When it comes to kale, most of us know it from the veggie section of the supermarket or salads we occasionally make. The last few years kale has had a makeover and is now available as a healthy snack, an alternative to salty and fatty chips, crackers or cookies. I recently tasted The Pacific Northwest Kale Chips that come in four different flavors and below are my discoveries.
The Original Pacific Northwest Kale Chips otherwise known as Stumptown are made with organic Oregon hazelnuts and are dried at 112 degrees. The healthy raw snack is free of gluten, oil, sugar, preservatives and artificial flavors. It contains vitamins and minerals such as vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate and niacin. The Kale Chips are all natural and suitable for vegans. Looking at the ingredients, those chips are made with organic kale, organic hazelnuts, organic red bell pepper, organic onion, organic garlic, organic lemon juice, and a dash of turmeric, cayenne and salt. The nutrition facts witness indeed the healthy features of the product. Each serving of 28g has 122 calories and only 7g of fat. It is free from cholesterol or trans fats but the sodium reaches 260mg per serving. Carbs are 11g per serving and protein 5g.
The Stumptown Pacific Northwest Kale Chips have a kick with the cayenne pepper. The Glacier Peak Greens are nuttier, the Cheezy Crunch have a bold thus crunchy character and the Cascade Ranch are probably the greenest. I like them plain as an afternoon snack or in the evening with a chilled glass of wine but if you eat them at mid-morning you will satisfy your salty tooth. I am looking forward to their newest flavor, the Lava Rock Sriracha!