Whenever you open a bag of crunchy snacks, you’re most likely opening something processed. I know there are some families that never eat anything processed, and I admire that. But, in my family, sometimes we have bags of crunchy snacks. When we do, I do my best to make sure the ingredients in those crunchy snacks are natural.


My latest discovery is Veggie Stix, and my family has really been enjoying them. In fact, we have our niece, her husband, and their two boys staying with us for a few days right now, and they like them a lot, too. Veggie Stix are potato-based crunchy sticks with several other vegetables thrown in the mix.


Here’s the list of ingredients in Veggie Stix.


Potato starch, Dehydrated potato, Expeller pressed sunflower or safflower oil, Rice flour, Sea salt, Tomato, Spinach, Green pepper, Parsley, Paprika, Celery, Garlic, Potassium chloride, Nutrients from whole foods concentrates of spinach, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, beets, shiitake mushrooms.


I first had Veggie Stix a few weeks ago at my friend Susan’s house. She told me she had taste-tested them at Wegmans.  She bought them as an option for a summer barbecue and likes them because of the ingredients and because they’re less greasy than chips. She also mentioned that they don’t make her feel bloated like pretzels. When I saw them at my local Wegmans last week, I grabbed a bag.


My boys were hesitant at first. There are pictures of broccoli and carrots and other vegetables on the package. That kind of goes against their idea of what should be in a bag of crunchy snacks. They had a few and left the kitchen. Then, they came back in and had a few more. Now they like them, even the gray-colored ones that taste a little bit like mushrooms.


I posted a question to Good Health Natural Foods, the maker of Veggie Stix, about genetically modified ingredients (GMO) in the product. They assured me that they don’t use GMOs.


Foods that are labeled natural can be made with GMOs so it’s always good to check with a company that makes natural foods if you want to know for sure. Facebook seems to be one of the quickest ways for me to get answer from any company, as long as their Facebook page is active. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Veggie Stix are a crunchy, GMO-free snack
A crunchy chip-like snack that not only has potatoes but green peppers and spinach in it has our food blogger's family reaching for more.