Is there such a thing as guilt-free chips? These options bring you the crunch and flavour without a damaging amount of calories.
How many times have we accidentally binged on a whole bag of chips without realising it? It’s difficult to resist all that crunchy, salty goodness, especially when midday munchies hit. But then we feel guilty afterwards for derailing our healthy eating plan.
Satisfying our snack cravings doesn’t have to be a vicious circle of binging and regret. These healthier chips are just as irresistible, and they don’t come with additives or extra ingredients, so you can skimp on calories but not on flavour.
1. Green Day Broccoli Chips
We know – it sounds kind of weird. Broccoli sounds unappetising, and the idea of broccoli chips sounds like an attempt to make healthy food cool. But while these chips are made of real broccoli (a superfood in its own right, because of the phytonutrients it contains that can help to reduce inflammation and the risk of cancer), they are also tasty without the help of sugar, preservatives or added colouring.
$5.90, from Redmart
2. Tai Sun UCA Cassava Chips
Diving into a packet of sour cream and onion chips can not only make you feel sluggish and guilty after eating, it will also add to your waistline.
Tai Sun offers an alternative in the form of cassava chips. Cassava roots are another form of tuber that brings a host of nutrients, including vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin. The gluten-, cholesterol- and trans fat-free chips come in three flavours: original, barbeque, and hot and spicy.
A bag of UCA Original chips also contains less calories, fat and sodium than regular chips, but tastes just as good.
$2.20, from FairPrice
3. Wasi Organic Purple Corn Chips
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Made of purple corn, these chips are packed with anthocyanin, an antioxidant found in dark-coloured fruits and vegetables such as berries, cherries, plums and eggplant. They help to improve cardiovascular health and boost collagen regeneration. These gluten-free chips are flavoured with Peruvian chilli and Andean spice, but you can dip them in salsa or cheese for an extra kick.
$4.90, from Redmart
4. Kettle Foods Organic Sea Salt Original Potato Chips
These organic chips have only one gram of saturated fat per serving. Plus, while regular chips are fried continuously, kettle chips are cooked in batches. Conventional methods of frying chips oxidises the cooking oil, creating free radicals. When chips are cooked in batches, the oil temperature is lowered when a new batch of potatoes is added, which reduces the amount of cell-damaging free radicals in the oil. Sea salt is also less heavily processed than table salt, and helps to reduce inflammation by providing essential minerals the body needs to boost immunity.
$4.95, from Honestbee
5. Max’s Farm Cassava Chips
That’s right — more cassava chips. It seems brands are catching on to the benefits of cassava root as opposed to potatoes. And with less than 100 calories per 20-gram serving, Max’s Farm cassava chips is a waistline-friendlier snack. Made of cassava, palm oil and natural seasonings such as sugar, salt and garlic powder, they are also trans fat- and cholesterol-free, and have even been certified as a healthier choice by the Singapore Health Promotion Board. Comes in spicy and original flavours, and halal certified.
$2.50, from Redmart
6. Eat Real Quinoa Chips
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You’ve heard about the benefits of quinoa (and know how to pronounce it) by now. Quinoa is high in protein, fibre and antioxidants, gluten-free, and low GI (which helps to regulate blood sugar), and is rich in essential nutrients such as magnesium, zinc, iron and more.
Banking on this superfood, this UK brand offers vegan quinoa chips that are made of natural ingredients with no preservatives, added sugar, or artificial colourings and flavours. The chips are made of 29 per cent quinoa flour, and taste lighter and more airy than regular chips.
Comes in 10 flavours, including paprika, sweet chilli, white cheddar, sour cream and chive, and chilli and lime.
$2.50, from Honestbee
7. Eat Real Lentil Chips
While you’re at it, give Eat Real’s lentil chips a try as well. The brand prides itself on producing snacks that are tasty, nutritious and made with real ingredients. Its gluten-free lentil chips are made of whole lentil flour (which is a much healthier substitute for wheat flour) and contain 48 percent less fat than regular chips. Go for the lighter sea salt flavour or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try the mango and mint or chilli and lemon.
$2.50, from Honestbee
8. Farmers Selection Banana Chips
These gluten-free chips come with no MSG, trans fats, preservatives, or cholesterol. Plus, they are made with bran rice oil, which contains a balanced amount of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (i.e. healthy fats) and saturated fats. Bran rice oil is also heart-friendly because it helps to improve cholesterol with the right amount of an antioxidant called oryzanol. Made of 85 per cent banana, it comes in three flavours: toasted seaweed, spicy barbeque and corn cheese.
$2.50, from FairPrice
9. Tyrell’s Salt And Cider Vinegar Chips
As the 2012 gold winner of the Great Taste Awards, this English brand of hand-cooked chips lives up to its reputation. The salt and vinegar chips are seasoned with a mix of sea salt and cider vinegar that gives a subtle taste without spiking your sodium intake. It contains no GMO, MSG or artificial flavouring, and is gluten-free and vegan-friendly. The brand won nine awards at the Great Taste Awards 2014 with innovative flavours such as apple crisps, sweet potato and chipotle chilli crisps that you can dip into if you’re looking for something different. Prefer to stick to perennial favourites? Then the sea salt and black pepper crisps and sweet chilli and red pepper crisps will definitely satisfy.
$4.95, from FairPrice
10. The Daily Crave Veggie Chips
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From the brand that brings you organic, nutrient-loaded juices, snacks, power foods and dietary supplements, Wholesome Harvest also offers a moreish brand of gluten-free vegan veggie chips that are Halal, kosher, and contain no artificial flavours, colouring, or hydrogenated fats. All ingredients added are non genetically modified. The chips — lentils, quinoa, veggie — all contain between three to four grams of protein and are low in fat and calories. Perfect for a savoury crunch. Dip into hummus or salsa for extra flavour.
$7.80 from Redmart and Shopee