It wasn’t so long ago that I wanted nothing to do with Brussels sprouts. After learning how to properly spice and cook them, however, they’re slowly becoming one of my favorite veggies. (If MySpace was still a thing, I think they’d even make my top 8.) When I saw Trader Joe’s new Brussels sprout chips (tortilla chips seasoned with Brussels sprouts, garlic, onion, and parsley, to be precise), I didn’t hesitate to throw a few bags in my cart.
I’d like to think I’m something of a tortilla chip aficionado, but these were not what I was expecting. They’re made with a base of white corn flour, with hints of garlic, onion, and parsley. The real star of the show, though, is the most unexpected addition to the ingredients list—powdered freeze-dried Brussels sprouts.
Before taking a bite into the crispy goodness, I really didn’t expect anything our of the ordinary. While you can definitely taste the garlic and onion, the Brussels sprouts really add a little something extra. It’s not an in-your-face flavor, but the faint nuttiness from the vegetable led me to finish most of the bag in one sitting (without any guac or salsa, though they’re perfect for dipping).
I like to think eating a bag of Brussels sprouts chips is a healthier choice than your standard bag. At $2.69, you’d better act fast because the healthy grocer’s Brussels sprout chips are only available for a limited time. The veggie is a good source of calcium, iron, and potassium, and each 11-chip serving does provide a small percentage of each toward your daily value. (Although, TBH, so do TJ’s regular tortilla chips.) But if I’m going to snack anyway, why not choose the one with healthy veggie as seasoning? At least that’s what I’m going to keep telling myself.
When you’re ready to set the tortilla chips aside, grab these nutrient-rich snacks nutritionists reach for whenever hunger strikes. You should also know why pecans—the most underrated snack, ever—are totally worthy of being in your snack haul.
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