Monday, November 18, 2013

Alive & Radiant - Veggie Krunch

Alive & Radiant, founded by Peggy Ann Horowytz, better known as Blessing, makes raw, organic, gluten-free, healthy snacks. After falling in love with their kale chips, I thought I'd give their new Veggie Krunch a try.  Veggie Krunch is a raw, dehydrated snack made with just veggies, fruits, nuts, and spices so they are super healthy.

First I tried the Arugula Cabbage. Made with just cabbage, arugula, sesame seeds, lemon juice, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, nutritional yeast, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, Himalayan salt, apple cider vinegar, caraway seeds, and dill, there ain't nothin' but good-for-you ingredients in this snack. The name didn't really sound that appetizing. I mean who reaches for arugula and cabbage when they want a snack?  But, these really grew on me. The sesame, dill, and garlic gave it a great flavor. They really just tasted like kale chips made with arugula and cabbage instead.

Next up was the Sweet Onion. Again, not exactly what I think about when I want a snack. Surprisingly, this one was my favorite. Made with layers upon layers of onions dehydrated flat and seasoned with tamari, smoked salt, and cumin, they really won me over.

Lastly, I tried the Teriyaki Greens. I wasn't a big fan of this one. I just didn't like the overwhelming coconut taste as it was really overbearing. Made with collard greens, kale, coconut, sesame seeds, tamari, carrots, coconut palm sugar, chia seeds, apple cider vinegar, ginger, lemon juice, and garlic, again it is all good stuff. I'm just not a huge fan of the overbearing coconut flavor.

What I really liked about these snacks was all the nutritional information on the back. Each bag shows why the ingredients inside are healthy and which vitamins they naturally contain. It makes you feel good about snacking. These would also make great toppings for salads or soups. I could imagine putting the dried sweet onions in a variety of dishes.

Each two-ounce bag sells for $5.99 on Amazon here.  I'd be willing to bet that if you decide to try these veggies, you will look more Alive & Radiant.  How's that for cheesy?!

Full Disclosure: Although the products were provided to me for free to review, that in no way influenced my veracious opinion. 

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