As a busy mother of two young kids I find myself being tempted to snack quite often. We are always on-the-go and dinner is usually our only sit down meal. I love to snack, but I hate what it does to my waistline and the health of my family. I make good choices 98% of the time and choose whole foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, but on that rare 2% day, all I want is a good old fashion, crispy, crunchy potato chip.
I usually try my best to resist the urge to totally let myself indulge with the run of the mill greasy chip, but always fill guilty and quite disgusting after indulging. Then, when I try to make the “better” choice and reach for the baked version, I am left feeling unsatisfied and just plain gypped on flavor.
When I was given the opportunity to try a bag or two of popchips myself and I have to say that at first, I was skeptical. “Healthier alternatives” to regular foods tend to have three times the ingredients to make them low calorie, low fat and to add in the missing flavor. In this case, I was wrong. These little chips were light, crispy and satisfying when the urge to eat greasy chips. Another bonus is that, they are low in calorie and barely have any fat. The original flavor is always gluten free and vegan. In my opinion, a win-win for the occasional snack lover.Enter my go-to-snack: popchips.
What are popchips exactly? A snack “chip” made from nothing but all natural ingredients. And when they say all natural, they really mean it. popchips all-natural pledge: no fake colors, no fake flavors, no preservatives, no fluorescent orange fingertips, and no wiping your greasy chip hand on your jeans. No, really. We only use ingredients you can feel good about eating and we leave out the bad stuff like: hydrogenated oils and MSG, that give snacking a bad name. That’s one way they take snacking to a healthier level, but how exactly do they make them and what does all this “popping” mean? I didn’t get “how” it was done until I watched their video: The magic of popping.
What about my kid’s lunches? Well, on occasion they ask for potato chips (I think mostly because all the other kids bring them to school) with their sandwiches. Instead of throwing in a single serving of potato chips in their lunch bag I’d throw in three or four chips (hey, we are trying to eat healthier and junk is eaten on moderation). Now, I can throw in an entire serving of popchips and not feel like I’m shortchanging my kids -yes, seriously… I’d put three or four potato chips in there! lol.
The MOMables™ team and I have certainly become popchips fans and love that we can find a healthier alternative, not only for ourselves, but for our whole family. These little air popped chips would make a great occasional addition to any lunch box for any age.
Wait, it gets better. The fabulous team at Popchips have given us the opportunity to share their air popped magic with you, our loyal readers. They have offered to give away and entire month of popchips to one of our lucky readers. All you have to do is:
- visit popchips online, check out their flavors and leave us a comment below telling us which flavor of popchips you would devour for an entire month if chosen as the winner.
- You can also add additional entries by visiting popchips on Facebook and liking them,
- checking popchips out on Twitter and giving them a lovely follow or tweeting about this giveaway.
- Tweet this: “I’m making healthier lunches with @MOMables & cutting snacking fats with @popchips. You can too by entering here http://bit.ly/zlyJ0Q“ Just please remember to leave a comment for each additional entry you make.
Official Giveaway Rules: This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents and will begin Wednesday January 18, 2012 at 10 AM EST and will end Wednesday February 1st, 2012 at 10 PM EST. The winner will be contacted within 48 hours via email and has 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.
Sue’s Full Disclosure: I was compensated for writing this post and I purchased a bag of popchips with reimbursement as a means to do this review. As always, the views and opinions are my own.
Pictured: MOMables (top left) w/Gabriella Holland at the Starlight Event