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CRACKERS, CHIPS, 

SNACKS & DIP

If you've never wandered through the cracker aisle at the grocery store reading the ingredients, try it - you will be shocked to find how many additives and how much sugar even the most basic crackers often have.  Almost every snack out there contains processed free glutamate, added sugar and/or preservatives.  The good news is that there are actually also a lot of great crackers, chips and snacks available with no additives or sugar. We have found very few Before Natural dips aside from hummus (below) and salsa (see here).  Here are some of our favorite snacks.

Crackers:

Chips:

Jacob's Cream Crackers

Ingredients: WHEAT FLOUR, PALM OIL, SUNFLOWER OIL, SALT, SODIUM BICARBONATE, YEAST

The perfectly quintessential cracker - perfect for crackers and cheese or to top with endless possibilities.

Ryvita Crispbread (Dark Rye)

Ingredients: WHOLEGRAIN RYE FLOUR, SALT.

With just 2 ingredients this crispbread is about as simple as it is versatile.  Ryvita has many other varieties of crispbread that are "before natural" (and a few that aren't - check the ingredients).

Triscuit Original (or Low Sodium)

Ingredients: WHOLE GRAIN WHEAT, VEGETABLE OIL (SOYBEAN OR CANOLA OIL), SEA SALT. CONTAINS WHEAT.

These crackers have the perfect combination of crunch, texture and taste, with no processed MSG or sugar.  No wonder they continue to survive the test of time!

Note: Triscuit has apparently recently started adding rosemary extract to their plain triscuits - I haven't tried them yet so can't vouch for them, but will try to update this once I have!

Carr's Water Crackers

Ingredients: WHEAT FLOUR, PALM OIL, SALT.

These crackers are simple and versatile - the topping options are endless!  The version they sell here in Canada is "before natural" but read the ingredients carefully - it seems the version they sell in the US contains maltodextrin.

Ozery Bakery Apple & Honey Lavash Crackers

Ingredients: UNBLEACHED WHEAT FLOUR, WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, SULFITE-FREE APPLES, HONEY, FLAX SEEDS, SESAME SEEDS, DURUM SEMOLINA, SUNFLOWER SEEDS , ROLLED OATS, WHEAT BRAN, EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, SEA SALT, FILTERED WATER.

Delicious crackers for when you feel like something a little fancier!

Pita Bites Original Sea Salt

Ingredients: ENRICHED WHEAT FLOUR, YEAST, SUNFLOWER OIL, SEA SALT. CONTAINS WHEAT. MAY CONTAIN MILK AND SOY.

Crunchy, salty, delicious bite-sized crackers. Perfect for snacking or dipping in hummus!

Nairns Rough Oatcakes

Ingredients: WHOLEGRAIN OATS (88%), SEA SALT, RAISING AGENT (SODIUM BICARBONATE), SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL.

These oatcakes are baked in Scotland and appreciated all over the world.  Great comfort food. Especially good topped with peanut butter and honey!

Crispy Minis Rice Cakes

Ingredients: WHOLE GRAIN BROWN RICE

Basic single ingredient rice cakes, great for snacking on or topping with all sorts of things!

Organic Corn Thins - Original

Ingredients: ORGANIC CORN (98%), ORGANIC EXPELLER PRESSED SUNFLOWER OIL, SEA SALT

These are a delicious organic alternative to rice cakes, and I personally prefer the texture and taste (like popcorn!) With all the news lately about arsenic in rice, and pesticides in non-organic corn, these are an especially good choice!

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Snacks:

Surati Indian Pleasures Channa (Fried Chick Peas)

Ingredients: CHICK PEAS, VEGETABLE OIL (CANOLA OIL AND/OR SOYABEAN OIL), SALT, BLACK SALT, PAPRIKA AND CHILLI POWDER.

These Indian chickpea snacks are spicy and addictive!  If they're too spicy for you, Surati has a few other Before Natural Indian snack products that aren't spicy (their Sev Fine for example).

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Popcorn:

Oak Manor Popcorn

Ingredients: ORGANIC POPCORN

Pure organic popping corn.  If you don't already have one, invest in an air popper and enjoy this popcorn topped with some real melted butter and salt.  Thank me later!

Blue Menu Natural Flavour Microwave Popcorn

Ingredients: POPPING CORN, PALM OIL, SALT

Delicious microwave popcorn without any processed ingredients or other additives.

