Fit Find: Navitas Naturals Coconut Chips

A superfood snack that's crunchy, sweet, and super satisfying.

April 28, 2015

Coconut oil, coconut water, coconut flakes, coconut butter -- there's a reason major supermarkets are stocking their shelves with all things coconut. The hard-shelled fruit is loaded with medium-chain triglycerides, fats that, while saturated, are metabolized quickly and used for energy rather than stored as fat. In fact, a 2009 study published in the journal Lipids showed that women who consumed two tablespoons of coconut oil per day had a significant reduction in belly fat. Plus, healthy fats are very filling, which means they won't send you into an overeating cycle like processed carbs do (we're looking at you, pasta and pastries.)

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That's why we're loving today's #FitbieFind, Navitas Naturals Coconut Chips. A sweet and crunchy snack that can slim your middle? We're in. Made by toasting organic coconut slices at low temps, the chips have a "unique chewy crunch" that makes them super satisfying. Your flavor options? Cacao (a no-brainer for chocolate lovers), Caramel (salty-sweet and the favorite of the Fitbie team), and Chili Lime (a savory, sour flavor that was a little too intense for us). The dessert-y flavors (Cacao and Caramel) are lightly sweetened with coconut nectar, so don't be turn off by the 8 grams of sugar on the nutrition label -- some of that comes from the coconut's natural sweetness.

Toss them in yogurt, mix them with nuts and seeds for a DIY trail mix, or just eat 'em straight out of the package -- a serving is half a bag!

What  else we love:

• Fewer than 200 calories per serving

2-4 grams of fiber per serving

• Certified organic ingredients

The details: Navitas Naturals Coconut Chips, $3.49, navitasnaturals.com 

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