Three Works Apple Chips

applechipsWe have all heard of the good ol’ saying that an apple a day, keeps the doctor away. Well, there is a way to enjoy those tasty apples very easily. Plus, if you’re a potato chip lover, like myself, you’re going to be enjoying the best of both worlds.

Starting off in trying Three Works Apple Chips, there’s great care to the packaging, because the chips are also in their own bag inside the tins. The original flavor chips are light, yet very crispy and crunchy snacks that have a mild sweetness. The cinnamon flavor has an excellent dash of cinnamon and sweetness, which of course, I was instantly a fan of. And don’t forget the caramel flavor, because what’s not to love about caramel and apples? All of the apple chips flavors do not contain any artificial flavors, which is perfect as a healthy snack choice. Often times with dried fruits, there are some fillers or added ingredients to maintain freshness. These however, taste great, are crispy and crunchy, and are not dry tasting at all.

Ratings and Details

Cost: $3.29 for 50 grams.
Value for Cost: It can be a bit more expensive compared, to let’s say, a tin container of potato chips. But these are a tasty alternative, and a bit healthier on the nutritional forefront.
Availability: Selective grocery stores and retailers.
Nutrition: For 25 grams of original flavor: 100 calories, 0 grams of fat, 20 mg of sodium, 23 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fibre, 19 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.
Overall: Crispy, crunchy and light tasting with a dash of natural sweetness. No need to feel guilty if you eat the whole container, because that can happen easily. Very easily.

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Wow Baking Company Chocolate Chip Cookies

wowchocolateIt can be difficult to find gluten-free cookies that actually don’t actually taste like they’re gluten-free. Well, indulging in cookies just got easier and tastier with Wow Baking Company Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Although I do tend to enjoy cookies that are a bit crispier, these are definitely surprising, because I wouldn’t expect them to be soft, chewy, and quite moist while also being gluten-free. They are not crumbly, or dry – After all, that’s what I would think when it comes to bagged cookies. Although they are in a resealable bag, it is very difficult for those that enjoy their cookies to be soft and moist to save them for another time. Maybe the fact that they are small, mini cookies would help mitigate that from happening, but really, there’s nothing wrong with eating multiple cookies at the end of the day.

Ratings and Details

Cost: $5.99 for 227 grams.
Value for Cost: Considering that they’re gluten-free, it’s decent.
Availability: Major grocery stores, health food stores, and selective number of drug stores.
Nutrition: For 2 oz (57 grams): 240 calories, 11 grams of fat, 160 mg of sodium, 35 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fibre, 20 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.
Overall: It’s possible to enjoy a gluten-free cookies that are soft and chewy. Plus, chocolate chips cookies will never get old.

Two Moms in the Raw Garden Herb Sea Cracker

tworawNow here’s an interesting twist to those typical boxed crackers – A tasty twist full of flavor using wholesome ingredients, might I add!

Two Moms in the Raw Garden Herb Sea Cracker is dashed with flavorful herbs, flaxseed, garlic, and kombu into one crispy bite. And it’s raw. That is, the raw crackers (and all snacks  from Two Moms in the Raw) are made at 118 degrees so that the enzymes are not damaged. Whether you follow that viewpoint or not, only four main ingredients make up these delicious crackers. So that is something to praise about, because after all, there’s really nothing wrong with enjoy simple, wholesome, real food.

What surprised me was how crispy these crackers were, because here I was thinking that without these crackers being fully-cooked they would be moist or lack that overall crunch I enjoy. It’s a bit heavy on the rosemary, but these are great with a spread, topped on a salad, or just straight-up on their own.

Ratings and Details

Cost: $7 for 4 ounce box.
Value for Cost: Talk about dolla-dolla bills. Yes, not that great for the wallet.
Availability: Health food stores and online retailers.
Nutrition: For 6 grams: 30 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 40 mg of sodium, 2 grabs of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fibre, 0 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.
Overall: Simplicity with wholesome ingredients and tastes great. However, it is an expensive treat.

Beanitos Black Bean Chips

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chipotlebbqlgWhen I think of beans and chips, I think of corn tortilla chips and bean dip. Don’t expect that from Beanitos, a creative snack that brings together nutritious beans that are naturally high in fibre and protein, into a chip form – Yes a chip! And we all know that I’m an expert when it comes to enjoying crunchy snacks, with chips being at the forefront of it all.

The black bean chip varieties comes in two delicious flavors: original black bean, and chipotle bbq. Both are made primarily with black bean and whole long grain rice. They’re also quite thick and can handle those thicker dips no problem.

The original black bean is quite neutral. In fact, the flavor and taste of black bean is very mild. I’d say, they’re just plain chips. So this would be a good start if you’re weary of black bean chips. However, the chipotle bbq has a great barbecue taste that kicks in after a few bites. There’s a great level of spice, with a bit of hearty taste from the black beans. You can easily find the bottom of the bag in a matter of minutes. I share from experience. And really, there is nothing wrong with that. After all, you’re getting fibre, and protein. A two in one combo just for finishing the bag. It’s a win-win.

