Review — Way Better Snacks

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We recently had the opportunity to review Simply Sprouted Way Better snacks. This was interesting — I’ve never tried sprouted products before, so was pretty curious about these! Also got the kids involved in the taste testing, because we don’t want to miss any opportunity to get them interested in healthier snacks, right?

What the kids think

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Sweet potato left, so sweet chili right

Mr. 9 tried Simply So Sweet Chili tortilla chips (he sees anything that looks like “chili” or “spicy” and goes for it!), while Mr. 5 went for Simply Sweeet Potato tortilla chips.

Mr. 9 says, and I quote: “Take the tangy spice of chili and add the sweetness of whole grains and you have this.” Well, all right then, lol! Then he started coughing, cause “these sure are spicy… can I have some more!” Then he saw on the bag that they contain broccoli seed and is trying to figure out why they don’t actually taste like broccoli — as well as to convince me that “These are a really good source of nutrients so I don’t need vegetables with dinner.” Gotta give him points for effort…

photo.JPGThumbs down — just joking!

Mr. 5 says: “These taste good I want to eat them every day and buy more!” That sounds positive. They both really enjoyed these, which was great because they don’t always approve of “healthier” chips.

So then I tried them

Whoa! The sweet chili really are spicy. I see why the kids enjoyed these — although they are somewhat denser and chewier than “regular” tortilla chips, they have a lot of flavor. These would be great with guacamole as a nice counterbalance.

Gluten free

All Way Better Snacks are certified gluten free, as well as vegan, non GMO, certified Kosher, and no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. They are not organic, but use some organic ingredients.

I have the sweet potato bag here, for instance, and here are the ingredients: Stone ground corn, high oleic sunflower and/or safflower oil, sweet potato, organic sprouted quinoa, organic chia seed, pure sea salt. According to their site, the only variety that contains any sweetener is the sweet chili, which has a small amount of pure cane sugar.

Nutrients

I’m looking at the sweet chili, and it says “our broccoli and radish seeds are so nutritious that they have many of the same nutrients as mature broccoli.” So, let’s look at the nutrition info. One serving (11 chips) has 130 calories, 3g fiber, 0% vitamin C, 2% vitamin A, 4% iron, and 4% calcium, as well as 420mg Omega 3 fatty acids. While that’s a bit better, it’s not quite like eating the actual vegetables — sorry, Mr. 9!

Here’s what their site has to say about this:

While mature broccoli contains a range of valuable nutritional compounds, germinated Broccoli seeds contain up to 50 times more of these substances. Both sprouted Broccoli and Radish seed contain Sulphoraphane (SGS). Scientists have found that sprouted Broccoli seeds consistently contain up to 50 times the amount of SGS found in mature Broccoli heads and may offer a simple dietary means of reducing the risk of diseases such as cancer. Our Way Better Snacks items have around 3000 mcg’s of SGS, which means they have much of the same nutrition as fresh mature Broccoli.

And here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Sulforaphane — huh!

Disclosure

I received products from Way Better Snacks for purposes of this review. All opinions in this post, however, are my own.

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