I love crunchy vegetable chips, but have been hesitant to eat them very often because I think they are loaded with fat. The label says; carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, taro, green beans, soybean oil, destrin, and salt. Are these chips really nutritious, or do they just sound nutritious because of the vegetables?
-Veggie Chip Virtuoso
I hate to do this, but I have to confirm your suspicions. Most veggie chips (like Terra Chips, for example) average about 140 calories and 7g of fat per ounce. Regular potato chips average 150 calories and 10g of fat per ounce. Not a very big difference. In fact, when it comes right down to it, when you eat veggie chips, you may as well be eating Fritos. Which really is not that surprising when you consider that the veggies in those "veggie" chips are deep fried just like potato chips. There are, however, some really good crunchy veggie treat options out there. Crispy Delites are sooo awesome and come in all kinds of flavors -- you can get single serving size bags of their Red Onion, Carrot, Celery, Taro, and Cucumber chips. These are always baked, not fried, and they have just 105 - 115 calories and around 2 - 3 grams of fat per bag (and they have about 3g of fiber, too!). In addition, I also LOVE Sensible Food's Sweet Corn snacks, which have just 70 calories a bag. There ARE good veggie snack options out there-- you just have to be careful not to get duped by healthy veggie chip imposters.
I stopped off at Starbucks to treat myself to a tasty Pumpkin Spice Latte, and discovered that you can order a 'short' (a.k.a. kids size) version. I just don't know how many calories the smaller size contains. I do hope it is "short" in calories, too! Thanks!
-Pass the 'Bucks
First off, it's great that you are watching your portion sizes. After all, if you're going to splurge, it's always best to get the smallest size on the menu. Or, as in this case, the smallest size NOT on the menu. To answer your question, a "short" size of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, which contains 8 ounces, clocks in at 140 calories, no fat, 27 carbs, and 25g of sugar. Of course, that's if it's made with nonfat milk and no whipped cream. If you order the drink with whole milk and whipped cream, the nutritionals jump up to 240 calories, 11g fat, 26.5 carbs, and 35.5g sugar. Ouch! If you absolutley NEED a Pumpkin Spice Latte, the nonfat milk, no whipped cream version isn't too bad. However, I recommend checking out Starbucks' Light Blended Pumpkin Frappuccino instead. Get an 8 ounce "short" of this frosty beverage, and it'll cost you only 95 calories, 19 carbs, and 14.5g of sugar. Or if the "short" size doesn't cut it, order a larger 12 ounce Tall size. It contains the same 140 calories as the 8 ounce Pumpkin Spice Latte. Oh, and by the way, if you're heading out for a coffee run, you might want to check out our Chew & Tell Review of "The 'Bucks." Happy Starbucks-ing!
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