Sunday, July 28, 2013

Simply 7 Chips Review


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Simply7 was created in response to the growing number of junk foods found in local and national grocery stores. Simply7 realized that most of the ingredients on the labels of these foods are unnatural, chemically ridden, or something we can't even pronounce. The creator of Simply7, Rashim Oberoi, challenges consumers to see if their favorite foods can pass this test --  "Can you name the natural source of each ingredient? Do you know what you are really eating? Can you pronounce the ingredients on the label?" Simply7 strives to be an answer to this dilemma; they wanted delicious snacks that didn't have to compromise taste for nutritional value. They want customers to be able to RECOGNIZE all of the ingredients on their packaging, and to be able to enjoy eating a healthier alternative.

All Simply7 chips follow seven core standards:
  • 0 grams trans fat
  • no artificial colors or flavors
  • no preservatives
  • gluten free ingredients
  • all natural recipes
  • simple ingredients
  • simply delicious

Here are all the wonderful snacks that Simply7 offers, and a little bit about each of them:

Lentil Chips

  • Creamy Dill - These chips come in a 4 oz. Bag and have 40% less fat than potato chips. They have 130 calories per 1oz. serving (four servings per bag), 6g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 350 mg of sodium, 18g of carbohydrates, and 3g of protein. Creamy Dill Lentil Chips have the following ingredients: Lentil Flour, Potato Starch, Expeller Pressed Safflower Oil, Buttermilk Solids, Salt, Sugar, Natural Flavor, Whey, Yogurt (cultured nonfat milk), Garlic Powder, Spice, Canola Oil, and Acetic Acid. Creamy Dill brings another unique flavor to the experience and offers an amazing melt-in-your-mouth sensation that is very rare in a chip. Modeled after tzatziki, a Mediterranean yogurt-based dip, the Creamy Dill flavor adds the zesty taste of dill and a slight hint of cucumber to the lentil flavor. You will notice a cool and refreshing quality that you would expect to find in a dip.
  • Sea Salt – These chips come in a 4 oz. Bag and they have 40% less fat than potato chips. They have 140 calories per 1oz. Serving (4 servings per bag), 6g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 350mg of sodium, 18g of carbohydrates, and 3g of protein. Sea Salt Lentil Chips contain the following ingredients: Lentil Flour, Potato Starch, Expeller Pressed Safflower Oil, and Sea Salt. Sea Salt is our “original” flavor and allows the taste of the lentil to really shine through. It may be simple and nutritious, but it is also amazingly delicious. The unique flavor of the lentil expands your world of snacking possibilities, and the light dusting of sea salt – just a pinch – on each chip lets your mouth savor this new experience to the fullest.
  • Jalapeno – These chips come in a 4 oz. Bag and they have 50% less fat than potato chips. They have 130 calories per 1oz. Serving (four servings per bag), 5g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 420mg of sodium, 18g of carbohydrates, and 3g of protein. Jalapeno Lentil Chips contain the following ingredients: Lentil Flour, Potato Starch, Expeller Pressed Safflower Oil, Salt, Sugar, Rice Flour, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Jalapeno Powder, Green Bell Pepper, Yeast Extract, Citric Acid, Canola Oil, Spice, Natural Flavor, Dry Vinegar, and Paprika Extract. The fresh spiciness of the jalapeno flavor will keep your mouth watering from the first bite to the last. Hotter than our Spicy Chili Pepper Hummus Chip, but with a completely different flavor, this chip will satisfy your spicy craving.
  • Bruschetta – These chips come in a 4 oz. Bag; they have 130 calories per 1 oz. Serving (4 servings per bag), 6g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 460mg of sodium, 18 of carbohydrates, and 3g of protein. Bruschetta Lentil Chips contain the following ingredients: Lentil Flour, Potato Starch, Expeller Pressed Safflower Oil, Tomato Powder, Salt, Maltodextrin, Spices, Garlic Powder, Sugar, Citric Acid, Paprika Extract, Olive Oil and Natural Flavor. The Bruschetta flavor combines the great tastes of the Mediterranean by adding the authentic flavors of Italy to the Middle Eastern inspiration of the lentil. You will instantly recognize the taste of tomato, which will quickly be followed by the freshness of basil. With a flavor that calls to mind freshly-picked vegetables used in classic Italian recipes, you may be surprised that we fit all of this into a bite-sized chip.

Hummus Chips 
  • Tomato Basil - These chips come in a 5 oz. Bag; they have 130 calories per 1oz. Serving (5 servings per bag), 5g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 300mg of sodium, 18g of carbohydrates, and 2g of protein. Tomato Basil Hummus Chips have the following ingredients: Chickpea Flour, Rice, Potato Starch, Expeller Pressed Safflower Oil, Corn Flour, Salt, Whey Powder, Garlic Powder, Sugar, Tomato Powder, Dehydrated Red Bell Pepper, Onion Powder, Spices, Olive Oil, Sesame Oil, Natural Flavors, and Malic acid. Tomato Basil combines two recognizable flavors into one bold taste that will make your mouth water. You will instantly recognize the taste of tomato, which will quickly be followed by the freshness of basil. With a flavor that reminds you of vegetables freshly picked from your backyard garden, you will truly understand what “all-natural” should taste like.
  • Sea Salt – These chips come in a 5 oz. Bag and they have 50% less fat than potato chips. They have 130 calories per 1 oz. Serving (5 servings per bag), 5g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 290mg of sodium, 19g of carbohydrates, and 2g of protein. Sea Salt Hummus Chips have the following ingredients: Chickpea Flour, Rice, Potato Starch, Expeller Pressed Safflower Oil, Corn Flour, Sea Salt, Whey Power, Garlic Powder, Sugar, Onion Powder, Olive Oil, Sesame Oil, Natural Flavors, and Spice. You may expect Sea Salt to be similar to the flavors of all the other basic salted snacks on the chip aisle. But we’ve added a unique kick with the hummus flavor that will give you a much richer snacking experience. We hope you enjoy tasting it as much as we enjoyed creating it!
  • Spicy Chili Pepper – These chips come in a 5 oz. Bag and they have 50% less fat than potato chips. They have 130 calories per 1oz. Serving (5 servings per bag), 5g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 300mg of sodium, 19g of carbohydrates, and 2g of protein. Spicy Chili Pepper Hummus Chips contain the following ingredients: Chickpea Flour, Rice, Potato Starch, Expeller Pressed Safflower Oil, Corn Flour, Salt, Whey Powder, Garlic Powder, Sugar, Spices, Onion Powder, Dehydrated Red Bell Pepper, Olive Oil, Sesame Oil, Natural Flavors, and Paprika Extract. You’ll really enjoy the smoky flavor of the chili pepper – it’s not quite the same as the pungent flavors of jalapenos or chipotles. This chip offers a perfect balance between the fresh creamy taste of hummus and our unique blend of spicy peppers.
  • Roasted Red Pepper – These chips come in a 5 oz. Bag and they have 50% less fat than potato chips. They have 130 calories per 1oz. Serving (5 servings per bag), 5g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 300mg of sodium, 19g of carbohydrates, and 2g of protein. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Chips contain the following ingredients: Chickpea Flour, Rice, Potato Starch, Expeller Pressed Safflower Oil, Corn Flour, Salt, Whey Powder, Garlic Powder, Sugar, Natural Flavors, Onion Powder, Green Bell Pepper Powder, Spices, Olive Oil, Sesame Oil, Rape Seed Oil, and Paprika Extract. Our Roasted Red Pepper adds a slight sweetness to the hummus flavor that gives you a unique snacking experience. With so many flavors packed into this tiny chip, your tongue will have a fun time identifying each one. This chip combines the creamy taste of our hummus chip and a delicious blend of bell peppers fresh off the grill.

