New-style snacks offer an easy way to get your fruit and veg
Greenday Broccoli Chips
HK$23, 30 gram box, from VOle'.
In its raw form, broccoli is high in vitamin C, has about 35 calories and just a trace of fat per 100 grams, and is about 90 per cent water. Greenday's special 'vacuum frying' process does wonders in retaining the colour, flavour and shape of the vegetable. But the chips left my fingers greasy, they were dry and the nutritional content - 180 calories, 15 grams fat and zero vitamin C per box - is hardly impressive.
Verdict: A convenient way to get fibre (5 grams per box, or a fifth of your daily needs), but I'd prefer a spear of fresh broccoli any day.
Farmer's Choice Veggie's Snack
HK$18.90, 50 gram bag, VOle'.
The natural sweetness and earthy flavours of carrot, beetroot and parsnip come through beautifully in this moreish all-natural snack. Frying in sunflower oil gives the vegetables a wonderful crunch, though upping their caloric and fat content. Still, they are healthier than regular potato chips gram for gram - at 106 calories, 6.9 grams fat and 5.6g fibre per 28g versus about 160 calories, 10g fat and 1g fibre.
Verdict: Yummy, but don't forget to chase with a tall glass of water - the chips can get a tad dry and salty.
Delicious Orchard Freeze-dried Fruit Crisps, Pear Slices
HK$11.50, 20 gram bag, VOle'.
Unlike the previous two varieties of chips, this one contains no oil or salt. In fact, it has just one ingredient - pear. Freeze-dried and hence juiceless, nearly crunchless pears, to be precise. And that takes away the messy joy of having sweet, sticky liquid flow down your fingers as you sink your teeth into succulent flesh.
Verdict: Pears are not always in season, so at 70 calories and 0.2 grams fat per bag, these crisps offer a sweet, tasty alternative.