While complaints about the taste of health food are increasingly without merit, when it comes to snack foods the jab often still lands. Like a kid trying too hard to be cool, healthy takes on traditional junk food still tend to be a cruel combo of unsatisfying and unpalatable. But things are looking up – these alterna-chips taste great and are guilt-free replacements for many deep-fried favorites.
Late July Organic
These bags of crunchy, wholesome chips contain about 18 grams of whole grains per serving (a reasonable 13 chips, but who's counting). They're also packed with superfoods such as flaxseed and chia seeds (which give them their crunchiness), are high in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats and alpha-linolenic acid, and include protein and the fiber-rich grains quinoa and amaranth. Late July chips are fairly low in calories (around 110 to 130 per ounce, compared to about 160 for their spud counterparts), with about 40 to 60 of the calories coming from fat.
Despite the laundry of good-for-you ingredients, they come in a variety of flavors that will please even the most devout vending-machine connoisseur, including fiery Red Hot Mojo, SubLime, How Sweet Potato It Is, Summertime Blues, Dude Ranch, Mild Green Mojo (green chile with cheese and a touch of lime), and – our pick – mild-flavored Sea Salt by the Seashore (crunchy and lightly salted, great with dip). Best of all, they're organic – non-GMO and gluten free.