10 Best Snack Foods with Real Ingredients

Another Super Bowl is coming up. And while the Super Bowl is about football, it’s also about the musicians performing at the Halftime Show, and the great commercials… and of course, all of the snack foods that are consumed. Among the money the salty snack industry rakes in: $278 million is spent on potato chips, $224 million on tortilla chips, and $86 million on popcorn. But the next day, many Americans pay the price for the Standard American Diet. Antacid sales go up 20%. And 1.5 million people call in sick to work. 

The biggest problem facing snack products such as potato chips, tortilla chips, popcorn has been the use of seed soils such as canola and soybean oil. Another problem has been ingredients which aren’t organic and are sprayed with multiple pesticides. In the case of tortilla chips, that also means genetically modified corn.

The good news is over the past decade, there’s been a huge growth in snacks foods using real ingredients. These products use healthy oils including avocado, coconut, and palm oil. The manufacturers are responsible about the other ingredients they source too. Many of them are certified organic. Some of the companies give us better versions of the classic potato chips and popcorn. Others do more contemporary takes using ingredients such as sweet potatoes, cassava flour, and coconut flour to come up with twists on the traditional potato and tortilla chips. These alternative flours are great for anybody who has issues consuming grains.

If you serve any of these better snacks foods below at your Super Bowl party this year, you’ll score a touchdown. In alphabetical order, here are the 10 best snack foods using real ingredients:

 

Artisan Tropic

Artisan Tropic began in 2012 when the Guzmans’ daughter Maca was diagnosed with autoimmune disease. They tried all types of medicine for treatment, resulting the holistic methods working the best. This led to the Guzmans becoming passionate about food and nutrition and deciding to produce healthy snacks. As they’re Colombian, they wanted to reinvent the plantain and cassava snacks, which they loved, by making them with whole and clean ingredients. Most recently, Maca married the plantain farmer’s son Joe Agudelo. Now Artisan Tropic’s entire process from farm to snack is literally in the family. Their products are cassava and plantain strips cooked in palm oil, in the flavors of naturally sweet, sea salt plantain strips, jalapeño, and barbecue.

 

Atha

Cassava is also used by the chip company Atha as they’ve got tortilla chips made with them. Their chips are free of gluten, grains, and soy. Plus they’re fried in palm oil. Atha gives fun names to all of its flavors, which are skinny dippin’ sea salt, BBQ blast off, and sour dreamin onion.

 

Boulder Canyon

In 1994, brothers John and Mark Maggio founded Boulder Canyon to create snacks which were both healthy and delicious. The two learned how to make potato chips and soon started frying them in better oils, such as avocado oil. Boulder Canyon’s potato chips come in both ridged and thin textures and in the flavors sea salt, malt vinegar and sea salt, and cheddar sour cream.

 

Good Health

Good Health has been around the longest of any of the chips here, dating back to 1994. They pride themselves on innovative ingredients and great tasting tasting flavors. Their slogan is “Enjoy Being Good”. Good Health makes a number of avocado oil potato chip flavors from sea salt to lime ranch to barbecue. They also have baked organic cheese puffs and cheese fries with cheese sourced from Organic Valley.

 

Jackson’s Chips

The story of Jackson’s Chips starts with the Megan and Scott Reamers’ son Jackson getting diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder. After trying various methods to improve his health and quality of life, they found that a high fat low carb diet worked the best. The entire family began living a HFLC lifestyle, but they missed eating snack foods. So they attempted cooking locally sourced and thinly sliced sweet potatoes over their stovetop. They loved how the sweet potato chips tasted. Their son Jackson’s legacy lives on through the chips he inspired and the company. Jackson’s Chips has sweet potatoes fried in avocado oil in the flavors of sea salt, spicy tomatillo, and carolina BBQ plus a coconut oil sea salt option.

 

Jans

Since 1998, Jans Enterprises‘ mission has been to improve people’s quality of life by providing them with better food products. Their product line consists of everything from beverages to dairy products to desserts to chips. Among Jans’ chips are organic yellow and purple sweet potato chips fried in coconut oil. Jans also has non-GMO cassava chips mixed root chips cooked in palm oil.

 

Lesser Evil

President and CEO Charles Coristine came to Lesser Evil  as he thought it could be a great opportunity to have the company carry out his practices of mindfulness and healthy living, not to mention he loved the name. He saw the mission of Lesser Evil as creating organic, sustainably made delicious snacks that inspire mindful snacking. Examples of their sustainable practices are the energy efficient facility they own, composting their food waste, and packaging the products in NEO Plastics. Lesser Evil produces a wide line of snack foods cooked in either coconut oil, avocado oil, or olive oil. The snacks range in everything from organic popcorn to cassava flour puffs and curls to veggie sticks to paleo cookies.

 

Pop Art Snacks

Pop Art Snacks founder Mike and Venessa Dobson both come from an art background. Their company is all about making snacks not just healthy but also fun. They add that they do for snack food what Andy Warhol did for Campbell’s soup cans. Pop Art’s products take the traditional popcorn snack and elevate it into a savory “taste of art”. Their products are all sourced with organic and natural ingredients. Pop Art’s popcorn comes in bold flavors, including cheddar jalapeno, Hawaiian sea salt, and dill pickle ranch. All of those flavors are with kernels cooked in avocado oil.

 

Sana

The origin of SANA starts with the restaurant The Real Coconut Kitchen. Founder Daniella Hunter cared a great deal about her health, so she decided to do a 180 degree turn on the conventional restaurant model. Her bold restaurant offered a menu free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugars; cooked only with avocado oil; and used the highest standards of meat sourcing. After expanding from the flagship restaurant in Tulum, Mexico, two additional restaurants have opened in Los Angeles. Daniella also now sells her coconut flour tortillas and coconut flour tortilla chips to supermarkets. They were originally marketed with the name The Real Coconut Kitchen, but are now under the label SANA. Their chips are cooked in coconut oil coming in the flavors of original, Himalayan pink salt, splash of lime, and sea salt & vinegar. 

 

Siete

Siete‘s formation can be traced to founder Veronica Garza’s family of seven (or siete in Spanish) helping her overcome numerous health challenges. As a teen, Veronica was diagnosed with multiple autoimmune conditions which made her fatigued, overweight, and depressed. So her family began exercising and joined her in following a low-inflammation, grain free diet. Being a Mexican American family in South Texas, using lettuce in place of the flour and corn tortillas for tacos and fajitas wasn’t cutting it. Veronica began making grain free tortillas. When her Grandmother Campos told her that the grain free tortillas tasted better than the flour tortillas her grandmother had been making for decades, Veronica knew she had a winning product she could sell on the market. The first products were tortillas and tortilla chips made from cassava flour and fried in avocado oil. Siete has since expanded into avocado oil potato chips and even sauces, seasonings, churro strips, and cookies. Their tortillas and potato chips are available in a wide variety of flavors. 

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