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.
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
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.
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…
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.