One of the first food items people give up when trying to eat healthier are highly processed snacks. If you’re someone who loves all things crunchy and salty, this may be one of the toughest and more necessary things you do on your path to a healthier lifestyle. Luckily, eating healthier doesn’t mean that you have to eschew those foods entirely. More Americans than ever before are ditching overly processed packaged goods and instead choosing less processed, whole, and “clean” options that are better for our bodies.
Ever since 2016 was named International Year of the Pulses by the United Nations, it seems like beans are showing up everywhere — including our snacks. It sounds weird, we know, but not only are beans good for us (they’re high in fiber, low in calories, and high in protein), they also happen to make fantastic snacks. When roasted until crispy and then seasoned, they can be a great replacement for less healthy, crunchy snacks that you might be trying to avoid. And, bonus, they can also be used to make sweet snacks!
If you’re looking to get your hands on the bean snack goodness, but don’t know where to begin, then don’t worry — we’ve got you. Check out these 10 high-protein, bean-based snacks!