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    Giveaway: Mary’s Gone Crackers

    A few months ago, Mary Waldner — creator of the Mary’s Gone Crackers snack linespoke with me about what inspired her to create her popular line of organic, vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free snacks, and why avoiding genetically modified ingredients is so important for her as a manufacturer.

    In case you’re not familiar with Mary’s Gone Crackers, they provide a unique spin on common snacks.

    Their crackers are made from a combination of brown rice, quinoa, sesame seeds, and flax, and are great for snacking and dipping.  Their cookies are not cloyingly sweet, contain spices instead of flavorings (their ginger cookies, for example, list ‘ginger root’ as an ingredient), and are made with chia seeds, coconut oil (instead of the commonly-used corn or soybean), and several gluten-free flours.

    This month, two lucky Small Bites readers will score some Mary’s Gone Crackers loot.

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    Speaking With…: Mary Waldner of Mary’s Gone Crackers

    As much as I enjoy calling out Big Food’s deceptive tactics and worrisome practices, I also like to recognize companies that offer real food and a refreshing “what you see is what you get” approach. Among that small group of all-stars is Mary’s Gone Crackers (apart from crackers, they also offer cookies, pretzel-sticks, and “crumbs”).

    I have been a staunch fan since my first bite in 2008, and have been spreading the word about them since. Any time I have brought these to an office, meeting, or get-together, many people express curiosity and, after trying one, immediately ask, “Wow, where can I buy these?”.

    While the crispy crunch, unique flavor, and dip-withstanding texture are definite pluses, my favorite aspect is the whole-food, organic, non-GMO ingredients. Did I also mention the entire Mary’s Gone Crackers product line is wheat and gluten-free?

    With October being non-GMO month, I wanted to speak with creator Mary Waldner about her goals with the product line and get some insight into production and sourcing issues.

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    Go Crackers with Mary (and Small Bites)!

    original_box_front_hiresReady for the second Small Bites giveaway?  I am!

    This time around, I have partnered up with the wonderful folks at Mary’s Gone Crackers to gift one lucky winner with:

    • 1 full-size box of crackers (any flavor)
    • 1 full-size box of sticks & twigs “light and crunchy pretzel snack” (any flavor)
    • 1 full-size box of the company’s new “love cookies” (any flavor)

    I love Mary’s Gone Crackers because they offer delicious, crispy crackers (and sticks & twigs!) that are not only 100% whole grain, organic, kosher, vegan, non-GMO, and made solely from whole foods, but also suitable for anyone intolerant to gluten or allergic to wheat.

    Their delectable cookies, meanwhile, are organic, vegan, kosher, non-GMO, wheat-free, gluten-free, and even soy-free.

    Please read below to find out how to enter this giveaway:

    1. Send an e-mail to “andy@andybellatti.com” with the subject line “I want Mary’s crackers!” anytime between 12:01 AM (Eastern Standard Time) on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 and 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on Sunday, March 14, 2010.
    2. Only one e-mail entry per person.  Multiple e-mail entries do not increase chances of winning.
    3. There are two ways to increase your odds:
      • Twitter: On any Friday during the contest’s eligible dates, include “@andybellatti” on your #FollowFriday list (only one Follow Friday tweet will be eligible for giveaway)
      • Facebook: Choose any Small Bites post of your liking and link to it from your Facebook profile (only one post will be eligible for giveaway; proof of posting via e-mail required)
    4. Winner will be selected at random on Monday, March 15, 2010 and contacted by me via e-mail.
    5. Winner must reside in the United States.

    Good luck!

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    What’s for Lunch? Snacks!

    otlMany people I speak with mention that they quickly tire of repetitive lunches.

    Day after day of wraps or sandwiches with a side of chips or baby carrots is certainly a recipe for boredom.

    One of my boredom-beating tactics?  Make a “snack lunch”!

    This is one of my favorite ways to eat lunch, since it is very easy to construct in a nutritious fashion (it’s perfect for lazier days when I don’t feel like dicing, chopping, and stirring!) and allows you to satisfy multiple cravings at once.

    Here, for example, is the snack lunch I ate today:

    • 1 small Granny Smith apple
    • 1 ounce Gruyere cheese
    • 1 ounce whole grain crackers (I love the Mary’s Gone Crackers brand — they are thin, ultra crispy, and made with quinoa, sesame seeds, and brown rice)
    • 3 Tablespoons fresh salsa
    • 1/3 cup baby carrots
    • 3 Tablespoons hummus
    • 2 Tablespoons raw almonds
    • 1 Tablespoon raw walnuts
    • 1 Tablespoon raw cacao nibs

    Deliciousness aside, this combination racks up a more-than-worthy nutrition profile:

    • 710 calories
    • 6.6 grams saturated fat
    • 660 milligrams sodium
    • 16.5 grams fiber
    • 20.5 grams protein

    Additionally, it is an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, manganese, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and hundreds of top-notch phytonutrients and antioxidants.  It’s also a good source of B vitamins, phosphorus, vitamin E, and zinc.

    Added bonus?  The almonds and walnuts contribute heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and ALA Omega-3 fatty acids, respectively.

    Depending on your particular calorie needs, you can tailor this meal by increasing or reducing the amounts of certain foods.

    Do you have a favorite “snack lunch”?  Post it in the “comments” section and inspire other Small Bites readers!

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    FNCE 2008: Free of Gluten, Not Flavor

    Although many European and South American countries sell a multitude of products geared to individuals with celiac disease, the United States is only recently beginning to cater to this growing market with tasty, healthy, widely available alternatives.

    Many people with celiac disease have a hard time finding snack foods high in fiber and whole grains, which is why two manufacturers of gluten-free products stood out at the Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo: Mary’s Gone Crackers and Crunchmasters.

    Mary’s Gone Crackers offers a variety of wonderfully crunchy (and delicious!) gluten-free 100% whole grain crackers and twig-shaped snacks.

    Made from brown rice, amaranth, quinoa, sesame seeds, and millet, each 1-ounce serving offers anywhere from 3 to 5 grams of fiber and no more than 150 calories.

    While some of the flavored twig snacks add up to a relatively high 300 milligrams of sodium per serving, all the crackers clock in at no more than 150 milligrams per 1-ounce serving.  In my personal cracker world, there is a definite “before” and “after” Mary’s Gone Crackers!

    Crunchmasters, also sells crunchy and flavorful multigrain and multiseed whole grain crackers.

    Each one-ounce serving provides 140 calories, 2 grams of fiber, and no more than 140 milligrams of sodium (the rosemary flavor manages to pack in a lot of taste in less than 100 milligrams of sodium per serving!)

    No wheat? No problem.

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