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The Best Chips You Need to Try NOW

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If you crave something crunchy but would rather avoid greasy potato chips, you’ll find a dizzying array of innovative snack foods on the market now, including chips made from all sorts of vegetables…beans and lentils…rice…chickpeas…and more. They tend to be a bit better for you—in some cases, much better—than potato chips. Not all of them taste great, however, so our expert tested and chose four alternative chips that really are delicious… 

Saffron Road ChickBean Crisps have a mosaic look to them that allows you to see the chickpeas, green and yellow split peas, lentils, sweet potatoes and other whole-food goodies that are baked (not fried) into them. All those beans and peas give these chips a bump of fiber and plant-based protein—about two and four grams, ­respectively, per 15-crisp serving. Available in four flavors: Chili Lime, Sea Salt, White Cheddar and Zesty Ranch. Bonus: Beans, peas, lentils and other legumes are a source of prebiotic fiber that serves as a source of fuel for the healthful bacteria (probiotics) residing in your gut. $3.99 for a 3.5-ounce bag. SaffronRoad.com

Siete Grain Free Tortilla Chips are made from gluten-free, grain-free cassava flour. (Cassava is a starchy tuber popular in Latin America and parts of Asia and ­Africa.) These large cantina-style chips have a light, delicate texture. Cassava contains a lot of potassium, an electrolyte that is needed for proper muscle contractions and that helps the body replenish itself post-workout. People looking for a grain-free snack, as well as those with a corn allergy, will appreciate these alt-tortilla chips. Available in three flavors: Sea Salt, Lime and Nacho. $3.99 for a four-ounce bag. SieteFoods.com

Dang Sticky Rice Chips deliver serious chompability. The crunch and slight, pleasing stickiness come courtesy of soaking the rice in watermelon juice, ­before toasting it, which adds a touch of sweetness. Flavors include: Original Recipe (with subtle rice, white sesame and coconut flavors), Coconut Crunch (sweeter and more tropical), Sriracha Spice, Savory Seaweed (for umami fans) and Aged Cheddar. Sweet fact: The man who invented these chips named them after his mom, Dang. $3.99 for a 3.5-ounce bag. ­DangFoods.com

Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs are vegan—even the White Cheddar flavor—and crazily crunchy. Some fans like them even better than Cheetos. Redbook named them one of the “15 after-school snacks your kids will practically run home to eat.” Other flavors include Pepper Power, ­Sriracha Sunshine, Far Out Fajita and Bohemian Barbeque. Three grams of fiber and four grams of protein per serving. $2.99 to $3.49 for a four-ounce bag. ­Hippeas.com­

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Source: Rebecca ­Scritchfield, RD, owner of a ­mindfulness-based behavioral and wellness practice in Washington, DC, and author of Body Kindness: Transform Your Health from the Inside Out—and Never Say Diet Again. BodyKindnessBook.com Date: March 15, 2019 Publication: Bottom Line Personal
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