I love potato chips and all their crunchy salty yumminess, but I don’t love what they do to my waistline. (And I’m pretty sure they’re not doing my cholesterol count any favors either). And most alternatives that I’ve tried just taste bland, so I just try to limit my consumption of real potato chips – I’d rather have a little of something that tastes good than a whole bunch of something that tastes like cardboard. The trouble is, you know what they say about potato chips – you can’t eat just one. Or just ten. And that’s definitely true for me.
Harvest Snaps sent me an assortment of their healthy pea and lentil based snacks to try out – and the short version? They’re amazing! They have the crunch of potato chips, and come in a lot of tasty flavor varieties. I’m not usually a big fan of “healthy” snack foods that are meant to replace my beloved bad-for-me snacks, but I would buy these instead of potato chips and not even feel like I was missing out (unless the potato chip craving was really bad – in which case I’d just buy a little bag of chips and deal with the guilt). The texture is kind of like cheese puffs – a bit of crunch but with an “airy” feeling as you bite down. I got to try four flavors: Snapea Crisps Lightly Salted, Lentil Snaps Tomato Basil, Holiday Snaps Salted Caramel, and Holiday Snaps Coffee Toffee. (The Holiday Snaps flavors are limited holiday editions).
I tried the Snapea Crisps first – these are 70% whole peas and are available in four flavors: Lightly Salted, Caesar, Black Pepper, and Wasabi Ranch. Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps have half the fat of regular potato chips, with lower sodium but a lot more fiber. They have the good stuff like protein, vitamin B, calcium, iron, folate, and potassium too, plus a lower glycemic index, and they’re gluten free and non-GMO.
These are surprisingly tasty – I wasn’t sure what to expect from a healthy pea-based snack, but I’ve been sitting here munching them like they’re going out of style the entire time I’ve been writing this post, with the occasional Tomato Basil Lentil Snap for variety. And what’s extra-awesome is that each serving of Snapea Crisps (22 pieces) has only 110 calories, 0.5g of saturated fat, and no cholesterol – plus 4 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein!
The Lentil Snaps Tomato Basil are really good as well, although I found the basil flavor almost too strong, which is why I mixed them with the Snapea Crisps. I highly recommend merging these flavors – try a ratio of two Tomato Basil Lentil Snaps and one Lightly Salted Snapea Crisp per bite, it’s incredibly yummy! The Lentil Snaps, made from 65% whole lentil, are also available in Onion Thyme. 24 pieces have 120 calories, 0.5g of saturated fat, no cholesterol, 2 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein.
The Holiday Snaps are flavored green pea & lentil snaps, and are available in three flavors: Salted Caramel, Cinnamon & Brown Sugar, and Coffee Toffee. I actually don’t have the bag of Salted Caramel available for reference, as it disappeared into my oldest son’s bedroom shortly after I opened it. He and his girlfriend finished them off, but say that they were really good. They let me keep the Coffee Toffee, though, knowing that while I’m just so-so on caramel, I LOVE both coffee and toffee.
So, the Holiday Snaps Coffee Toffee are made from 70% whole pea and lentils, with 130 calories per 23-piece serving. Again, there’s no cholesterol and only 0.5g of saturated fat, and there’s 3g of dietary fiber and 5g of protein per serving. My hesitation returned when I opened this bag – the vegetable-based flavors that I’d tried were good, but would a sweet tasting pea & lentil snack be good as well? As it turns out, YES. It’s a unique flavor, but definitely tastes like coffee and toffee. The flavor profile kind of changes as you munch with the sweeter snacks (my son said the same about the Salted Caramel) – when you first bite into a Snap, they’re very sweet, but that almost instantly mellows down into the coffee & toffee flavors. Those flavors mellow down further as you munch, and then you’re on to the next Snap.
My 20-month-old son was quite a fan of Harvest Snaps, too – they make a great snack for him not only because they’re much healthier than potato chips, but they don’t have any of the hard pokey edges like chips do. They’re crunchy but without the palate-stabbing dangers of snacks like potato or tortilla chips.
You can find Harvest Snaps all over the place – Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, and Costco, just to name a few. They make great holiday snacks (or anytime snacks!) – save your calorie allotment for the holiday spread and munch on these when you’re craving crunchy, salty, and/or sweet snacks! You can learn more about Harvest Snaps on their social media pages: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Would you like to win an assortment box like the one I received? One lucky winner is going to receive a couple of bags of the regular Harvest Snaps flavors (Snapea Crisps and/or Lentil Snaps) plus a couple of bags of the new Holiday Snaps! (Flavor selections will be random). And when you enter to win these yummy healthy snacks, you’ll also be entering to win a Holiday Specs Party Pack, a Family Size bag of YumEarth Organics gummy bears, and a Postcard from Santa – all part of the Holiday Party Giveaway! The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on December 11, 2014 (11:59pm). Head on over to the giveaway for your chance to win!
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