Thursday, October 18, 2012

A New Kind of Snackin'

If your Sundays are anything like mine this time of year, then they’re centered around football, beer and snacks. And one of my favorite snacks to enjoy during the game is chips – especially tortilla chips (with salsa, obviously). 

So, when Garden of Eatin’ asked me if I’d like to try two of their new flavored tortilla chips – Sprouted Blues and Sweet Potato – I couldn’t say no.

Photo courtesy of Crier Communications.

Garden of Eatin’ first brought their chips to store shelves in 1986, their first product being blue corn tortilla chips. A division of The Hain Celestial Group, a natural and organic foods company, Garden of Eatin’ is the number one manufacturer of natural and organic tortilla chips in the United States. All of their products are made without any genetically modified ingredients, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. In addition, both new flavors that I sampled are kosher and certified gluten-free.

Here’s the breakdown of each type of chip I tried:

Sprouted Blues Tortilla Chip: This hearty chip is the first on the market made with the sprouted grains combination of brown rice, lentils, and quinoa. It's thicker texture makes it perfect for dipping, whether it be in a chunky salsa or a warm, cheesy dip.

Sweet Potato Tortilla Chip.

Sweet Potato Tortilla Chip: Made with organic yellow corn and organic sweet potato, these babies pack 2 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber per serving. The sweet potato chips were also wonderfully salty - some may think they are too salty, but for a salt fiend like me, they are perfectly seasoned. And, as a result, scarily addictive. 

Both varieties of chips also have only a handful of ingredients that are mostly legible (each bag had one or two that were not), but compared to a bag of's clear which one's more "natural."

Garden of Eatin's Sprouted Blues and Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips can be found in natural food stores or in the natural foods aisles of select grocery stores (my local Star Market has them!). Each 7.5 oz. bag sells for a suggested retail price of $3.49.

Given both chips' taste, sturdiness (for dip!), and quality of ingredients, I would definitely buy these again. I'm also eager to try some of Garden of Eatin's other chip varieties (Black Bean Chili? Yes, please!).

Have you ever tried Garden of Eatin's chips before? If yes, what's your review?

Both bags of chips I received were complimentary, but, as always, the opinions expressed in this post are honest and 100 percent my own.