Good news! We're here with the 411 on no-guilt chips. Read on for the scoop... and enjoy the rest of potato chip season!
Popchips Potato Chips
PER SERVING (1 oz., about 19 - 22 chips): 120 calories, 4 - 4.5g fat, 280 - 310mg sodium, 20g carbs, 1g fiber, 0 - 2g sugars, 1 - 2g protein -- POINTS® value 3*
What Are They? Never baked, never fried, these chips are POPPED, baby!!!
Flavors: Original, Barbeque, Salt & Pepper, Sea Salt & Vinegar, Parmesan Garlic
Pros: They taste delicious, come in lots of fun flavors, and are low in calories and fat. They also come in individual-serving bags as well as multi-serving bags.
Cons: Ummmm, we really can't think of any.
HG Secret Tip: These can be found at Trader Joe's under the name "Popped Chips". Same EXACT chips. Nearly identical stats. Better prices. Woohoo!
Frito-Lay Light Potato Chips
PER SERVING (1 oz., about 15 - 20 chips): 70 - 75 calories, 0g fat, 190 - 230mg sodium, 16 - 17g carbs, 1g fiber, 0 - <1g sugars, 2 - 3g protein -- POINTS® value 1*
What Are They? Very low-calorie potato chips, made with Olestra.
Flavors: Original Lay's, Original Ruffles, Cheddar & Sour Cream Ruffles
Pros: They come in different varieties and flavors (including the Ruffles "ridged" line!), are fat-free with low calorie counts, and taste really good.
Cons: They're made with Olestra. And that stuff still has an AWFUL reputation!
HG's Two Cents: We like these chips, and we have, at times, loaded up on them without feeling ANY effects of Olestra. We think the Olestra "issues" were magnified by the media and affect only a select few people.
Flavors: Original with Sea Salt, Hint of Szechuan Pepper & Fresh Chives, Hint of Fresh Onion & Fresh Garlic, Hint of Black Pepper & Sea Salt
Pros: They're SUPER low in calories and come in small bags that have just 35 - 45 calories each. WE LOVE THAT!
Cons: We like the way these taste a LOT. We don't mind their dryness -- and to us they taste like instant mashed potatoes when you chew 'em (which we kinda like!). That being said, there are MANY people who dislike these chips with intense passion. So try 'em or don't -- your call!
HG Bonus Info: These were recently reformulated, which is why some bags have 35 calories and some have 45. The newer formula has 45 calories and a POINTS® value of 1* per bag. If you order online, you'll get those. You can still find some of the 35-calories bags at Costco.
Pringles Light Fat Free Potato Crisps
PER SERVING (1 oz., about 14 - 15 crisps): 70 calories, 0g fat, 150 - 190mg sodium, 15g carbs, 1g fiber, 1g sugars, 1 - 2g protein -- POINTS® value 1*
Pros: They're neat-looking and stack well. They taste good if you like Pringles. They're low in fat. And there are portion-controlled options!
Cons: They're a little scary. There's the Olestra thing again. They're a little outdated. And they don't taste as good as a lot of other guilt-free chips. Plus you'll want to eat these things in fat stacks -- and that can mean eating 20 chips at once. AHHHHHH!
HG's Bottom Line: We'd eat these if we REALLY wanted chips and none of our favorites were available.
CHEW ON THIS: August 8th is National Frozen Custard Day. Forget custard... go yogurt (and other assorted fat-free frozen desserts)! Grab a Pinkberry, Only 8 (VERY appropriate for 8/8/08!), Wow Cow, Tasti D-Lite, or another guilt-free soft-serve. Then celebrate away!!!
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*The Points® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the Points® registered trademark.