chickpea puffs

Crunchy-cheesy loving people have something to get kind of excited about.  These organic chickpea puffs have a great crunch, a nice cheesy taste, an organic certification, and don’t appear to contain any of the hard-core nasties that are better to avoid in a snack. The flavor I tried was the Vegan White Cheddar, and it was pretty darn yummy!

The Bottom Line on Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs

Would I Recommend It? This product is about as processed as I would ever recommend anyone eating. But let’s face it. We live in the real world, and that world comes with lots of unhealthy processed snacks. So, I’d definitely reach for a bag of these over most of the other puffed snacks out there.

Would I Buy it Again? I only pick this snack up on rare occasion whenever I’m at Starbucks. There it comes in a tidy little one-portion bag that prevents overeating of the wonderful and addicting crunchy puffs. I consider it a treat for every once in a while, along with an otherwise extremely healthful diet of whole foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pretty much free of processed foods. The 200 calories makes it almost not a snack anymore. But the fiber and protein content actually means it might give you some nutrition your body can use, and actually help fill you up for longer than 20 minutes.

Final Thoughts: Here is what I love: 5 grams of fiber from whole foods- when the average American is only getting 15g of fiber a day, this snack can actually help take a dent out of that. 6 grams of protein from rice and peas, makes it fairly complete, as legumes and grains tend to compliment each-other in delivering a more complete amino acid profile. And, here is what I don’t love so much: About 1/3 of the calories appear to come from sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is primarily omega-6 and some omega-9, so devoid of the awesome omega-3 we are all looking to eat more of. On the flip side, sunflower oil can contain appreciable amounts of vitamin E and a few other obscure phyto-nutrients and sterols. I’m also not thrilled with added sugars. However, when it comes to choosing your evils in snacking, if the fiber outweighs the sugars in volume, you are moving in the right direction.

I’d consider this snack a win-win if you are bound to chomp down on a processed puff snack anyway. Consuming carbohydrates, protein and fiber from legumes and grains isn’t such a bad way to go. Just understand that Hippeas organic chickpea puffs are definitely NOT a substitute for a more wholesome, unprocessed, whole-food snack.

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