Monday, October 8, 2012

Cashew Kale Chips - a new snack from Trader Joes

What to get: A bag of Kale chips from the packaged snack isle, close to the toasted seaweed
Where to get it: Trader Joe's
Why we approve: we must admit veggie chips are a disappointment 99% of the time, but not this time. The recipe kicks ^$$!. This bag gives you two servings of delicious kale and dried veggies, some cashews and no nasty ingredients. There are not too many calories (150) and plenty of satiating fiber.

Preparation: Open the bag and try not to eat the whole thing. Someone with a sense of humor put a zipper on top to keep it fresh assuming the one who tries this stuff actually has self control. It's crunchy, it's delicious and you won't be sealing the bag so find someone to share it with.

Variations: You can eat this as a snack alongside some blander foods like string cheese or some Greek yogurt, or tuna for that matter. Other than eating it straight from the bag, you can use the chips to top some green salad or as a way to top an appetizer, such as goat cheese bites or roasted stuffed mushrooms. As a meal survivor item, I would pair this with a convenient source of protein: cottage cheese, hard boiled egg, fish...

Pros: This snack saves you a lot of time - just imagine cleaning, drying, and roasting the kale chips, let alone coating them in delicious salty-sour nutty mixture like TJ's have done! No way! This is a great way to get dried veggies in and add crunch to your lunch, snack or salad.

Cons: Most people would frown at the price of 3 + dollars since this bag only has 2 servings. May I kindly remind them that buying kale and adding the other ingredients + time would definitely come up to more than 3 dollars. Yet price is a limiting factor when it's only 2 oz of food. Another negative is that it's hard to stop at just one serving ;) No cons indeed.

Let us know what you think and enjoy!


  1. I tried a bag and loved it. Went back to get more and they said it was recalled. I hope they bring it back soon. Enter sad face here.

  2. That is just not cool. They still have similar ones at Sprouts, we should try to review those. I hope they get them back on the shelves - so good!

  3. We talked to our TJ friend, who checked the computer and told us they are restocking these soon - they just ran out ;)

  4. Thanks Gayla! I went back after reading your post and yes they are back!! I guess that recall was misinformation from one associate. Got 3 bags just to be safe.

  5. Ours aren't back yet, but in the meantime we are building an appetite :) I also make pretty good homemade ones. I mostly love these for the convenience and the fact that I will never spend time making cashew veggie powder to coat them ;)