Have you ever fallen into a protein rut? Ever since a sports dietitian encouraged me to boost the protein quotient in my meals and snacks, I’ve been gravitating to the same handful of foods – nuts/nut butters, eggs, canned beans & dairy – to work in those intricately arranged amino acids. And they’re great, don’t get me wrong, but variety got lost somewhere along the way.
Luckily, variety got scooped up & put to work by Berkeley-based The Good Bean, who recently sent me a bunch of their roasted chickpea snacks and fruit & no-nut bars!
The roasted chickpea snacks come in four flavors – Cracked Pepper, Sea Salt, Smoky Chili & Lime, and Sweet Cinnamon – that run the gamut from sweet to kick-in-the-tongue spicy. They have a light texture, a decent crunch and just a bit of softness to them. I especially like the zing of the Cracked Pepper, while our 6-year-old asked, unprompted, to try the Sweet Cinnamon & enjoyed it.
The fruit & no-nut bars mix those little beans with some fun ingredients like apricot & coconut, cranberries & pumpkin seeds, or dark chocolate & berries. They’re a not-too-big size and have a pleasing dense chewiness.
All their products have a lot of “no” that people can say yes to: no gluten, no nuts, no GMOs, no hexane (wait, what?). And the best part – Good Bean’s chickpeas and bars have 5-7g of protein per serving, so my post-run muscles get a new shipment of parts to use for rebuilding.
The good folks at The Good Bean (I’ve been waiting giddily through this whole post to write that) have offered sampler packs – 3 chickpea snacks plus 2 bars – to three lucky ETW readers. Winners can choose which varieties they’d like, or The Good Bean can send you a mix of their most popular flavors. Want to meet these tasty little beans? Head past the jump for details!