September 26, 2013

Kashi Hummus Crisps Review: A healthy alternative with terrible texture


I've always enjoyed Kashi products, particularly their super healthy cereals and filling, yet nutritious frozen meals. So when BzzAgent sent me a bag of Kashi Hummus Crisps in Sea Salt & Olive Oil flavor, I thought "this could be a great alternative to all those Pringles I eat!"

Then I took a bite. I really tried to eat these crisps. I absolutely hated the texture and flavor of the first one, but I gave it another shot. I spit that one out in a napkin.

Woman making a grimacing face while trying to eat an unpleasant tasting chip
I'm not digging this snack
Since I know everyone has different tastes and my husband tends to like healthier chips and loves hummus, I asked him to try some without telling him how I felt. He said the first bite was really "off-putting" because the texture was weird, but he got past it and thought the flavor was appealing. He also noted they are way less greasy than regular potato chips. Overall, his feedback is, "they are okay."

My preschool age daughter wouldn't eat these chips, though I tried to encourage her to try at least one. She licked it and gave it back. I was bummed because she normally enjoys sea salt flavored chips and eats similarly textured snacks like Pirate Booty and whole grain crackers. If it was a flavor issue and not texture, we'd try the other varieties, Caramelized Onion and Sundried Tomato, Basil & Feta, before writing them off, but alas, they were just too unpleasant to try again.

If you're a big Kashi fan, it's probably still worth trying these crisps. I'd just say if you like traditional chips, these aren't a comparable alternative. But they are a healthier alternative!

Scanning the web for other opinions, I've found quite a few positive reviews.

Fit Bottomed Eats offers a glowing review of several flavors of Kashi Hummus Crisps. On Amazon, the caramelized onion flavor received a positive review. Sugar, Spice, & a Healthy Life also really enjoyed the Kashi Hummus Crisps.

Putting my own opinion aside, Kashi Hummus Crisps are a healthy snack rich in fiber, protein, and whole grains. Each serving offers at least 3g of fiber without high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils. Bet you can't say that about the usual snack chip!

The crisps are available in three flavors: Caramelized Onion, Sundried Tomato Basil & Feta, and Sea Salt & Olive Oil.

If you are curious to learn more, you can visit Kashi on Facebook or check out the Kashi Hummus Crisps on the Kashi website.

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