Food & Drink,  Lifestyle

Healthy Snacks and Savory Coffee That You Need in Your Life


These crispy and all seed crackers are in one word – amazing! They are perfect to pair with most anything like dips, salmon, cheese, salad (endless possibilities here) and the best part is that they are carb free, have lots of fiber and are very satisfying. These are very different than the usual “healthy” cracker and have a unique taste and crunch that will make you want more. They are also Gluten Free and surprisingly tasty! If you are eating Keto you can add these to your meals or use as a snack between meals. The ingredients are simple and healthy and they come in different flavors such as Sesame Flavor (Original), Hemp, Caraway, Cumin, and Everything (the perfect blend of all savory flavors). I think my favorite is the Everything – it has a very savory and rich flavor but I really like them all and can’t wait to serve them during the holidays for parties and family dinners.

Here’s the back story on Founder Ellen Macks. Ellen had been eating Keto and whole foods since she was 18. A health-conscious, energetic mom of three with an appetite, it was natural she would crave delicious, satisfying foods with real nutrition and none of the bad processed stuff. The answer was to start her own brand! Available on Amazon.

Banana Samba

This is one of my new favorite snacks! It’s not only made with real fruit and low in calories but it’s also a natural source of Potassium. Even better – they are delicious! Banana Samba is a traditional Brazilian super snack made with simple ingredients and zero artificial colors or preservatives. Ripe bananas are slowly-cooked until they caramelize in their own natural sugars (that sounds really yummy right?) which gives the treats their soft and chewy texture. Each Banana Samba fun size an individually wrapped and is equal to one third of a banana and even better – they are less than 50 calories per piece! I am now packing these in my handbag for a healthy and guilt free snack. It gets even better – they come in 4 different flavors! Classic, Chocolate, Simply, and Fit (with Chia seed). I thought my favorite was the the Classic but now I don’t have a favorite – I like them all. Some of the flavors are also Gluten free – check out the label first to make sure though. The snacks are also reasonably priced at around $4.50 for a box of 5-6 pieces.

Banana Samba was founded by Carla and Ruth Wahnon, who grew up enjoying bananada, a 400 year old traditional snack in Brazil. They have introduced the world to this authentic, 100% natural version of this very enduring favorite. The care with the product starts with the highest quality ingredients. The bananas (Cavendish) are naturally ripened in small family farms. No ethylene gas induced ripening process and you will not find more than three ingredients in any of the Banana Samba versions. Banana Samba is the perfect choice for people looking to eschew cheap artificial energy shots and bars for something simple, natural and convenient. Available on Amazon.

Don Pablo Bourbon Infused Coffee 

I’ll be honest, I’m not a coffee snob. I don’t live for my next gourmet cup of Java but I do like coffee a lot and I have enjoyed this brand of coffee! I find that the flavor of the Signature Blend (medium to dark roast) is rich and flavorful and definitely is a step above grocery store brands. The Bourbon Infused Specialty Roast is definitely different! They soak the coffee beans in real Kentucky Bourbon and then roast them to infuse them with the taste of Bourbon without the alcohol. It’s a full bodied blend and velvety with hints of caramel, butterscotch and honey. Anyone who is adventurous in their coffee choices and looking for something more bold would like this one for sure. The Organic Specialty-Grade coffee is also a full bodied blend with a rich flavor and has hints of milk chocolate and honey, caramel, and cocoa. It comes in light, medium-dark, and dark roast. It’s 100% Arabica Coffee, Non-GMO, Certified Organic by CCOF.

Don Pablo also offers an array of Coffee Spice Grinders. Those interested in incorporating coffee into their collection of meat rubs and spices will find these grinders a convenient way of doing it. Examples are Peppercorn and Sea Salt, Adobo, Organic Coffee Peppercorn, and Peppercorn and Red Pepper. My favorite is the Adobo which my husband used on grilled chicken recently and it was delicious!

Don Pablo’s unique packaging is a step above and all of their products would make great gifts ideas for that coffee lover or grill master in your life! Available on Amazon.

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