Don’t Be Salty: A guide to chips, crackers and beyond

Do you have a sweet tooth, or are you more into salty food items? I don’t know about you, but I am team salty! Growing up with a family who loves sweets, I always felt like an oddball. I love salty snacks, from pretzels to chips and crackers and beyond! It can be tough giving up gluten, dairy, and soy because of a food allergy, Hashimoto’s, or a different medical condition. To be honest, chips are my kryptonite. I’m not sure if it because it was an easy “junk food” snack that was safe for me during my transition or if it’s just because I love salty foods in general. Nevertheless, if you are missing salty snacks in your life I am here to help you out!

My true love, chips – sorry Nate. I go crazy for chips, regardless of if they are potato or corn. I also get asked often what my favorite corn chips are, and I’m not sure if it’s because it’s obvious to everyone how much I love Mexican food or if it’s because they know how much I love chips. Since there are two major types of chips, potato and corn, I am going to break this section up.

Potato Chips
Potato chips are iconic. They go perfectly with any meal, and being healthy is all about balance. If you deprive yourself, you’re going to go crazy. Let loose and have a chip or two. For the most part, potato chips are okay, what you need to look for when reading the labels is what ingredients were used to make the chips. As I mentioned, there are a ton of safe chips if you are gluten, dairy and soy free! Surprise, surprise, the chips come from Sprouts and Trader Joe’s; but here are the brands I purchase and feel safe eating.

→ Trader Joe’s

  • Ridge Cut Potato Chips: Salt and Pepper Chips
    • These are Nate and I’s favorite chips and I should not be trusted alone with this bag.
  • Kettled Cooked Potato Chips with Sea Salt
    • You can purchase a six pack of these chips, which makes for a perfect addition to your lunch.
  • Ridge Cut Sweet Potato Chips
    • Everyone loves sweet potatoes, okay not everyone, but these are really good. If you don’t like sweet potatoes now, you might become a fan of these after one bite!

→ Sprouts Farmers Market

  • Sprouts Potato Chips
    • When the brand has their own line of chips, you know it’s going to be good! I usually enjoy the BBQ and the classic Sea Salt Chips; however, Sprouts has a variety of flavors. Just be sure to check the label to ensure it’s gluten, dairy and soy free if you buy their chips in a different flavor that I didn’t suggest.

Corn Chips
Chips and salsa are one of my favorite combos! Growing up in the Southwest we ate a lot of chips and salsa. Unfortunately, by going gluten, dairy and soy free you have to give up flour tortillas and flour chips. The good news is that you can still have corn chips and eat salsa too. Plus out of all the chip questions I receive, corn chips are what I get asked about the most!

Siete Sea Salt Grain Free Tortilla Chips
These chips are free of more than just gluten, dairy and soy! Made with avocado oil, these chips are awesome, plus you can buy these chips at Costco.

grain free chips

→ Trader Joe’s

  • Longboard Organic Tortilla Chips
    • Reminder that even though my love for Trader Joe’s is deep, not all their gluten free products are soy and dairy free. These are the corn chips I typically purchase from Trader Joe’s.

Xochitl White Corn Chips
The less ingredients the better! My sister’s favorite corn chips. 
You can buy these chips at Sprouts Farmers Market, Amazon and Walmart. 

corn chips

Alternative to Favorites: 
Sometimes it’s hard to give up certain types of foods. For me, it was bagels (thank the Lord for allergy friendly bagels). For others, it’s a certain type of product, like chips! I have found some fun alternatives to some of those timeless favorites.

Hippeas – Organic Chickpea Puffs
Who enjoys walking around Costco getting samples? Recently, Costco has been offering more allergy friendly brands to sample, which is great news! As Nate and I both enjoy long walks around Costco, we stumbled upon a neat Cheeto looking product. I saw the brand was made from Chickpeas, so they looked safe, but the label said “white cheddar” so I figured that I couldn’t eat it. After further investigation, we realized it was a vegan product and totally gluten, dairy and soy free! Hippeas also are nut free, kosher, vegan, non-GMO and are USDA Certified Organic. Great ingredients make a great product.

These taste like puffed Cheetos but way better! Trust me, you will not miss the old stuff because Hippeas blows the competition out of the water. Hippeas has some cool flavors too, like Bohemian Barbecue and Siracha Sunshine (which if you ask me sounds like a better version of Flaming Hot Cheetos). You HAVE to try these bad boys out.

You can pick up a big bag of Hippeas Vegan White Cheddar at Costco, or you can find all their flavors at Sprouts Farmers Market, their website and good old Amazon!

Snyder’s of Hanover
Everybody loves pretzel day, especially Stanley Hudson from The Office. Even though I’m a big fan of The Office, I am an even bigger fan of pretzels! Giving up salty pretzels was rough, and I still cry a little on the inside when I pass the soft pretzel stand in the mall. Although I have not yet found a soft pretzel that is gluten, dairy and soy free (I will find it one of these days), I did find a safe allergy friendly hard pretzel snack. It took me two years to find this product, and instead of all the health food stores and regular grocery stores, I found these bad boys at the Commissary at a local military base. These mini pretzels are so good, I thought for a moment I was eating the real thing, and became concerned that I was eating gluten; that’s how good these mini pretzels taste! Now that I discovered that
Snyder’s of Hanover makes a gluten, dairy and soy free pretzel I will most likely be ordering the mini pretzels from Amazon!

Simple Mills
Salami and crackers pair perfectly with wine! I love how wine and crackers are naturally a part of the wine lifestyle. There are tons of gluten, dairy and soy free crackers on the market; however, there’s only one brand that I buy again and again. Simple Mills are simply the best crackers in my opinion. It kind of reminds me of a Wheat Thin. I love the fact that I can buy a jumbo box at Costco and they taste amazing! You might recall this brand from the Let Them Eat Cake blog, but they are truly simplifying and making a tastier product with fewer ingredients. Not all their crackers are dairy free, but my two favorites; Fine Ground Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper are gluten, dairy and soy free!
simple mills

There are so many great salty brands out there that the few I suggested are honestly just scratching the surface. Have you tried any of these items? What are some of your favorite salty brands? With so many salty items out on the market there’s no time to be salty. Treat yourself and enjoy a salty snack this afternoon!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Braiden says:

    Oh. I’m really looking forward to the hippeas puffs! I never used to be a chip person but I am more now. Maybe because I felt the need to replace all the missing bread? Haha. Thanks for the recommendation!


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