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New year, new food and nutrition trends. Health, fitness, wellness and sometimes weight loss are top of mind for many of us right now. When we investigated the new healthy eating and food trends of 2023, one of them stood out. Algae chips. While that might not sound immediately appealing, we urge you to reconsider. Give them a try! You have nothing to lose. And if you’re considering trying on trend algae chips for the first time, there are the best brands out there right now.

algae chips. really?

It’s a brand new year which means there is a whole new world of wellness to explore. This, of course, means healthy snacks that are supposed to completely change our palate and make us never crave junk food again. If you are anything like me, then chips are a major downfall for you. Honestly, if I had the choice I would serve Doritos at my wedding if my mother would let me. But somehow chips get a bad rep. People think they are unclassy, uncouth and immature (how does one little chip convey so much angst?) Yet, if you bring a bag of Doritos to a party guess what gets eaten first, Jennifer?  

Not sure how chips became so controversial but luckily there is an alternative. Algae chips are essentially the GOOP of the chip world. They are healthy, a bit exotic and just slightly whimsical (we can imagine mermaids subsisting on these.)

f you’re considering trying on trend algae chips, there are the best brands.

And they have become quite popular in the snack world due to their health benefits and environmental sustainability as well as giving you that crispy and crunchiness you crave. Algae chips are  made from dried and processed algae, such as spirulina or chlorella (don’t worry, you can’t pronounce what is in regular chips either.) They are high in protein and nutrients, and can be a good alternative to traditional potato chips or other high-fat snacks.  It’s also a good source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, which can help to improve heart health and lower inflammation. Did we also mention it is low calorie? Miho Hatanaka, a Japanese-born registered dietitian who lives in Oregon, says in the Japanese tradition, “people really attribute their health and longevity to seaweed, and even healthier skin and hair.” Where do we sign up? 

There are several brands that produce algae chips, and the best one for you will depend on your personal taste and dietary preferences. Some popular brands include:

The 4 best algae chip brands right now

1. SeaSnax

 This company makes a wide variety of seaweed-based snacks, including their original seaweed chips made from roasted seaweed. They are gluten-free, non-GMO, and vegan.

BUY NOW – $8.95.

2. Mary’s Gone Crackers 

They have a line of organic, gluten-free crackers made from a variety of whole grains and seeds, including spirulina, chlorella, and flax seeds.

BUY NOW – $28.99 for a six pack.

3. Nora Roasted Seaweed Snack, Sea Salt

This one has the perfect amount of salt. 

The best brands of on trend algae chips

BUY NOW – $2.09.


4. Simple Truth Organic, Wasabi

How about a little seaweed with spice and wasabi

The best brands of on trend algae chips

BUY NOW – $11.95.

best algae chip brands

If you’re going all in on eating healthy this year, and considering trying on trend algae chips for the first time, these are the best brands we’ve found out there right now. Have you tried algae chips? Are there any brands we should add to our list, dear reader?

Meredith Lepore

Meredith Lepore is a travel and luxury writer and editor whose work has appeared in Travel + Leisure,, Marie Claire, Self and more. She’s visited many top hotels and restaurants (although she’s still waiting on that private jet ride, which she insists would help her get over her fear of flying.) Her personal definition of luxury is Doritos and The Gilmore Girls, plus the occasional meal at Per Se. Meredith resides in New York City with her Yorkie, Otis; her preferred home décor vibe channels Valley of the Dolls.