Popcorn Indiana Original Movie Theater Popcorn

Ingredients: POPCORN, NON-GMO VEGETABLE OIL (CANOLA OR SUNFLOWER), CLARIFIED BUTTER (CREAM), SALT.

If you're feeling so tired that microwave popcorn is just too much work, and you want amazing movie theatre popcorn in the comfort of your own home, look no further!

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Que Pasa Organic Tortilla Chips

Ingredients: STONE GROUND CORN*, SUNFLOWER* AND/OR SAFFLOWER* OIL, SEA SALT, CALCIUM HYDROXIDE (HYDRATED LIME) *ORGANIC

Hands-down the best tortilla chips.  These chips are made the traditional way, from unprocessed organic whole kernel corn. Note: Calcium hydroxide has been used for hundreds of years (including by the Aztecs) to soak corn to improve texture, nutritional value and flavor.

Tostitos

Ingredients: CORN, VEGETABLE OIL, SALT, CALCIUM HYDROXIDE.

There is no better chip for scooping up salsa or guacamole than Tostitos!  Most of the plain Tostitos are also made without hidden MSG, sugar or harmful additives.  Watch out for the multi-grain ones though, which contain added sugar... seriously.  The organic version is particularly good if you're trying to avoid exposure to pesticides such as Round-Up (which is commonly used on corn otherwise).

Ruffles Potato Chips - Lightly Salted

Ingredients: POTATOES, SUNFLOWER AND/OR CORN OIL, SALT.

These are some of my favourite potato chips.  The regular version is also "before natural" but I find the lightly salted version has just the right amount of salt, even for me!

Lays Classic Potato Chips

Ingredients: POTATOES, VEGETABLE OIL (SUNFLOWER, CORN AND/OR CANOLA OIL), SALT.

Classic potato chips, the way potato chips were meant to be!  Double check the ingredients just to make sure they haven't changed (and they might differ depending where you are in the world).

Kettle Brand Baked Potato Chips - Sea Salt

Ingredients: POTATOES, SAFFLOWER AND/OR SUNFLOWER AND/OR CANOLA OIL, SEA SALT.

Unlike most baked potato chips, these don't contain any processed free glutamate or other additives. Be sure to choose the "Sea Salt" variety as some of their other varieties (including the "Olive Oil" variety) contain unexpected processed ingredients.

Kettle Uprooted Real Vegetable Chips

Ingredients:

Our favorite vegetable chips - perfectly crispy, salty, naturally sweet and delicious.  And actually significantly cheaper than other brands of vegetable chips we can get here.

Terra Real Vegetable Chips - Original

Ingredients: TARO, SWEET POTATO, TARO (COLORED WITH BEET JUICE), CANOLA OIL AND/OR SAFFLOWER OIL AND/OR SUNFLOWER OIL, SALT.

These vegetable chips are great, especially if you like your veggie chips a little crunchier rather than crispy.

SS Frutas Plantain Chips - Salted

Ingredients: PLANTAINS, PALM OLEIN OIL, SALT.

These plantain chips are the perfect combination of sweet and salty, without any added sugar, processed ingredients or additives.  I love the salted ones, but their "naturally sweet" version is actually also "before natural" (same ingredients minus the salt), if you prefer to avoid excess salt.

Hi I'm Skinny Quinoa Sticks - Ancient Grains/Sea Salt

Ingredients: QUINOA FLOUR, WHOLE GRAIN CORN MEAL, WHITE RICE FLOUR, BROWN RICE FLOUR, SUNFLOWER AND/OR SAFFLOWER OIL, CHIA SEEDS, SEA SALT

These chip sticks are remarkably delicious, non-GMO and Before Natural!  They may just be my new favorite chip!

Peas Please Baked Organic Crunchy Pea Snack

Ingredients: ORGANIC WHOLE GREEN PEA FLOUR, ORGANIC BROWN RICE FLOUR, ORGANIC SUNFLOWER OIL AND/OR ORGANIC SAFFLOWER OIL, SALT.

Very similar to Snap Pea Crisps (which used to be Before Natural until they changed their ingredients).

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Dip:

Fontaine Santé Traditional Hummus

Ingredients: CHICKPEAS, WATER, TAHINI (SESAME BUTTER), CANOLA OIL,, CONCENTRATED LEMON JUICE, SEA SALT, VINEGAR, GARLIC.

Classic hummus at it's best. Delicious Before Natural ingredients. Perfect with pita bread, chips or veggie sticks for dipping. Note: the traditional version of this hummus is Before Natural but the other flavors are not.

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