Are Veggie Straws vegan and what are they made of? Veggie Straws, sometimes called veggie sticks, are a crispy snack food that's advertised as being a "better-for-you snack". While potato starch and flour are the first two ingredients, they also contain different vegetable powders for some added nutrition. They contain less fat than the leading potato chip brand as well and do not contain any artificial colors. But, are Veggie Straws vegan? The answer is Yes...and No. It all depends on the flavor.
Some people who follow a vegan diet do not eat processed foods. But I find that it's super helpful to have a few snack foods on hand that can be found in a regular grocery store. Can these crunchy straws be added to my vegan snack list? Veggie Straws' owner company, Sensible Portions, displays all of the ingredients and nutritional information on their website. As you can see below, the Sea Salt flavor contains basic ingredients without artificial flavors.
Sea Salt Flavor Ingredients List: POTATO STARCH, POTATO FLOUR, EXPELLER PRESSED CANOLA OIL AND/OR SAFFLOWER OIL AND/OR SUNFLOWER OIL, SPINACH POWDER, TOMATO PASTE, SALT, CANE SUGAR, CORN STARCH, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, TURMERIC (COLOR), BEETROOT POWDER (COLOR), SEA SALT.
The Sea Salt flavor does not contain any dairy products and can be a great vegan snack. But what about the other Veggie Straws flavors? Let's take a closer look at the ingredients.
Veggie Straws come in three other flavors: Screamin' Hot, Zesty Ranch, and Cheddar Cheese. The ingredients lists for all three flavors are below.
Screamin' Hot Variety Ingredients List: POTATO STARCH, POTATO FLOUR, EXPELLER PRESSED CANOLA OIL AND/OR SAFFLOWER OIL AND/OR SUNFLOWER OIL, SPINACH POWDER, TOMATO PASTE, SALT, CANE SUGAR, CORN STARCHM POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, TUMERIC (COLOR), BEETROOD POWDER (COLOR), SEASONING (SALT, NATURAL FLAVORS, DEXTROSE, YEAST EXTRACT, BUTTERMILK, BEET POWDER (COLOR), MALTODEXTRIN, NONFAT MILK, ONION POWDER, CHEDDAR CHEESE (MILK, SALT, CULTURES, ENZYMES), WHEY, CITRIC ACID, LACTIC ACID, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, ANNATTO EXTRACT, BUTTER (CREAM), EXTRACTIVES OF PAPRIKA, VINEGAR).
Unfortunately, the Screamin' Hot Variety contains buttermilk, cheddar cheese, whey and butter.
Zesty Ranch Variety Ingredient List: POTATO STARCH, POTATO FLOUR, EXPELLER PRESSED CANOLA OIL AND/OR SAFFLOWER OIL AND/OR SUNFLOWER OIL, SPINACH POWDER, TOMATO PASTE, SALT, CANT SUGAR, CORN STARCH, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, TURMERIC (COLOR), BEETROOT POWDER (COLOR), SEASONING (SALT, BUTTERMILK, NATURAL FLAVORS, COCONUT OIL, MALTODEXTRIN, GARLIC POWDER, YEAST EXTRACT, SOUR CREAM [CREAM, NONFAT MILK, CULTURES], DEXTROSE, ONION POWDER, TOMATO POWDER, CREAM, CITRIC ACID, CULTURED NONFAT MILK, SPICES [INCLUDING CELERY SEED], PAPRIKA, SUGAR, LACTIC ACID, MALIC ACID, VINEGAR, NONFAT MILK, SODIUM CASEINATE).
The Zesty Ranch flavor contains buttermilk, sour cream, cream, cultured nonfat milk, and nonfat milk. These are definitely not vegan.
Cheddar Cheese Variety Ingredients List: POTATO STARCH, POTATO FLOUR, EXPELLER PRESSED CANOLA OIL AND/OR SAFFLOWER OIL AND/OR SUNFLOWER OIL, SPINACH POWDER, TOMATO PASTE, SALT, CANE SUGAR, CORN STARCH, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, TURMERIC (COLOR), BEETROOT POWDER (COLOR), SEASONING (WHEY, SALT, CHEDDAR CHEESE [PASTEURIZED MILK, CULTURES, SALT, ENZYMES], BUTTERMILK SOLIDS, ONION POWDER, NATURAL FLAVORS, SOUR CREAM [CREAM, NONFAT MILK, CULTURES], CULTURED NONFAT DRY MILK, MALTODEXTRIN, BUTTER, YEAST EXTRACT, LACTIC ACID, CITRIC ACID, EXTRACTIVES OF PAPRIKA, GARLIC POWDER, EXTRACTIVES OF TURMERIC).
Unfortunately, the Cheddar Cheese flavor contains whey, cheddar cheese, buttermilk solids, sour cream, cultured nonfat dry milk, and butter. So for Veggie Straws, only the Sea Salt variety contains vegan ingredients.
Sensible Portions has several other products that contain powders of different vegetables. There're Garden Veggie Stacked Chips, which is a veggie version of Pringles. There're also Garden Veggie Wavy Chips which are similar to wavy potato chips.
Garden Veggie Stacked Chips come in the following varieties: Sea Salt, Salt and Vinegar, Sour Cream & Onion, BBQ, Cheddar and Pizza. Are any of these vegan? The great news is that several flavors are vegan!
Vegan Flavors of Garden Veggie Stacked Chips
- Sea salt
- Salt and vinegar
These do not contain any dairy!
Unfortunately, Sour Cream & Onion, Cheddar and Pizza flavors do contain dairy and are therefore not vegan. Garden Veggie Wavy Chips only come in one flavor - Sea Salt. They are dairy-free and vegan!
Other Sensible Portions Products?
Sensible Portions also makes cinnamon flavored Apple Straws. Unfortunately, this product does not contain any veggies. But, it also doesn't contain any dairy and is a vegan product. So if you're in need of a "healthier" treat, these Apple Straws might be a great choice for you. I love that they contain apple puree in them.
Apple Straws - Cinnamon Ingredients List: CORN FLOUR, RICE FLOUR, SUGAR, POTATO FIBER, APPLE PUREE, SEALT, NATURAL APPLE FLAVOR, EXPELLER PRESSED CANOLA OIL AND/OR SAFFLOWER OIL AND/OR SUNFLOWER OIL, SEASONING (SUGAR CINNAMON, MALIC ACID, NATURAL FLAVORS).
If you crumble up the apple straws, they make a great topping! I highly recommend sprinkling the pieces on top of non-dairy vanilla ice cream or yogurt. Even better, sauté some apple slices in a little vegan butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Put the apple slices on top of the vegan ice cream and the Apple Straws crumbs on top of that! It's like a healthier apple pie a la mode.
Sensible Portions Veggie Straws (sea salt flavor) can be a healthy snack that can fit in with a vegan lifestyle. While right now the other flavors contain animal products (dairy), I'm hopeful that there will be more vegan flavors in the future. However, their Stacked Chips have more vegan varieties to choose from which include Sea Salt, Salt and Vinegar, and BBQ. Also, Garden Veggie Wavy Chips in sea salt do not contain and animal ingredients as well. Their Apple Straws can be a great slightly sweet snack.
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