I have always been a snacker, I admit. Chips and chocolate are my favorite snacks, but I try to find ones that are lower in sodium, fat or sugar. At least I can snack better if I can’t quit it, right? Plus, what is life without some little fun snacks?!! When Vegan Cuts contacted me about their monthly snack boxes, I was super excited and couldn’t wait to try. Not only they have premium quality fun snacks, they are vegan, too!
I honestly had no idea what kind of snacks were in my first box. But that to me is the fun part. Some nuts, seeds, chocolate at least, I thought to myself. As long as there is chocolate, I am happy. Within 4 days of initial email with tracking number, I received my Vegan Cut Snack Box. Wow, total of 10 hand-picked snacks in the box:
- Hail Merry Macaroons, almost raw
- Antidote Chocolate Bar, made with raw cacao, fruits, nuts, salt and spices
- Simply 7 Snacks, quinoa chips
- Peeled Snacks, bite sized organic apple pieces rolled into clusters
- Fruitgees, organic fruit snack in a squeezable pack
- Ocean’s Halo, crispy seaweed chips
- Snack out Loud, gluten-free bean snacks made from pinto beans
- Somersault Snacks, sunflower seed nuggets
- King Soba Noodle Culture, organic wheat-free soba noodles
- Organic Gemini, Tiger Nuts (Paleo)
Quite a variety box, with everything from chocolate, bars, seeds to noodles. Some of them are also organic, paleo, or gluten free. Clearly, these are not just selected for vegans, but also for any one who wants healthier snacks.
Every year I attend the world’s biggest natural product trade show – the Natural Product Expo in California and Baltimore. There I would spend days tasting hundreds of new snacks and foods, including vegan and vegetarian options. It is amazing how many great snacks are available these days. But not all are actually healthy. I always look at the nutrition labels carefully to make sure I know what they are made from before I put them in my mouth. Taste is important, but health is more important to me.
Well, with that said. I find these 3 snacks really good and interesting, both in taste and nutrition. Want to recommend to anyone who also likes to eat healthy.
1. My favorite is Ocean’s Halo, chips made with seaweed.
1 oz bag has only 85 calories, 5 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fat, 1 grams of sugar. No GMO, gluten, or MSG. Baked instead of fried. If you like the taste of seaweed, and like crunchy, you will like this. The seaweed flavor is bit stronger than other seaweed snacks I have had, but very pleasant still. The texture is more like a cracker than a chip. Definitely a new go-to when I crave salty greasy potato chips.
2. Peeled Snacks Apple Clusters, in cinnamon crunch flavor.
The taste exceeded my expectations. They are not too sweet, and very very crunchy. I really dislike other fruit-flavored snacks that have added sugar or oil (such as banana chips and fig bars). These have neither, and they are USDA organic, made from organic apples. 1/4 cup has only 60 calories, no fat, 2 grams of fiber and 10 grams of sugar. The cinnamon spice is very mild, and reminds me of fresh apple pies. I will be ordering a lot of these for sure!
3. Tiger Nuts (Paleo), made by Organic Gemini.
I have never heard of Tiger Nuts before. Out of curiosity, I went to their website organicgemini.com and read up on Tiger Nuts before I tasted them. They are actually not nuts but root vegetables, originally from Africa. According to their company website, Tiger Nuts are the best source of resistance starch, a prebiotic fiber that fuels our probiotic bacteria. Therefore, they are beneficial for a healthy digestive system. I am not a fan of the taste, honestly. They are chewy, and they don’t have a very distinct flavor. Certainly a nice change from the usual almonds and chia that we see too often these days. And, great option for people with nut allergy as they are not nuts at all. They are organic, kosher, raw and gluten-free, too.
To be honest, I was a bit surprised to see a bag of noodles in the snack box. Not exactly what I would call a snack because that requires cooking. But I guess for many people around the world, noodles are great snacks, too. This one will be in my pantry for a while.
If you are in the US, you get free shipping from VeganCuts.com. They are shipping internationally for only $15. Go to VeganCuts.com for their awesome monthly snack subscriptions. Vegans or not, I bet you like some healthy and tasty snacks, right?