In this Harvest Snaps review, I grab my jumbo size bag (thanks Costco!) and give my thoughts about the flavor price, and the big question you’re probably wanting to ask a dietitian (that’s me!): Are harvest snaps healthy?
Let’s get crunching!
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I really enjoyed this snack, and would buy them again!
They are healthier compared to many conventional chips (more on soon, so keep reading).
First, here’s a quick summarized pros and cons list, along with a video of me reviewing the flava!
- Relatively healthy compared to other processed snacks
- Nice portion
- If you don’t like green peas, these have a strong green pea flavor
- A bit oily
What Are Harvest Snaps?
Harvest Snaps a brand of a variety of snacks under the company Calbee. For example, they have a line of green pea or lentil based snacks (1). Some of these snacks look like chips or Funyuns®.
For purposes of this review, I’m just testing out their (arguably) most popular snack: the Harvest Snaps Baked Green Pea Lightly Salted Snacks. These resemble the shape of snap peas still in their pod, but are actually more chip like (see picture below).
Where Can I Buy Them?
Here’s a list of places you might find the lightly salted variety (I personally got mine at Costco):
Harvest Snaps Review (Lightly Salted Baked Peas Snacks)
I think these are absolutely delicious!
They are very crunchy, but not as crunchy as a traditional potato chip.
I enjoyed the strong green pea flavor, but if you don’t like green peas, you might not enjoy them. They don’t taste overly salty.
Interestingly, my husband thought the flavor was also similar to edamame (I don’t agree)!
My one complaint is that some of these snacks had a bunch of oil on them, which made it more messy.
These were so good that I easily eat many of them!
At 22 pieces per serving, the serving size looks visually appealing to me! Each crisp was a bit over half the length of my forefinger
This is nice snack in itself. If I want to bump up the satiety factor, I might add a few cubes of baked tofu to round it out!
I can also see this snack as a nice side to a meal, like a protein packed veggie burger!
Here’s the thing: these are pretty expensive!
Here’s a list of prices I found (fyi: prices may change):
- Walmart: $3.25 USD for 6 ounces (54 cents per ounce)
- Target: 1.99 USD for 3.3 ounces (60 cents per ounce)
- Costco: $8.49 USD for 20 ounces (42 cents) (please note, this is the price I personally got in my nearest store).
Now, I first bought Harvest Snaps Lightly Salted pea snack crisps from my nearest Costco.
The original price was actually $8.49 USD but, I got $3 USD off at the time of purchase cause they were on sale!
So my total price was a good deal compared to these other prices -coming in at only $5.49 USD for 20 ounces on sale (that’s only 27 cents per ounce, or nearly half the listed Walmart price per ounce above)!
Of course, if you are a Costco member, you know that you have to pay an annual fee, so take that into account!
Here’s the ingredients from the back of the huge bag I got from Costco as pictured above:
“Ingredients: Green peas, vegetable oil (canola oil, safflower and/or sunflower oil), rice, salt, calcium carbonate, rosemary extract (for freshness).”
Since ingredients are listed by in order of weight (with those at the beginning contributing the most to the total make up of the product)- I’m thrilled to see green peas as the first ingredient!
Yes, they are processed to make this into a chip like texture, but as you are about to see below, the nutrients from the peas help to contribute to the nutrition content (namely protein and fiber).
The next largest ingredient is vegetable oils that are not hydrogenated (not artificial trans fats) which makes it a healthier fat choice than saturated or hydrogenated fats (want to learn about fats? Read all about that on my article dedicated to the topic over here!).
Finally, the rice likely balances out the stronger pea flavor, calcium carbonate adds a bit of calcium, and some salt helps to enhance the flavor.
Here’s some nutritional highlights from 1 serving (1 ounce) as noted from the information in the picture above!
- Calories: 130
- Total Fat: 5 grams
- Saturated fat: 0 grams
- Trans fat: 0 grams
- Sodium: 75 milligrams
- Total Carbohydrates: 16 grams
- Dietary Fiber: 4 grams
- Added Sugars: 0 grams
- Protein: 5 grams
- Potassium: 200 milligrams
- Iron: 0.9 milligrams
I love that this snack has more fiber and protein than several other chip type products. Fiber and protein could up the satiety factor!
