Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Healthy and Delicious New Snacks (Bean Stalks) by *Mediterranean Snacks (*now Saffron Road)

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Do you find it difficult to find something healthy and tasty to snack on when you want something crunchy, like chips? I do! — Well, I did, until I discovered Mediterranean Snacks.

We usually have nuts and Triscuit crackers (one of the few whole-grain crackers I can find) in our cupboards; however, before now, I had not been able to find a healthy chip-like snack that tasted good. I had the opportunity to try the new Bean Stalks by Mediterranean Snacks and blog about them, so I seized it.

First, the packaging and nutrition content for Bean Stalks

The snacks are packaged in a sturdy bag with a shiny mylar surface inside. My snacks arrived fresh with minimal broken pieces. The Bean Stalk bags can easily be recycled into small gift bags. Just turn them inside out, wash off any reside, and allow to dry thoroughly before using.

recycled gift bag containing
a small gift and stuffed
with green tissue paper

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Can it be Easy to Make Healthy Food Choices?

One of my goals with this blog and my book has been to simplify healthy eating facts for us all. Choosing healthy products has been an on-going learning process for me since 2006, and many facts are not presented in a manner that is easy to understand! I hope that the information here provides some assistance with your everyday food choices.

Label reading 

This is additional information that goes along with the label reading hints in the first chapter of my book -- Making Healthy Food Choices

Some high fiber products are stuffed with what is essentially fake fiber. 
It is not as healthy as the naturally occurring fiber in whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. I now watch for and avoid maltodextrin, which has a high glycemic index of 130, on the ingredients list.

Remember that multigrain does not mean whole-grain. To receive the benefits of whole grains, the first ingredient needs to be whole-grain.

No wonder I have such a difficult time finding healthy whole-grain crackers!  I recently read this in Readers Digest: Your typical cracker is made with refined grains and flavoring built around fat, salt, and sugar. Then preservatives are often added so the crackers can sit on the shelf for a year. Also, whole-grain crackers are rare.

Triscuit crackers are pretty much my go-to cracker of choice, since I have difficulty finding other crackers with whole-grain as the first ingredient.