Giving up potato chips is no easy feat. However, my eating plan demands that I do away with all starchy foods. That of course includes potatoes.
I have been exploring various alternatives to use as a snack. Recently, I ran into a product called Terra Exotic Vegetable Chips. What drew me to it was a big label declaring “no trans fat.”
Terra Exotic Vegetable Chips are a unique combination of the old and the new. What is old fashioned about the product are the vegetables themselves. The are unique mixture from gifts from Mother Earth.
The “new” in the equation is the way these vegetables are used as chips. They manage not only to be flavorful and healthy, but they are also colorful and fun; just what the proverbial doctor ordered.
Included in Terra Exotic Vegetable Chips are the following:
Batata, a Cuban sweet potato. It is light brown in color and has a savory taste that has been popular in the Caribbean for hundreds of years;
Parsnip, a member of the carrot family, this often-overlooked veggie is rich in vitamins and minerals while also tasting utterly delish;
Ruby root has a kiss of beet juice, giving it a stunning deep red color and a slightly sweet taste;
Sweet potato, orange in color and packed with enticing flavor;
Taro, an unusual savory white vegetable with purple and brown lines running through it; and
Yuca, a pale yellow veggie that tastes a bit like potato, but without the massive starch input.
Mixed together, these veggies offer a nutty, sweet and savory collection that is both delicate and satisfying at the same time.
Other ingredients include beet juice concentrate, canola oil, safflower oil or sunflower oil and salt.
Manufactured by Hain Celestial Group, Inc., Terra Chips are guaranteed to be fresh. Customers who are not satisfied with their experience can contact the company’s 800 line for a refund or replacement at 1-800-434-4246.
There are 18, 1-oz servings in each 18-oz bag of Terra Exotic Vegetable Chips. Each serving represents 150 calories. Of that, over half are fat related.
There are 9 grams of fat in Terra Exotic Vegetable Chips, but only 1 gram comes from saturated fat and there are no trans fats.
Terra Exotic Vegetable Chips contain 16 grams of carbohydrates, but they are considered a healthier choice than standard potato chip. These chips have no cholesterol, only contain 3 grams of sugar and have a piddling 50 milligrams of salt.
On the positive side, Terra Exotic Vegetable Chips provide 3 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein. They also offer 8% of the daily-recommended amount of vitamins A and C and 2% of the required calcium and iron.
Here is my summary review:
Taste: 4 stars. There is one chip in the group that is a little hard for older teeth. While it is still tasty, if overcooked, it can be virtually impossible to eat. The remainder of the chips; however, are extremely tasty. I love the sweet potato and ruby root in particular.
Freshness: 5 stars. Hain Celestial Group, Inc. guarantees the freshness of their chips, which is a bonus. I found the cellophane bag to hold in the freshness very well. The chips were crisp and fresh when I bought them and still crisp and fresh a few weeks later.
Variety: 5 stars. If Terra Exotic Vegetable Chips aren’t your cup of tea, the company offers a variety of other options. These include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:
Crinkles Potato Chips,
Exotic Harvest Vegetable Chips,
Kettles Potato Chips,
Red Bliss Potato Chips,
Stripes & Blues,
Sweets and Beets,
Sweets and Carrots,
Unsalted Potato Chips and
Yukon Gold Potato Chips.
Nutrition: 4 stars. Terra Exotic Vegetable Chips do contain fat and carbohydrates but have no cholesterol or trans fat. They are also low in sugar and sodium. While they aren’t as healthy as forgoing chips of all kinds, they are a better option that most standard potato chips.
Packaging: 5 stars. The Terra packaging is bright and colorful. The bag background is silver and black against which the variety of colorful chips are displayed. An orange banner displays the type of chip and the Terra Name is also spelled out in orange. Once you have seen the bag, you won’t be able to mistake it for anything else on the market today.
Ease of storage: 3 stars. The bag is big at about 14″ by 8″ by 3″. As with all “chip” bags, it is a bit difficult to manipulate. There is a lot of space taken up by air alone. However, once the bag is opened, it can be folded down and closed with a chip clip, making it easy to store.
Availability: 3 stars. Terra Exotic Vegetable Chips are not readily available in every grocery store. They are more common in stores that sell bulk products like B. J.’s, Costco or Sam’s Club.
Price: 4 stars. Terra Exotic Vegetable Chips are more expensive than potato chips at around $5 per bag. It is; however, worth the extra pennies to choose something healthier for your body.
Product purchase probability: 5 stars. I would definitely buy this product again.
Final rating: 4.4 stars. These chips are good.
5 stars = outstanding
4 stars = good
3 stars = average
2 stars = below average
1 star = poor