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Crunch on Some “Keenwah”

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Snack time is always welcome around here. Though chips and nachos are familiar friends, sometimes it’s nice to find a new snack. Like these cute and tasty quinoa puffs from I Heart Keenwah. With upscale vegan flavors like Herbs de Provence and Sea Salt Truffle, as well as snack-time favorite, Sweet Chili, these are crunchy treats for grown-up palates.

Keenwah PuffsI Heart Keenwah Quinoa Puffs are all kosher, gluten-free, non-GMO verified and soy-free, as well as boasting 5 grams of protein per serving. Put your usual chips up against that! In case you’ve been living in cave for the past decade, quinoa is a grain and is a complete source of protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids. It’s also gluten-free, low-glycemic, high in fiber, packed with vitamins and minerals, and has a high protein content – between 14 to 18 per cent.

Owners Sarah and Ravi created the company because they were inspired by quality ingredients. They wanted to snack on real food with a short ingredient list, not crap made of mystery chemicals. The company started with a sweet treat, the Quinoa Cluster. It’s like a brittle, according the website, with five flavor options, all vegan: Chocolate Sea Salt, Almond, Peanut Ginger, Peanut Butter Cacao and Cashew Cranberry. We haven’t tried these, but they look yummy.We love the Quinoa Puffs because they’re as fun to eat as the orange cheese curls you grew up with (talk about mystery chemicals!), but when you read the package, you know what you’re eating and feel good about it. The Puffs have a perfect, light and airy crunch. They are flavorful and snappy. These are great for lunches, picnics, car trips or TV-time munching. Where to find I Heart Keenwah’s Quinoa Puffs? You can buy them online directly from their website to start with. You can also use this handy map to find a retailer near you. In Maryland, the line is available at Safeway, Wegman’s and MOM’s Organic Market.

 

ExpoFinds: ProTings Baked Crisps

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If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you’ve heard it a million times: Where do you get your protein? Now, in addition to the usual answer you have (rolling your eyes, for example!) you can add another item to the list: CHIPS!

The good folks at ProTings have created a baked crisp (it’s a chip) with 15 grams of protein per serving. These crunchy snacks are vegan, gluten free and non-GMO. ProTings come in three flavors – chili lime, sea salt and tangy southern BBQ. We got to sample them all at the Natural Products Expo and each was tasty, but the chili lime won as our fave.

 

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ProTings power comes from pea protein, flaxseeds and sunflower seed oil. We are big fans of pea protein – it’s showing up all over the place lately and is a wonderful alternative for those with soy concerns. You can read more about the ProTings ingredients, which are all recognizable, on their website.

To find these yummy crisps and munch on them yourself, visit the locations page on ProTings website. The company is based in New York and most of their distribution is in that region so far.

We hope that some big national chain, say Whole Foods or Wegman’s, picks these up. Cuz you know, we vegans need that protein. ūüėČ

 

Yumpeez: Peas, Please!

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Peas. So hot right now. Who knew that the day would come for these modest legumes? But peas are fast becoming a big trend. They’re non-GMO, gluten-free, high in protein, contain iron/fiber/calcium, and are low in fat. For vegans peas can be a great source of soy-free, nut-free protein. And if you have a garden, peas are easy to grow, too.

At the Natural Products Expo¬†last fall,¬†we bumped into a pea company and their delicous snack packs – Yumpeez.¬†These little organic treats are made from yellow split-peas and boast 7 grams of protein per bag. Grown and made in Canada, the mother-company of Yumpeez is Best Cooking Pulses. They have been in the business of growing peas since 1936. That’s an impressive history.

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Best Cooking Pulses is a family-owned and their crops include/products green and yellow split peas, whole peas, chickpeas, lentils, pulse flours (pea, chickpea, lentil and bean), pea fiber, pea bran meal, and roasted split peas. All of their goods are gluten-free, kosher, halal, vegan/vegetarian, non-GMO and available certified organic. This company also believes in and practices sustainability policies for a greener future. Need some recipes with peas? They have that too!

Yumpeez are ¬†roasted and seasoned peas. They have barbecue and dill pickle flavors. The little peas are crunchy and savory, with very little sugar and no MSG. This would be an ideal snack for kids’ lunches, picnics, camping, hikes, even to stash in your desk at the office.

Currently, Yumpeez aren’t available in stores in the USA, only Canada. However, you can buy them on Amazon! A pack of 12 is about $20.

So go ahead, get yumpers over some Yumpeez. They’re delicious and good for you!