11 Best Brand Name Chips for Weight Loss
It’s not that you lack willpower; science confirms chips are ultra addicting (in fact many varieties made our list of the most addictive foods in the world.
According to a The New England Journal of Medicine study of 100,000 men and women, consuming chips was associated with the greatest weight gain over 20 years than any other food.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s totally possible to nosh on chips and still lose weight rapidly—you just need to eat the right chips.
All of our waist-friendly picks for healthy chips come in at under 150 calories per serving and have fewer than 9 grams of fat. For some context, most chips have about 57 percent more fat than that!
Whether you’re a fan of potato chips, tortilla chips, sour cream and onion, or the BBQ variety, we’ve got something that is sure to hit the spot and keep your salty snack cravings at bay. Stock your snack arsenal with a few of these healthy alternatives and the pounds are sure to melt away!
Lay’s Oven-Baked Original Potato Crisps
Baked chips don’t rely on oil to crisp up, which means they can get by with far less fat. If you eat just one 1-ounce bag a week, you’ll shed more than two pounds this year by choosing Lay’s Baked! instead of Ruffles Reduced Fat.
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Popchips Barbeque Potato
Popchips represent the perfect middle ground between the two extremes of the chip world. They have the crunch and character of a fried chip and the calories and fat of a baked one. What more could you want?
Garden of Eatin’ Blue Chips, No Salt Added
If you have high blood pressure or just want to keep bloat at bay, these should be your go-to. Why? They’re one of the lowest-sodium chips in the supermarket! The best part is, they don’t taste like it. They’ve got a crisp and thick cut, and a strong, delicious corn flavor.
Kettle Brand 40% Less Fat Potato Chips, Sea Salt
We love that there are only three ingredients in this chip: potatoes, oil and sea salt. But what really makes these chips appealing is the grease. Unlike other baked chips, which can be a bit dried out, these actually look, feel and taste like the real deal.
Terra Exotic Harvest Sea Salt Chips
This fun mix of carrots, blue potatoes, and kabocha squash boasts 40 percent less fat than potato chips and enough fiber to take the edge off your hunger. Plus they look pretty on the chip ‘n’ dip platter, too!
Good Health Kettle Style Avocado Oil Potato Chips With Sea Salt
Chips that can help make you skinny? Yes, please! These kettle crisps are not only lower-cal, but also made with avocado oil—a type of fat that researchers have found accelerates fat-burning.
Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips, 12 chips
Technically, this is a hybrid chip, containing both stone-ground corn and sweet potatoes, but who really cares about the details? What matters here is that this slimming snack tastes great. We love how the hint of cane sugar in this chip enhances the natural nuttiness of the sweet potato.
Beanitos Nachos Nation
If Doritos are your dietary kryptonite, think of these as the best way for you to have your cake and eat it, too. They have fewer calories, fewer ingredients and half the fat of Doritos, without sacrificing that nacho cheese taste you crave. Plus, they have a bonus 5 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per serving.
Oven Baked Ruffles Cheddar & Sour Cream
They may be low-cal, but these chips are bursting with flavor. We’re not sure how Frito Lay managed to marry both sour cream and cheese into one chip so harmoniously, but we’re glad they did. You won’t find a cheese- or sour-cream-based chip with fewer calories.
Pringles Reduced-Fat Original
In this rare case, reduced-fat trumps fat-free. Not only do these Pringles have fewer calories than the fat-free variety, but they are also free of the diarrhea-inducing fat substitute, olestra, too. That’s one win-win no one can argue with.
Tostitos Oven-Baked Scoops! Tortilla Chips
At 120 calories and just three grams of fat, consider this the healthiest salsa scooper in the supermarket. We love that these crunchy crisps are made with only three ingredients: corn, vegetable oil and salt. Any tortilla chip made with more than that doesn’t deserve a place in your shopping cart.