Start 2017 Right with These Great-tasting Healthy Snacks
Healthy snacks are everywhere now, which is a great thing! This month I tried The new Quest Beyond Cereal Protein Bars, MetaBall Energy Snacks, and The Little Kernel Mini Popcorn. All of these are vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free.
1. Quest Beyond Cereal Bars
Leave it to the folks at Quest Nutrition to come up with a great tasting protein bar that reminds me of my favorite cereals. They sent me a box of the Beyond Cereal Bars in Cinnamon Roll flavor, which reminded me of Cinnamon Chex – so good and packed with 12g of protein and 7g of fiber, with only 2g net carbs and 110 calories! Since then, I have purchased a box of the chocolate, which reminds me of Cocoa Krispies. I have yet to try the waffle flavor.
Metaball snacks are interesting. Instead of a bar, these come like candy, in small balls. In some sense this is super convenient, since you can just grab a few at a time and reseal the bag, instead of eating two bites of a bar and being stuck carrying the rest in a napkin.
These come in four flavors – apple pie, mixed berry, chocolate brownie, and chocolate cherry. Each bag gives you 10g protein, 2g fiber, with higher carbs (they use tapioca syrup to sweeten) and 220 calories. They sent me one bag of each.
Flavor-wise, these are just OK. They are a bit bland, and the texture is somewhat mealy. Not horrible, but not the best.
3. The Little Kernel
The Little Kernel is a new brand of mini popcorn that is popped in olive oil, which gives it a rich, yummy flavor. I tried the Truffle Sea Salt, Pink Himalayan Salt, and Sweet and Salty Kettle flavors.
I liked them all, as did hubby. The salty flavors were not too salty, and the kettle corn had a great balance of flavors (I love the sweet and salty combination).