Greatist-Approved Groceries
Grocery shopping is no easy task—at least if you want to keep things (fairly) healthy and not blow your budget. We hear ya. That's why we've started a new series called the Greatist-Approved Groceries. We kicked things off with ice cream, but if you've forgotten, let us remind you what this is all about (if you remember, just skip the bulleted list below).

We're checking out all the products out there (and there are tens of thousands of 'em) and narrowing them down to the ones we think are worth buying so you can get in and out of the store faster. With the help of Elizabeth Jarrard, R.D., we came up with a set of standards to figure out what is best. Every item must:

  • Contain only recognizable ingredients
  • Have no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners (stevia and monk fruit are OK)
  • Never list sugar as the first ingredient
  • Have a reasonable serving size
  • Taste absolutely amazing
  • Cost a reasonable price
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To pick the best-for-you chips and crackers, we also made sure each had no more than 200 milligrams of sodium per serving and that the number of ingredients was reasonable for the product (for example, kale chips oftentimes have more ingredients than basic potato chips). Flavored chips also ideally have zero added sugars.

Now go grab some salsa, hummus, and guacamole. It's time to dig in!

Editor's note: Chips and crackers are listed in alphabetical order by category.

Potato Chips

Food Should Taste Good Ancho Chile Sweet Potato Chips

These should come with a warning label they're so good. The contrast of sweet potatoes and spicy ancho chile pepper, paprika, and garlic blows basic barbecue chips out of the water. Yes, there are some added sugars, but they're low on the ingredients list. $2.99

Kettle Brand Sour Cream and Onion

If you're going to go for it, make sure the flavors are from real foods (in this case: yogurt powder, dried onion, sour cream, parsley, and garlic powder). We also think turmeric naturally adds a color that's more appealing than the Yellow No. 5 and Yellow No. 6 that some brands use. (If you're a label reader, the citric and lactic acids naturally add those tangy and milky notes.) The taste? We found it perfectly onion-y without feeling like we needed to brush our teeth after. $2.99 for 5 ounces; $3.49 for 8.5 ounces

Terra Chips Original Sea Salt

Dig your hand into this bag and pull out crisp, thinly sliced sweet potato, parsnip, taro, yuca, and batata (Cuban sweet potato) for an awesome combination of flavors. And the only other ingredients in this colorful mix are oil and salt. $3.99

Tortilla Chips

Food Should Taste Good Guacamole Tortilla Chips

Holy guacamole! Try this chip with queso blanco, you won’t regret it. Made with cilantro, real avocados, hot serrano peppers, and a little cumin, it balances nicely with the mild flavors of a white cheese dip. Or simply on its own because who doesn't love guac? $2.99

Garden of Eatin' Pico de Gallo Tortilla Chips

No need for salsa when you can pack the same flavor into the chip itself. Garden of Eatin' does just that with cilantro; tomato, onion, and garlic powders; and dehydrated jalapeño and bell peppers. And the flavor doesn't disappoint, though some may find the seasoning to be a bit too strong. $3.29

Late July SubLime Organic Multigrain Tortilla Chips

As one taster describe it, these are like “a Mexican fiesta in your mouth.” Tangy lime contrasts with the salt in an addictive way without one overpowering the other. There's some cane sugar added, but it's one of the last ingredients, so you only have zero grams in a serving. $3.69

Way Better Snacks Simply So Sweet Chili Corn Tortilla Chips

Sprouts never tasted so good! Sprouted corn and five sprouted seeds (flax, quinoa, chia, broccoli, and daikon radish) shake things up with sweet and spicy seasonings to keep you coming back for more. $3.99

Bean and Kale Chips

Beanitos Original Black Bean With Sea Salt

No surprise, these thick chips taste like black beans—in a good way. They're excellent for nachos or simply with salsa or cheese dip. And they're only five ingredients: black beans, rice, oil, guar bean gum, and sea salt. (Don't worry, guar bean is an Indian legume—bean chips tend to add some kind of gum or stabilizer so the chip holds together.) $3.49

The Good Bean Bean Chips Jalapeño Cheddar

These chips have a lot of good in them: a base of chickpeas, navy beans, red lentils, and pea protein, plus brown rice, sweet potatoes, and quinoa. That adds up to a little more fiber and protein than regular potato chips. Vermont cheddar cheese and jalapeño peppers make them addictively cheesy and spicy—like, really spicy, so be warned. Like Beanitos, these have an added stabilizer: tapioca starch, which is ground-up cassava plant root. $3.99

Brad's Raw Crunchy Kale Vampire Killer

Vampires (and dates) beware: These are super garlicky—and oh so good. Red bell pepper, cashews, sunflower seeds, lemon juice, scallions, nutritional yeast, garlic, and sea salt, plus a trip to the dehydrator, turns kale into a crispy treat with six grams of protein per ounce. As with any kale chip, you're left with “dust” at the bottom of the carton—which is perfect atop salads or savory oatmeal. $5.99

Rhythm Superfoods Kale Chips Bombay Curry

Indian spices make this kale chip stand out from the rest. Rhythm Superfoods mixes the leafy green with sesame and sunflower seeds rather than cashews, plus onions, carrots, apple cider vinegar, a little sugar, and spices. We would like the pieces to be a little smaller, though. $4.99

Crackers

Blue Diamond Artisan Nut Thins Flax Seed

Believe in the seed! These gluten-free chips are made with brown rice, almonds, potato starch, and flaxseed. That means each 13-cracker serving packs 400 milligrams of ALA omega-3s. Some may find them to be a little too salty. $2.00

Lundberg Organic Thin Stackers Red Rice and Quinoa

Like a rice cake but more substantial (i.e. you don't feel like you're eating air) and nuttier tasting, these are made from brown rice, red rice, and quinoa—that's it. There's not even added salt, which makes them the perfect crispy base to jazz up with savory or sweet toppings. (We like peanut butter... and chocolate chips would make it even better!) $3.49

Nabisco Triscuit Baked Whole-Grain Wheat Garden Herb

If you think Triscuits are boring and bland, these will change your mind. Onion, carrot, parsley, and garlic makes these hearty wheat squares flavorful enough to eat alone, though they're also great with a Greek yogurt-based herb dip or cheese. $3.69

RW Garcia 3 Seed Kale Crackers

Why pay $6 for crackers? Because kale. And these crackers legit have the leafy green in them: The ingredients list starts with corn, kale flakes, and kale powder, in that order. Flax, sesame, and chia seeds bring crunch, and there's only 50 milligrams of sodium in a serving. $5.49

Way Better Snacks Rosemary Me and Olive Oil Sprouted Barley Crackers

You don't need to know about the supposed benefits of sprouted grains to know these are good. Barley, spelt, and farro flours give these a nutty background, and the rosemary is pleasant rather than overpowering. $3.99

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