Food Review Friday: Chips

Yes, you read correctly: the infamous bag-o’-chips. I often find myself gravitating towards these salty treats during snack time or when I feel like eating a little something extra after a meal. As much as I would love to make my own, these days I simply do not have the time.

Enter: vegetable chips. They are crispy, crunchy, and healthier to boot! But I do not mean the pseudo vegetable chips that come in carrot, spinach, and tomato flavor. These chips are much more exciting — exotic, to be exact. The product I will be reviewing today are Terra Exotic Vegetable Chips. Below are the nutrition facts for the Original flavor.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving / Serving Size = 14 chips)
Calories 150
Calories from Fat 80
Total Fat 9g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0g
Sodium 50mg
Total Carbohydrates 16g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugar 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 8%
Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 2%
Iron 2%
Ingredients:  Seasonal mix of root vegetables (sweet potato, parsnip, batata, taro, yuca), canola oil and/or safflower oil and/or sunflower oil, beet juice concentrate (for color), salt.

Trade those boring, greasy chips for Terra Chips at your next get-together. These colorful chips add a festive adornment to any party tray. Their appearance will definitely give your guests something to talk about unless of course their flavor leaves them speechless! Terra chips are thin, crunchy, but not at all greasy; mildly salted with a hint of sweetness; very light but full of flavor.

At first I thought the assortment of root vegetables would taste as weird as it sounds – especially all in one bag – but, as the bag states, there is something quite exotic in flavor that makes these chips so deliciously addicting. Plus, how often do you eat taro or parsnip or yuca or batata? Probably not very often. Each vegetable adds a distinct flavor that blends well together to form a rockin’ party in your mouth!

Besides the flavor and unique assortment of vegetables used, these chips contain more than half as much sodium as your average traditional potato chip and three times more fiber! The downfall – and it is a major downfall – is that they are not baked. Thus, although a bit healthier than traditional potato chips, they are not entirely healthy.

For this unfortunate reason, I rate this product 3 cupcakes. 😦 To turn my frown upside-down Terra should create a baked variety of these chips, although they probably will not taste nearly as good. Nonetheless, every once in a while you will find me munching on a bag of these, which will be my guilty pleasure until I find the time to make my own exotic vegetable chips or at least a healthier pre-made option. Any suggestions?

Fit Foods Rating: 3 cupcakes



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