Monday, August 26, 2013

Healthy Snack Idea For Back To School Or Anytime

Gourmet Basics, an air popped, healthy snack that won’t expand your waistline! With summer in full swing indulge in a health alternative when packing an on the go snack. At Gourmet Basics, our most popular product, Smart Fries (which is only 80 calories per serving,) has a wide variety of flavors to satisfy your cravings including: Cinnamon Swirl, Classic Sea Salt, Cracked Pepper & Salt, Garlic & Rosemary, Honey BBQ, Honey Mustard Onion, Jalapeno Trio, Vinegar Splash, and Vintage Cheddar.  You can check them out here. Each delicious flavor comes in a variety of sizes ranging from ¾ oz to 3 oz.
The kids and I opened a box this past week and found an assortment of snacks. Needless to say, we were thrilled. They were even more thrilled when I informed them we were going to taste test them all!

Smart Fries are everything I look for in a snack. Easy to take anywhere beach, park, car, drive in, wherever. Also, before I go sweet, I go crispy and salty but I don't like to have all that added fat of chips. Smart Fries are air popped and come in flavors for all palets.

Sea Salt
Cinnamon Swirl
Vintage Cheddar
Vinegar Splash
Jalapeno Trio
Honey Mustard and Onion
Honey BBQ
Garlic & Rosemary
Cracked Pepper and Salt

We opened all the bags, sat down for a movie and took notes while munching.

Goddess loved the Cinnamon Swirl and Cracked Pepper and Salt  She spent most of her time first sucking off all the flavoring than letting the fry dissolve in her mouth. She said that was the best way.

Handsome liked the Vintage Cheddar. He is a big cheese eater. He also like the Sea Salt basic. Mostly he took tiny bites until it was gone. He ate the whole back of Vintage Cheddar by himself after we took our three taste test pieces because he said they were the best. I like them too and only got one so I am searching for my own bag next time.

I like the Jalapeno Trio and Sea Salt but felt that they are a little bland. While I like them, I would still have to have the occasional not good for me chip. What I like most about the fries is that they aren't fried and they are ONLY 80 calories a serving. I didn't feel guilty eating them at all. So you get the crunch you crave without all that saturated fat. Now if I could get the kids to eat these instead of chips or those cheese puffs they love so much, I would feel like a much better mom.

Disclaimer: We received a complimentary package for our honest opinion. No monetary compensation was received and all opinions are my own.


  1. Oh wow! I will definitely have to try these. They remind me of the stick fries my Mom used to give us when we were little girls. I love healthier alternatives for snacking.

  2. I saw these in the store the other day and wondered why they were called Smart Fries. Though I didn't take the time the pick up the bag and check. 80 calories is definitely for me. I CRAVE salty snacks sometimes and about 5 nuts would be all I could get for that many calories. Wouldn't mind trying the caramel.

  3. oooh Honey BBQ sounds yummy. I want to try these.

  4. Are these similar to PopChips?

  5. First time for me to hear about this product, thanks! I want to try the vinegar splash!

  6. These look great for back to school! My girls are getting bored with our same old snacks and I'd like to get them a bigger variety!


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