A pleasant surprise greeted me from an otherwise dismal vending machine display the other day: Boulder Canyon’s Chipotle Cheese flavor Rice & Bean Snack Chips with Adzuki Beans.
Sure, these rice and bean chips were still chips – but they were pleasantly light and crispy with a subtle flavor and impressive nutrition profile.
You don’t see a lot of adzuki beans in snack foods – but these were great, with adzuki beans beinng the 3rd ingredient on the ingredient list (after rice flour and corn starch).
Adzuki beans are popular in Japanese cooking, and they’re small and light red-brown in color. A 1/2 cup of cooked beans nets you 8.5 grams of fiber with 9 grams protein for just 110 calories…so they’re certainly a great fiber find…if you can find them.
If you can’t get the real beans, the chips are an ok runner up. A 1.5 oz serving bag (about 30 chips) of Boulder Canyon’s Chipotle Cheese chips provides:
- 215 calories
- 11 g fat
- 2 g saturated fat
- 280 mg sodium
- 26 g carbohydrate
- 5 g dietary fiber
- 3 g protein
And when you’re in a pinch, I’d say they’re a satiating snack food (albeit a bit high in sodium).