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Potato chips have always been a weakness of mine, and since joining a gym 2.5 months ago, I have been trying to avoid eating them. Last night though, I really wanted to have some chips with my veggie burger and salad. As a compromise (with myself), I decided to try Kettle Brand Baked Potato Chips, Salted flavour.

 

Ingredients: potatoes [with the skins on!], safflower and/or sunflower oil, salt.

 

Nutritional Facts: According to my bag, a serving of 30-32 “Salted” chips (just over 1/3 of the bag) has 170 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, and 190 mg of sodium. Interestingly, the Kettle Brand website does not list a “Salted” flavour, only a “Lightly Salted” flavour. According to the website,  a serving of 20 “Lightly Salted” chips has 120 calories, 3 grams of fat, and 135 mg of sodium.

 

Pros

  • Less fat (than fried chips)
  • Less sodium (than fried chips)
  • Large serving size 
  • Short list of natural ingredients 
  • Strong potato flavour
  • Nice crunch (though not quite as crunchy as a fried Kettle chips – which is actually  plus for me)

 

Cons

  • Not organic
  • Still junk food (albeit healthier than some junk food)

 

For more on baked potato chips, check out this CTV “[Baked] Potato chip taste taste” video.

 

To make your own potato chips, try this recipe for “Microwave Potato Chips“.

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Photo taken by Darren Hester, http://www.flickr.com/people/ppdigital/

Photo taken by Darren Hester, http://www.flickr.com/people/ppdigital/

A couple of years ago, I learned a nifty, little secret: that you can make your own microwave popcorn with a brown paper lunch bag, popcorn kernels, and scotch tape. To do so, simply:

  1. Get a brown paper lunch bag (you can find these at the grocery or dollar store).
  2. Place approximately 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels into the brown paper lunch bag.
  3. Fold the top of the brown paper lunch bag over twice and use scotch tape to tape it shut.
  4. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, or until you hear 5 seconds between pops (I use the ‘popcorn’ setting on my microwave and it works perfectly).
  5. Place the popcorn in to a bowl and add any desired toppings. Note: some people add their toppings to the popcorn kernels before they microwave them, but I like to add them to the popped popcorn because it creates less mess and allows you to reuse the brown paper lunch bag.
  6. Enjoy.

Making your own microwave popcorn has distinct advantages:

  • it’s cheaper than store-bought microwave popcorn
  • it’s more environmentally friendly than store-bought microwave popcorn (if you reuse the brown paper lunch bags)
  • it can easily be made vegan (unlike most store-bought microwave popcorn, which contains butter or butter flavour)
  • it allows you to control the quantity of fat and sodium on the popcorn

 As an alternative to homemade microwave popcorn, you can also make your popcorn with a hot air popper.

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Food Not Files

The September 2008 issue of body + soul magazine states that:

A 2006 study showed that women’s work areas had twice the amount of bacteria as men’s. (Women appear more prone to keeping food in their desk drawers, which can lead to mold.)

While I have never had moldy food in my desk, I do like to keep some food in my desk for emergencies (“oh no! I left my lunch on the kitchen counter”) and for mid-morning/mid-afternoon snacks. Currently, my desk has:

 

  • Earl Gray tea
  • Green tea
  • Rice cakes
  • Trail mix (with lots of dried fruit)
  • Soup mug (though this is not food, it comes in handy when I need to pick up some last minute canned/carton soup for lunch)
Andrea Mercado

Photo taken by: Andrea Mercado

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