Ratings and Details

Cost: $3.99 for 170 grams at London Drugs.
Value for Cost:
Decent.
Availability:
Major grocery stores, health food stores and online.
Nutrition:
For 12 chips (28 grams) original black bean flavor: 140 calories, 7 grams of fat, 55 mg of sodium, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fibre, 0 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.
Overall:
Added nutrition and an excuse to eat more tasty chips – I’m in!

The Tea Room Dark Chocolate Bar Infused with Almond Caramel

caramelTalk about a trendy chocolate bar, and an interesting design. I am new to The Tea Room, and it reminds me of that off-the-beat, artistic type of company with a splash of hipster into the mix. But that’s besides the point, because we’re talking chocolate here! Mmm, yes chocolate. However, product packaging does always intrigued me, nonetheless.

The dark chocolate bar infused with almond caramel was a very interesting chocolate combination of flavors mellowing together. Don’t expect a caramel center, because that’s what I thought at first. Instead, this solid dark chocolate bar has flavor notes of almond and caramel that play very nicely to the 60% dark chocolate content. So, even without the oozing caramel center, there was still a great caramel flavor hitting the palate very nicely.

There is also a creamy texture, with a minor note of bitterness that hits lightly after the caramel. It really is a delightful and interesting fusion of almond, caramel and of course, dark chocolate. There’s a light richness that isn’t overwhelming, but feels balanced and melts smoothly in your mouth.

Ratings and Details

Cost: $3.29 for 51 grams.
Value for Cost: Fair.
Availability: Large grocery stores, and health food stores throughout the USA. Limited health food store locations in Canada. Also available online.
Nutrition: For 25 grams: 140 calories, 9 grams of fat, 65 mg of sodium, 14 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fibre, 11 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.
Overall: Delivers a balanced flavor of almond, caramel and of course, delicious, rich chocolate.

Green & Black’s Organic Hazelnut & Currant

greenblackshazelnutAdding nuts to chocolate is a classic combination, as well as the addition of fruit to chocolate. So why not combine all three? Green & Black’s Organic Hazelnut & Currant chocolate bar is tasty dark chocolate with the addition of crunchy, toasted hazelnuts and sweet currants.

Similar to Cadbury’s Fruit & Nut bar, Green & Black’s heightens this to a new level. In comparison, the pieces of hazelnuts and currants are smaller pieces rather than in whole size, but small pieces actually work perfectly in this case. Sitting at 60% dark chocolate, there is a nice richness, paired with a great texture of the chewy and sweet currants, and slight crunch from the roasted hazelnuts. It is full of flavor, and although at first I was hoping for a greater cacao content (after all, I’m a big fan of dark chocolate here), the 60% actually worked perfectly and matched this combination very well. If it was any darker, I think it would take away from the sweetness from the currants and minor hints of the roasted hazelnut. However, be careful. You may just unknowingly indulge in this entire bar in one sitting and be left with the wrapper. It’s just a word of caution, that’s all. But truly, there’s nothing wrong with that.

Ratings and Details

Cost: $2.99 for 100 grams (on sale).
Value for Cost: Great, because of the high-quality organic ingredients and overall taste.
Availability: Grocery stores, health food stores, and a selective number of drug stores.
Nutrition: For 12 pieces (40 grams): 220 calories, 15 grams of fat, 0 mg of sodium, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fibre, 13 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.
Overall: One piece of this delightful fruit and nut combination, and you’ll be hooked.

I Heart Keenwah Cranberry Cashew

iheartkeenSkip the traditional granola bar idea of using oats, and try a quinoa version. That’s exactly what I Heart Keewah Cranberry Cashew does, by combining quinoa, cashews, and dried cranberries in a delicious bite-size piece. And without any added fillers and using all-natural ingredients, this turned out to be a sweet and flavorful, delicious snack that can easily satisfy your sweet tooth.

There’s great balance in the use of the mild nutty flavor of quinoa, with the tart, yet sweet cranberries together into one delicious bite. They are crunchy yet chewy pieces that aren’t dry at all. And if you’re a fan of dried cranberries or dried cherries, you’re sure to enjoy that sweet burst of flavor. The pieces are great size for when you want a snack here and there, such as at your desk, during those long car rides, when you’re running errands, or when you simply just want a tasty snack. The last scenario happens to be my excuse.

