Monday, November 17, 2008
Healthy and tasty snacks for all.
Contributed by Dad in the Know.
I remember when my parents first decided it was time to start eating healthy. If the truth were told, they were probably wise enough to make such advances earlier in my youth, but this particular suggestion stands as a distinct memory.
The day my mom put rice cakes in front of me for breakfast… it was as if she was trying to feed me dried death. They were void of taste, the texture was offensive, and they made healthy eating seem more like capital punishment.
Thanks to the folks at Real Foods, the rice cake has been evolved into a treat I can enjoy.
The product is the Corn Thin, a pleasurable crispy cake of sun-ripened corn, popped under high temperatures and delivered in a tasty, thin cake that is easy to use in a variety of ways. Corn Thins are 97% fat free and are made with all-natural ingredients, free of artificial colors and preservatives. They are also gluten free (an excellent fact to consider, especially for parents like us with children that suffer negative effects from gluten), GMO free, and contain 10% dietary fiber.
The health benefits are undeniable, but my mom used to say the same thing about rice cakes… and I’d rather eat sand than rice cakes. I can’t say the same for Corn Thins, for they are not only delectable, but they are offered in a wide variety of flavors and have become the secret ingredient in various recipes and snack plates we use every day.
The Original Corn Thin is surprisingly refreshing. Unlike rice, the Corn Thin maintains the flavor of the grain from whence they came, providing a taste reminiscent of gourmet popcorn. However, Real Foods didn’t stop there. They also offer Corn Thins in flavors such as Sour Cream and Chives, Cheese, Feta and Sundried Tomato, Soy and Linseed, Cracked Pepper and Lemon, Multigrain, Rye and Caraway, and (my favorite) Sesame. All are absolutely delicious and provide a quality, health snack I can enjoy at time of the day, and the wide variety of flavors have allowed us to create new snack ideas when we entertain.
I tend to eat them as is, without additional ingredients or spreads. However, the family has learned to treat Corn Thins as an alternative to potato chips, and as such they find them to be highly pleasurable with dips, spreads, and other additives such as vegetables and fruits. I am always a sucker for peanut butter (excellent on the Sesame thins), but we have found the Corn Thins are study enough to carry just about any ingredient you might want to consider.
To help in your efforts to discover the optimal use of Corn Thins for you and your family, you can visit the Real Foods website and find all of the information you will need. There is a plethora of information on the Corn Thins and other products offered by the Real Foods family, but you will also find an outstanding recipe section to help you get started.
With outstanding health benefits matched with flavor you will crave, Corn Thins should be on your snack menu, and you are likely to find additional spots in your lunch and dinner plans for Corn Thins once you learn just how pleasurable they can be.