posted: June 5, 2017 - 8:01pm
So we believe that it’s better to eat freshly prepared, rather than processed foods, for the majority of your food intake. That said, we also live in the real world, and we know with today’s busy lives, sometimes it’s necessary to lean on something quick and already prepped for you. Whether while traveling, or on the go in your regular work or school day, it’s handy to have a supply of grab-and-go items that taste good, keep your energy up, and still fit into your clean eating lifestyle. We’re going to be reviewing foods we’ve found that fill that bill.
When looking for these foods, it’s best to choose those with as few ingredients as possible. Rhythm Superfoods Naked Beet Chips have one single ingredient - beets! (I bet you might have guessed that was the single ingredient). They come in a resealable 1 ounce package, and they’re certified gluten free and non-GMO. Apparently the beets are dehydrated, rather than fried, which helps to preserve nutritional value.
If you’re a fan of beets (as we are), then you’ll probably love these!! But even if you’re not a fan of beets, give them a try! They’re light, crispy, and airy, with a rich, but not over-the-top flavor. They will satisfy the craving we all get sometimes to just crunch on something. We’re definitely fans of these chips here at panandplate.com, and will be continuing to purchase!!
The serving size is listed as the entire 1 ounce pouch, but we found that about 1/3 of the pouch was a good portion and totally took the edge off of some between-meals hunger. The resealable pouch makes it easy to keep fresh if you don’t eat the whole thing at once. The nutrition label indicates that the 1 ounce pouch provides 100 calories, 0 grams fat, 90 mg sodium, 3 gm protein, 510 mg of potassium (great source of this), and 22 g carbs/5 g fiber (17 g net carbs). So even eating the entire pouch will not have too much impact on your daily counts, unless you’re eating very, very, low carb.
We found these at Sprouts Market. They’re also available online at Amazon, Thrive Market, and Vitacost. They do come in two other flavors. The sea salt flavor adds a bit of salt and high-oleic sunflower oil. This brings the calorie and fat gram counts up slightly to 130 calories and 4 grams fat per ounce pouch. Although sunflower oil is not normally an optimal oil for cooking, high-oleic sunflower oil has a much better profile with very low omega 6 fatty acids and a profile similar to extra virgin olive oil.
The third flavor is cinnamon and coconut sugar - with ingredients of beets, high oleic sunflower oil, cinnamon, and coconut sugar. This gives similar counts to the sea salt variety, with 130 calories and 4 grams fat per ounce pouch. The coconut sugar is apparently minimal, because the sugar grams stay at 12 to 13 grams on all three flavors.
So give them a try - they’re really tasty, crunchy, and satisfying, and provide protein, iron, and lots of potassium. Of course if you have the desire, you can also make your own beet chips. Obviously not as simple as cracking open a pouch, but you’ll be able to try different flavors, and have the satisfaction that comes with making something fun for yourself. Some links to get you started: