A Great Dip Chip

Hey, all you chip lovers, you’ve got to check out these Baked Lentil Chips.

  Number of chips in one serving Calories Fat (grams) Fiber (grams) Protein (grams)
Typical potato or corn chip 10 145 8 1 2
Baked Lentil Chips 22 110 3 3 4

 

You only get to eat 10 chips for a serving of typical potato or corn chips, while consuming 145 calories, 8 grams of fat and a lousy one gram of fiber and only two grams of protein. And who in the world can eat only 10 chips? That’s just getting started for most chip devotees.

But look at the Baked Lentil Chips. You get to eat 22 chips in a serving; that’s a bit more than twice as many chips as the other guys. And this only gives you 110 calories, 3 grams of fat and three times the fiber, 3 grams, and twice the protein, 4 grams. Amazing! In very practical and wonderful terms this means you get to eat more chips for less calories and fat but more fiber and protein. Sweet.

How can this be? What’s the secret? The name gives it away: lentils. Actually, three kinds of beans wield their wonderful powers in these chips: lentils, garbanzos and adzuki beans. That’s what gives these chips both their fiber and protein punch. Once again, hooray for beans. The manufacturers could have killed all this goodness by drowning these chips in lots of oil, but they wisely added just enough to give them crispy crunch. Smart. And, for those of you who care about these things, they are also gluten free, non-GMO and trans fat free. I mean are these chips a health nut’s prince charming or what!

However, there is one small drawback…they are a tiny bit short on flavor, not horribly so, but a little bit. So, should you forget all I just said and throw these babies out? Absolutely not! They make them a great dip chip. You can eat 44 low-fat chips with 6 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein while enjoying your favorite guacamole or salsa.



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Diana Fleming

Diana Fleming, PhD, LDN, is a co-author of The Full Plate Diet and Nutritionist for Full Plate Living. She received her doctoral degree from Tufts University and has since dedicated her time to translating complicated nutritional data into easy and fun concepts anyone can apply at their next meal. In her spare time, she has painstakingly perfected the ultimate healthy AND delicious chocolate chip cookie.

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