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Monday, January 12, 2009 

R.W. Garcia's Spiced Flaxseed Chips

Corn ships with an afterglow; these spiced chips really make a great snack. The flaxseed bits in the chips make them speckled, but don't change the flavor much, or at least, if they do its too subtle for me to notice. The spice on the chips is smoky and would go well with hummus or salsa, or the chips can be eaten plain. When they are served at my Grandmothers house, these chips are always the first to go. Little kids don't mind the flaxseeds, because they can barely taste them, but these chips are a nutritionally superior to their counterparts. They are organic, and gluten free with no trans fats, and over 500mg of Omega-3s per serving. These chips also come in veggie, berry, Thai sweet and spicy, Blue corn, and multigrain.

Betty Lou's JUMBO Fruit Bars

The first difference from other bars like Nutrigrain that I noticed when I was handed these bars was the HUGE amount of fruit that was packed inside. The flavor is rich, and one of these squares, no bigger than a post-it note, proved to be very filling. The Apricot tasted just like the fresh dried fruit, and the "cookie" part of the bar was flaky and moist. These bars have NO cholesterol, 5g (20%!!!) of the daily fiber recommended, along with calcium, iron, and vitamin C. These bars are almost like Nutrigrain, only you can actually taste the fruit, and they don’t taste dry and "cooked". These Bars come in Apple, Apricot, Cherry, Strawberry, and Blueberry.

In addition, all flavors are vegan, wheat free, soy free, corn free, and dairy free.

Click to order: Betty Lou's Jumbo Fruit Bars

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Saturday, January 10, 2009 

Plantain Chips

Plantain chips are one of the many ways Islanders eat the banana, and the chips make a fantastic snack. My childhood memories of Puerto Rico vacations always included these, and their flavor is light and unique. Grab "Em Snacks Plantain chips are offered in six different flavors: Sea Salt, Cajun Spice, Black Pepper, Jalapeno, Chili Garlic, and Red Chili. The Cajun spice adds a little glow to the flavor, and would go great with a sandwich or with some grilled fish. Speaking of fish, why not try breading one with these crushed chips instead of potato chips?

Gluten free and delicious, these chips can easily replace unhealthful potato and other chips in a lunch bag. (In Puerto Rico they’re served at bars as munchies- no dip required!) If you think plantains may be a little beyond your palate, rest assured that these chips don’t taste exotic, weird, or “out there”. They don’t take the "getting used to" that some foods do, and they’re straight-from-the-bag good.

Try them now: Grab 'Em Plantain Chips


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