I’m always on the hunt for healthy on-the-go snacks, especially with a 13-year old in the house. Since my son turned 13, finding a balance of snacks that are healthy has been a struggle. Not to mention the fact that he seems to become pickier and pickier each day. Foods that he used to eat in abundance are now being dubbed as “stale” in terms of popularity with the kiddo.
Unlike me at that age, he is not at a point where he can whip up something on the stove or in the oven. That may be due to mom’s paranoia or perhaps my coddling over the years. We’re working on that, but even still there comes a time when you just need a quick snack aside from “JUNK” food.
When I received the Beanitos, my son had arrived home before me, brought the package in and opened it as I’ve trained him to do as my blogger assistant! Since this was our first shipment of food to review in quite some time, I was able to instruct him on how to proceed by taking inventory and reading any enclosed instructions. He was delighted to be the first to try them out!
He chose the Beanitos Chipotle BBQ flavor and loved them. Upon my arrival at home, I also loved this flavor.
All of the flavors are good, though I prefer the flavored Cheddar Cheese & Chipotle BBQ over the others. The best part is that they are corn-free, gluten-free, high-fiber, high in protein and Omega as well as Low Glycemic Certified. I found this to be a great benefit and brought them to work for my colleagues to test a few flavors out. They actually LOVED them (4 out of 4 – 2 guys and 2 gals). Some commented that they tend to gear on the salty-side, but attributed this to the fact that they contain sea salt. We also noted that the calories are a reasonable for the amount of chips it takes to satisfy you. I actually shared a bag with two coworkers and felt like I had eaten a whole snack bag of regular potato chips.
Read more about the nutritional benefits here.
I feel bad when I buy my son “regular” chips, but like I said, I have been struggling to find healthy alternatives that are good for on-the-go families, especially as it relates to after-school snacks. I firmly believe that my son would at least allow me to “mix-in” Beanitos into his normal snack regimen and I also enjoy them myself. It definitely provides a sense of relief to the “I’M HUNGRY” mantra that takes place almost daily when I arrive home from work. In addition, I feel that replacing my trips to the vending machine with Beanitos at work will allow me to focus on nutrition versus the “sludge” that I commonly call a snack. As learned by the book, Ultraprevention, sludge is over-consumption and under-nutrition. Beanitos definitely take a hit on reducing “sludge”.
Overall, I really love Beanitos snacks and look forward to replacing them with other non-healthy snacks for my child and myself.
Find out where to buy them here or order online! At less than $1.00 per bag, I’d much rather fill myself with goodness than a salty, oily, high in sodium commercial brand bag of chips from the vending machine.
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I received the above products through Sublime Media Connection in exchange for an honest review. In no way was I asked to give a positive review.