Friday 19 June 2015

Sensible Portions Garden Veggie Straws Sea Salt

This packet of Garden Veggie Straws caught my eye as I was walking to work this morning. It was in the window of the interesting kosher deli run by the Indian family which I had never been in. So in I went and bought them.

Because if you were an internationally renowned crisp writer how could you resist this packet? And I couldn't either.

These crispy crunchy snacks are made with potato flour, potato starch and corn starch. The colours come from spinach and beetroot powder which makes them look good (although sadly less exciting than on the packet - this photograph shows more colour than you really get) but doesn't seem to affect the taste much. There is some tomato paste involved too, but again I'm not sure you can taste it because they all seem to taste the same.

However, these crispy stix (I feel sure that must be the technical term) have a lovely light salty taste and a pleasant crunch.  Despite our disappointment over the colours and the lack of veggie tastes, we liked these a lot. The Dutch taste tester said she would buy them again, and even the extremely dubious tester said they were "inoffensive" which is something of an accolade.

We thought these would work really well at a party.

This 28g packet claims to contain 30% less fat than the leading potato chips. There are no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, no transfats, no GMOs and no cholesterol. Certified kosher and suitable for vegans. So not very much to complain about.

And Sensible Portions reckon this packet is a sensible portion. So you can Snack Smart. Resist Less. And Snack More, Guilt Less. If you need to contact the Sensible Portion consumer department for any reason, their address is 4600 Sleepytime Drive in Boulder, Colorado. What a great name for a road.

Sensible Portions brand is owned by the Hain Celestial Group which has a portfolio of amazingly healthy sounding food and personal care companies. Which all sounds very fine. But this crisp bag is all on the skew. Which bothers me more than I like.


  1. We have these and have bought them many times. You're right...they all taste the same despite their different but very pale colors. ha.

  2. There are good though aren't they?