Friday, January 17, 2014

Simply 7 Snacks Review and Giveaway

My kids come home from school hungry.  Two of them have lunch while it's still morning, so by the mid-afternoon their tummies are growling, and the first words out of their mouths are "Mom, do we have any snacks?"

Of course, they want something yummy, but I want them to have a healthy snack.  That's one reason I was excited to find out about Simply 7 Snacks!

The founders of Simply 7 started their company because of a distressing trend they noticed in their local grocery stores: food made with ingredients that most people don’t recognize and can’t even pronounce. The idea behind Simply 7 products is ingredients that are natural and simple - you should be able to identify the raw vegetable, fruit, grain, or legume the ingredients in their products come from. They also wanted to show people that simple ingredients are actually exceptionally delicious.

I received a huge box full of 10 different full-sized bags of Simply 7 Snacks:
  • Hummus Chips: Sea Salt, Tomato Basil, Spicy Chili Pepper, and Roasted Red Pepper varieties
  • Lentil Chips: Sea Salt, Creamy Dill, Jalapeno, and Bruschetta varieties
  • Pomegranate Chips: Sea Salt, Black Pepper, and White Cheddar varieties

Checking out the packages, I was happy to see that the ingredient labels were indeed very simple.  No hard to pronounce "food" items listed!  For instance, the Lentil Chips with Sea Salt has the following ingredients: lentil flour, potato starch, expeller pressed safflower oil, and sea salt.  That's it.  No preservatives or artificial flavors.

Even a more complicated flavor like the Spicy Chili Pepper Hummus Chips had a longer, but still easily understandable, ingredient list: chickpea flour, potato starch, expeller pressed safflower oil, corn flour, salt, whey powder, garlic powder, sugar, spices, onion powder, dehydrated red bell pepper, olive oil, sesame oil, natural flavors, paprika extract.  No artificial colors to make the beautiful orange-red color of the chips!

Best of all, there are no trans fats and no GMOs in these snacks.  Many varieties are also gluten-free!

But, of course, none of that matters if the snacks don't taste good.  So I did a taste test with my kids, with three of the varieties and some dips.

The kids really loved the Creamy Dill Lentil chips.  They went well with creamy, sour-cream based dips like an onion dip.  The dill flavor really shined through.  And the shape was great for scooping up dip!

The Sea Salt Hummus Chips were also a big hit.  The kids thought they went best with - you guessed it - hummus!  But I think the spicier hummus chip varieties would go well with a bean dip.  Again, the scoop shape made it easy for the kids to scoop up a healthy snack!

The Pomegranate White Cheddar variety, unfortunately, didn't go over all that well.  The combination of the pomegranate and white cheddar was very different... but my kids didn't care for the pomegranate part of the chip.  I could see where these Sea Salt Pomegranate Chips might be delicious with a fruit salsa, though.

Overall, we really loved the Hummus and Lentil chip varieties, and we'll be eating them for some time to come!

Would you like to try Simply 7 products?  Check out the Simply 7 store locator to find them in a store near you - I found them at some independent nutrition stores.  Learn more about them at their website or on Facebook.

Or would you like to try them for free?

Frugal Follies is hosting a giveaway for a Simply 7 Snacks prize pack, including 10 bags of Simply 7 Snacks!

The giveaway is open to residents of the 50 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia.  The giveaway ends on Sunday, February 2, 2014.  To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below!

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Gretchen Luper January 18, 2014 at 4:38 AM  

I would really like to try the Sea Salt Hummus snack. Not only does it sound healthy but it sounds like it tastes good also. I wouldn't feel bad about my kids eating them as well as myself. My rafflecopter name is Gretchen Luper

goldangel69 January 18, 2014 at 10:34 AM  

Hummus Chips: Sea Salt, Tomato Basil, Spicy Chili Pepper, and Roasted Red Pepper any one of these i love hummus but would love to try all of them

Sharon Kaminski January 18, 2014 at 10:37 AM  

I would like to try the sour cream 'n onion because I have not tried these yet because they are new.

Natalie January 18, 2014 at 6:38 PM  

I would love to try the sea salt quinoa chips because I recently tried garlic seasoned quinoa and it tasted pretty good with broccoli. I wonder how well quinoa tastes in a chip!

Miss Sarah January 18, 2014 at 6:48 PM  

I'd be very interested in trying the Spicy Chili Pepper Hummus Chips. I love spicy chips, and these sound interesting! :)

Thanks for the giveaway!

Jan Hall January 18, 2014 at 7:16 PM  

I would like to try them stall. I would start with the Pomegranate White Cheddar chips..All of the Hummus chips sound delicious. Actually they all do.

M Clark January 18, 2014 at 8:17 PM  

I am Most excited about trying the Black Pepper Pomegranate Chips, the Jalapeno Lentil Chips, the Spicy Chili Pepper Hummus Chips, the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Chips, the Barbeque Quinoa Chips, the Cheddar Quinoa Chips, and the Sour Cream & Onion Quinoa Chips. Actually I'm pretty sure I'd just try them all!!

