Raw food is a big trend these days. And when we recently got the opportunity to try not one but two brands of raw chips (aren’t heated above 115 degrees yet promised to be delicious and crunchy), we just had to try them. Read on for our taste-buds’ reaction to these raw chips!
Raw kale is one thing, but raw sweet potato? Well, that just sounds kind of inedible. Except, it’s not when Brad’s Raw Foods makes them. Slightly sweet, a little salty and all raw, these hard (seriously, crunchy almost to a fault, especially if you’re a fan of lighter chips) raw Sweet Potato Chips have an ingredient list you just can’t beat: carrots, sweet potatoes, flax seeds, sprouted buckwheat, maple syrup, EVOO, salt, vanilla, allspice, nutmeg and sea salt. And the nutritionals aren’t bad either. For a 14-chip serving, there’s 120 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 4 grams fiber, 5 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein and 130 percent of your vitamin A and 6 percent of your iron for the day. While they’re different than your usual chip (again, much harder), I liked them. In fact, I’d probably eat them all the time if they weren’t $6.99 a bag.
And then there’s the Brad’s Raw Foods kale chips. I got to try both the Naked and Vampire Killer varieties and holy moley, they were far tastier than I expected. Totally vegan, the company uses a mix of cashews, sunflower seeds and red pepper to give these chips a cheesy flavor that is super filling and satisfying. While the Naked kind is plenty flavorful, the Vampire Killer raw chips aren’t playing around. Garlicky and delicious, I found it hard to not eat the whole tub of them in one sitting. One serving of these raw chips contains 140 calories, 6 grams of protein, 139 percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin A, 129 percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin C, 11 percent of the daily recommended value of iron and 8 percent of the daily recommended value of calcium. And like the other raw food chips, all of the vegetable’s nutritional elements are left intact, so you get all those good naturally occurring enzymes and vitamins found in raw kale. Again, only the price point of $7.49 a tub is holding me back from making these a regular nosh!