Who doesn’t love snacks like potato chips? While traditional potato chips taste good, they’re also loaded with fat, salt, and calories. And some contain added ingredients like corn syrup, artificial colors, mono- and di-glycerides (synthetic fats used as emulsifiers), dextrose (a form of sugar), monosodium glutamate (MSG, a flavor enhancer), and partially hydrogenated oils (sources of unhealthy “trans” fats). Simply 7 Snacks has come up with healthier chip alternatives made with good-or-you and surprisingly tasty ingredients like lentils, hummus, quinoa, and pomegranate.
Not only are Simply 7 chips good tasting, they contain up to 50% less fat than potato chips. They’re also kosher, vegetarian and contain only non-GMO ingredients. They’re also made with all-natural ingredients and no trans fats and no cholesterol, no artificial flavors or flavors, and no additives or preservatives.
Now don’t be fooled. These are still snacks and, while a healthy alternative, a once ounce serving still contains130-150 calories and delivers 45-50 calories from fat. The 3.5-5 ounce bags contain 3.5-5 servings, so it’s important to pay attention to serving size so you don’t rack up the calories.
Simply 7 has four basic chip lines: Hummus, Lentil, Quinoa, and Pomegranate.
Hummus: The hummus line of chips, which contain 50% less fat than potato chips, have chickpea flour baked into small, scoop-style chips. It gives the chips a slightly nutty flavor and light, airy, crunchy texture that’s satisfying.
Hummus chips come in four flavors: Spicy Chili Pepper, Sea Salt, Roasted Red Pepper, and Tomato Basil. Spicy Chili Pepper has a smoky kick that lingers on the tongue. The Tomato Basil has the essence of tomatoes with a lilt of basil. The Sea Salt lets the earthy flavor of lentils to come through. Roasted Red Pepper really tasted like freshly roasted peppers.
Lentil: From a texture perspective, the chips whose main ingredient is lentil flour are the least successful and our least favorite of the Simply 7 Chips. They’re more like airy veggie chips or even Asian chips than potato chips and proved too dry for our tasting panel. These chips come in Sea Salt that delivers the flavor of lentils with a salty twist; Bruschetta that had an Italian flavor; Creamy Dill that reminded us of ranch chips; and Jalapeno that offers the kick of this spicy pepper.
Quinoa: These were the hands-down favorite of our review panel. The Quinoa chips have 40% less fat than traditional potato chips and, on average, provide 130 calories in a once ounce serving. Quinoa, an ancient grain, has a rather neutral flavor like potatoes, which makes a perfect flavor canvas for flavors, which include: BBQ, Cheddar, Sea Salt, Sour Cream and Onion. This chip has the best texture too: super crispy and light without being too airy; a bit like a delicate corn chip. I had to put the Quinoa chips away to keep from emptying the bags!
The Quinoa Cheddar Chips were absolutely addictive: crunchy with a satisfying cheesy flavor. The Sea Salt was delicate with a hint of salt. The BBQ had just the right smoky flavor. The Sour Cream and Onion tasted like dipping the chip into onion dip with a salty tang.
Pomegranate: These were the most surprising of the Simply 7 Chips because they’re a pretty rose color and have a surprising fruity sweetness, something you don’t expect in snack chips. At first the sweetness was a bit off-putting just because of its novelty. However, soon these slightly sweet chips grew on our tasting panel and we found ourselves liking both the flavor and the delicate crunchiness of the chips.
The Pomegranate Chips come in White Cheddar that offered a nice cheesiness; Black Pepper, that had a spicy tang; and Sea Salt that came with the slightest hint of salt. We think kids, especially will like these sweet-savory chips.
Real Bottom Line: Simply 7 Snack Chips provide an inventive and healthy change of pace from traditional potato chips. They come in a variety of creative flavors and each bag offers a recipe that goes well with each chip. For instance, there’s a recipe for Spinach and Artichoke Dip for Quinoa Cheddar Chips; Sun Dried Tomato Basil Dip for the Hummus Tomato Basil Chips; Roasted Red Pepper and Pomegranate for the Pomegranate Sea Salt chips. Try ‘em. We think you’ll like ‘em. – Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor