We have a few favorite crispy snacks to enjoy when we’re having a crunch attack, or when we want something to go with beer, wine and Martinis.
We love them with soup, too, as a side or a garnish. And for general crunching.
This week’s products, in alphabetic order:
1. GOLD EMBLEM ABOUND: WHITE CHEDDAR POPCORN
Bags of tasty, whole-grain popcorn abound. Popcorn is a better-for-you snack, and whenever we’re hungry on-the-road we look for a bag.
That’s how we happened upon the CVS brand, Gold Emblem Abound, and its delicious White Cheddar Flavored Heavenly Light Popcorn.
The popcorn is all natural: no artificial colors or preservatives. The cheddar is just the right amount. And the light, fluffy texture seemed even better than other brands we’ve tried.
The next time you pass a CVS, treat yourself to a bag.
You can even buy it online.
2. HARVEST SNAPS: CRUNCHY PEA/LEGUME SNACKS, GLUTEN FREE
Harvest Snaps are a line of gluten-free snacks made largely from legumes: peas or lentils. They have 50% less fat, lower sodium and more fiber than the same amount of potato chips.
Legumes are packed with nutrients: calcium, folate, iron, potassium and vitamin B, along with highs level of protein and dietary fiber.
The line is non-GMO, including the canola/sunflower oils used to fry the chips (most canola oil is made from genetically modified seeds).
Mango Chile Lime
They’re light, crispy and perfect for summer. Where should you begin?
THE NIBBLE philosophy has always been: Buy all the flavors and have a tasting party, with beer and wine.
Discover more at HarvestSnaps.com.
3. MOZAICS: ORGANIC POPPED VEGETABLE & POTATO CHIPS
We became addicted to these very flavorful, very crunchy chips: a combination of legumes and potatoes which have more protein and fiber, and less fat and calories, than either vegetable chips or potato chips.
Made with organic legumes and potatoes—organic black beans, organic green peas, organic potatoes and organic yellow split peas—they are neither fried nor baked, but popped with a brush of organic extra virgin olive oil.
Sour Cream & Onion
 All-natural light popcorn with just the right amount of cheddar (photo © CVS).
 There are 10 flavors of legume-based Harvest Snaps, including BBQ, shown here (photo © Harvest Snaps).
 Mozaics chips combine legumes, potatoes, and tons of flavor (photo © Mozaics Chips).
 We love chomping on Chomperz, gluten-free seaweed and rice snacks (photo © SeaSnax).
The line is gluten-free, OU kosher and vegetarian, with some vegan varieties. Find out more at MozaicsChips.com.
4. SEASNAX: CHOMPERZ CRUNCHY SEAWEED CHIPS
SeaSnax Chomperz are crunchy seaweed chips from the SeaSnax company of Korea. Curls of nori seaweed are wrapped in rice flour ard lightly seasoned with a pinch of sea salt and other flavorings.
Made from organic seaweed, this all-natural alternative to other salty snack is available in:
SeaSnax are vegan, verified non-GMO, and free of cholesterol, gluten and sugar. They’re naturally low in fat, and one package of contains just 80 calories per ounce.
You can buy them online at SeaSnax.com.
Note that the ingredients include glutinous rice flour. Despite its name, glutinous rice flour is actually gluten free.
Snack On, Nibblers!