Pomegranate Chips 
  • White Cheddar – These chips come in a 4 oz. Bag; they have 150 calories per 1oz. Serving (4 servings per bag), 8g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 200mg of sodium, 18g of carbohydrates, and less than 1g of protein. White Cheddar Pomegranate Chips have the following ingredients: Potato Flour, Potato Starch, Expeller Pressed Safflower Oil, Sugar, Pomegranate Powder, Beetroot Power, Cheddar Cheese (cultured pasteurized milk, salt, enzymes), Whey, Buttermilk Solids, Salt, Pomegranate Natural Flavor, Natural Flavor, Lactic Acid. The Pomegranate White Cheddar flavor combines the sweet taste of pomegranate and the invigorating taste of creamy aged cheddar. There’s a reason why many recipes featuring pomegranates also include white cheddar cheese. Our chip makes this flavor combination available in an easy-to-grab snack!
  • Sea Salt – These chips come in a 4 oz. Bag; they have 150 calories per 1oz. Serving (4 servings per bag), 8g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 130mg of sodium, 18g of carbohydrates, and less than 1g of protein. Sea Salt Pomegranate Chips contain the following ingredients: Potato Flour, Potato Starch, Expeller Pressed Safflower Oil, Sugar, Pomegranate Powder, Beetroot Powder, Sea Salt, and Pomegranate Natural Flavor. You might expect Sea Salt to be similar to the flavors of other basic salted snacks but it is so much more. We’ve added a unique kick of sweetness and the light dusting of sea salt – just a pinch – on each chip that lets your mouth savor this new experience to the fullest.
  • Black Pepper – These chips come in a 4 oz. Bag; they have 150 calories per 1oz. Serving (4 servings per bag), 8g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 130mg of sodium, 18g of carbohydrates, and less than 1g of protein. Black Pepper Pomegranate Chips contain the following ingredients: Potato Flour, Potato Starch, Expeller Pressed Safflower Oil, Sugar, Pomegranate Powder, Beetroot Powder, Rice Flour, Salt, Pomegranate Natural Flavor, Black Pepper, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Canola Oil, Spice, and Natural Flavor. The Black Pepper flavor combines the sweet taste of pomegranate and the pep of pepper (with a hint of salt) like nothing else ever has. Your experience with our one-of-a-kind Pomegranate Black Pepper Chip will leave you coming back for more of this healthy bite-sized chip.

Simply7 was VERY generous, and sent me one bag of every flavor snack that they offer. My family, friends, and boyfriend were very excited to help me review all of the different flavors! I thought it was great, because now I know what flavors I will be purchasing at the store, and which ones to recommend, since I have tried all of them.



 

 

 

 My personal favorite were the hummus chips, because I am a HUGE fan of hummus. I have never seen anything like them before, and the taste is really unique as well. Believe me, it feels so much better to be snacking on these than on the standard potato chips. You can really tell the difference -- they are healthy, but at the same time, you don't miss the taste of potato chips. The hummus chips are different enough to keep my taste buds satisfied, where I wouldn't need to pick up a bag of chips. They have a great texture (nice and crunchy) and flavor. I think that chips infused with herbs are great, because herbs are always flavorful and do nothing but add to the product. The Tomato Basil Hummus Chips first have that awesome kick of basil, and then a more subtle tomato taste. They are really yummy, and I would use them in a sour-cream based dip if I was having company over, because they have the right flavor for it. They are better than "veggie chips", because they really taste like a wholesome blend of vegetables that you just brought home from the Farmer's Market. The Sea Salt Hummus chips were more subtle than the other flavors, and make a great "basic" snack, for anyone who isn't into the variety of flavors. These could easily replace sea salt potato chips in my opinion -- you are losing all of the grease and fatty content but not losing the flavor that you crave. Don't be afraid to try the Spicy Chili Pepper Hummus Chips; I love all things MODERATELY spicy, but I have my cut off. Sometimes I am wary to try things that are purposely labeled "spicy", because if I have to sit there and guzzle water or soda between every bite, it just isn't enjoyable for me. These hummus chips were not overly spicy, but had the "smokey kick" advertised on the front of the bag. My boyfriend really liked these, because they were like a new form of BBQ chips -- similar, but all new at the same time. If you like a little spice and hotness, these are definitely the chips for you. I will occasionally eat cooked peppers, in dishes such as Chicken Riggies (a local thing) or on a Philly Cheese Steak...but otherwise, uncooked, I wouldn't touch them. They just aren't for me. These chips had some of the flavor of a pepper, but I was surprised to find that I didn't mind them. They weren't my favorite Simply7 snack, but the taste was not unpleasant...definitely something that I have never tasted before! Another great snack for people who love vegetables. I think these would be good with homemade salsa, because typically I like cut up peppers when they are inside salsa. The chips have a great shape (like "Scoops"), which would make getting the salsa on very easy!





