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by Meredith Oliver, Healthy Snack Authority
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So you must be wondering, are there really veggies that taste like French fries??

They are called various things depending on the brand, but they are most well known as "Veggie Straws" or "Veggie Chips."
veggie fries
They are crispy treats that are colored green (for spinach flavor), red (for tomato flavor) and yellow (for potato flavor). The straws look like French fries and the chips look like, well, chips.

These are the healthiest snack I've ever found, that actually taste similar to fries.

They are salty and a little oily to make you feel like you should feel guilty. But really, you shouldn't feel terribly guilty. The package that I bought this week from a local grocery store labeled the straws as having 130 calories for 28 straws. This is not a small portion by any means.

Just this afternoon I had a serving of these straws and wasn't hungry for another 4 hours, which for me is a long time to go without food.

So next time you're at the store wondering what you should get for your healthy snack, grab a bag of these veggie straws or veggie chips. I found them in the chips and pretzel aisle. They are delish!

@ 11:54am ET on September 14, 2009
Where do they sell these in the UK?

@ 11:23am ET on September 15, 2009
I'm not convinced this is healthy eating. I would like to have more information: e.g. is this artificial colouring? what is the sodium contient? how much nutrition do they actually provide? Furthermore, can anything fried be truly healthy?

@ 12:53pm ET on September 16, 2009
The are a pretty good snack on the label. But I personally think they taste terrible. for my money I would much rather go with Snappea Crisps

@ 7:11pm ET on September 16, 2009
Where can i buy these? i want to try them but cant find them anywhere.

@ 1:32pm ET on September 17, 2009
I find this kind of snack too oily--even the Snappea Crisps.

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