Taste Test: Kale Chips

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Taste Test: Kale Chips

kale chips

Crunchy versions of this leafy green vegetable are taking the chip aisle by storm. There’s no doubt kale is delicious and nutritious — but do its dried spin-offs live up to the hype?

The Criteria
We rated these leafy snacks on a 5-point scale (5 being highest) and judged them on taste, texture, price and nutrition, with special attention paid to stats such as calories and sodium. All of the brands were vegan and gluten-free, but none contained only kale. Most featured various spices and nuts, so it’s worth reading labels carefully, particularly for anyone who has food allergies.

Tasty Kale
Rating: 4.5
Cost (per ounce) $4.49
Nutrition Info (1 ounce) 130 calories; 6 grams of fat; 270 milligrams sodium
The Healthy Eats Take: These bright green chips tasted more like kale than any of the other contenders. The “Sweet” variety has a touch of coconut and maple syrup for added flavor and crunch. On the downside, the chips are the most expensive of the bunch.

Brad’s Raw Leafy Kale (above)
Rating: 4
Cost (per ounce) $3.19
Nutrition Info (1 ounce): 132 calories; 9 grams of fat; 146 milligrams sodium
The Healthy Eats Take: Sprinkled with vegan cheese, sunflower seeds and cashews, these chips got points …read more