Natural Foods Merchandiser

Editor's picks: a new twist on chips

Healthier products to stock to satisfy your customers' craving for chips.

The new breed of chips goes way beyond potato, with less fat, more protein and plenty of flavor. Made with tubers, legumes and more, these chips cater to special diets, from gluten free to low fat, without sacrificing taste or crunch.

Arico Cassava Chips
Also known as yucca or manioc, cassava is a starchy tuber high in calcium, phosphorus and vitamin C. Cassava is also the third-largest source of dietary carbs in the world. Arico manufactures gluten- and casein-free cassava chips in four flavors: barbeque, spicy ginger, original and sea salt.

Humbles Baked Hummus Chips
Made from the humble chickpea and baked instead of fried, these snacks come in four flavors: olive oil, lemon and feta; roasted red pepper; sesame garlic; and sea salt. The chips have only 4 grams of fat per serving (less than half the amount of some potato chips), no trans fats or genetically modified organisms, and are certified kosher.

Beanitos Chips
A nutritional powerhouse, these pinto bean and flax or black bean chips are corn free and have 4 grams of protein per serving. They also contain 600 to 1,200 mg of omega-3 fatty acids per serving, and lab tests prove they’re low glycemic and gluten free. The ingredient deck is lean—the black bean chips contain only beans, rice, oil, salt and guar bean gum.

Mediterranean Snack Food Co. Baked Lentil Chips
Somewhere between a chip and a cracker, these snacks combine lentils with adzuki and garbanzo beans for a crunchy treat. These gluten-free chips have 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fat and fiber per serving. For a flavor off the beaten path, try cucumber dill.

Riceworks Gourmet Brown Rice Crisps
These crunchy snacks, made from whole-grain brown rice and corn, offer a wide range of flavors from sweet to spicy—sea salt, salsa fresca, sweet chili, parmesan, baked cinnamon and tangy barbecue. They’re produced on dedicated gluten-free lines, and each serving contains 12 grams of whole grain.

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