For those of you who’ve been following my blog for a while, by now you know I’m choosy about the products I use. Many convenience, packaged items are filled with hydrogenated oils, chemicals and/or dyes, excess sugars, salt and well…junk that is designed to appeal to our tastebuds. And then there are some that don’t, but taste like well.. cardboard. When I find something that fits my standards and excites my tastebuds, it’s certainly worth noting (and a good review).
I was delighted receive a package from The Good Bean on my doorstep: a variety of their Roasted Chickpea Snacks and Fruit & No-Nut Bars. What a satisfying crunch – filled with flavor, originality and Mmm-Mmm goodness. Yes, these healthy snacks receive my stamp of approval – NUTRI-SAVVY’S PICK! Read below to check out my review.
These days more and more companies are striving to create good for you food that tastes good too and well. The Good Bean is one of them.
So so good for you
Munch on a bag of… Chickpeas! Why not?! The Roasted Chickpea snacks are filled with protein and fiber and naturally good for you. That’s why I love the concept of these snacks. Simple whole food ingredients prepared in just the right balance so the flavors come true, tasty and satisfying. If you are nut-free or simply want a crunchy, satisfying alternative to nuts, and less calories for the same amount. You can enjoy them alone as packaged, these are lightly toasted with great seasoning combos – check out these great flavors, or try them mixed into your baked goods. I actually tested the Sweet Cinnamon chickpeas in a spice cake recipe (an alternative to walnuts) and it went over well.
A go-to snack
Grab a Fruit & No-Nut energy bar! And as far as convenience, these snacks are already wrapped up and ready for the road. Each bar is Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, Hexane-Free and under 200 calories. The chickpea snack packages serve 2 portions so you can share or save the rest for later (perhaps add a bit to your next recipe in place of nuts). My only recommendation is that a) the chickpea snacks be in smaller one-serving packs or b) a zip-lock seal be included in the package for saving the other half of the serving for later. Yes, I’m a stickler on portion control. : )
A perfect add-in
Got yogurt, a salad or bowl of oatmeal that could use a little crunch? Instead of nuts, The Good Bean’s Roasted Chickpeas to add a little to enhance the flavor and texture of your favorite meals/snacks. The Sweet Cinnamon works well with Greek yogurt, oatmeal and baked goods that tend to be more on the sweet side. For savory salads that need a little crunch, try sprinkling on the Chili Lime. Such great flavors! Test them out for yourself. Of course, they are perfect alone as a snack. But oh what a perfect way to enhance your dishes without a lot of calories.
Check out www.thegoodbean.com for more information about these wonderful snacks and their healthy benefits.