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15 Healthy Alternatives to Chips That Are Just As Satisfyingly Crunchy

As much as we relish tearing into a fresh bag of potato chips, we realize that it can’t be done every day. (Consider this: A single serving of plain Lays potato chips—about 15 chips—clocks in at approximately 160 calories, 10 grams fat, 16 grams carbs and 170 milligrams sodium. But we never eat just 15 chips.) But we need our crunchy-salty snack fix. So when we’re not munching on a handful of salt and vinegar spuds, we’re stocking our pantry with these 15 healthy alternatives to chips. Oh, and don’t worry, they’re way more exciting than baby carrots.

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15 Healthy Alternatives to Chips

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1. Bare Baked Crunchy Carrot Chips

Nutrition per serving (40 grams or 1 bag): 140 calories, 0 grams fat, 33 grams carbs, 2 grams protein, 7 grams fiber, 420 milligrams sodium

FYI, many “healthy” chips on the market aren’t actually that healthy. Buy with only two ingredients (carrots and sea salt), these Bare Baked Crunchy Carrot Chips are a snack we can feel good about eating. They’re packed with filling fiber and have no added oil, and they taste earthy and sweet.

$4 at Amazon

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2. Bare Baked Crunchy Beet Chips

Nutrition per serving (40 grams or 1 bag): 140 calories, 0 grams fat, 29 grams carbs, 4 grams protein, 8 grams fiber, 260 milligrams sodium

Bare also makes a Baked Crunchy Beet Chip, which is sweet and craveably crisp, and high in fiber and protein. Like the brand’s carrot chips, they contain just two ingredients: beets and salt.

$47 for 8 at Amazon

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3. Orville Redenbacher’s Naturals Simply Salted Popcorn

Nutrition per serving (4.5 cups popped): 170 calories, 11 grams fat, 18 grams carbs, 2 grams protein, 3 grams fiber, 440 milligrams sodium

Look, we know popcorn and chips aren’t really the same thing. But the former offers the same satisfying crisp-salty vibes, and it’s so much healthier. A whopping 4.5-cup serving of Orville Redenbacher’s Naturals Simply Salted Popcorn has just 170 calories. (Take that, 15 chips.) To make it even healthier, pop it with an air popper.

$28 for 12 at Amazon

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4. Saffron Road Sea Salt Crunchy Chickpeas

Nutrition per serving (1/4 cup): 130 calories, 4 grams fat, 18 grams carbs, 6 grams protein, 5 grams fiber, 210 milligrams sodium

The Saffron Road Sea Slat Crunchy Chickpeas have all the crunch of a chip without as much fat or calories. They have the added benefit of extra protein and fiber and taste like perfectly seasoned hummus (only crispy).

$22 for 4 at Amazon

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5. Snacklins Plant-Based Puffed Chips

Nutrition per serving (1 bag): 80 calories, 3 grams fat, 15 grams carbs, 0 grams protein, 0 grams fiber, 140 milligrams sodium

Snacklins Plant-Based Puffed Chips are made from yuca, mushrooms and onions, which might sound outlandish until you take a bite. They’re savory, airy and come in flavors like miso ginger and Chesapeake Bay.

$15 for 6 at Amazon

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6. Off the Eaten Path Veggie Crisps

Nutrition per serving (1 package): 160 calories, 6 grams fat, 24 grams carbs, 4 grams protein, 4 grams fiber, 170 milligrams sodium

Made of rice flour, dried peas and dried black beans, these Off the Eaten Path Veggie Crisps are like an entire meal in a chip. They’re light, crisp and impressively flavorful (no Styrofoam chips here).

$19 for 16 at Amazon

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7. Terra Original Mixed Vegetable Chips

Nutrition per serving (1 ounce): 150 calories, 9 grams fat, 16 grams carbs, 1 gram protein, 3 grams fiber, 110 milligrams sodium

Terra Mixed Vegetable Chips have all the appealing texture of a regular potato chip, but more fiber and much less sodium. They’re lightly sweet, too, thanks to a blend of sweet potato, taro, yuca, parsnip and batata.

$4 at Amazon

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8. Dang Thai Rice Chips

Nutrition per serving (1 ounce): 150 calories, 7 grams fat, 21 grams carbs, 1 gram protein, 0 grams fiber, 150 milligrams sodium

According to the brand, Dang Thai Rice Chips contain 30 percent less fat than regular potato chips. They’re a little savory, a little sweet and made of all ingredients we can pronounce (sticky rice and coconut milk, yum).

$16 for 4 at Amazon

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9. Kibo Himalayan Salt Chickpea Chips

Nutrition per serving (1 ounce): 110 calories, 3 grams fat, 14 grams carbs, 7 grams protein, 4 grams fiber, 190 milligrams sodium

Kibo’s Chickpea Chips are essentially made from chickpea flour, rice flour and split peas, making them an excellent vehicle for salsa or guac. Plus, they’re crunchy, salty and low in fat.

