Food Should Taste Good Chips + a Giveaway!

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Told ya I had something fun for you this week!

So back when I was actively trying to lose weight, I was paying a lot of attention to food labels. As you do. I tracked my calories with Lose It — I still track pretty often, mostly just to make sure I’m getting enough protein these days. But when I was trying to lose my extra pounds from college and get in better shape, I was paying particularly close attention to my fiber and fat intake. Lots of fiber, not too much fat.

I was at home all day every day since I hadn’t yet scored my internship, so the desire to snack out of boredom was really high. I soon discovered a way to snack guilt-free: with Food Should Taste Good brand tortilla chips.

When I was trying to lose weight, I loved that their Multigrain tortilla chips only had 6g of fat and a whopping 3g of fiber. (the added fiber is really what sets these apart in my mind!)

Now that I’m no longer trying to lose weight, I still love how delicious these chips are, AND I love the ingredient list:

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Everything is all natural and recognizable! Plus, check out all those seeds and quinoa.

All of FSTG’s chips are gluten & cholesterol free, and many are vegan as well. And did I mention they’re delicious? It’s a pretty sturdy chip, so they even point out on the packaging that “it’s a cracker, too!”

I contacted FSTG to tell them how much I enjoy their chips, and was overwhelmed with joy at the arrival of a sample box on my porch!

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All four bags were new to me flavors, and I couldn’t wait to dig in. I instantly grabbed the bag of Jalapeno Tortilla Chips and tore in (typical for me, the spicy food lover!)

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These were hands down my favorite flavor. I described them to T-Man as a “healthy” dorito, which I think gave him unrealistic expectations for the chip haha. But what’s not to love about a chip that packs a ton of spicy flavor without leaving an unnatural orangey residue on your fingers afterward?

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They’re colored with beet juice! But I promise they don’t taste like beets 😉

Check out the other amazing flavors they sent:

Blue Corn Tortilla

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Loved these. They are pretty much the blue corn version of their original multigrain chip. Blue corn has a bit of a nuttier flavor…

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Or maybe that was all the nuts/seeds in the chip 🙂

Sweet Potato Kettle Cooked Chips

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I had tried their sweet potato tortilla chips before, but was excited to try these slightly lower-in-fat kettle cooked chips (which are my favorite kind of potato chip!). They have a special way of cooking them that uses less fat.

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You can’t tell in this picture because the only chips that were left after binging on them Friday night with friends were all folded…but they are slightly thick chips and though they’re perfectly crispy, they still have some chew to them. Yum!

And the kicker… get ready for this flavor, guys:

CHOCOLATE Tortilla Chips!

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Once I opened this bag, I pretty much made sure all my visitors tried it because I wanted to get everyone’s opinion. They’re definitely weird chips. The semi-sweet chocolate and dutch cocoa ensures a very rich chocolatey taste…

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But everyone seemed to like them! Even as we ate and kept saying “man these are bizarre”, we somehow kept on grabbing for more. They are highly addictive! But only 4g of sugar 🙂

I personally think the best way to describe them is like chocolate graham crackers. The unique thing about them, though, is that they’re also fairly salty! I love me a salty+chocolatey combo. I did have a stroke of genius, however, and found a perfect pairing for them:

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Ummm, chocolate tortilla chips + cinnamon flavored cream cheese spread = PERFECT!

I was so glad to sample this box and loved all the flavors. It will definitely ensure that next time I spot them in the grocery store I will go for one of their more unique flavors, instead of always sticking with my trusted Multigrain 🙂

Now for what you’ve been waiting for…the GIVEAWAY!

The lovely folks at Food Should Taste Good would like to give away another sample box to one of my readers!

All you have to do to enter to win a box of Food Should Taste Good chips is leave a comment on this post answering the question: “What is your favorite dip to enjoy chips with?”

Bonus Entries

1. Like Blonde Ambition on Facebook. Leave a separate comment saying you did so. 

2. Like Food Should Taste Good on Facebook. Leave another separate comment saying you did so.

The giveaway is open until Tuesday, June  18th at 11:59pm PST. Be sure a valid email address is included with your comment(s)!!! Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on this post. I will also be notifying the winner via e-mail. Product will be shipped by FSTG. Good luck!

The winner, as chosen by random.org: Entry #6! Cowboys & Crossbones! Check your email from a note from me! Congrats!

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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, however, I was provided with a box of FSTG chips to sample and review. All opinions are my own!