At only 75 milligrams of sodium per serving, it’s a low sodium snack(2), several potato chips include 200 milligrams of sodium or more!
There are no trans fats and added sugars which is another plus.
Saturated fat is 0 grams. Research suggests replacing saturated fat with poly or monounsaturated fats or high fiber carbohydrates is better for heart disease risk(3). This product has 0 grams of saturated fat.
Finally, this item provides some minerals. For example it has a decent amount of plant based iron for a chip like snack.
Are Harvest Snaps Healthy?
Yes, when compared to other similar processed snacks, Harvest Snaps Lightly Salted Baked Green Pea snacks are often healthier!
- Fiber: At 4 grams of fiber per 1 ounce serving, they provide a good amount of fiber. Many Americans lack fiber, which is important for regularity and digestive health. Most other processed chip like snacks have 1 gram or less.
- 0 grams of Saturated and trans fat per serving.
- Low in Sodium: Savory snacks (including chips and crackers) are one of the top sources of sodium in the general population (4). This savory snack only has 75 milligrams of sodium per serving, making it a low sodium snack. That’s pretty rare when you compare it to other snacks like pretzels and chips!
- Plant Based Protein: Protein adds to the satiety of this snack. For comparison, peanut butter has about 4 grams of protein per tablespoon(5), and this Harvest Snacks product contains 5 grams of protein per serving.
Here’s a comparison of Harvest Snaps lightly salted to a lightly salted popular potato chip brand, as well as a popular crisp that has veggie in the title:
|Saturated fat||Trans Fat||Fiber||Sodium||Protein|
|Harvest Snaps Snack Crisps Lightly Salted (6)||0 grams||0 grams||4 grams||75 milligrams||5 grams|
|Veggie Straws Sea Salt (7)||1 gram||0 grams||0 grams||220 milligrams||<1 gram|
|LAY’S® Lightly Salted Potato Chips(8)||1.5 grams||0 grams||1 gram||65 milligrams||2 grams|
As you can see The Harvest Snaps lightly salted green pea snacks has the most favorable overall profile, and makes for a more balanced snack with the addition of satiating fiber and protein.
Are These Dietitian Approved?
If you are looking for a crunchy snack to replace regular potato chips, or similar items, then yes!
If you have have the option to choose a actual green peas or another whole food as a snack, that would most likely be preferable.
Remember, food is more than what is stated on the nutrition facts!
When you heavily process a whole food, you might be missing out on antioxidants and other nutrients.
A diet that centers a variety minimally processed whole foods, like fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, healthy complex carbohydrates and protein rich foods is best. But that doesn’t mean more processed foods can’t be added to a healthy eating pattern!
Processed foods can sometimes be easier to take on the go as well.
If you have any questions about personalizing your dietary needs with grocery shopping, meal and snack prep, talk to registered dietitian.
Would I buy Harvest Snaps Again?
I will buy these again (The lightly salted ones)! But, most likely when I shop at Costco – cause the price is pretty steep!
- Good flavor and texture
- Healthier than many other chip like snacks
- Nice portion
- 0 grams of trans and saturated fat per serving
- Low sodium
- 0 grams of saturated fat per serving
- 0 grams of trans fat per serving
- No added sugars
- Decent amount of fiber and protein
- Gluten free (1) (if that’s something that is important to you)
- Expensive (although, Costco has some decent price)
- If you don’t like the flavor of peas, this has a strong pea flavor
- Processing may remove some of the beneficial antioxidants and other nutrients.
- Some of the crisps appeared overly greasy.
I hope you found this article helpful! Do you enjoy Harvest Snaps snapea crisps? Let me know your favorite in the comments below!
If you enjoyed it, you might like some of our other vegan food reviews including:
–Tattooed Chef Acai Bowl Review
–Aldi Vegan Meatballs Review
–Sunrise Energy Bars Review
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