Ratings and Details

Cost: $4.99 for 113 grams.
Value for Cost: It does ring in a bit for the price tag than the typical box of granola bars, but at least it is all-natural ingredients that are used. So maybe, once in a while would be a decent grab off the shelves for convenience or if you’re up to try something new from the usual.
Availability: Limited number of grocery stores and selective natural food stores.
Nutrition: For 7 pieces (28 grams): 120 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 130 mg of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fibre, 9 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.
Overall: I was greeted with an empty bag fairly quickly, but that’s because they do taste great.

Navitas Naturals Blueberry Hemp Power Snack

navitasblueberryEver need something quick, because you’re just on the go? Well, this is an all-star, nutrient-dense snack that is sure to satisfy your taste buds and growling stomach.

Navitas Naturals Blueberry Hemp Power Snack combines wholesome and nutritious ingredients into a bite-size form. Don’t let looks deceive you. Even though I don’t think these snacks look odd, but others may disagree. Upon opening the bag, I was pleasantly greeted with the smell of fresh blueberries. As for the taste, there is a great balance between the sweetness from the blueberries and dates, with the nutty taste from the cashews, hemp, sunflower seeds, sesame and chia seeds. There is also a slight crunch from the nuts.

What’s interesting to me is that it’s really a nutritious snack that changes ideas about our typical snack of granola bars, crackers, or of course, cookies. It is wholesome, raw and actually makes me feel good about eating it, especially when thinking about those sugary treats that may leave me in a sugar coma.

Ratings and Details

Cost: $8.99 for 227 grams.
Value for Cost: It does ring up a high price, but once in a while, this could be a good alternative to the usual snack.
Availability: Major grocery stores, and health food stores.
Nutrition: For 28 grams: 130 calories, 7 grams of fat, 40 mg of sodium, 14 grams of carbohydrates, 2.5 grams of fibre, 7 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.
Overall: These  bite-sized pieces of goodness actually do satisfy that sweet tooth, are full of delicious nutrients, and are very convenient. Plus, you feel a bit healthier too. Like you did good or something. Maybe it’s because I’ve been indulging a bit too much lately, but that’s beside the point.

Crofter’s Organic North America Superfruit Spread

crofteramericaThere’s always room for that peanut butter and jelly moment. That is, as long as the bread is toasted, because toasted bread makes a huge difference. Crofter’s Organic North America Superfruit Spread is jam-packed with wild cranberries, blueberries, red grapes, and morello cherries. This sweet, yet mildly tart spread definitely was a great choice for that childhood favorite being a PB&J moment.

This jam is also loaded with antioxidants and is exceptionally a healthier option compared to many of the jams that are available on store shelves. With lower calories and no sodium, it’s great to see a tasty jam that uses organic superfruits, organic fair trade cane sugar, and natural fruit pectin. It’s not overpowering in sweetness, and pairs perfectly with the smoothness of peanut butter (or even almond butter).

Ratings and Details

Cost: $4.79 for 260 mL jar.
Value for Cost: Good, considering the nutritional stats and quality ingredients.
Availability: Grocery stores and health food stores.
Nutrition: For 15 mL: 30 calories, 0 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of sugar, and 0.1 grams of protein.
Overall: Although the price point may be a bit high, you know it’s peanut butter and jelly time!

Awake Caffeinated Chocolate Bar

awakechocolateTalk about cute packaging! I’m instantly drawn in, without a doubt, to the overall wrapper design and marketing of this chocolate bar. Yes, I am easily intrigued by product packaging, without a doubt. Packaging aside, Awake Caffeinated Chocolate contains 101 mg of caffeine (equal to a 250mL energy drink). So ditch that cup o’ Joe, and wake up to chocolate. Or just eat it, because, well – you just want to. The latter instance was the case for me since it’s chocolate after all.

In all honesty, I was a bit weary about the combination, especially since I was wondering if the taste of chocolate would taste a bit off with the added caffeine. I was surprised. There was no chemical taste to this chocolate bar at all and no aftertaste, which is definitely a good thing. There’s not really a richness to the bar either, but rather, it reminds me of just a regular chocolate bar you would expect to pick up. The texture wasn’t completely smooth, so it was a bit off putting, but not too bothersome.  You may not get a sugar rush from the bar, since it isn’t too sweet, but yes, there is a splurge of energy that unleashes subsequently afterwards. As an energy booster, this definitely is an excellent alternative to a liquid form of energy buzz, because it really combines the best of both worlds in one. Trust me, you’ll stay awake for a bit with this. Don’t underestimate this tasty chocolate bar.

Ratings and Details

Cost: $2.49 for 44 grams.
Value for Cost: Reasonable, since really, it’s an energy drink in a chocolate bar form.
Availability: Major grocery stores, gas stations, and selective number of drug stores.
Nutrition: For 1 bar (44 grams): 230 calories, 12 grams of fat, 35 mg of sodium, 29 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fibre, 27 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.
Overall:
If you’re in need of an energy boost and need some chocolate, try it because you’ll satisfy both! Plus, it’s easier to carry around that your typical energy drink.