Beanitos is a niche brand of chips made from beans. When we first encountered the company a few years ago, we were pleasantly surprised at their relatively healthy nutrition profile. Ever since, we’ve been following their story.
Last weekend, at Expo West, the annual natural foods show in Anaheim, California, Beanitos introduced a new product packaging, as well as a new White Bean flavor, that got our interest piqued. The flavor profile of bean chips is different than your standard potato chip. It definitely requires an adjustment of your taste buds, but not in a bad way.
The nutrition, for a savory chip snack, is impressive. For a 140 calories of snack, you get 6 grams of fiber (compare to less than 1 gram for Lay’s potato chips). The sodium count is low as well – 55 mg (vs 90 mg for potato chips). Still, this product’s second ingredient is oil, and it contains 7 grams of fat per serving.
Another thing to note is the portion size consumed. While the serving is 12 chips (1 oz) the bag itself contains 1.5 servings. This means that whomever opens up a bag will consume the entire package – 210 calories, not 140. The information for full package nutrition does appear on the nutrition facts panel, see image above.
The ingredient list is sweet and short. You’ll be happy to read that all Beanitos ingredients are certified Non-GMO. They are also certified Gluten Free.
Bottom line: If you are craving a chip snack, give Beanitos a chance.
Have you tried non-potato chips? What are your favorites?
(h/t to Carol Harvey)