 

I'll admit that I was skeptical to try the Pomegranate chips. I have never seen snacks made from fruit that are mixed with salt, pepper, or cheese - to make them salty instead of sweet. I do like dried fruit, however, and I like salty anything, so I kept an open mind. The Sea Salt Pomegranate chips really caught my boyfriend's attention. He couldn't stop eating them and saying how different and addicting they were. I didn't have the same opinion, which is why I'm glad I used many people's opinions in this review. I didn't really like the Sea Salt Pomegranate Chips, so you can see that it is all a matter of personal preference! I thought that they were lacking in flavor, but my boyfriend liked the more simple taste. For me, I guess I just couldn't wrap my head around the sweet aftertaste and the salt mixed together. My mom and my boyfriend will mix chocolate and salt all the time -- chocolate covered pretzels, chips and M&M's...anything, really. They love the mixture, but it isn't for me. I like to keep my salty and sweet separate. When deciding to buy these Simply7 chips, just ask yourself if you're a salty/sweet combination person, or if you like them separate! It's funny, because the Black Pepper Pomegranate Chips and the White Cheddar Pomegranate Chips tasted completely different to me. I needed the additional flavors on top of the pomegranate taste to see how fruit could be turned into a chip snack. It isn't that the black pepper or the white cheddar entirely mask the flavor of the pomegranate, but they certainly enrich it. You get the initial, slight sweet taste, but then the flavorful pepper and cheddar kick right in. The Black Pepper Pomegranate Chips had a bit of a kick to them, and a very strong, yummy taste. Having both flavors reminds me of Kettle Corn chips. Kettle Corn chips taste different than regular potato chips, because they are somewhat "sweeter", but not to the point that it bothers me. That's what I thought of when I ate the Black Pepper Pomegranate Chips. The White Cheddar Pomegranate Chips were amazing. I think I have finally found a healthy alternative to Cheez-Its! The cheddar flavor compliments the pomegranate very nicely, and I never would have guessed. If you are looking for something new to bring to your next party, I would definitely recommend these chips. Maybe you could serve them with a platter of fruit and cheese.











Simply7 had me trying so many things that I have never tasted before; next up were the lentil chips. Again, I kept an open mind...I love my vegetables, and I love chips, so lentil chips must be a great combination! I have to say that the Creamy Dill Lentil Chips and the Bruschetta Lentil Chips really stole the popular vote amongst my friends, family, myself, and my boyfriend. Bruschetta and Creamy Dill are really innovative flavors that you don't see in your typical potato chip brands. I like anything original! I can't believe that nobody thought of making a Bruschetta flavored chip before. It has the right blend of flavors to make an amazing snack. We all loved the strong tomato taste of the Bruschetta chips, and the slight tangy flavor that came afterwards. It tasted almost exactly like the Bruschetta that I have had in the past. If you don't know what Bruschetta is, it's typically a grilled bread topped with olive oil, garlic, salt, vinegar, tomatoes, and sometimes basil. I tasted all of these flavors in one form or another in the Bruschetta Lentil Chips. Thumbs up for sure! If you want to make sure that you choose the right Simply7 snack that will please all taste buds at a get-together, you need to go with the Bruschetta or the Creamy Dill Lentil Chips. The Creamy Dill Lentil Chips were NOT like sour cream and onion chips that you typically find. I don't like that flavor, so I was unsure what to expect when I grabbed these. You still taste the sour cream, but the dill is such a pleasant herb and a better choice than onion, in my opinion. I would say that these chips would go great with a homemade dip...but they TASTE like the homemade dip, so I guess they are great on their own! Maybe you could pair them with vegetables, because I honestly think that it would taste like you covered the vegetables in a sour-cream based dip. The Sea Salt Lentil Chips were very basic and subtly flavored, but not unpleasant. I like them much better than the Sea Salt Pomegranate chips, because I think the lentil goes better with the salt. I could see myself munching on these during class, or bringing a bag in the car to hold myself over. The Jalapeno Lentil Chips are much spicier than the Spicy Chili Pepper Hummus Chips, so just beware if you are not into spicy foods. My dad really liked these because he adds spice and seasoning to everything he eats. Again, this is a matter of preference. He really enjoyed their flavor and their kick.

 All-in-all, I am VERY pleased with Simply7 snacks, and I will continue to be a consumer. I love that I have found a healthy snack that doesn't TASTE like a healthy snack. I don't have to feel guilty about eating these chips, and I KNOW what is is that I am consuming.

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