Potato chips are a weakness of mine. There’s just something about that salty crunch that gives me a happy (not THAT kind of happy – get yer mind out of the gutter!). I would almost always choose potato chips over chocolate. Unless it was chocolate birthday cake.
I had found some WLS friendly chips (low carb, at least) in the Beanitos brand. I was looking for a tortilla chip that I could have guilt-free with some salsa I was craving. Those fit the bill – but they have a negligible amount of protein in them (5g for a full serving, which is generally too big). Because I still struggle to get in enough protein, I basically want everything I put in my mouth to be going towards that protein goal.
Enter Health Wise Protein Chips. I got the variety pack so I could sample the different flavors to see what I liked. Though truthfully – I wasn’t very optimistic. Protein supplements can either be really good or really bad – and it’s usually the latter.
Of course I picked the ranch flavor to try first. Ranch flavored anything is always going to be at the top of my list. The seasoning on the “chips” wasn’t very strong. I’m not sure I would have known it was supposed to be ranch if I hadn’t already known that. The chips themselves reminded me a bit of rice cakes. They had that same crunchy-but-puffed quality that comes from rice cakes. They didn’t taste like protein, which was good. Really, it was just a bit of lightly seasoned crunch. It wasn’t unpleasant. But it certainly doesn’t take the place of a good bag of ranch Doritos. It will, however, satisfy that craving for salty crunch.
Sea Salt & Vinegar
I got REALLY excited when I opened this bag and caught a whiff. It smells exactly like a bag of Lay’s Salt & Vinegar chips.
The flavor profile is a little stronger than the ranch variety, but it still wasn’t very strong. I want the vinegar in my salt & vinegar chips to make my lips raw from eating it – and you won’t get that with these. The chips themselves also had a different texture than the ranch ones. They were closer to kettle cooked chips than rice cakes. Less puff, more crunch. I prefer this texture to the other one. I don’t know if that’s an intentional difference between the flavors (yet) or if it’s just an anomaly in this bag.
I was pleasantly surprised by these. I’m not a big fan of barbecue potato chips, but these are my favorite of the protein chips. They had the same texture as the Salt & Vinegar (more crunchy and less puffed), but the flavor was a very nice and sweet barbecue flavor. The seasoning was much stronger, and there was no question what flavor these were supposed to be. I can definitely see these becoming a regular part of my snack rotation.
All I have to say about these is…
I have to be honest. I didn’t even try these. I don’t like dill pickles. I don’t like dill pickle flavored things. But I feel guilty for writing a review when I didn’t even try them!
Huh. Okay, so these aren’t as bad as those monstrosities masquerading as pizza flavored, but they’re still not good. They do actually taste like dill pickles, but it’s a weird texture for something that tastes like dill pickles. There’s also a weird aftertaste (it’s a pickle aftertaste, not a protein one). If these were the last food item I had in my house, I would eat them. But they would always be a last resort. But if you like dill pickles, these might be just the snack for you!
Up next? Quest Protein Chips reviews…. but considering my history with Quest products so far, don’t expect much!