If you’re like me, you likely feel the urge to snack on something yummy and crunchy mid-afternoon or in the evening. I try to bring my own homemade healthy trail mix to work to avoid impulse buys at the coffee shop, but sometimes you just need some variety. So what great news that a company called The Good Bean has now made their way to Canada with their All-Natural Roasted Chickpea Snacks.
Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are part of the legume family (they are pulses, technically) and have many nurtitional and health benefits, including being a good source of protein and fibre, a low glycemic index, and are a good source of folate. And I bet you didn’t know that Canada is one of the top five exporters of chickpeas worldwide! (source: http://www.eatrightontario.ca)
The Good Bean actually launched in September 2010, but has just recently made their way to Canada, and now you can find them all over Toronto and the GTA. Of course you can roast your own chickpeas too (sample recipe here) but who has the time and energy. And as a bonus, The Good Bean products are GMO-free and fair-trade!
The Good Bean offers seven different types of chickpea snacks: sea salt, cracked pepper, smoked chili & lime, sweet cinnamon, mesquite BBQ, thai coconut lemongrass, and chocolate. After trying all the flavours (thanks to the folks at The Good Bean for hooking me up!) my favourite is the good old fashioned sea salt, but honourable mentions go to sweet cinnamon and smoked chili & lime.
One serving of these roasted chickpeas has as much protein as almonds, as much fiber as two cups of broccoli and as much folate as three cups of spinach! Minimally-processed, GMO-free, ethically traded, and a great healthy snack to satisfy that afternoon or evening craving – what more could you want? These are a nice addition to the food scene in Canada!
My other recommendation are KIND Bars. These all natural bars are really convenient to just pick up and throw in your pocket or purse when you’re on the go. KIND launched in 2004 with 8 different varieties and now offers 22 different bars to satisfy any preferences. Many snack bars on the market contain a lengthy list of ingredients that you might not recognize as “food”, in addition to lots of added sugar (or worse, high-fructose corn syrup), plus preservatives, additives, etc. Not these!
KIND bars are made with simple, real ingredients (none of those things you can’t pronounce) including nuts, fruit and whole grains. High in fibre and a good source of protein, they are also suitable for those following gluten-free, and for many of the bars, vegan diets. And for those who are concerned about GMOs, they’re GMO-free too.
My favourite is the Almond-Cranberry which is made with almonds, dried cranberries, macadamias, honey, glucose, crisp rice, chicory root fiber, and sunflower oil. The Almond-Coconut is also really good, but other options include: Almond & Apricot, Blueberry Vanilla & Cashew, Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew, among others.
Happy healthy snacking!