New in the Market: Crispy Kale Chips

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on March 21, 2011 · 4 comments

We love to try new foods. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.

Freeze-dried fruits and vegetables are popping up all over the market as new, healthy snacks. Rhythm Crispy Kale Chips are in this category–and are one of the most intriguing foods we have tried lately. They are available in three flavors: Zesty Nacho, Kool Ranch, and Bombay Curry. Each flavor is distinct. Zesty Nacho and Bombay Curry have a kick that is quite pleasant. All flavors are gluten free and vegan.

When you open the 2-ounce bag you will actually see kale leaves. The kale chips are not fried but washed, tossed with organic sauces, and dehydrated at low temperatures to produce a crunchy chip. Because the chips are fragile, handling in the supply chain will be critical to delivering a quality product to the consumer. One of our sample bags was very crumbled.

The manufacturer says it takes 16 ounces of fresh, de-stemmed kale to produce the 2-ounce package of kale chips. (Each bag contains two 1-ounce servings.) A serving of Zesty Nacho has 106 calories, 5 grams of fat, 187 milligrams of sodium, 7,500 IUs of vitamin A and 70 milligrams of vitamin C. A serving of Kool Ranch has 100 calories, 5 grams of fat, 190 milligrams of sodium, 5600 IUs of vitamin A and 48 milligrams of vitamin C. A serving of Bombay Curry has 101 calories, 4 grams of fat, 189 milligrams of sodium, 7150 IUs of vitamin A and 47 milligrams of vitamin C.

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