What it is: Crispy, crunchy all-natural chickpeas served either in a bag (pop ’em in your mouth like popcorn) or in a bar-shape (looks like a granola bar’s close cousin). Regardless of how you eat them, you can be certain that they’re: 1) nut-free, 2) gluten-free, 3) full o’ fibre, and 4) good for you.
What You Might Not Know: Chickpea connoisseurs say that a quarter-cup of these rolly-polly snacking beans packs as much fibre as two cups of broccoli, as much folate as three cups of spinach and as much protein as an egg! Nutty little chickpea, you have such a nutritious range!
Feelin’ the Love: The good folks at The Good Bean sent me lots of flavors to try out, and they were all tasty. But the one I liked best was Sea Salt! (Yes, I like plain vanilla ice cream, too.)
Don’t get me wrong – I also happily gobbled up the Cracked Pepper and Smoky Chili & Lime flavours. The Sweet Cinnamon was nice, but when it comes to munching away on chickpeas, I preferred the savoury angle. To me, this healthy food is a more satisfying substitute for less healthy food like, say, chips versus something sweet – like a cookie. I’d take chickpeas over chips (maybe because both are crunchy), but a cinnamony chickpea won’t easily fill a cookie void for me. You know?
Having said that, I see these all-natural roasted chickpeas as more than a swap-in for junk food. They’re an enjoyable way to snack “clean.”
The Good Bean’s version of a granola bar gets a thumbs-up as an option for people who can’t or don’t want to eat nuts or gluten. The best flavour for me (again!) was the simplest: Fruit & Seeds Trail Mix.
If I Could Change One Thing: These chickpea snacks grew on me quickly, but my first few mouthfuls felt a bit dry. For best results, I suggest breaking into a bag with a glass of water at arm’s reach.
Should You Buy It? If you like eating clean, then yes. The ingredients are simple, and there are no GMOs. Plus, these healthy snacks suit a variety of dietary needs. Pricing is similar to other snack foods; check TheGoodBean.com for stores near you that carry this product. I’ll be asking for them at Whole Foods.