Look at that picture again.

Your boy is eating Crunchy Kale Chips. Vampire Killer even (because of the garlic). And as an added bonus, let's throw in the Plant Based Cauliflower Buffalo flavored dip.

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Who am I and what have I become?

This is as close to vegan as I have ever been. EVER! Real vegans slow your role and don't go off on me. I said "as close". I still eat chicken and fish. But the red meat consumption has dropped considerably. And all this is in the name of eating healthy and losing weight.

I started the last two weeks of February and to date (April 23rd) I have lost 22 pounds. I have changed my diet dramatically and have been pretty disciplined about it.

However when you want a snack, you're trying to make smarter choices and choosing better alternatives. I read more labels now than ever before. Sidebar, thee is so much fat, sodium, and sugar in stuff it's a shame.

My search for healthy snacks lead me to this.

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Yeah. That's a kale chip. Kale yes. Chip...nah. More like air dried clump of kale with plenty of garlic on it. You know what that looks like right? Wait, take a look at a plate of it.

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I don't have to say it. You know that looks like. And I'd have to have the munchies to be happy with my purchase. They weren't bad but they weren't chips. And if you think a bag of crushed chips is bad, you see what the bottom of a bag of kale chips looks like right?

How about the dips?

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The cauliflower buffalo really wasn't that bad. I'm ok with these guys. I even had another brand a while back.

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And speaking of this brand, I found this ORIGINAL FLAVOR one too. Plain but not bad and I'd get it again. And trust me if I'm giving a thumbs up to a cauliflower hummus, it has to be decent. Just don't go dippin' kale chips in there. You'll be disappointed.

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How about some more dips? Plant based Queso style? I give this one a thumbs up. And bonus, it melts too! Cold or hot this one tasted great to me. Non dairy, soy free, non GMO, gluten free and plant based?!? MORE ADJETIVES! Yeah, me eating this and approving it is a big step.

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Sadly however, this one is NO BUENO. Epic fail on the plant based French onion dip. It looked like bad baby food and tasted just as terrible. You should just go ahead and go to QD and grab some chip dip. It's not on the diet but it's way better than this.

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And if you thought the above was bad, it's head and shoulders above what's below. Cilantro and Jalapeno plant based dip. I should have stopped at cilantro and plant based. This one was...just no.

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The folks at PETA put together a pretty decent list and it's even got Fritos Bean Dip on it. You can peep their list HERE.

Eat healthy my friends and live longer.

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