Products: Blue Diamond Nacho Flavored Nut Chips – $2.50+
Are you aware that not every variety of Doritos is vegetarian, let alone gluten-free? It’s true. I know because I looked on the Web site and did some investigation. Not gluten-free…I’m used to that. But a tortilla chip that isn’t vegetarian. Now there is something that makes me go…WHAT?!
Not only are Nacho Cheese Doritos (like…the original…the kind that brought about those legendary little corn chips) not gluten-free…but they are not vegetarian either. And that’s sad. Especially since I grew up munching on these tasty delights and have now had to give them up.
That being said, a good substitute had yet to be found.
Then, I picked up a bag of Blue Diamond’s Nut Chips in the Nacho flavor. Previously I had delved into a bag of the Sea Salt flavor and absolutely fell in love with the light, baked, nutty, salty flavor of them. They had more flavor than the Nut Thins, also a product of Blue Diamond, and were shaped like those triangles you love to dip into gluten-free queso and salsas.
So, I was pretty excited and equally nervous when it came to my afternoon snack today. Because either a snack I pack is going to wow me or…I’ll just much my way through it because I’m not enjoying it…but I’m hungry and it has to see me through to dinner. Today…I took one bite into Nut Chips and got that resounding crunch I love. In addition, the cheese wasn’t an afterthought…it was the star. If Doritos were good for you…this is what they would taste like.
And…if you’re like me you do tend to pay attention to those little nutritional details attached to the packet. Nut Chips are baked and not only full of flavor but provide a good crunch, not that wimpy, soggy texture you get with some baked chips. These are made from brown rice and almonds grown in California. A serving size is a whipping 14 chips and only sets you back 130 calories. Not too shabby. A serving only dishes up a lean 4g of fat as well. They are almost guilt-free. Almost. But they are tasty and perfect to fulfill that need for something salty and cheesy all at once.
Who needs those Doritos anyway. Not this gluten-free girl. Not at all. I’ll take these. One serving size at a time.