Paty pulido January 19, 2014 at 1:45 AM  

i would love to try the pomegranate sea salt they looks and sound so so very delicious(:

Marti Tabora January 19, 2014 at 4:06 PM  

I'm interested in trying the Pomegranate Sea Salt chips because they sound really good to me. Thank you.

BowieTip January 19, 2014 at 5:25 PM  

Creamy Dill Lentil Chips. Why? 'Cause dill is my favorite garden herb.

Hope to win!

Lauren-Olivia Wood,  January 19, 2014 at 11:49 PM  

I would love to try the Pomegranate Chips because I love the taste of fresh Pomegranates!

rebeccabasset January 20, 2014 at 1:08 AM  

I would love to try their Pomegranate Chips because I have never had anything like these.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Ann Fantom,  January 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM  

I would like to try Simply7's Spicy Chili Pepper Hummus chips because I love spicy foods.

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Becca January 20, 2014 at 12:58 PM  

I would love to try roasted red pepper hummus chips because they sound really interesting. Red pepper hummus is a popular flavor so it is probably good in chip form also.

jopb January 22, 2014 at 7:47 PM  

The tomato basil and sweet red pepper j=hummus chips sound delicious and I want to try them However, I have never had Pomegranate chips and to be flavored with white cheddar makes them w=even more desirable.

jopb January 22, 2014 at 7:49 PM  

I forgot to leave my email so here is part of my comment. I think I am most looking forward to the Pomegranate chips that are flavored with white cheddar because I have never tried pomegranate chips

lilsnobelle January 24, 2014 at 10:14 AM  

I want to try the Pomegranite Sea Salt variety of chips, because it sounds healthy and tasty

sheila ressel January 28, 2014 at 10:07 AM  

I've had the hummus chips before and they are wonderful. I'm most excited to try the Pomegranite chips in the white cheddar variety!

Anonymous,  January 30, 2014 at 1:03 AM  

The cheddar Quinoa Chips top my list. I like almost anything with cheese and I've heard about the great nutritional value of quinoa (isn't it high in protein?).

Kara Jeremias January 30, 2014 at 9:55 PM  

The Bruchetta lentil chip, love the real stuff.. and think the combination would be just as tasty.

patty4899 January 31, 2014 at 1:10 PM  

I'd love to try the Sea Salt Pomegranate Chips, they sound really good to have as a snack and with maybe some yogurt fruit dip.

Derek Timm February 1, 2014 at 3:00 PM  

I would really like to try the BBQ chips. I have always liked the flavor and know I would like these also!

Lane Mahnke February 1, 2014 at 3:32 PM  

I'd like to try the Tomato Basil chips. I have never tried this brand before, and am curious to try all the flavors!

Kayla,  February 1, 2014 at 11:02 PM  

I really want to try the Simply 7 Quinoa Sea Salt chips. They look absolutely delicious and healthy.

smilekisses February 2, 2014 at 2:19 AM  

I would like to try the Pomegranate White Cheddar chips. My family loves pomegranates and these sound interesting.

Kayci Stanley February 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM  

A lot of their flavors sound really good to me. I think I would most like to try their Barbeque Quinoa Chips or their Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Chips.

imaclutz89 February 2, 2014 at 11:01 AM  

I really want to try the sea salt chips. They have a fresher taste than normal salt and look delicious!


Candie L February 2, 2014 at 12:22 PM  

I would like the cheddar or barbeque. thank you


Megan Barnecutt February 2, 2014 at 12:30 PM  

The Hummus Chips in the Roasted Red Pepper flavour sound delicious and I've never tried a brand like this before - very innovative! - Megan Bailey Barnecutt

mary gardner February 2, 2014 at 12:44 PM  

I'd like to try the Pomegranate Chips with sea salt and the Lentil Chips in the Creamy Dill flavor!

Susan Climan February 2, 2014 at 3:34 PM  

I am really interested in trying the quinoa chips. I want to try to eat more whole and ancient grains this year.

Trudy Zufelt February 2, 2014 at 5:34 PM  

I would like to try the quinoa sea salt chips because they are gluten free and I can share with my daughter.

Buddy Garrett February 2, 2014 at 8:37 PM  

I am interested in trying the Barbecue Quinoa Chips. They sound healthy and delicious. Barbecue is my favorite flavor.

Anonymous,  February 2, 2014 at 9:19 PM  

lentil since I never had a lentil chip before. vivian

ZESTYWONDERLAND February 2, 2014 at 9:55 PM  

The Simply 7 Snacks variety I would most love to try is the Quinoa Chip Barbeue! I can just imagine how good it ould be as a snack or paired with a homemade burger!

Pixel Berry Pie February 2, 2014 at 11:40 PM  

I would truly love the pomegranate chips! What a wonderful-sounding flavor. Thanks so much for offering the giveaway,

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