Mindful Munching

Whether you eat three square meals a day or six well-rounded ones, chances are you throw in a snack every now and then. I like my afternoon string cheese and nectarine combo, but that gets boring. Check out these lil’ bites to spice up your snacking.

2oz_seasalt_1Somersaults
Even the names sounds like a tumbling good time. And these Somersaults are a good time…in your mouth. The creation of natural foodies looking for a healthier snack option, these mini cookie-shaped nuggets taste like an indulgence but are packed with the nutritional goods. At 150 calories a serving, these nuggets have 6 to 7 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and are filled with tastiness. They’re surprisingly filling, too. I found that even half a serving was enough to take the edge off of my hunger and give me my salty craving fix.

The Somersaults are baked with sunflower seeds and toasted grains; they basically taste like crunchy sunny-seed cookies. (I love sunflower seeds; I used to eat them until my lips were numb.) They come in sea salt, cocoa and salty pepper. I loved the sea salt flavor—it seemed like Somersaults at their simplest and best. The salty pepper did have a bit of a kick to it, which I liked, and the cocoa had a mellow chocolatey flavor. If you like sunflower seeds and crunchy snacks, check out their website and get a discount on the treats!

Lunar Landing
It’s no secret that I love Luna bars and cookies. In fact, after sampling some of their cookies recently, I went in search of the peanut butter cookies at the store. I accidentally bought a package of the peanut butter cookie granola bars because I always misread packaging, but I am determined to find those healthy cookies next time because they were so good. But moving on…

Now, Luna’s got a new recipe that has added Vitamin D to support calcium absorption and promote bone health. Good thing, too, because I saw a recent article on CNN that said a crazy 70 percent of American kids aren’t getting enough Vitamin D. Parents out there: Give your kids these FBG-approved bars. They’re less than 200 cals, have 3-5 grams of fiber and 8-9 grams of protein. PLUS: They’re yummy. I tried two new bars: Lemon Zest and Chocolate Peppermint. While I couldn’t taste the Vitamin D, I thought both bars were treats, so I promise you and your kids won’t know the difference. Lemon Zest is light and lemony, and Chocolate Peppermint Stick tastes like a splurge—a girl-scout-mint-cookie splurge.

So the next time you’re at the grocery store jonesing for a box of mint cookies, grab yourself a Luna bar. And if you love sunflower seeds and crunchiness, give the Somersaults a try. Plus, you’ll be supporting local-to-me companies (until I move in September, that is): Both companies are based just to my north in Berkeley, Calif. —Erin



Comments

  1. Steven says

    Don't forget vitamin D is available naturally from the sun. You can get it AND do fit fun things at the same time!

    Vitamin D has an interesting story, it isn't just another vitamin. If you do get vitamin D from food or a supplement, make sure it is D3, not D2.

  2. Debbie says

    Yes Laura, I wanted to try these too. Even with the discount, the shipping costs about as much as the 8 oz package. It costs 8 dollars to ship 8.2 ounces! Sorry to complain. I didn't check the 2 oz package. I'll look for these in the store but thanks for featuring!

  3. Shanon Fab Fattie says

    Those both sound good. You do get sick of the same old things so thanks for sharing :)

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