Monday, March 26, 2012

Plenty of Plentils

(Forgive me for the headline, I couldn't help myself.)

Enjoy Life has introduced another allergen-free snack for those who need to avoid wheat, milk, eggs, soy, and nuts. I was very excited when they sent me a box of Plentils to try:

Don’t you just love the colors and the packaging?

Why are they called Plentils? Because they are made from lentils. I continue to be amazed at some of the foods that can be created by combining ingredients like lentils with potato starch, oils, powder, and spices – like this product does.

Enjoy Life Foods bills them as a chip, and they are something between a chip and a cracker. The scooped shape makes them reminiscent of Tostitos Corn Scoops – but these do not try to mimic a corn taste. Instead, the taste is uniquely Plentils.

Now, I’ll be honest, I like potato chips and corn chips, and they are easy enough to find without food allergens, so an allergen-free chip wasn’t on the top of my list of foods to replace. But, Plentils are low fat (about 40%) less fat, and they come in flavors – dill and sour cream, garlic and parmesan (my favorite of the bunch), margherita pizza (with a bit of a tang), and light sea salt (the mildest of the quartet). All of them (of course) are dairy-free. The sour cream and cheese tastes are simulated.

Have you tried Plentils yet? What do you think?


homecookedhealthy said...

These look interesting. What's in the ingredients beside Lentils and where can you find them?

Colette said...

Homecookedhealthy, this is a new product from Enjoy Life Foods, and it's just now making its way into health food stores. You can find complete ingredients at the Enjoy Life Foods website. As an example, the sea salt Plentils contain Lentil Powder, Potato Starch, Safflower Oil, Salt, Turmeric. No top allergens, glutens, or GMOs.