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.
Rhythm Superfoods Kale Chips
Kale is one of nature's healthiest foods, packed with fiber, calcium, and iron. It's also a great source of vitamins K, A, and C, and it's rich in carotenoids, flavonoids, and isothiocyanates, which have been shown to reduce the risk of cancer. Rhythm Superfoods' kale chips, then, are not only delicious and satisfying, they also pack a legit nutritional punch.
The crisp, flavorful chips use locally sourced ingredients when possible, and they're air-crisped under low heat rather than being fried. Each flavor includes a dressing made of seeds, vegetables, juices, herbs, and spices, which we found fended off our craving for traditional salty and fatty snacks. For example, Honey Mustard kale chips are as satisfying as their pretzel counterpart, without the stomach upset. An ounce of those has 140 calories, with 60 calories from fat, but the fat is high quality since it comes from organic sunflower seeds and tahini. Zesty Nacho kale chips are another example, similar enough to quell nacho cravings without feeling ill after overconsumption. With seven options to choose from – Honey Mustard, Zesty Nacho, Pineapple Coconut, Texas BBQ, Kool Ranch, Mango Jabañero, and Bombay Curry – there's a flavor point for any palate.