Thursday, December 5, 2013

Rhythm Superfood Chips

In an effort to create a protein-filled snack, Rhythm Superfoods has created Superfood Chips.  Made in Austin, Texas, these chips are made with pea protein for some added protein to your chip. The result is a tasty chip in four different flavors that has a bit of a mealy texture.

Take the Jalapeno Lime chips for example. They have great flavor and a good crunch, but a mealy texture due to the added pea protein. Nutritionally, they seem pretty sound with 110 calories per 28-gram serving, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein.

When I looked at the ingredients though, I had to question as to why there were so many. Some sound fine, while others made me wonder why they had to add them in there. The ingredients include whole purple, white, and yellow corn flour, sunflower oil, potato starch, pea protein, sesame seeds, defatted flax flour, oat fiber, chicory root extract, flaxseed, green bell pepper, sugar, dehydrated onion and garlic, jalapeno chili pepper, purple sweet potato, citric acid, sunflower lecithin, yeast extract, natural flavor, tocopherols, rosemary extract, natural ascorbyl palmitate, etc. Some of it really seems unnecessary.

I served the chips with an awesome salsa from Naked Infusions in California Burnt Sage flavor. So fresh and so good...more on this salsa at a later time!

Back to the chips. Two other flavors are vegan -- the Barbeque and Sea Salt. Beware that the Nacho flavor is not vegan. I really felt the same way about all of the flavors -- good flavor, but mealy texture. I think these chips are great if you are trying to sneak some more protein into your diet, but may not be the chip you put out at your holiday party.

Also, they state that their chips are non-GMO, but they are not Non-GMO Project Verified, which always gives me pause.  They are certified gluten-free though and contain whole grains, which I like. I love that the BBQ flavor has amaranth and quinoa as well making for a nuttier texture.

In sum, if you want a little extra protein in your diet, these chips are a great option. They are generally healthy and nice and crispy. Just be aware that the mealy-ness may be somewhat off-putting.

Full Disclosure: Although the products were provided to me for free to review, that in no way influenced my veracious opinion. 

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