The healthy look of many LesserEvil Snacks may frighten away plain Lay’s lovers, but those willing to take a chance on the brilliant green and red seasonings and the oft visible sprinkling of chia will be rewarded with some surprisingly delicious low calorie munchies.
All LesserEvil snacks are organic and gluten-free, but they do have some cheesy selections. We sampled all of the dairy-free LesserEvil varieties (currently available), and jotted down some pretty positive notes…
LesserEvil Organic Buddha Bowl Popcorn
I’m a popcorn addict, so the two varieties of LesserEvil Buddha Bowl were the first on my hit list. These are also the best introduction to LesserEvil snacks for those who are intimidated by bean crisps and healthy green powders. They are really just amazing bags of popcorn.
This is simplicity and convenience at its best – just organic popcorn, coconut oil, and himalayan pink salt. Each kernel was wonderfully light and fluffy, and as close as I could imagine to fresh air popped in a bag. And honestly, how did they get such a perfect distribution of coconut oil and salt?
I had no problem getting my family to help polish off this all-natural kettle corn. Organic evaporated cane juice and brown rice syrup are used for a perfect light sweetness that pleased our entire house. I thought it could use just a touch more salt for contrast, but delicious nonetheless.
LesserEvil Chia Pop Organic Popcorn
Only one variety of the Chia Pop is dairy-free, but fortunately, it is a unique winner.
Oddly enough, I didn’t love the scent, but the flavor of this boldly peppered popcorn was intriguing and quite enjoyable. Unlike any other, it is lightly salted, allowing the spice to take center stage, but the underpinnings of chia are ever-present. It is surprisingly light, too – just 40 calories per cup.
LesserEvil Organic Super 4 Baked Bean Bites
These totally tubular chips pack one wallop of a crunch and are amply seasoned for serious flavor cravings. White beans, quinoa, lentils, and chia seeds are the “super 4” foods in each light and healthy LesserEvil bite.
Shockingly green in color, but not in flavor. LesserEvil got it right, emphasizing the garlic rather than the kale.
Great depth of flavor that just hints and cheesiness thanks to the abundance of spices.
LesserEvil Organic Chia Crisps
In 2012, Dr. Oz featured LesserEvil Chia Crisps as the “Ultimate Snack”. I might just agree with him. My husband and niece wouldn’t go near these – both seem to have a severe bean-phobia. But I happily devoured both dairy-free flavors myself. These wafer-like chips are light and crispy with a texture reminiscent of hearty mini rice cakes, yet they are made with black beans and spiked with bodacious seasonings. Like the Super 4 snacks, the dairy-free Chia Crisps are relatively low in calories (just 110 for 22 sizable crisps!) and sugar (1 gram), yet offer decent protein (4 grams) and fiber (3 grams) per serving.
I love barbecue anything, and this slightly sweet, slighty savory, slightly zesty barbecue crisp was no exception.
I’m not typically a fan of the pucker-inducing flavor of dill pickle chips, but these have a really nice, perfectly sharp flavor that isn’t over the top with vinegar.
To note, the seasonings on some of the LesserEvil Chia Crisps tend to fall off. Give the bag a light shake before noshing to re-coat every bite. The crisps are more durable than potato chips, so they won’t crush in the process.
The Facts on All Lesser Evil Snacks
Certifications: All Lesser Evil snacks are certified organic and non-GMO verified. They are labeled as gluten-free, but aren’t certified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, the LesserEvil varieties above are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the LesserEvil website at www.lesserevil.com.