Healthy Snack

Geosticks by Geobar

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We love snacking at The Amazing Blog. It is our biggest vice, and although swimsuit season is a long way off, it’s all too easy to use layers to hide as our bodies turn into bears. While this may be cosier and on the whole a more enjoyable experience, it is, firstly, fooling no one and secondly makes swimsuit season all the more stressful as we battle against the results of our bad choices. To entirely avoid this we have decided to change our ways and make healthier snack choices. In our research, we found the delicious Rice, Lentil and Quinoa Geosticks from one of our favourite brands Geobar. The crisps come in three moreish flavours Sweet Chilli, Herby and Peppery

Each pack is gluten and dairy-free and contain Fairtrade rice from Thailand and Fairtrade quinoa from Peru.  No matter which flavour you choose the packet won’t exceed 91 calories. Making these not just an ethically right choice, but an excellent choice for your waist. We partularly loved the Sweet Chilli which had a subtle chilli/tomato/spice sauce flavour which came through on these delicious crunchy sticks. All three flavours are utterly addictive, and with their low-calorie content, you don’t have to feel guilty next snack time! 

You can purchase a Geosticks multi pack from Traidcraft here for £21.60. This will include 8 packets of each flavour which will certainly be enough to see you through the next month or two!

Lentil Bites - Fairfields Farm Crisps

It's all too easy to mindlessly munch on snacks without noticing just how much you're eating. We've all had that moment, where without looking we reach into a packet of sweets, thinking you have a few left only to discover you have already eaten all of them without realising. It's a problem that all of us at The Amazing Blog have encountered, which is why we always try our best only to consume healthy and filling snacks. As the year has flown by, and summer is knocking at our door, fitting into that killer summer outfit or being beach ready is becoming less theoretical. So, if you're not already familiar with them, let us introduce to Fairfield Farm and their healthier and tastier Lentil Bite crisps. 

Fairfield's Farm produces artisanal crisps, and are always researching and looking for new ways to make our favourite savoury snack healthier. By moving away from the traditional potato and instead using lentils and pulses, the crisps are a healthier option as they are higher in protein, gluten-free, lower in fat and calories! Meaning even if you accidentally end up mindlessly snacking - which with these delicious flavours seems unlikely - it's a guilt free mistake! We tried all three flavours (Fresh Tomato and Herb, Jalapeno and Lime, and Blue Cheese) and can tell you that despite being a much healthier food, no taste whatsoever was lost. In fact, all three are so delicious that it's impossible for us to pick a favourite. 

The story behind Fairfield's Farm is wonderful, a family run farm that has been farming in East Anglia for three generations. In 2016 they were voted East of England Co-operative’s best producer supplier and scooped up a great taste award. This family run company has no gone global, supplying to around 20 countries. What's more, as of this year all their energy will be directed at making the farm use sustainable technologies, such as anaerobic digestion and solar power. With each 20g packet coming in at under 100kcal, means that when you get the mid-day munchies you don't have to worry about not fitting into that new outfit! You can purchase the crisps here for £13.00 for a box of 18 packets.

Munch on this...

With it being National Chocolate Week, us girls at Amazing HQ are doing our patriotic duty by indulging in all things chocolate. However, fearing both our waistlines and our health in general, we thought we’d try and be adventurous and see if we could find everyone’s favourite ingredient in any less sinful alternatives.

So the snack experts at Munchy Seeds, creators of the delicious Choccy Seeds, have a definite thumbs up from everyone in the office. Developed through a passion for mindful munching, they have taken the nutritional benefit of Sunflower and Pumpkin seeds along with the taste benefits of luxurious Belgium Chocolate, and what a happy marriage it makes. Add in fruity dried apricot pieces, and voila – a tasty treat with lots of goodness.

Pumpkin seeds are known for a host of healthy benefits; not only are they rich in amino acids, iron and protein, they are also a rich source of fatty acid which help to maintain healthy blood vessels. Equally, Sunflower Seeds are choc-a-block full of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Such is the goodness of the seeds that Choccy Seeds really are the ultimate in guilt-free chocolate indulgence – hurrah!

Munchy Seeds have a huge range of tasty snacks on offer to suit all appetites – from Munchy Granola to Vanilla Pumpkin Mix - all with bucketfuls of goodness thrown in for good measure.

Prices start at £1.50 and Munchy Seeds are available to buy from Lakeland, Ocado, Waitrose, Tescos and Booths.