Snapea Crisps

Snapea Crisps
Calbee

Snapea Crisps are yet another attempt at taking a supposed healthy, green vegetable and making it into a delicious and crispy snack. Most people agreed with me that Veggie Straws were a great tasting snack, but not everyone agreed on the health and nutrition part of my review. I immediately though of Veggie Straws when I first opened a bag of them by Calbee. For some reason, I am a sucker for these kinds of snacks. I enjoy the texture of crunchy, salty, crispy, tasty and unusual snacks and as long as they are not chalk full of transfats, they’re healthy enough for me. But what about a snack that really goes the extra mile and is made from real vegetables? Can it actually taste good and be healthy, too? Let’s face it, we don’t all agree on what’s healthy and what’s unhealthy, but can’t we be a bit more lenient with our snacks and at least get some reasonable sense of the difference between junk food and real food? Perhaps, not as my readers of the veggie straw article might point out. So, let’s begin by examining Snapea Crisps solely from their taste and then we shall examine the ingredients and leave the healthy part up for debate.   Let’s start by reviewing the taste of these Crispy snacks by Calbee.

Snappea Crisps (Snap Pea Crisps) look, feel and smell exactly as their name implies: They are indeed exactly how you would imagine Snap Pea Crisps to be; light, airy, crispy and from first appearance are exactly like snap peas. They are also pretty much the very same size and shape as snap peas and even have a bit of an embossed texture where you imagine the peas might be located. There is nothing better than eating a snack that looks like a crispy, airy and light version of the real thing, right? Calbee Snapea Crisps do not disappoint the look-and-feel test, so how do they taste? Delicious and I by that I mean snapea crisps are really, really good. Even if you are not a Snap Pea lover (which I am not), don’t sell them short. They have enough of the flavor of real snap peas without the overpowering bitterness and tough texture. Snapea Crisps, like veggie straws, are light, crisp and airy, but they taste better. They are very lightly salted – just enough, but not too much. But don’t take my word for it – there are dozens of user popular opinions; ranging from 4 to 5 stars. Making Snap Peas crisp are a matter of good taste and Calbee has done them just right. Now, shall we talk about how healthy they are? Well, okay – if we must.

Are they Healthy?

If you believe Snap peas are healthy than you’ve gotta believe they are pretty nutritious. The number one ingredient is Snap Peas. One ingredient that some might find slightly offensive is the corn oil. I can’t see how anyone could be too critical of the health value of this delicious snack. After all, it is a snack and not part of one’s daily nutrition allowance.  Snapea Crisps are one of the tastiest and most innovative snacks I’ve ever tried. I’ll be buying another bag and soon which brings up the next question: Where do you buy these crispy critters?

Where to Buy

Many standard grocers carry Snapea Crisps. The health stores almost always carry them and you can always find them online. Check your grocery store today.

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Dehydrated Okra

Dehydrated OkraDehydrated Okra by Davis Lewis Orchards is almost as tasty as it is fun to eat. My appreciation of Veggie Straws comes to mind. Other okra brands are often sliced into coin sized bites. This takes a great deal of fun out of the snack and defeats the purpose of dehydrated okra in my opinion.

The fun and mystique of this very peculiar snack stems from the fact that it retains it’s shape and size after the Okra is dehydrated. Only the texture of the vegetable is changed. (Or is it a fruit?) Whatever it is, Davis Lewis orchards do a masterful job of preserving the snack in the deyhdrating process so it retains it’s original form and shape after it’s dried. What does change is what every okra hater will appreciate about dehydrated okra over the real thing. Davis Lewis Orchards takes a stringy, slimy vegetable and transforms it into a perfectly preserved crispy, light, hollow, tasty snack. The oil on the outside gives the dehydrated okra a shiny, appetizing appearance. Okay, one thing to note, here: You know you like a snack when you keep opening up the bag to grab another bite. That’s how good this stuff is. However, the dehydrated okra probably doesn’t taste quite as delicious as it could. Let’s talk about why.

How Dehydrated Okra Could be Better

If only Davis Lewis Orchards had chosen another type of oil instead of Canola, I’d give their snack a supreme rating. As I’ve described in other, healthy snack reviews, canola oil makes things taste a tad fishy or like oil paints. Peanut oil, sunflower oil or palm oil would all be much tastier choices for these types of snacks, not to mention, healthier. Don’t let my aversion to canola oil dissuade you from this light, crispy snack. Understand this: I am not an okra lover, but the texture of Davis Lewis Orchard’s dehydrated version of this peculiar vegetable makes all the difference in the world. You owe it to yourself to give it a try.