$20 for 12 at Amazon

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10. Garden of Eatin’ No Salt Added Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

Nutrition per serving (1 ounce): 140 calories, 7 grams fat, 17 grams carbs, 2 grams protein, 2 grams fiber, 0 milligrams sodium

With more fiber and protein than a regular potato chip (and no sodium at all), Garden of Eatin’ No Salt Added Blue Corn Tortilla Chips are a smart substitute. We like that they’re made with organic blue corn and taste super, well, corny.

$34 for 12 at Amazon

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11. NADI Happy Hearts Dried Granny Apple Chips

Nutrition per serving (1 ounce): 100 calories, 0 grams fat, 24 grams carbs, 0 grams protein, 4 grams fiber, 0 milligrams sodium

Some apple chips contain corn syrup and oil; not these. The NADI Happy Hearts Apple Chips are dried instead of fried and have no added sugar. They’re a little tart and not too sweet, just the way we like ’em.

$20 for 6 at Amazon

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12. Rhythm Organic Kale Chips

Nutrition per serving (1 ounce): 130 calories, 10 grams fat, 7 grams carbs, 5 grams protein, 3 grams fiber, 240 milligrams sodium

Rhytm Organic Kale Chips have 25 percent of your daily vitamin A and a whopping 110 percent of vitamin K, and they’re low carb to boot. Plus, the protein and fiber will keep you feeling full way longer than a tater. They taste like kale with a tahini-cider dressing—yum.

$13 for 4 at Amazon

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13. Yes to Peas Himalayan Salt

Nutrition per serving (1 ounce): 110 calories, 3 grams fat, 16 grams carbs, 6 grams protein, 3 grams fiber, 160 milligrams sodium

Peas, oil and salt are all that go into the Yes to Peas chips (unlike many puffed veggie snacks on the market). They’re ultralight and slightly nutty, plus full of protein and fiber.

$24 for 6 at Amazon

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14. Baked Lays

Nutrition per serving (28 grams or 15 chips): 140 calories, 7 grams fat, 18 grams carbs, 2 grams protein, 2 grams fiber, 160 milligrams sodium

Look, sometimes you just want a potato chip. And while Baked Lays are neither an exact substitute for the real thing (they’re made from dehydrated potatoes) nor the healthiest option on this list, they’re still lower in fat than a regular chip…and they taste like a Pringle, in a good way.

$17 for 40 at Amazon

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15. Simply Ruffles Sea Salt Reduced Fat Potato Chips

Nutrition per serving (1 ounce): 130 calories, 10 grams fat, 7 grams carbs, 5 grams protein, 3 grams fiber, 240 milligrams sodium

Even better, go for the real thing. These Simply Ruffles Sea Salt Reduced Fat potato chips are made with three ingredients (potatoes, oil and salt) and contain 40 percent less fat per serving than a regular chip. (And they taste just as good.)

$4 at Amazon

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How to Make Homemade Healthy “Chips”

At the end of the day, the most nutritious substitute for potato chips is a homemade veggie “chip.” Lucky for you, they’re super easy to make and can be customized as you please.

  1. Choose your veggie (or fruit). If you can roast it, you can most likely make it into a chip. Our favorite veggies to chip-ifiy include sweet potatoes, zucchini, kale and apples.
  2. Prepare the veggie. Wash the veggie of choice, then slice it into very thin rounds. A mandoline is the easiest tool for the job, but if you have a very sharp kitchen knife, that will work too. Toss them in a drizzle of olive oil and season with kosher salt.

  3. Heat the oven. Preheat the oven to 250°F and line a few baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread the vegetable slices into a single layer on the baking sheets.

  4. Bake. Transfer the baking sheets to the oven and bake until the veggie chips are dry and crisp but not burnt. The time will depend on what vegetable you choose, but a good rule of thumb is to set a timer for 30 minutes and check on it regularly.

Plus, The 3 Least Healthy Chip and Snack Options

Some culprits are worse than others.

  • Crunchy Flamin’ Hot Cheetos: 170 calories, 11 grams fat (1.5 grams saturated fat), 15 grams carbs, 1 gram protein, 1 gram fiber, 250 milligrams sodium (per 21 pieces)
  • Lays Barbecue Flavored Chips: 150 calories, 19 grams fat (1.5 grams saturated fat), 16 grams carbs, 2 grams protein, 1 gram fiber, 150 milligrams sodium (per 15 chips)
  • Kettle Brand Krinkle Cut Spicy Queso Potato Chips: 140 calories, 8 grams fat (0.5 grams saturated fat), 3 g carbs, 2 g protein, 2 grams fiber, 150 milligrams sodium (per nine chips)

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