We know our Appetite for Health readers LOVE their snacks, and I recently tried a new snack that I really liked—so naturally, I scored you some! Simply7 is providing five lucky AFH fans with a full case of their snack chips! Check details below for how to enter…
So, you’re wondering what the deal is with with the Simply7 brand name, right? Simply7 products are not made with 7 ingredients, as you might think based on the name. The whole idea behind Simply7 is that all their products meet the company’s “7 core standards,” which include things like using simple ingredients, making products with no additives, preservatives, trans fats, artificial colors or flavors, using gluten-free ingredients, and oh yeah, making “simply delicious” products.
Ok, now for the chip info…The folks at Simply7 sought to put the “hummus experience” that we know and love, into a snack chip. Now, getting hummus to form into a snack chip would be an amazing feat of food processing technology. So instead, they focused on the chickpea (the base ingredient of hummus) to make their bite-sized chips.
Chickpea flour is the first ingredient listed. That, plus some rice, a couple other flours and some seasonings make the hummus chips, which are quickly fried in expeller pressed safflower oil. Yes, I hear some of you rumbling about the frying. I know in a nutritionally perfect world there would be no fried foods, but for those folks who crave chip-like snacks, that wouldn’t be a tasty world. Despite the frying, these hummus chips still have half the fat of regular potato chips (5g versus the 10g in chips), and the lentil chips have about 40% less fat than potato chips. Plus, for a standard 1-ounce portion, you get 30 of these chips—that’s a decent amount of crunch for the 130 calories they contain. So if you’re searching for a lower-fat sub for potato chips, these might fit the bill for you–and the three flavors they come in are a nice break from chip flavors, too:
- Hummus Sea Salt
- Hummus Tomato Basil
- Hummus Spicy Chili Pepper
Simply7 also makes Lentil snack chips, which (yes, you guessed it), use lentil flour as the primary ingredient. I prefer the hummus chips, but perhaps you will like the lentil chips better. They are made in basically the same way the hummus ones are, and the nutritional contributions are pretty much the same as well. The flavors, however, are completely different (and I’ve got to give credit for creative flavor options):
- Lentil Sea Salt
- Lentil Creamy Dill
- Lentil Bruschetta
Note: The chips are made from gluten-free ingredients, but are processed in a facility that does process some wheat. Therefore, there could be trace amounts of gluten in them. If you’re gluten-sensitive, you can decide if these pass your parameters for gluten-free food.
While not available absolutely everywhere in the US yet, you can check the Simply7 website, which has a Store Locator button so you can see if they are available near you. If not, you can order products by the case (the website links to Amazon).
Want to win a case of Simply7 Hummus and Lentil Chips (12 full-sized bags–2 of each flavor, a $30 value)? It’s simple to enter. First, “Like” AFH on Facebook and then “Like” Simply7 on Facebook, too. Then tell us (in the comments section below), who you’ll share your snacks with, should you win (12 bags is a lot, after all)!
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