Who knew healthy munchies could taste this good?

When I think of mindless munching, what crosses my mind are chips, crackers, tortillas, and popcorns, along with a can of chilled soda. I am talking about manufactured food products that only do good for the taste buds. No matter how much we like them, somewhere inside of us, we all crave to eat healthy food made with real ingredients, that is also palate pleasing. Somehow in the world of food, tasty and healthy still do not go together, but when I got this carton of a variety of tortilla chips from Food Should Taste Good (FSTG), my thought process changed. Yes it’s very much possible to have food which is not only natural, but also appetizing, and that too in the category of munchies.

I tasted four flavors of  FSTG tortilla chips – Guacamole, Jalapeño, SweetPotato and Multi-grain. The packaging was quiet attractive and the materials used were recyclable. The guacamole flavored chips were absolutely delicious, and a “must-have” for a true chip lover. Made with cilantro, real avocados and spicy serrano peppers, they had a very tasty kick to them. The guacamole coating was decent, and it definitely satisfied my appetite for guacamole and chips. I also tried it with a homemade guacamole dip and it made for a nice treat. Next, to try is sour cream with Food Should Taste Good Guacamole Tortilla Chips.

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Second came a Sweet Potato flavor. Although popular in the south, sweet potato is not something I have been use to eating. These were crunchy and sweet (a hint of cane sugar), with a tad bit of saltiness. I had them with a dollop of mixed fruit jam, and in around 15 minutes I managed to gulp the whole pack of crackers down. Thankfully, there was nothing to feel guilty about as these are organic and without biotechnology (GMOs). The Jalapeños chips had a spicy bite to them. I tried them with with salsa and a pinch of salt.

Multigrain, the word itself is very healthy. Health and I didn’t get together for a very long time, that’s why I opened this bag with a little hesitation. Made with flax, sunflower and sesame seed, the light and crispy treats were highly delectable and super satiating. Even so, I replaced my lunch with FSTG multi-grain crackers and hummus, and still within my daily calorie limit.

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The story of restauranteur and founder Pete Lescoe is worth crediting. He created Food Should Taste Good, Inc in 2006 with the goal of making a unique new snack with great taste, real ingredients, and sophisticated flavor – the qualities he is most passionate about in his cooking.

Another noticeable difference between Food Should Taste Good and other brand of chips was that the bag was full all the way to the bottom with very little room for air.

It was interesting to know that all these delicious snack foods I tried were gluten free, cholesterol free, Kosher and trans fat free! FSTG has managed to satisfy my cravings guilt-free. See recipes with FSTG products on Pinterest.

~ By Divya Sarin, a yoga enthusiast who can’t sit idle, and wants to create some magic in each person’s life. Behind the scenes, you will find her tweeting @GoEatGive. Follow her on her blog on happiness and life. 

How to throw a Cinco de Mayo party

Having a Cinco de Mayo party at home can actually be quite fun. Whether you are hosting a few people or a large crowd, these easy to do ideas will make your event a big hit. As with any themed party, you must plan ahead of time to create the right mix of ambience, food and music. So decorate some Mexican flags, put some salsa music playing in the background and get your margarita glasses out.

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Slice limes and keep some mint leaves on hand to decorate the cocktails. If you can afford to, always serve drinks in proper glasses, not disposables. Believe it or not, the presentation makes all the different in the flavor of the food!

For appetizers, serve tortilla chips with sour cream, few types of salsa, homemade guacamole, queso (melted cheese dip) and picco de gallo (salad of chopped tomatoes, onions, lettuce and cilantro).

Keep the entrée simple so that you are able to spend some quality time with your guests. Prepare a pot of yellow rice and black beans ahead of time to be served as sides. Present a make-your-own taco bar with fresh tortillas and fillings. You can have three or more options to appeal to everyone’s palate – one bowl of grilled vegetables (onions, red peppers, green peppers, tofu, etc.) for the vegetarians, second bowl of sliced cooked steak or chicken and third bowl of pre-cooked crawfish meat (available in seafood freezer section in grocery stores). Also buy readymade sauces such as a mole (if you can find it), chipotle steak sauce or a spicy seafood sauce to serve with the tacos. Serve them in nice bowls (not the original bottles) and they won’t know the difference! Refill the condiments (salsa, sour cream, etc.) as many people like to have them with their tacos as well.

For dessert, you can make a traditional flan, or upgrade to a caramel flavored cheesecake or dulce de leche gelato. Now go ahead and wear your long flowing skirts and sombreros and celebrate the rich tradition and culture of Mexico. Cheers!

Guacamole

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1 tsp. Fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tsp. Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Cumin powder
  • salt & pepper

 Peel the avocado & empty the pulp in a bowl. Chop it finely & add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.