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    Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing: Snap Pea Crisps

    Recent public interest in nutrition and an increased demand for convenient snacks has led to an array of products looking to successfully combine both in a tasty package.

    Some, like Crispy Delites have pulled this off quite well by dehydrating vegetables and adding just a pinch of oil and salt.

    The result is a low-calorie snack that skimps on the fat but offers a fair amount of potassium and other naturally-occurring nutrients.

    Snapea Crisps, however, leave quite a bit to be desired.

    You wouldn’t be inclined to think badly of these crisps based on the advertising.

    “SnapeaCrisps deliver the pea’s natural nutrients in their entirety,” reads the product’s website.

    The company is named SnackSalad, purposefully associating in-between-meals munching with a food commonly perceived as healthy and nutritious.

    Additionally, the word “baked” is prominently featured on the package.

    The website even relies on food history to build up their product.

    “Peas have been an important part of the human diet for approximately 8,000 years,” they say.

    What they forget to mention is that peas have not been available in a bag and consumed in chip form for the past 7,985 years.

    A one-ounce serving of this snack contains 150 calories and 8 grams of fat.

    An ounce of Lay’s regular potato chips? 150 calories and 10 grams of fat.

    Am I missing something?

    If you’re looking for a salty snack truly packed with nutrition, boil some frozen edamame in a pot, sprinkle salt on top, and munch away. It’s certainly a quick, easy, no mess, low-calorie, low-fat, high-fiber, high-protein treats!

    A half cup of it, by the way, delivers 100 calories, 3 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber, and 8 grams of protein.

    If it’s a matter of chips or death, I suggest reaching for a tasty and satisfying 100-calorie bag of Kettle Bakes.

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    3 Comments

    1. Anonymous said on January 12th, 2009

      My 4 yr old has a severe peanut allergy. The label did not indicate that nuts were present. My child had a full-blown allergic reaction complete with epipen, visit to the E.R. – after eating one of these. These are not only fairly unhealthy…they’re also dangerous!

    2. Kate said on December 17th, 2009

      They’re not only fairly unhealthy, they’re also disgusting! Bleh! Speaking of edamame as being a better alternative, the method of preparing edamame that you listed can be a lot of effort for some people (cough cough). I highly recommend a brand of edamame that comes microwave packaged, Peggy’s Premium (I’m sure there must be others out there). Just poke some holes in the pack, nuke it for a couple minutes and done! I don’t like cooking many things in the microwave, but if it means edamame that much faster, I do!

    3. Andy Bellatti said on December 17th, 2009

      Thanks for sharing the tip, Kate. I’ve never seen Peggy’s Premium before… where have you come across it?

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