|When you simply must have a crunchy chip, these healthy Beanitos chips made from beans are really good.|
I'm a huge fan of dried beans, and I don't think there's any doubt that the fact that they're allowed for Phase One of the South Beach Diet was one of the things that convinced me that this way of eating was a good fit for me. So when someone told me about Beanitos Bean Chips in a conversation on the Kalyn's Kitchen Facebook Page, I was definitely interested in trying them. Now a few months have gone by and I've tried all the flavors I can get in my local Harmon's or Dick's Market, and I can report, these chips are really good! (In fact, they may be a little too good, if you know what I mean!)
Luckily this is a healthy snack for anyone who's wanting a low-glycemic option, as long as you use portion control. I like to eat a little handful of the chips with one of the Good Foods Tableside Chunky Guacamole Single-Serving Cups that I chose as one of my picks a few months ago, and it doesn't take a huge number of chips to really add to the enjoyment of that little cup of guacamole.
You can find complete nutritional information on the Beanitos Bean Chips website, but just to summarize, a 1 oz. serving (about 12 chips) has 4 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, 16 carbs (which are "good carbs" for the South Beach Diet), no added sugar, and 140 calories. The glycemic index of the various types ranges from 33-44, with a glycemic load of 3 or 4 depending on the type. The chips are also Gluten-Free.
Obviously eating chips like this is not the same as eating something like broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, mushrooms, onions or red peppers (all of which all have a GI rating of 10), but these chips are definitely in the range that's considered Low Glycemic Index. I'm not sure if the South Beach Diet would consider them approved for Phase One; you'll have to use your judgement on that. But for Phase 2 or 3, these would certainly be South Beach Diet friendly if you stick to the serving size. (And they're made of beans, so if you really overdo the serving size, your body will probably let you know you ate too much.)
The only thing I can't recommend about this product is the price, which is definitely higher than less healthy chips (about $4.00 for a small bag, although I did see them on sale once at 2 bags for $5.00.) But if you're really trying to eat low-glycemic foods and craving a crunchy snack once in a while they might be worth the money. Here's a store locator if you want to see if a store near you carries them.
Have you tried Beanitos Bean Chips? If so, let us know in the comments about your favorite ones and how you like to eat them.
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