Healthy snacking is grabbing plenty of headlines these days. Millions of snack-happy Americans are looking for healthier choices that not only taste great, but also satisfy hunger, supply the body with energy, and provide important nutrients. For those that are trying to eat healthy foods or avoid questionable ingredients, a new generation of snack foods is hitting grocery store shelves.
One of the biggest sensations at the 2011 Natural Foods Expo was Beanfields(TM) Bean & Rice Chips, a new line of corn free and gluten free tortilla chips made from black beans, navy beans and long grain rice. Beans are one of the most nutritionally complete foods, and are number one on the list of recommended foods by the American Diabetes Association. But it took Beanfields to perfect a way to make a light and crispy tortilla chip made from beans. The four flavors of Beanfields chips (Naturally Unsalted, Sea Salt, Sea Salt & Pepper, and Pico de Gallo) are healthier and more filling snacks, with twice as much complete protein and fiber as most other tortilla, corn or potato chips.
"Any nutritionist will tell you that a bowl of beans is a far superior alternative to snack chips made from corn or potatoes," said Reed Glidden, Beanfields' Founder and President. "Our job was to make beans into a crispy and delicious treat." Early consumer response from grown-ups, kids and health experts alike has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. In her recent product review, top-rated nutritionist Jen Hoy said, "These are hands-down the best chips I've ever had."
In addition to their great taste and satisfying crunch, every 1 oz. serving of Beanfields delivers 4 grams of protein, the same as a 4 oz. glass of milk, and 4 grams of fiber, the same as a 1/2 cup serving of raisin bran.
Beanfields chips are made with non-GMO ingredients from crops grown in the USA. Because beans are good for both families and farmers, Beanfields supports sustainable farming practices and invests in food security to ensure viable and nutritious crops for future generations.
Arriving in stores this spring, the Beanfields website lists store locations. They're also available on the site for delivery nationwide. A 6 oz. bag retails from $2.99 to $3.99.