30 August 2013

Let's Review: Way Better

In the department of snacks, I am conflicted. On the one hand, I buy very little junk food. On the other hand, sometimes you just need a bag of Cheez Doodles. In my family, what you do is serve the Cheez Doodles in a blue enamel-ware bowl - just visualize those orange worms in a cobalt blue bowl - and call them Nassau County Snacks. Actually, you could say they were an homage to the Mets or the Knicks, but we were from Nassau County, and the county colors were blue and orange, and so...Nassau County Snacks. They must be the original Cheez Doodles. It must be an enamel-ware bowl.

I digress. The point is, I am not holier-than-thou, and I do eat chips (and Doodles) from time to time. But because I am conflicted, I was totally susceptible when a PR rep offered me the chance to try some "Way Better" chips.

Honestly? They're really tasty. They say they're laced with sprouted seeds, and while I'm not sure that I cotton to the idea that "sprouting provides increased vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, digestibility and nutrient absorption", who cares? They taste GOOD.

Besides, an ounce of Cheez Doodles has 150 calories and no dietary fiber, whereas the Way Better Simply Sunny Multigrain chips have 130 calories and 3 grams of fiber per ounce. Also, Cheez Doodles have MSG, several different artificial colors and so-called natural flavors. The Way Better chips have nothing unpronounceable - just corn, oil, salt and a mess of sprouted seeds.

Are they health food? No. Are they better for you than Cheez Doodles? Probably. Are they any good? Yes, actually, they are.

But they aren't ever going to take the place of Nassau County Snacks.

Disclosure: the chips were free, but no one paid me to talk about them.


Julia said...

I think you just need the right color of enamelware bowl to equalize the Way Betters with the Cheez Doddles. Er, Doodle.

edj3 said...

Bet the crackers don't turn your finger tips orange. What? Yours don't turn orange when eating Doodles? Well never mind then . . .

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I'll try them--I love sprouted grain bread.

I am a chips gal--tortilla and potato, but cheez-doodles and that type of thing have never been my thing.

Jocelyn said...

I make no sense, foodwise, as I eat more kale/chard/collards than the average American (actually, more than the average American vegetarian, which I'm not)...yet I will fall all over myself to get to a free Double Stuf Oreo.

It's all about out-of-balance balance, which is essentially what you describe here.