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Two New Food Finds!

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This food find post is brought to you by my solo shopping trip on Saturday. I wasn’t kidding when I said I really love to grocery shop. When I’m alone and I have time to think — translation: when the kids aren’t with me — I peruse up and down the aisles looking for new products. I read labels, ponder what I want to make for dinner throughout the week and try to remember what pantry stocks I’m running out of.

I’ve been weaning the family off a lot of junk these past few years and for as much as I want to stay away from from prepackaged, processed foods I need some go-to’s in the pantry when I just don’t have time to cook or make a homemade snack for me or the kids.

The Husband? He can fend for himself. Although, I have a funny story to tell you about him which I’ll save for a future post. Let’s just say he’s been keeping a food journal and it’s been EYE OPENING for him.

Anyway, I found these two gems at my local grocery store and have actually just ordered them again through Amazon.

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Simply 7 Quinoa Chips

I’ve been looking for a chip that doesn’t have a scary ingredients list, offers some nutritional value and tastes good.  I know, I know, tall order and nearly impossible.

I spied these in the gluten-free area and peaked at the ingredient list.

Qunoa Flour, Potato Starch, Corn Starch, Expeller Pressed Safflower Oil, Corn Flour, Sugar, Sea Salt.

I’m not one for a lot of labels and claims but these chips are:

  • Gluten Free Certified
  • Non-GMO Verified
  • No Trans Fat, No artificial Color or Flavors, No Preservatives
  • Vegetarian
  • Kosher

And they taste awesome! Light, airy and really great with salsa!

There’s 3 and a half servings in the bag and each serving (20 chips!) has 140 calories, 6g of fat, 12g of carbs, and 9 g of protein. Both fiber and sugar are listed as <1g.

For my Weight Watchers friends that is 3 WWP and 4 WWPP.

As with most “healthier” snack alternatives they are on the pricier side at over $3 a bag, which is why I bought them on Amazon. They were slightly cheaper there than at the store.

Click here to order Simply 7 Quinoa Chips, Sea Salt, 3.5 Ounce (Pack of 12) on Amazon.

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Cascadian Farm Protein Chewy Bars

I have attempted to make my own granola bars in the past and the kids kind of like them. When I do take the time to make them ahead I normally end up eating most of them myself.

I used to buy the popular granola bar brands but the ingredient lists are long and scary so I stopped a few months ago. However, there have been a few times running out the door for school or other events where I missed having something to grab quickly for me and the kids. Basically I need a purse back-up.

Like the chips, I found these on Saturday and was quite impressed with the ingredient list compared with popular granola bars on the market.

Peanuts, Peanut Butter (Peanuts, Salt), Honey, Pea Protein, Tapioca Syrup, Rice Flour, Semisweet Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Dextrose, Vanilla), Sunflower Oil, Sea Salt.

All things I have in my pantry! Well, except tapioca syrup, which is a sweetener made from the yucca root, I believe.

One bar has 250 calories, 14g of fat, 21g of carbohydrates, 3g of dietary fiber,
11g of sugars and 9g of protein. Not bad for a quick breakfast or snack in a pinch when you’re on the run.

Evan loves these. Ryan said too much peanut butter taste but he’s never been a peanut butter kid. I really like them. Not too sweet and a great combo of chewy yet firm. Something I haven’t been able to achieve in my own granola bar experiments.

Click here to order Cascadian Farm Protein Organic Chewy Granola Bars, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, 5 – 1.77 Ounce Bars on Amazon. They’re only $2.98 a box as an add on item! That breaks down to just about $.60 a bar!

In other news…

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I bought the two book you guys recommended for the FODMAP stuff. I’m still reading and digesting (pun intended.) I’m planning a big FODMAP- safe food list soon as I need to focus on what I can eat before I wrap my head around the diet as a whole. I still haven’t jumped 100% in as it’s all so overwhelming, but I have been really conscious about what I am eating while learning.

I will say right now I think IBS: Free at Last! reads better than The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet. At least to me. Both books have sample food plans and such but it all stresses me out. Brings back memories of my old dieting days. I’m just not a fan. I need to do what I do and make this my own or I’ll never stick with it.

OK, got to go! I should be in bed.

Oh! Quick disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the brands in this post. I am, however an Amazon affiliate. So if you order anything from Amazon after clicking one of my links I will make a small percentage of the sale. 



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Discussion

There are 12 comments so far.

    Karuna

    January 13, 2015

    I love simply 7 sea salt chips. I can’t keep them in the house,though because I will keep eating them till they are gone,in one day. I didn’t like the quinoa chips though. It seemed a little too strong and greasy for me

      roni

      January 13, 2015

      I haven’t tried their other products yet but I really liked the quinoa. Satisfied that crunch desire and much better than Doritos which were my old go to. ;)

    Alissa

    January 13, 2015

    I love grocery shopping by myself too; I always leave feeling refreshed!

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    January 13, 2015

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    Paula

    January 14, 2015

    I have been looking for a protein bar tha isn’t any healthier than a candy bar. Have you found any without chocolate? I love quinoa so I am going to look for those chips. Sometimes a girl just needs a salty snack!

      roni

      January 15, 2015

      You know, I really haven’t In the bar department I usually stick with Lara Bars or Pure Bars as they have the “cleanest” ingredients. All the others I’ve seen just have huge ingredients lists I don’t understand.

      Nicole

      January 25, 2015

      Hi Paula,
      If you see this comment I really love Quest bars when I need a protein bar! They have tons of non-chocolate flavors: my favorites are Apple Pie and White Chocolate Raspberry. Some of the flavors are sweetened with sucralose while others use stevia and erythritol, but in general they have far fewer ingredients than any other protein bar I’ve seen. I buy them online by the case but you can find them at most GNC stores.

    Gail Cavanaugh

    January 15, 2015

    I enjoy the healthy snacks, but I find that I have to be careful not to eat too many of them and defeat the purpose of healthy eating. I have been making No Energy Bites and I make them about twice a month. I will try the Quinoa Chips.
    http://www.cookingclassy.com/2014/04/bake-energy-bites/

      roni

      January 15, 2015

      Well of course, that’s true for anything really. I’ve made similar balls before, they are great to keep in the fridge!

    RG1

    January 16, 2015

    The nice thing about winter is that I can leave snacks in the car for the season. I like to do a nut fruit and chocolate mix, but unsalted nuts do well also, and granola doesn’t need to be made into a bar (extra sugar). in terms of grab food, what about baby cut carrots and string cheese? I’ve been getting this awesome whole grain bread lately, so I would pass the granola bar when I could have a pbj instead.

      roni

      January 16, 2015

      Nuts we do but I have one kid who doesn’t like cheese or PB and the bars work better than “granola” for kids when we’re in the car. I’m on a hunt for a good wheat free bread not that heading down the low fodmap thing.

    Carol B

    January 18, 2015

    I talked my husband into changing how we eat in a drastic way. We suffered from indigestion and needed to lose weight. I think too much packaged food was part of the problem. We are trying the Dukan way of eating and have not had indigestion once. Right now we are on the protein phase and it seems to be working . We have also lost weight. Maybe the healthy snacks you found can be tried once we lose our weight!