. If you look in the ingredients, the first thing you will find is "green peas," the top ingredient isn't something beginning with "Monosodium." If that isn't reassuring, I don't know what is. 
  • They taste delicious. The black pepper is my favorite, and thusly the only one I've tried so far, but it tastes better to me than my aforementioned salt-and-black-pepper chips. The kick is punchier and they aren't all oily or icky like most potato chips are. I can eat them at my desk with no negative benefit, because they aren't going to get oils all over my keyboard.
  • The nutrition info is pretty awesome. You can eat 20 of them - each one is the size of a pea pod - and it's only 120 calories, 85 sodium (impressive for a chip-esque snack). They have 6 grams of fat, and 3 grams of fiber - your typical chip has just 1.
Are these the end-all be-all of snack foods? Absolutely not. But I can get this bag for $1.50 at my local Wal-Mart and it lasts me a couple of days. (There are 3 servings in the bag. Nobody ever eats a serving size of potato chips. Nobody). I can spend $3 and get a week's worth of non-greasy, delightfully-seasoned and delicious snacks, which is less than a Graze box (which I am canceling, but that's for later) and less than 2 vending machine snacks.

Give them a try. It can't hurt you for the price of less than your morning coffee, and these things are really tasty. As in, if I don't clamp the bag and physically move it away I will inhale them all like Kirby. Trust me on this one, and go get some of these beautiful green delights.


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