Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Snack Time Favorite: Calbee Snapea Crisps

Did Jennifer just misspell something?! No, someone else did.

I have been devouring Calbee’s Snack Salad Snapea Crisps!

At the local drugstore, I have been scoping out the “healthier” snacks for awhile. I love the Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar. The Snapea Crisps were in the same aisle. I remember hearing from several sources that sugar snap peas make a great snack. I thought I would try these crisps even though they were not of a sweet flavor.

I ate a whole bag in one day. Actually, whenever I have any on hand, I have been eating about a bag per day. I cannot not finish off the bag, which probably defeats the purpose of eating healthier snacks. Although, I have been eating and craving less French fries!

The Crisps are enough to satisfy me when I’m craving something a little salty. Plus, I love eating crunchy things. They are somewhat similar to eating veggie straws. My mind thinks I’m eating a fried goodie when these are baked instead.

Another healthy advice that I remember is to eat things as close to how they are grown as possible, or to eat things made from ingredients that one is able to pronounce. The Crisps have 6 listed ingredients, all of which I am able to pronounce: green peas, corn oil, rice, salt, calcium carbonate, and ascorbic acid (vitamin C). 

The Snapea Crisps website says: “This product contains 17% vegetable protein and 8% fiber that come mostly from the skin of the peas. Snapea Crisps contain an abundance of vitamins, iron, and calcium. Snapea Crisps deliver the pea's natural nutrients in their entirety.” 

 Well, once I bought my first couple bags of this stuff, I have kept in the back of my mind to buy more. 

The local store had the Caesar flavored version, but I don’t think I’d like that; maybe I should try it anyway. They were sold out of the regular that I like.

So I went to the next closest store… and I bought the last 3 bags.

After I had finished off the 3 bags, I went to the next next closest store… and they had none! I settled for pita chips that time, which turned out to be pretty tasty too.

I went to the closest grocery store. I looked up and down the snack aisles. I hunted in the salad fixings aisle. I searched the fresh produce section. No crisps.

When we went to the next closest grocery store, I found many bags in the salad fixings aisle- treasure! I had to restrain myself from buying every single bag.

I hope the local stores have restocked them by now. It just felt like people were watching me and bought  up all the crisps as soon as I decided that I liked them so much. Who do I think I am- Kim Kardashian? Am I a trend-setter, a snack icon?!

Don't they look yummy?
As to why the bag says “salad snack,” my guess is that the crisps are supposed to be a healthier alternative to croutons.

Anyways, if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to French fries, give the snap pea crisps a try.

Where to find them: either in the healthy snack aisle or in the salad fixings aisle. One could also order them from several online sites.

Mahalo for reading and happier snacking!

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