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Top Pick Of The Week

April 9, 2013

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Beanitos Restaurant Style Bean Chips
 

Beanitos Restaurant Style Bean Chips are all bean. This latest variety tastes like restaurant-style tortilla chips, but with the higher protein and fiber content of beans. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.

WHAT IT IS: Crispy chips made of 100% beans.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Beans create a chip similar to tortilla chips, but with yummy bean flavor that goes as well or better with dips—or plain. The chips are certified kosher by KOF-K.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Once you’ve tried Beanitos, you’ll know why. But in a few words: the crunchiness of a thicker chip, with far more nourishment, including protein and fiber. These chips are definitely not “junk food.”
WHERE TO BUY IT: Available at retailers nationwide (store locator) and online.

Beanitos are packaged in single-serve and family-size bags. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.

 

Beanitos Bean Chips Restaurant Style: They Rock!

Does any nation’s people eat as many chips as Americans?

We’ve got bagel chips, beet chips, cassava chips, chickpea chips (hummus chips and falafel chips), corn chips/tortilla chips, lentil chips (papadums), lotus root chips, pita chips, plantain chips, potato chips, rice chips, salba (chia) chips, taro chips and other grain and veggie chips.

And as of a few years ago, we were the lucky recipients of bean chips. As served up by Beanitos, chips go from being empty calories to solid nutrition.

Shortly after Beanitos debuted nationally, in 2011, they were selected as a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week (here’s the original Beanitos review). The original varieties have delicious bean flavor—think of bean dip in chip form.

As with the rest of the line, the latest product, Beanitos Restaurant Style, are all navy beans with some whole grain rice. The other ingredients include sunflower and/or safflower oil, sea salt and guar bean gum.

The chips are all-natural, cholesterol- and trans fat free, corn free, preservative free, gluten free, MSG free.

They’re also certified kosher (by KOF-K), certified vegan, certified low glycemic and verified by the Non GMO Project.

In fact, the Beanitos Restaurant Style nutrition page looks like the product has won every merit badge out there.

 

Uses For Beanitos Bean Chips

Beyond snacking from the bag or bowl, we

  • Crunchy sandwiches and burgers (layer chips between the meat and the bread)
  • Dips, including bean dip and hummus (try this bean dip recipe)
  • Nachos
  • As a casserole garnish
  • Plain yogurt and cottage cheese
  • With soups and salads
  • Garnish for just about anything, from chili and tacos to meat loaf, steam and stir frys

 

As you’re planning for a season of barbecues, or want healthy snacks for traveling, look no further than Beanitos Restaurant Style chips—or any members of the Beanitos line.

All flavors are available in single serve and family-size packages.

— Karen Hochman

     
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