I am constantly in search of healthier snacks. Unfortunately, that oftentimes can be an exercise in futility.
However, my latest discovery has proven to be a huge success. It is called Multi-Grain Brown Rice Chips. They were born at the Blue Ginger Restaurant of Wellesley, Massachusetts. Their popularity grew until the restaurant finally agreed to allow Kellogg Sales Company to distribute them.
Restaurant owner Ming Tsai grew up eating the best foods of both the East and the West. His dream was to combine the two into unique dishes that his patrons would love. He wanted to prove that something healthy could also taste good. He succeeded, striking pay dirt with his Multi-Grain Brown Rice Chips.
This deliciously light and crunchy chip proved to just the healthy alternative today’s weight conscious consumers were begging for. The rest, as they say, is history.
Multi-Grain Brown Rice Chips consist of a blend of brown rice, corn and oats with black sesame and sea salt. Thirty-three chips are just 110 calories, with only 25 of those being fat-related.
There is a mere 3 grams of fat in one serving of these tasty little chips. That is 70% less fat than what is contained in today’s most popular potato chips.
Multi-Grain Brown Rice Chips are not perfect, though. A serving contains 21 grams of carbohydrate and 260 milligrams of salt. However, they only hold 2 grams of sugar and contain no cholesterol.
On the positive side, you have to count the fact that these chips offer 3 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein. Additionally, they offer 4% of the daily-recommended amount of iron.
Ingredients in Multi-Grain Brown Rice Chips include baking soda, brown rice, corn bran, sea salt, sesame seeds, soy flower, sugar, sunflower oil, wheat flour, whole corn meal and whole oat flour. Never was wheat and rice so perfectly blended.
This light, fluffy chip is perfectly tasty all on its own. However, it is equally good with hummus, salsa, or dip. Anyway you eat it, you will be coming back for more.
Here is my summary review:
Taste: 5 stars. These may not be Ruffles, but I guarantee you that you will eat more than one. They are like biting into air that leaves behind a wonderful taste and an urge to eat more.
Freshness: 5 stars. The bag is made from recycled materials, which for some reason, actually help to hold the freshness in better than most of today’s standard potato chip bags. It is hard not to love that. However, rest assured that an expiration date is printed on each bag to make sure that stale chips are never a problem.
Variety: 5 stars. These chips stand-alone and that’s okay because they are quite possibly the best chips I have ever eaten. Potato what?
Nutrition: 4 stars. Multi-Grain Brown Rice Chips do contain carbs. Therefore, people avoiding a high carb intake may wish to steer clear of them. On the other hand, these chips are low in fat and contain no cholesterol. It’s a pretty good tradeoff for most individuals.
Packaging: 5 stars. Multi-Grain Brown Rice Chips come in a red and brown bag with brown, blue, black and white lettering. A picture of the chips is highlighted on the front of the bag. The story of the chips, the Blue Ginger Restaurant and owner Ming Tsai are also featured on the bag. These chips should be easy to find on the grocery shelf where they are available.
Ease of storage: 4 stars. The bag is big at about 16″ by 10 1/2″ by 4 1/2″. As with all “chip” bags, it is a bit difficult to store. Unlike most chip bags, this one isn’t mostly full of air. It is actually chock full of product, making it difficult to fold over once it is open. However, I found that stapling it shut works well.
Availability: 4 stars. Unfortunately, Multi-Grain Brown Rice 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. I found mine at B. J.s.
Price: 5 stars. Multi-Grain Brown Rice Chips are a bit more expensive than regular old potato chips. They cost around $5 per bag. It is well worth the extra pennies to choose something healthier for your body. The fact that these are tasty too is just a wonderful bonus.
Product purchase probability: 5 stars. I would definitely buy this product again.
Final rating: 4.7 stars. These have become my favorite chips.
5 stars = outstanding
4 stars = good
3 stars = average
2 stars = below average
1 star = poor