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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.

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

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