When I first went gluten-free it was music to my ears that the ‘Lightly Salted Kettle Crips’s’ were, in fact, gluten-free. With the exception most lightly salted crips are gluten-free but the problems arise when you start to look at flavoured crips as gluten and dairy are added to make particular flavours.
A few years ago there was a brand that had launched in the supermarkets called ‘Yushoi’ who were ahead of the curve as they were producing baked snacks made out of green peas. Green peas are a great source of soluble and insoluble fibre which in turn are great to keep your gut health in balance.
I started by trying Yushoi’s lightly salted flavour which was slightly bland but had some flavour due to the salt and green pea. I went on to try the other flavours; sea salt and balsamic vinegar, and sweet chilli with lemon. My favourite by far is the sea salt and balsamic vinegar flavour.
Yushoi does not advertise themselves as gluten and dairy-free brand as some of their products are not, therefore always check the label. They are a far healthier alternative to crips if you are looking to expand your snack options. The brand has grown so much that they can now be bought in most well-known supermarkets in the United Kingdom but to find out specifically the nearest location to you click on their ‘Where To Buy’ on their website: https://www.yushoi.co.uk
Recently, another brand that has been highlighted to me is ‘Hippeas’, which are an organic baked chickpea snack that is gluten-free. Chickpeas are full of soluble fibre which has been suggested to increase your good bacteria in your gut as well as be high in protein and low in carbohydrate.
Visually I would best describe them as like a ‘Wotsit' but far healthier for you. All their products main ingredient is chickpeas which have a light and crunchy texture to them. They claim all of their products are gluten-free but they are not all dairy-free, therefore, check the back of the label to see what flavours are most suitable for you. My favourite flavour is the ‘Salt and Vinegar Vibes’ (can you tell I like salty flavours!) but they are frequently bringing new flavours out all of the time. Unfortunately, their website does not tell you where you can purchase them in the United Kingdom but I have found them in Tesco and Waitrose. To find out what flavours they can offer to click on their website: http://hippeas.com
If you have not tried any of these alternative snack brands then please sign up for an account to Gut Chat and let me know what your thoughts are on these products. I would love to hear your feedback!
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