Product Review: Wai Lana Natural Cassava Chips

Wai Lana Natural Cassava Chips
Wai Lana Natural Cassava Chips

Product: Wai Lana Natural Cassava Chips – $2.99+

It’s been a busy week for me as I’ve been working my way through some products that I had set aside and hadn’t managed to get to as of yet.  But, that all changed…because I’m trying to be better about using the items in my pantry/freezer/refrigerator.  It’s part of my New Years resolutions…to be better about keeping my life organized.

As I’ve mentioned numerous times before, I subscribe to this great service known as Cuisine Cube.  Each month, I am sent a fantastic box of gluten-free goodies (one item for breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, and dessert, with an occasional bonus item) that I can enjoy over the rest of the month as I await the following month’s cube.  It’s a fantastic service and I’m glad I discovered it and decided to sign up.  Trust me, this is definitely worth the small fee because I am introduced to some really fantastic products I never would have known existed otherwise.

And, true to form, my September Cuisine Cube had in it quite a few items I wasn’t familiar with.  And in the snack slot…chips.  Not just any chips though.  Nope.  Packed into my cube was a bag of Wai Lana Natural Cassava Chips.  Wai Lana…never even heard of this company.  So, I had to get online and look them up.  The slogan of Wai Lana is “Where healthy living comes naturally.”  I like what I’m hearing already.  Wai Lana is actually a person, a yoga advocate who is also a highly energetic and prolific artist.  She is one of the best known yoga instructors in the world.  For over twenty years, she has also been a vegetarian and an advocate for good health, preparing both recipes and cookbooks.  Recently she expanded her growing empire to produce a high-quality line of natural supplements, body care products, and gluten-free snacks.

One of these said snacks where what greeted me in my Cuisine Cube – the Wai Lana Natural Cassava Chips.  What makes these chips different from regular chips?  The answer to that is easy.  Instead of the standard potato, these chips are made from the nutrient-rich cassava.  These chips contain 30% less fat than regular potato chips.  I like what I’m reading already.

So, with snack time looming, these were the new crunchy snack of the day.  Upon opening the bag, I noticed how similar they looked in appearance to Pop Chips.  They definitely had that rice cake, lightness that I associate with popped chips.  They were very light in weight and definitely not greasy at all.  As for flavor…well, they have a great crunch, for sure.  At first bite, I wasn’t sure how I felt about them.  But the more I chewed, the more they reminded me of Fritos.  The Wai Lana Natural Cassava Chips were like a round, light and healthier version of that corn chip snack…Fritos.  I mean, the flavor was pretty much spot on.  This isn’t a bad thing, mind you.  I just wasn’t prepared for it.  What a nice surprise.  If you like popped chips that are light but pack a bit of flavor, I highly recommend these!

Let’s talk about ingredients, shall we?  The Wai Lana Natural Cassava Chips are made from cassava (yucca chips), tapioca flour, palm olein oil, cane sugar, leek, and sea salt.  These chips are non-GMO and free from preservatives, cholesterol, artificial colors, artificial flavors, wheat, soy and gluten.  But, they are not lacking in flavor, texture, or yumminess.

As for the nutritional information, a serving of the Wai Lana Natural Cassava Chips is 1 ounce (or about 24 chips).  This serving will dish up 132 (yes…132) calories and 6 grams of fat.  A serving will also give you 1 mg cholesterol, 159 mg sodium, and 3 grams of sugar.  This serving will also provide you with less than one gram (about 0.3 grams) of protein and 1 gram of fiber.  So, don’t expect this snack to fill you up.  But…you won’t care because as far as chips go, these are actually quite good for you!

I was really surprised with how much I enjoyed these chips.  I am not much for popped chips, but these were light, non-greasy, and had this fantastic flavor to them.  It took me two bites to decide whether I liked them or not, but it turned out these were really quite enjoyable.

Thanks to Cuisine Cube, I was introduced to yet another company and product that I had no idea was even out there.  Now that I know a little bit more about Wai Lana and the products that they offer, I am going to look into ordering more from their site.  And if this has intrigued you to check it out…I encourage you to do the same.

Trust me, you do not want to miss out!

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