Top Pick Of The Week

August 30, 2011


Beanitos Bean Chips

Beanitos’ handsome bean chips are delicious and good for you. Photo by Jaclyn Nussbaum | THE NIBBLE.

WHAT IT IS: Crunchy snack chips made from beans and whole grain rice.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: It’s the first chip made from healthy beans: your choice of black beans or pinto beans.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It tastes like bean dip in chip form, and it’s a better-for-you chip.
WHERE TO BUY IT: At food stores nationwide and online.



Bean Chips: Nutritious, Delicious & Gluten-Free

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CAPSULE REPORT: How many different types of savory snack chips have you tried?

There are bagel chips, beet chips, cassava chips, chickpea chips (hummus chips and falafel chips), corn chips/tortilla chips, lentil chips, lotus root chips, pita chips, plantain chips, papadum chips, potato chips, rice chips, salba (chia) chips, taro chips and other vegetable chips. (We just love creating a Bubba Gump-inspired list.)

What About Bean Chips?

Beanitos, the original bean chip, is a hit with those in the know. The majority of our editorial team has been requesting that Beanitos be a Top Pick Of The Week since we first tasted them, in 2009. So (drumroll), today’s the day that that THE NIBBLE’s original review gets “promoted.”

They’re The “Good For You Chip”

If you’re not a Beanitos evangelist yet, take a look at these crunchy bean chips, which deliver protein, fiber, omega 3s and general bean nutrition. Another plus: Beanitos are certified low glycemic,* unlike the other chips we've listed above.

These healthful snack chips are made from nutritious beans and whole grain rice. They have all the crunch of corn chips and the flavor is bean-dip-as-a-chip.

They’re  gluten-free, non-GMO and certified kosher by KOF-K. The ingredients are simple and wholesome: whole black beans, whole grain rice, pure vegetable oil and sea salt.

Four Flavors Of Bean Chips

Enjoy your Beanitos in Black Bean, Black Bean Chipotle BBQ, Pinto Bean & Flax and Pinto Bean & Flax Cheddar Cheese. All flavors are available in both the 6-ounce size and the 1.25-ounce snack size.

Whether for snacking from the bag, dipping, making nachos or serving with light meals (salads, soups and sandwiches), you’ll find that the Beanitos bean chips are ... beanificent.

—Karen Hochman

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*Beanitos have a GI of 33 and a GL of 3.


Healthy Bean Cooking

More Easy Beans 366 Delicious Ways To Cook Rice, Beans & Grains The Daily Bean

More Easy Beans: Quick and Tasty Bean, Pea and Lentil Recipes, by Trish Ross and Jacquie Trafford. Quick, easy, mouthwatering and inexpensive lowfat recipes for appetizers, soups, salads and main dishes. More information.

366 Delicious Ways to Cook Rice, Beans, and Grains, by Andrea Chesman. Recipes that stick to your ribs but not to your waistline. Feast on salads, soups, stews, pastas and more delicious dishes. More information.

The Daily Bean: 175 Easy and Creative Bean Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.... And, Yes, Dessert, by
Suzanne Caciola White. Conventional recipes plus chocolate tortes, coffee cakes, even brownies. More information.


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