Chips You Can Dip Into Without the Guilt

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Everyone loves potato chips, and yes they are my guilty pleasure from time to time. Obviously the best potato chips are the ones you make at home, but really who has time for that? Not me!

Enter in my new favorite snack. Beanitos Bean Chips. These chips are corn free so they are low glycemic. And honestly Americans could cut back on all the corn products they eat. Most are empty calories like corn chips, crackers made with corn ingredients, and corn syrup in many bottled beverages. Beanitos are gluten free, soy free (no GMOs – yeah!) trans fat free, and cholesterol free. One serving (10 chips or 1 oz) of Beanitos contains 5 grams of fiber. That’s more than some potato and corn chips have in a whole bag! Plus the bonus of eating fiber rich foods is you fill up faster…..and eat less.

These chips contain 4 grams of complete protein in one serving and are low in sodium. They even contain Omega 3s from added flax seeds. Could these actually be considered healthy? I would say that nutritionally, they are a superior snack.

Oh and did I mention they are made of black or pinto beans? Beans are loaded with health benefits and many avoid them because of the “side effects.” You know what I’m talking about. Bonus! Beanitos will not cause gas. The company’s natural proprietary process eliminates the common side effects some people associate with eating beans or bean-based products.

Super bowl is coming up; consider serving these healthier chips at your party. Click this link to find a store near you.

For a refresher on the health benefits of beans, view video below.

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Hi. My name is Karen Roth, www.karenrothnutrition.com and I’m a Holistic Nutritionist. Okay, I know what you’re thinking… quick, hide the food; the snack police is here! No need to panic. I describe myself as a “practical” nutritionist, one who doesn’t go to extremes one way or the other and understands that life is challenging enough without having to torture yourself by cutting out many of the things you enjoy. Most of us have limited time to shop for food and to cook healthier meals. And a one-size-fits-all approach does not work when it comes to what and how we all eat. Trust me, I get it.

In my early years out of college when I was bartending, my eating and drinking habits were anything but healthy. But, then you grow up and start thinking about the bigger picture and listening more to what your body is telling you. My pre-nutritionist days were on the corporate treadmill where stress and snacking at the desk was part of my daily routine. Never enough hours in the day and proper eating was always at the bottom of my list.

It wasn’t until I broke my jaw in a freak accident that my food life really changed. When you’re wired shut for two months and denied the food you need for your very existence, you begin to look at the world a little differently. When I healed myself, primarily by creating my own foods I could sip through a straw, I decided to pursue something that was always of interest to me… nutrition. Pulling the plug on the corporate treadmill, I went back to school for three years to get my Masters Degree in Holistic Nutrition. I then opened a practice in Valencia, California, and I’m pleased to say that over the years I have helped so many people improve the quality of their lives by helping them make simple changes in their diets and lifestyle.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be time-consuming or tasteless, and it is my intention to bring you practical tips each week on how to fit in nutrition one bite at a time. In addition to being practical, I’m also positive so you don’t have to worry that I am going to be Debby Downer and tell you that everything you put in your mouth is going to kill you. Instead, I will offer you easy to implement, simple strategies to help you improve your health. I’ll be introducing new foods (that taste good – because I don’t eat anything that tastes like sawdust or is unappetizing) and new habits that are realistic. I hope you’ll join me as a regular reader and together we’ll build the healthier you with FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

(Karen Roth, MS, NC is a graduate of Hawthorn University’s Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition training program. She helps her clients to take control of their health with foods choices that best support their specific health condition and specific metabolic type and believes that every ill health condition can benefit and possibly improve from a solid foundation of healthy foods choices. Visit her website at www.karenrothnutrition.com

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