While I always say that I'm going to try to cut down on snacking, let's face it, that's like me attempting to make it through the morning without coffee or to stop obsessing over my email. It's just not going to happen.
Alas, even though it makes my taste buds happy to grab a candy bar or sneak a few chocolate chip cookies while my kids aren't looking, my waistline and my conscience continue to disapprove. Why can't someone invent a luscious brownie that has zero calories? Or chips that are made with real vegetables, include whole grains, and still taste amazing?
I haven't discovered the former yet (if you do, email me immediately), but to my complete and utter astronishment, the latter exists!
As a giant surprise that we can all appreciate, the Jolly Green Giant has now debuted a great tasting chip that you can also feel good about eating: delicious Veggie Snack Chips!
I'll be the first one to admit that I've tried chips made from vegetables in the past... and I haven't been wowed. So when I heard that Green Giant had added these snacks to their already-vast collection of canned and frozen vegetables, I didn't have extremely high expectations for their taste.
And then they arrived.
Okay, looks interesting.
The Green Giant Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips – Zesty Cheddar Flavor are made with real vegetables, include 17 grams of whole grain per serving (48g are recommended daily), and are naturally flavored.
At the same time, the Green Giant Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips – Sea Salt Flavor are made with real sweet potatoes and include 14 grams of whole grain. Plus, they contains 40% less fat than regular potato chips (only 6g of fat per 28g serving compared to regular potato chips' 10g of fat per 28g serving).
But let's face it, if they taste like cardboard, I'm not eating them no matter how healthy they might be.
First, the Sweet Potato Chips.
Now, hold on a minute, these are GOOD.
Filled with plenty of crunch, just enough salty sweetness, and a light, crisp flavor, I suddenly found myself going back for another. And another. And another. After all, they're made with sunflower oil, so they contain less saturated fat... so it's all right to have an extra handful or two, right?
I begrudgingly handed over a single chip or two to my mini taste tester's outstretched hand...
...and, even though she agreed that they were extremely yummy, I have to admit that I greedily put the bag away so that I could eat them myself later on.
Think that's mean? Then you'll think even worse of me when I tell you that, upon sampling the Veggie Tortilla Chips...
...I wouldn't even hand over a single chip. I wasn't willing to share even one.
To say that I was instantly obsessed with these cheesy, crunchy, delicious chips is somewhat of an understatement. They taste similar to a popular nacho cheddar tortilla chip that we all know, yet more... real. Maybe it is the whole grain corn, the dried red and green bell peppers or the sunflower oil, but these Green Giant Veggie Chips don't have any sort of "junk food aftertaste" (or bellyache) as the others do.
See how there is just one full chip in the photo above? That's not because the bag came with a whole lot of broken pieces, that is because that was the only full chip left when I went to take a picture.
While I'm not proud of my greed, I am quite happy to have been introduced to Green Giant's newest product. Considering how much I love the taste (and how much I know my whole family would concur as well, if I ever decide to share) and all of the better-for-you, non-greasy, natural ingredients, these will surely be making more appearances in our house in the future.
Who knew that Green Giant had such skill in the chip category? In celebration of this surprise, they are on the hunt for more talented folks — you'll want to check out the surprise talents they've unearthed in this video and even more of the Jolly Green Giant's favorite surprise talents at the Green Giant YouTube channel.
Have a surprise talent of your own? Be sure to share it with the Giant as well and you might end up in their online film (there's also a printable coupon available for 75¢ off of your Green Giant Veggie Chips, so head over there even if you don't have a talent to show off)!
Next time you're at the store, pick up a bag of these new chips — be sure to get two if you think that your family will want a taste, because once you try these, you might not want to share!
Thank you to The Green Giant™ for being a sponsor. Show the Giant your surprise talent at www.facebook.com/greengiant