Tested: Sensibly Natural Veggie Chips
If you spotted Sensibly Natural Veggie Chips (or Veggie Sticks) on the shelf, what would you assume they were? Sliced, dried vegetables, right?
Despite the name, they’re not made of veggies. At all. They’re potato flour and rice flour based chips.
I still bought them, though, for two reasons. First, the reason I noticed them, was that they were on clearance at Big Lots for 45 cents per bag. Second, despite the lack of veggies, they still contained all natural ingredients.
So there’s good news – thanks to the choice of rice and potato flour, rather than wheat flour, they’re gluten-free. And they use safflower oil, which I eat on occasion. Finnaly, they also include tomato powder, spinach powder, and beet powder, so that’s where the “veggie” aspect comes in. The only other ingredient is salt, which is practically unavoidable when you purchase something that comes in a box or bag.
The ingredients add up to 130 calories per serving (390 per bag.) That’s definitely not bad for snackers (like myself) who eat out of the bag and can’t stop till it’s empty. With these chips you’d get fewer calories than usual. You’d take in 930mg sodium from the bag, which sounds bad, but it’s actually less sodium than is found in a can of Libby’s green peas!
I don’t know this for a fact, but I’m 99% sure the veggie powders are only in there for the coloring. A serving of these chips is in no way comparable to a scoop of Greens+ powder!
No matter. I fully realize this is a snack food, so let’s move on to the taste test.
They taste like regular snacks. A bit like Funyuns, with less onion flavor. Mainly like those potato chip fries with that cartoon guy on the bag (anyone remember the name of those?) You can’t taste any health food here!
Both products tasted pretty good, but enjoyment-wise, I found the chips’ texture much better. The chips were more fun to eat and less greasy than the sticks. The chips are like light, airy chips… the sticks are more like eating air.
I noticed slight taste differences between the white, green, and orange chips, but couldn’t identify specific flavors. Even more proof of the superficiality of the veggie powder!
So, the chips are fun to eat, and at 45 cents per bag, they make a great snack if you must have some processed food. I’d buy them again.
At retail price, though, they’re probably too much money to be worthwhile. If they cost something absurd like $3.79, like a normal bag of chips, I’d get something else instead. Or save up for a NatureBox.
My final verdict is…
These certainly aren’t the worst snack you could buy. I just don’t like how they are made to look like “veggie chips,” when in reality, they’re nothing more than potato chips that are colored to look like vegetables! Be very skeptical of any product like this, and only eat them sparingly.
Official website: N/A
*Why no website? These are probably a knockoff of the more popular brand Sensible Portions, which sells veggie straws, veggie chips, and veggie crisps, all essentially the same thing (and suffering from the same problems.)
**You could make the argument that potatoes are vegetables, so these are indeed “veggie chips,” but no one with any sense will actually buy that argument.
Company: Sensibly Natural.
Product: Sensibly Natural Veggie Chips
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: out of 5
Date last updated: 2013-06-08
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.
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