Healthy Chips for Super Bowl Sunday

Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, I’ve compiled an all-star list of delicious, healthy chips to include as part of your game day spread. First, the chips had to meet my nutrition criteria: made with wholesome ingredients, like whole grains, vegetables, and seeds, and no more than 140 milligrams sodium per serving. Then, they had to get the nod from a group of very discerning taste testers who snacked their way through dozens of crunchy contenders. It was a tough job, but we managed to whittle it down to our top six picks.

Pair these champion chips with your favorite healthy dip—salsa, hummus, guacamole, or any bean dip—and get the party started!

Food Should Taste Good “Sweet Potato Chips”

These thick, hearty chips serve up a satisfyingly deep crunch. They’re made with clean ingredients, including a good dose of sweet potato to give them delicious sweetness, plus a shot of beta-carotene. To really put them over the top, serve them up for the big game with a chunky black bean and corn salsa.

I’m also a big fan of Food Should Taste Good’s Multigrain chips, which are made with an interesting mix of healthful ingredients, including quinoa, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds.

Beanitos “Cheddar Cheese Pinto Bean & Flax Chips”

Made with wholesome ingredients like pinto beans, flax seeds, and whole grain rice, these tortilla-style rounds pack an impressive 5 grams fiber and 4 grams protein into every serving. Everyone on the tasting panel loved their intensely cheesy taste.

Beanitos also makes a plain Black Bean flavor if you prefer a non-cheesy, lower sodium option (only 55 mg per serving). They’re a great basic chip made with magnesium-rich black beans and have a mild flavor that pairs well with almost any dip.

Tostitos “Artisan” Tortilla Chips

Tostitos’ brand new line of chips comes in two zesty flavors: Fire-Roasted Chipotle and Roasted Garlic and Black Bean. These crunchy triangles are made with a combo of nine different whole grains plus beans and deliver two grams of natural fiber per serving—pretty good for a chip!  They’re dusted with a tasty seasoning blend, which adds zing while keeping the sodium in check at 90 mg per serving.

If you’re looking for a simpler chip, Tostitos’ regular tortilla chips also meet my criteria. They’re 100% whole grain and contain just three simple ingredients: whole corn, oil, and salt.

Terra “Exotic Harvest Sweet Onion” Vegetable Chips

Terra sells a whole line of interesting veggie chips (some meet my sodium requirement, some don’t), but the Exotic Harvest Sweet Onion chips are a stand-out. Unlike other “vegetable chips” on the market, which are mostly nutritionally-weak potato flour with a smattering of other veggie purees for color, Terra’s line features whole, sliced vegetables. This particular blend includes thin and crispy blue potato chips along with carrots and kabocha squash—two orange veggies that supply a solid helping of beta-carotene. They’re quite low in salt (just 40 mg sodium per serving), but loaded with onion, garlic, and spices to keep them tasting great.

Corazonas “Potato Chips”

These potato chips serve up a heart-healthy twist: the addition of plant sterols, compounds which can help lower cholesterol levels. On top of that, they deliver the classic crunch you expect from a kettle-style chip. Both the Slightly Salted and Spicy Rio Habanero flavors meet my taste standards and sodium cut-off.

“Original” Sun Chips

Here’s an oldie but goodie! Sun Chips are made with whole corn, oats, and wheat and provide 18 grams—one full serving—of wholesome whole grains per portion. True to their name, they are produced with renewable solar energy, which means this snack is healthy for the environment, too. Their characteristic wavy design makes them perfect for scooping up salsa! I am a sucker for the Original flavor—and it’s the lowest in sodium at 120 mg per serving.

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