Friday, March 10, 2017

Lay's Kettle Cooked Lightly Salted Olive Oil & Herbs Potato Chips


Ready for Snacking!

Another addition to the list of “lightly salted” snack products. I just happened upon these a couple of days ago and decided to purchase one bag to “test drive.” Only 60 mg sodium per 18 chip serving and flavored with herbs. What’s not to like?

We had some that afternoon for a snack. My husband wondered how they could be low sodium when they seemed to have a “salty” flavor. I checked the bag’s nutritional label to make sure I hadn’t made an error. Yup, it was lower in sodium ‒ 60 mg sodium/28 g serving. The package also had a chart comparing the lightly salted version to a regular flavored chip. About 55% lower in sodium. Then I checked the ingredients and noticed citric acid. Ah ha! That’s what made the chips so zingy but without copious amounts of salt.

Only 60 mg sodium per 18 chips/28 g

We both enjoyed the flavor and texture of the thicker, kettle cooked chips. So, for us, the chips will be a nice addition to our low sodium repertoire. Not every day and not at every meal. But they certainly make for a nice change-of pace every once in a while.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Nathan's Jumbo Crinkle Cut Fries

Nathan's Jumbo Crinkle Cut Fries

I read somewhere that this product was low in sodium. So when I came across a bag in my local Safeway frozen foods section, I decided to check it out. I really wasn’t expecting much but was pleasantly surprised.
Only 20 mg sodium per serving!

There’s no salt in the ingredients, mainly just potatoes and vegetable oil. The website lists 15 mg sodium per 3 oz/14 pieces while the package I just purchased states 20 mg sodium per serving. Which is correct? I don’t know, but the difference isn’t worth worrying about.


Ready for the Oven!


Nathan's Crinkle Cut Fries are slightly different from other brands. They’re thicker and come already browned. So they crisp up nicely. My husband really enjoyed them as a side with a steak dinner. In fact, we both liked them so much that the bag was gone in a few days.

Steak & Fries!



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Lay's Lightly Salted BBQ Potato Chips

Grab a bag!

Grab them while you can! They’re 50% less sodium and taste great! They have 75 mg sodium per 1 ounce serving (28 g or about 15 chips). And, the best part is that they taste the way BBQ potato chips should taste. They have a yummy BBQ flavor but without the copious amounts of salt that make your mouth burn. (That’s always been my complaint about regular potato chips, even going back to the days before low sodium. So much salt, that after a few nibbles, my lips and tongue were on fire.)
Sodium Content

I read about the BBQ chips and decided to look for them at my local grocery store. I was pleasantly surprised when I actually found them. I also read that there was a sour cream & onion version too but didn’t see it at my store.
One oz = 75 mg sodium

I still like unsalted potato chips and will continue to purchase them regularly. They’re a perfect addition to sandwich lunches. The BBQ chips will be a special every-once-in-a-while treat. We’ll enjoy them as long as they’re still available. By now, I’m all too familiar with the vagaries of low sodium shopping. Here today ‒ Gone tomorrow! Manufacturers change formulas and/or discontinue products while stores often stop carrying favorite items. That’s why I advocate the ABC approach: Always Be Checking!
Ready for munching!

So check out all your local stores that might carry the BBQ chips and stock up. Enjoy them while you can because you never know how long they’ll be around. But for us right now, they’re a fun addition to our low sodium life.