It's hard to resist a bag of crunchy, salty chips — especially when that 4 p.m. craving hits. But the fun is sort of lost when you're racked with guilt. These tasty, better-for-you chips all stay under 200 calories, 2g saturated fat, and 200 mg sodium — plus no additives or extra ingredients. For even more healthy snack ideas, check out these picks.
The "fried" but "not-too-oily" taste of Boulder Canyon Totally Natural chips won over many tasters in our latest test. The chips had just the "right amount of salt" to send our tasters to "chip heaven."
Don't be afraid of a full-fat chip! There's only a one-gram difference in total fat between the original and reduced fat versions of these Deep River chips, so whichever one you choose makes a good snack.
When you're looking for big flavor, pick chips that use real food ingredients, not synthetic ones. Baked crisps aren't necessarily better than fried kinds, either, as they often include more sodium and highly processed additives.
Barbeque fans, try these seasoned crisps made with mesquite, brown sugar, and paprika — plus notes of exotic spices for an added boost.
You can get this Lay's reduced-fat chip at almost any grocery store or gas station. There's 443mg of potassium in a serving, which makes them a pretty decent snack.
These full-fat chips totally fit the bill. They're cooked in small batches, which means they use less oil (literally, because the batches are smaller) and the less oil you use, the lower the fat content.
Got a sweet tooth? Try eating a handful of these crisps for dessert or using them as a topping on Greek yogurt. Whenever you're looking to satisfy that candy craving, look for snacks that (ideally) stay under 6g of sugar and 250 calories per serving.
There's only 2.5g of total fat and no saturated fat in these tasty, air-popped corn chips. They're also a great option for gluten-free snackers.
The lime makes these an ideal spicy-salsa delivery system.
These Lay's chips are cut thick so they're crunchier than most crisps. There's also only three ingredients: potatoes, sea salt, and sunflower oil.
Cape Cod chips scored points for the "excellent crunch." However, tasters picked up on an "oily taste." Nevertheless, some thought these chips would be good with dip.
One bite of these Ruffles will give you serious nostalgia. There's only 0.5g of saturated fat, because they're fried in vegetable oil. Trendier chips will use peanut oil or coconut oil, which are actually higher in saturated fat.
If you like the extra crunch of kettle-cooked chips, these are a smart pick. They're organic and only have 1g of saturated fat per serving.
Some taste testers said these bean chips taste like refried beans, and they're so good they don't need a dip. They also have 4g of protein, so they'll keep you fuller longer than regular tortilla chips.
If you're looking for an interesting twist on the classic potato chip, these are made of carrot, kabocha (a Japanese squash), and naturally blue potatoes. They taste sweet and salty, and come in at 130 calories a serving.
There's a little more spice in these peppery crisps than your usual potato chip, and they're cooked in 100% olive oil.
Sweet potatoes are the main ingredient in these alternative potato chips. They're kettle cooked to bring out the sweet-and-salty flavor, and have 3g of fiber.
These say "lightly salted," but here's the thing: It's a big myth that potato chips are high in sodium. It's surface salt, so most chips are naturally "low in sodium" by FDA definition. Still, try these, which are mixed with four types of potatoes, including sweet potatoes.
There's 5g of fiber in these bean chips. They also have salsa "built in," so you don't need to add anything to dip 'em.
Just one serving of these tropical, sweet chips delivers 40% of your daily value of fiber.
Multigrain bean chips are packed with fiber and have real nutty flax seed, sesame seeds, and quinoa.
Taro is another great potato alternative, and it's pretty much spot-on in terms of texture and taste. These have no saturated fat and only 110mg of sodium.
The baking process of Kettle Food Baked seemed to make the chips "hard" and "too crunchy" for taste testers. As for the flavor, volunteers were torn; some called it "earthy" and "buttery," and others said it was bland.
These delicious, low-calorie power bowls will keep you feeling satisfied and energized from breakfast to dinner.