Jan 19, 2013

Review: Rhythm Superfoods - Texas BBQ Kale Chips

Rhythm Superfoods Texas BBQ Kale Chips are air-crisped, dried kale flavored with all-natural liquid smoke, organic veggie powders, and apple cider vinegar. For those of you with special dietary needs and/or concerns, these are organic, vegan, and gluten-free.

It doesn't come cheap though: a 2-ounce bag cost $6.54 at their online store. I received this bag courtesy of Rhythm Superfoods.

I'd never even heard of kale chips before the company contacted me to try these and didn't really know what to expect. Each "chip" is basically a bunch of dried kale leaves speckled with clumps of dried seasoning. The feeling of holding one is pretty weird; it feels like a dried bunch of leaves and is very light. The smell is pretty good: a mix of smoke, spices, and apple cider vinegar.

As a leafy green, kale packs a lot of nutrition: it's high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, and Vitamin K among other things. But, more importantly, how does it taste?

Taste-wise, you get a bit of kale flavor as well as a dry-rub-style, slightly-smoky barbecue flavor with a very light tang. They're not too salty. I like the barbecue flavor quite a bit.

These are meant to be a healthier, more nutritious replacement for potato chips, but doesn't quite deliver the same crunch. It's more crispy than crunchy. It's still satisfying but different.

One thing about these is that they're pretty messy. Both the kale and the dressing crumble very easily. To eat them neatly, your best bet is just pop each "chip" in your mouth. I tried just biting into one and it was crumb city. On the other hand, there's no powder or oil to get on your fingers. Trade offs I suppose.

On flavor, these are pretty tasty especially if you're looking for something crispy and healthier to snack on. On price, I don't think many people could afford eating these. I know I can't.

Nutritional Info - Rhythm Superfoods Texas BBQ Kale Chips
Serving Size - 1 oz (28g)
Calories - 170 (from Fat - 70)
Fat - 7g (Saturated Fat - 5g)
Sodium - 190mg
Carbs - 14g (Sugar - 3g)
Protein - 6g