Parsnip Chips by Hardbite ~ TLC Snack Corner Review
Edited with revised nutritional information June 28th, 2017. Scroll to the end.
Welcome to the TLC (Thriving on Low Carb) Snack Corner Review! I find it easier to stick to a diet/lifestyle when one can have things that will work as substitutes rather than a carby counterpart that can throw one out of ketosis. I’ll be reviewing items that I’ve found or that have been touted as low carb or even keto friendly. The Parsnip Chips by Hardbite Chips have the honour of being the first TLC Snack Corner Review.
I’ll be showing serving sizes and thought it would be easier to get some perspective by using the same bowl for all TLC Snack Corner Reviews. This dollar store bowl will work quite nicely! It’s filled with 2 cups (500 mL) of coloured water to give you an idea of how big the bowl is. 🙂
Usually the go to for snacks to replace potato chips is pork rinds, I like pork rinds but I enjoy a variety. So when I had heard about these Parnsip chips from Hardbite around the keto forums and just had to try them out. They’re made locally in Maple Ridge, BC, Canada. It is wonderful to see a local product. They come in 150g bags which is about 5.3 oz Upon my search, I came across a Breakfast Television YouTube video on How Hardbite Parsnip Chips are made.
Ingredients are straight forward and simple: parsnips, non-hydrogenated sunflower oil and/or non-hydrogenated canola oil and sea salt. Both the oils are PERFECT on the ketosis diet, sea salt is good to keep those electrolytes up and parsnips…is interesting. Normally it’s suggested on the ketosis diet to avoid anything grown in the ground because they tend to have quite a few carbs in it. According to the USDA food database, boiled cooked parnsips 40g has net 5.4g carbs (6.8g carbs – 1.4g fiber). What’s interestingly cool, is that a 40g portion of Hardbite’s Parsnip Chips is net 3g (4g carbs – 1g fiber). Through their frying process they are able to remove 2.2g carbs from raw parsnips.
Upon opening the bag with a quick glance it looks like a bag of kettle cooked potato chips!
Suggested serving size is 20 chips/40g which is about 1.4oz and each bag would have approximately 3.75 portions in it.
Here’s what 40g looks like in the TLC Snack Bowl! It fills it up decently.
Taste: I find they have a subtle taste of parsnips, slightly sweet with the little bit of sea salt that balances it out.
Texture: Nice and crisp. They’re crispier than kettle cooked potato chips.
Since being in the ketosis diet, I’ve learned to appreciate the food I eat much more. I tend to savour these and enjoy them thoroughly. A 40g portion is quite satisfying. I usually tend to go for less.
Where to find them…now I guess it depends on the market area and population because I’ve seen these at the Real Canadian Superstore closer to Vancouver but not in my local store, I can find them at my local Save on Foods and also the odd specialty grocery store. Online, the Low Carb Grocery website carries it as well as Amazon Canada. Check with the Hardbite store locator to find the store nearest you.
Since the drafting of this post, I have since discovered that Costco Canada now has these! And well, because it’s Costco they’re in a larger bag!
Overall these Hardbite Parsnip Chips are quite tasty, satisfy my salt cravings and my cravings for crunchy snacks. The only downside is the price at about $4 Cdn for a 150g bag. The Costco price is a little better at about $6 Cdn for the 475g bag. That being said, most low carb items tend to be pricier in general but hopefully with more demand we’ll see prices come down a little.
Have you tried these yet? If so, what do you think of them?
June 28th, 2017.
Hardbite has corrected the nutritional information of their parsnip chips.
Based on a 20 chip (40g) serving.
Calories: 170 ➡ 220
Fat: 18g ➡ 17g
Sodium: 150mg ➡ 130mg
Carbs: 4g ➡ 13g
Fiber: 1g ➡ 3g
Sugar: 1g ➡ 1g (no change)
Protein: 0.2g ➡ 1g
What does this mean? For those of us counting carbs…what we thought to be net 3g carbs is in fact net 10g, more than 3x what we originally thought.