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Veggie Straws and the Veggie Tale Twist

Veggie Straws
a Review

Update on Veggie Straws – April 4 – 2017

I have knocked this product down a notch because I know longer believe sunflower oil is a healthy oil. For the most part, I try to avoid industrial seed oils. I would still prefer sunflower to canola. However, if you look at the ingredients, you might find that sunflower oil and canola oil are used interchangeably. I will avoid Veggie Straws until they wise up and start cooking them in coconut oil, lard, or beef tallow.

Are Veggies Straws Healthy?

Do they Taste too Good to be Healthy?

Veggie Straws Veggie Tale Twist
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Mark Veggie Straws down in my never ending search for healthy delicious snacks. I often find so-called healthy snacks taste more healthy than delicious. The ironic thing is that the less delicious they taste the more suspicious I become about how ‘healthy’ they really are. If you’re as old or older than me, you remember how much better McDonald’s French Fries tasted when they were deep fried in Beef Tallow. Unfortunately, our nation’s health experts came up with the mistaken notion that saturated fats caused heart disease and flavorful healthy eating have never been one in the same. These very same nutrition geniuses that told us saturated fats and cholesterol were going to kill us were the same ones who spurned the invention of the one thing that really is dangerous to eat: Trans-Fats. When McDonald’s started cooking their French fries in vegetable oils they not only tasted worse, but it turns out they weren’t so healthy after all. In fact, they were loaded with these deadly trans-fats. So, now we have McDonald’s French Fries cooked in Canola or some other oil that supposedly is void of any trans fats OR saturated fats. Well, I’m here to tell ya – it still tastes fishy to me, and I mean that literally. If you’ve ever tasted any type of oily, crisp snack and wondered what that fishy taste is, you can be sure it’s the result of the canola and vegetable oils which are being used in place of saturated fats. I once watched a potato chip taste test where an entire audience rated one product, “dead-last” because it tasted like fish oil. The culprit was canola oil. The winner of the taste test was the product that was cooked in sunflower oil. There is a reason our grandparents, great grand parents and beyond, used meat fats for cooking oil. It tastes better, it cooks better and it really IS healthier for you. I no longer rely on what is considered to be ‘healthy’. I rely on my taste buds. What tastes natural and good to me, is what I consider healthy. I stay away from fake-oil fried chips and I wish so badly that the burger joints would start making their fries the old way again. As I discussed earlier in my article, “How To Lower Cholesterol Fears”, this whole notion about dietary fast, cholesterol and heart disease is a dangerous and unfortunate myth. Does anyone think the nation has lost weight since the low-fat diet became popular?

Garden Veggie Straws really do taste good and they are fun to eat. These light crunchy snacks are made from real vegetables like carrots, spinach and potatoes. I guess you could compare their shape and crunch somewhat to Cheetos, but they are hollow inside – thus the reason they are called, Veggie Straws. They are made from whole grains (corn flour, rice flour, oat flour), sea salt, sugar, salt, baking soda… but one problem; it has the dreaded canola oil. This may be the first time that I’ve enjoyed a snack made with canola oil. My conclusion is that the oil must be light and sparse enough that it doesn’t overwhelm the flavor with that fishy taste of other snacks cooked with canola. Obviously, one of the reasons Garden-Brand Veggie Straws taste so good is that they are made with Sunflower Oil instead of Canola Oil, unlike some of the other inferior products that call themselves, veggie straws. . My favorite equation: Better Taste = Healthier is proven true once again. When I’m eager for a snack, the fat is part of what my body is craving and there just is no substitute for that. Why do we insist on redefining the healthy snack? Since society began this perverse quest to take fat out of our diets, the result has been snacks which are less satisfying and people that are fatter, more obsessed and paranoid about eating the natural food our bodies need. Veggie Straws by Garden is a not-so-healthy snack due to the commercial seed oils, but they sure do taste good.

The Veggie Tale Verdict

The Veggie Tale is that not all Veggie Straws are created equal. I’ve looked at some of the other products called, Veggie Straws and have duly noted that they contain the evil villain, Canola Oil rather than Sunflower Oil. I fully endorse Garden Veggie Straws (You can buy them at Amazon) as a slightly unhealthy, tasty snack. They are low on calories, have a reasonable amount of fiber and are just crunchy and salty enough to solve your craving between meals.

Veggie Straws Nutrition and Calories in 1OZ Serving

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