Eating most probably tops the list of the greatest pastimes ever. Easy-to-grab food items like chips and crackers are usual options for snacking. It’s also easy to convince ourselves to grab these junk from the grocery shelves and nibble on them while doing some “hard work.” We would tell ourselves, “I deserve this treat.” But in reality, loading up on empty calories habitually will eventually take its toll on our bodies.
If you really don’t mind the empty calories, though, sure, go ahead. But if you’re the type to be on the constant hunt for healthy snackables, then here’s a list we made just for you. We found these local, healthy snacks at the Philippine Harvest Meets Bon Appetit food fair, which was held last Sept. 22 at the Central Square, Bonifacio High Street in Taguig.
Yes, you can actually snack on some dried danggit. This popular dried fish pasalubong from Cebu now comes in more presentable packaging, thanks to Balangay’s Best.
During the Harvest Fair, Balangay’s Best mixed their danggit with a trail mix. You can make your own, too, by combining it with dried mangos, sugar, and nuts.
Balangay’s Best is the first sustainable seafood brand in the country. Their high-quality products are naturally processed and wild-caught by Filipino fishers. They’re manufactured and distributed by Fishers & Changemakers, Inc., a social enterprise that partners with local artisan fishing communities using sustainable practices.
Their products are available in the following stores:
- Echostore (Ayala, Serendra, Podium, Salcedo, Centris, Cebu, Davao)
- Islands Pasalubong (Four flagship stores in Cebu, Katipunan)
- Holy Carabao (Palma corner Mañalac St., Poblacion, Makati City)
- Real Food (Molito, Alabang)
Get to taste three different fruits in the form of brittle or crisps. All of the variants Oh So Healthy has as of now has bananas, making every bag familiarly sweet. They’re made with 100 percent natural fruits and were cooked without any frying or oil, so they’re less than 100 calories per serving. The crisps are gluten-free, too.
These crisps are available in Rustan’s and Shopwise, as well as Lazada, Beauty MNL, and Metro Mart. Community stores like Urban Pantry, Echostore, and Real Foods also carry them. Check out their website or Facebook page for more information.
Trail mixes aren’t only for hiking, so stock up on some Superfood Trail Mix for your in-between meals and stuck-in-traffic snacking. It’s an energizing combo of almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, mango, pineapple, and cacao nibs. It’s devoid of any artificial colors, flavors, additives, and preservatives.
Products of The Archipelago Food and Beverage Co., which is under Natural Health, are available for purchase online.
7433 GF, Unit J, Yakal St., Makati Curb Holdings, San Antonio Village, Makati City
Down to Earth is a family farm in Bukidnon which uses biodynamic and sustainable agricultural practices. Aside from their Kale Vegan Chips, get their Beef Jerky Paleo on the Go for snacks which meat is from grass-fed cows. It comes in three flavors: chili, pho jerky, and cracked pepper and sea salt.
Order their products on their website. Down to Earth is also in markets:
- The Salcedo Market — Jaime Velasquez Park, Tordesillas St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Every Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Mara’s Organic Market — Legaspi Park cor. Rufino St., Makati City
Every Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Header image courtesy of Lota Hilton
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Writer: YAZHMIN MALAJITO