Simply 7 Snacks Review

A part of my commitment to myself for the new year is to be open to trying new foods and being aware of what ingredients the foods I eat have. As I approach my 40th birthday my health is more of a focus than ever before. I will not deny myself treats but I am watching my sodium and sugar daily.

I have mentioned many times that I am a snacker. I love to snack between meals and while waiting for my children at practice. The problem I have had in the past is the choices I made when snacking. Having a snack is not bad, if you make the right choice.

Introducing Simply 7 Snacks

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The idea behind Simply7 was born because many of my favourite foods did not pass this test (and I suspect that many of yours don’t either). I decided to create a company that makes sure that every ingredient in our products is not only natural but is SIMPLE. You should be able to identify the raw vegetable, fruit, grain, or legume the ingredients in our products come from. I also wanted to show people that simple ingredients are actually exceptionally delicious.

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Healthy snack ideas from Simply 7 Snacks

Fresh Fruit

Fruit on a stick (bit of work)

If you are a bit more enterprising, you can make fruit kabobs.  Pineapple, melon and strawberries are best for this as they don’t brown as quickly when cut like apples and pears.  In summer, consider freezing overnight and bringing in a cooler.

Naked fruit (no work)

Make sure the fruit is washed thoroughly and consider offering a variety of fruits such as pears, apples, bananas, nectarines or plums but nothing that squishes or bruises easily.  Also be sure to bring a small bag for collecting skins and cores.

Frozen Treats

Homemade Fruit Pops (bit of work)

If you have time, you can make your own frozen treats by blending unsweetened frozen fruit in a blender with a bit of juice or milk-substitute.  Pour into ice cube trays and once they are semi-frozen, pop in short popsicle sticks.

Freezer Section (no work)

If you don’t have time for homemade, look for frozen treats made from fruit juices at the supermarket, or apple sauce in individual pouches left in the freezer overnight to freeze. But don’t forget to bring scissors!

Happy Trails

Home Made Trail Mix (bit of work)

Create your own trail mix with dried fruits, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips and nut-free, gluten free cereal or snack chips

Store Bought Snacks (no work)

If you are time-pressed there are healthier choices than potato chips or sugary granola bars at the supermarket.  For example, Simply7 offers gluten-free, peanut-free baked chips made from lentils, hummus or quinoa. And they taste good too.

Very Veggie

Homemade Veggie Sticks (bit of work)

Carrots and celery sticks are probably the first thing to come to mind, but cucumber spears are even more refreshing.  Just cut English cucumbers into 5-6 inch long pieces, then slice lengthways into spears.   Serve in individual snack bags or tie in bunches with twist ties.

Produce Aisle (no work)

If you are in a rush, most supermarkets offer pre-made fresh veggie trays.  The down side is that these are mostly large trays, not individual portions.  If your supermarket doesn’t offer individual veggie snacks, pick up a box of plastic sandwich bags and let the kids choose their own veggies from the tray.

Baked After a Hard Game

Homemade Baking (lots of work)

For the purposes of team snacks the most important factor when choosing what to bake, besides allergy or gluten considerations, is messiness.  Avoid things that are sticky or crumbly like tarts or cupcakes.  Do go for treats like banana bread, cookies, brownies, and muffins.

Cookie Aisle (no work)

There are more peanut-free and gluten free baked goods available than ever before, but be careful about ingredients.  Many granola bars contain gluten and/or nuts and have almost as much sugar as a chocolate bar.

Protein Power

Cheese and Kielbasa-bobs (bit of work)

Cut up an assortment of cheese (marble, cheddar, Colby) and Kielbasa into cubes and skewer on shortened bamboo sticks.

Dairy Aisle (no work)

You could buy individual snack packs of cheese and crackers, but typically they are full of saturated fat, salt and gluten, so instead, opt for string cheese, which come individually wrapped and are actually cheese

 

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Recently I had the opportunity to try out a few of the Simply 7 varieties for myself. These all natural chips come in many flavours of Quinoa, Hummus, and Lentil. They are light and full of flavour with every crunch. The Hummus and Lentil varieties have a great deal less fat than a regular potato chip as well.

I enjoyed tasting the Simply 7 chips and was happy to read the ingredients I could recognize on the package. You can find them in stores across North America yourself. Just look on their site for a store near you. Be sure to check them out and try them out to start taking steps towards a healthier 2016.

Simply 7 snacks simply7snacks.ca

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