Plantain Chips

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Plantain ChipsPlantain chips are a perfect snack for those who are on a Paleo-diet or at least trying their best to stay away from less, “healthy” snacks. If you need something to crunch on, the Artisan Tropic Plantain strips are perfectly roasted and have a very satisfying texture and crunch. They are neither hard, nor soft; neither salty, nor sweet, yet they give you just the right amount of both snack characteristics. Some might prefer them a bit sweeter; others might want them saltier so fortunately, they provide them in either flavor; naturally sweet or with sea salt.

What are Plantains?

Plantains are a member of the banana family. In fact, they look like a big, green, yellow, or black banana on the outside.  I’ve been told that the green plantains are the best for making chips, so i would assume that the Artisan Tropic brand of Plantain strips are in fact made from the green ones. The green ones are also the sweetest, though still not as sweet as a banana. When I crave a salty snack, I don’t want it to be too sweet, so in a way, making chips from plantains makes a heckuva lot of sense.

Why Plantain Chips over Corn or Potato?

The easy answer is that plantains are a paleo-friendly, healthy and nutritious starch and when roasted they actually make a delicious snack. Plantains are paleo-friendly because they are a starchy plant as opposed to grains. Plantains do have lots of vitamins including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper, and Manganese. A cup of raw plantains gives you about 181 calories.

Artisan Tropic Plantain Strips – The Scoop

What makes a snack healthy has more to do with what is not in it as opposed to what is in it. The Artisan plantain chips are only made with three, paleo-friendly ingredients: Plantains, Sea Salt, and sustainable Palm oil. They are 100%, paleo-certified.  A 13-strip serving of plantain strips will provide you with about 140 calories. See the full ingredients: Artisan Tropic Plantain Strips

These chips are reasonably priced compared to some of their competitors like Siete, which makes the only decent almond flour tortilla I can find.  Artisan also makes some other chips I would like to try: Cassava (less sweet), and cinnamon, naturally-sweet, and chili-pepper flavored plantain strips. The bottom line for me is that these plantain chips hit the spot when you need a handful of crunchiness between meals.

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