It’s the simple things that make life worth living. A fiery sunset, a book you can’t put down, kitten videos on YouTube and, now, seeds, grains, sprouts, spirulina and such smooshed into delectable circular snacks.
So, I picked up a couple of bags of ‘Go Raw‘ products on a whim. I was looking for an easy snack we could keep in the pantry that would have a healthier impact than the chocolate chips we’ve been eating straight out of the bag. I also noticed a bag of ‘Somersault‘ nuggets loaded with grains and seeds. I opted for the Dutch Cocoa flavor as we were obviously going to need something to quell our sweet tooth.
It seems dramatic to say that I was shocked by how good these products were. But, hey, I’m a dramatic kind of gal. I was truly taken by surprise at just how delicious the Spirulina Super Chips were. I assumed the forest green chips would have a small amount of sweetness, from coconuts and dates, but ultimately taste gritty and bitter with the delightful texture of a poker chip. Wrong. So, so wrong. Slightly chewy, with an intensely banana flavor, these raw, organic chips are silly good.
And the Somersault nuggets – yum. Yum yum yum. Although dry, these sweet, little morsels are nowhere near chalky. The texture is more reminiscent of a crunchy cookie. Score.
And can we talk health benefits? The whole reason I snagged these snacks was to load up on organic, raw ingredients with the extra health boost from seeds, grains and spirulina.
Go Raw touts that their snacks are living products with zero weird shit in them. Meaning, no processed ingredients, no chemicals, no nothin’ but healthy, pronounceable, good-for-you ingredients. Their site explains: ‘Eating raw food is all about the enzymes—one of the most essential elements in our bodies. They are required for our bodies to function properly, including basic activities like breathing, swallowing, eating or digesting. When we’re young, we have an abundant supply of enzymes, but as we age, our enzymes slowly become depleted. Eating enzyme-rich raw foods is a great way to sustain good health and well-being.’
And seeing as I’m days away from 32, it has become time for me to admit defeat against the clock and accept that fact that ‘as we age’ is a term meant for me. So, loading up on enzymes = good idea. Plus, eating raw foods has a crap ton of awesome benefits like: reducing disease-causing stress, increased energy and mental clarity. But, let’s be real, I’m here for the weight loss and clearer skin aspects.
Somersault focuses on the power of seeds which can have a profound effect on heart health, cell turnover, blood pressure, nerve and muscle health and your immune system. Ok. Sweet. I like where they are headed. Sunflower seeds, Somersault’s main ingredient, are loaded with antioxidants, protein, vitamin E, minerals and healthy fats.
Most importantly, though, they taste fuckin’ great. This is not a big surprise considering most truly healthy food is naturally delicious. However, sadly, ‘health food’ spent many years cultivating a bad reputation for dry, bitter, flavorless (or horribly flavored) snacks. It seems, though, the tide has turned and the trend for tasty treats is on the rise.
What I love is that these companies aren’t trying to be anything other than they are. Sure, Go Raw has pizza flavored flax chips, and, yes, even I opt for Dutch Cocoa over Sea Salt Somersaults, but still – they are just small rounds of simple ingredients done right. Low in calories and fats, yet high in vitamins and minerals, these marvelous nibbles beat out a bag of potato chips any day.
Have you had them?