Potato chips rank up there as one of the most addictive foods out there. Not only do most people love them, but they will also admit they have trouble controlling how much they eat of them.
Of course, this isn't a good thing health-wise! Chips are pretty calorie dense and light on nutrition. But if potato chips are your favorite guilty pleasure (and for a lot of folks they are!), then at least choose the best ones possible. For my weight-loss clients who say they can't imagine living without potato chips, I tell them to not even try. Find a way to incorporate your favorite foods into your weight-loss plan. So maybe you have a handful of chips with your lunch every day, or a small cup of ice cream after dinner. It doesn't work to swear off your favorite foods altogether, and I find once people are given license to eat them regularly, the power the food has over them diminishes, and they naturally start eating them less often or in smaller quantities.
So, back to chips.
Neal Brothers is a local, Canadian company that is known for its high quality products and integrity. They have a huge line of products including pretzels, tortilla chips, salsas, sauces and popcorn, many of them organic, gluten-free, vegan, nut-free and kosher. They generously sent us two of their new kettle chip flavours to try: Spicy Ketchup Srirachup and Montreal Steak Spice.
Now, personally, I am not a salty snack eater, So I turned over these goodies to my family and friends for feedback.
The chips were all certainly fresh and crispy, but flavour-wise, the clear winner were the Srirachup ones. They are super spicy, but not too much so, if you can take the heat. Even Big A liked the flavour, though they were too spicy for her overall (most kids will probably agree).
The Steak Spice ones got a luke-warm response. They are spicy from black pepper (perhaps overly so, according to my brother and Adam), but the dominant flavour according to most folks was rather dill-pickle-ish.
They have a bunch of other flavours of kettle chips and the kids have already said they want to try the Sweet and Smokey Barbecue, Salt and Vinegar, and Pink Salt varieties.
Just remember folks, chips are a treat! If you are one of those people who can't limit yourself around chips, I suggest you share with your loved ones, or buy only one small bag at a time!
For less decadent snacks from Neal Brothers, try their organic popcorn, we often buy it and its always a hit!!
Have a happy, healthy weekend!