Muesli Protein Bars

***Muesli Fusion chose these Protein Bars as a finalist in their recipe contest!! If you like what you see, PLEASE head over to Facebook and click on my recipe – Muesli Protein Bars (Blonde Ambition Blog)…all you have to do is click! Voting closes this FRIDAY, June 21st! THANK YOU!!!***

I think I’ve mentioned a few times that I have been really into overnight oats lately. This is in large part due to the fact that I acquired a bag of Muesli Fusion at Blend, and I l-o-v-e it.

When I heard Muesli Fusion would be sponsoring one of our breakfasts, I was actually pretty skeptical about the whole idea of muesli. I thought, “It has no added sugar, so it’s not crunchy like granola…it’s basically just oats and fruit??” whyyy would you eat raw oats and fruit?

Fortunately, Muesli Fusion totally proved me wrong. One beef I’ve always had with overnight oats is that it’s too mushy. I am a texture freak, I need to have SOME kind of crunch or chew in my oatmeal/overnight oats. And Muesli Fusion’s An-Ox totally provides that. It has walnuts, dried goji berries & blueberries, and cacao nibs. Perfect solution!

I’ve all but decided to eliminate plain oats from my grocery-staple list and replace them with muesli. Seriously, I love the stuff.

Last week, as I was approaching the end of my bag of An-Ox, I remembered that Muesli Fusion is hosting a recipe contest. The challenge: to create a recipe featuring Muesli Fusion cereal.

Challenge accepted!

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I really wanted to make homemade granola muesli bars, but every recipe I found used at least 1/2 cup and usually closer to 1 cup of sugar/maple syrup/honey/etc. One of the most advertised characteristics about Muesli Fusion cereals is that they have no added sugar, except that which comes from the added fruit, and I really wanted to keep a somewhat low level of sugar in my recipe.

What I ended up with not only has less sugar than a store-bought granola bar, but also, thanks to a few scoops of protein powder and crunchy quinoa, packs a good 8 grams of protein per serving!

Instead of tons of sugar, this recipe uses only 3 tablespoons of honey, as well as the natural sweetness of banana.

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Though An-Ox already has a bunch of good add ins, my inner texture freak came out and I added a few crunchy ingredients: chia seeds, quinoa, and almonds.

I maaaaay have also used chocolate protein powder and added chocolate chips…but doesn’t everyone love feeling like they’re eating dessert for breakfast?

These aren’t your typical crunchy granola bars, but I love them all the same. The version with chocolate chips that I made clocks in at around 200 calories, only 5g of fat, a whopping 7 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein. This version has about 11.5g of sugar, which would be a fair amount lower if you omit chocolate chips.

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So will you join me in eating dessert for breakfast?

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PS. If these sound like something you’d like to try making yourself, please re-pin this post on Pinterest! I could get a prize if I get the most pinned recipe! Click this link to re-pin 🙂

PPS. If you aren’t feeling up to the challenge of creating a new recipe…try entering Muesli Fusion’s summer giveaway! No purchase necessary, no blog post needed. Just like their Facebook page!

(Chocolate) Muesli Protein Bars
makes 8 bars
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1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (you can also use skim milk or any unsweetened non-dairy milk)
3 tbsp honey
1/2 ripe banana, mashed
1 tsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups Muesli Fusion An-Ox
2 scoops chocolate protein powder (I used Onnit Hemp Force, but you can use any kind! Doesn’t have to be chocolate!)
1/4 cup sliced almonds, or full almonds roughly chopped (measure after chopping)
1/4 cup uncooked quinoa (or cooked. depends on what consistency you’re going for! i kinda par-cooked mine, haha)
1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional, will increase amount of sugar in bars)
1 tbsp flour (optional, if needed)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium-large bowl and mix well to combine. Set aside. Mix remaining dry ingredients in a separate bowl. When evenly mixed throughout, slowly add dry ingredients to bowl of wet ingredients, making sure everything gets evenly incorporated. Mixture should be pretty wet, but if you think it looks too wet, feel free to add about a tablespoon of flour.

Ideally you will use an 8×8 or 9×9 pan for these bars. Spray your pan with oil and press the batter tightly into the pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, checking at the 20 minute mark to see how done they are. You will want them to be firm in the middle, and to look dry. Remove from the oven and let cool a bit before removing from pan. Let cool completely to room temperature before cutting into bars…it should make about 8!

Keep in an airtight container, or individually wrap the bars in saran wrap, and keep in fridge. Should keep for about a week.