Change Your Choices

Change Your Life…Tips for a healthier you

Today is National Potato Chip Day!

on March 14, 2012

I love potato chips, I could eat chips all day long but I also know that they are full of fat and calories so I try to limit my consumption.   While some choices are better than others, don’t fool yourself into thinking that any commercially made chip is “healthy”.  If you must eat chips (and I must!) here are some of my favorites:

1-      Kettle Brand Baked Chips (Nu Val 26)- you will find these in the Natural Foods aisle. With 65 percent less fat than regular chips, 2 grams of fiber, 3 grams of fat, and only 120 calories, these are a best bet.  However, a serving is 1 oz (about 20 chips) so if you eat the whole bag you need to multiply everything by 5! These chips come in some great flavors but keep in mind that more flavor typically means more sodium.

2-      Michael Seasons Lightly Salted (Nu Val 28)- This product has the same basic nutrition info as Kettle Brand with 140 calories in a serving and is located in the Natural food aisle.

3-      Lay’s Kettle Cooked Chips Reduced Fat (Nu Val 25)- there are 20 more calories per serving than the Kettle brand but these are really good and are often on pink tag! Watch the Nu Val scores as they vary widely by flavor.

4- Special K Sea Salt Cracker Chips – these are a hybrid chip, kind of a cross between crackers and chips but 30 chips total 110 calories so I can get past the fact that it isn’t a real chip.  The texture is more  like Pringle’s or Baked Lays but they are quite crunchy and satisfying.  Count 30 into a bowl and eat them 1 at a time, much more satisfying than other 100 calorie treats.

My favorite potato chip is Hawaiian Kettle Style Sweet Maui Onion, they come in a giant bag at World Market.  At 140 calories per 15 chips, I save these as a special treat.  And there is no way I would stop at 15 chips, even if I counted them out and hid the bag!

Remember everything in moderation.  Today’s food choices=tomorrow’s body.


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