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Month: February 2015

“What’s In My Suitcase?” Feb. 2015 Food Pick Part II

Welcome back travel aficionados! Here is Part II of my Feb.2015 “What’s In My Suitcase?” travel series. Today we will review another new found favorite that is an absolute must pack for your next escapade. Beanfields AHHHH-MAZING (so ridiculously delicious) bean and rice chips!!! Boy do these tasty treats pack a prodigious punch! They come in two sizes; a 1.5 oz, snack size, or a 6 oz, full size for an easy transport. Both will fit comfortably in any carry-on, so you can happily snack away while in flight, via car, or even during a train ride. If you don’t over pack, you can also make room to stash a few bags in your suitcase pockets as well- I know I will!!! I always make room for snacks 🙂 Without further delay, let’s jump right in, and learn more about this tasty travel snack!!!

Beanfields- Overview

Where do I start? I love everything about these chips, so let’s take a look at some basic facts. They are primarily comprised of beans, rice and oil (safflower or sunflower.) I’d say that’s already a pretty phenomenal start if you ask me! They are also Non-GMO verified, corn free, certified gluten free, vegan, free of the 8 most common allergens, are farmed and made in the USA, and most importantly…are FULL of taste. The chips come in 7 different flavors; nacho, barbecue, ranch, pico de gallo, salt n pepper, sea salt and unsalted! I’m elated to say that I had the privilege to sample each of the assortment, and I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to have made this discovery. I’m a snacker by nature, so I guess that makes me naughty…haha (remember the song??? it was a joke,) so I am always on the hunt for healthy options for the road, when not indulging in (guilt-free) fruit. I’ve tried many other health-friendly chips in the past, but found that alot of them lack taste. NOT Beanfields though, they are the definition of taste! Seriously- these chips are exploding with flavor!!! As a result, it’s quite difficult to choose a favorite of the bunch, so I’ll do my best to provide a brief overview of each, to help paint an accurate picture for you;

1. The nacho are sooooo good that I totally thought I was eating a certain nacho flavored chip that starts with a “D” and rhymes with Lolitos (lol,) minus the guilt and the ingredients that is -yum yum!!! BRAVO!!!!!!!

2. When I think of the barbecue flavor, I immediately return to the days of my youth!!! Eating them takes me back to barbecue potato chips (they really taste just like them) and summer days in Ohio as a kid…ahhhh!!!! = LOVE.

3. If you are a ranch fanatic, who is interested in watching what you eat, or are now vegan,vegetarian, or other, I promise that you will be so overjoyed by this creation. My long time friend is nothing short of a ranch-a-holic, who is now vegan, and she was blown away by them when I shared a bag with her. Two BIG THUMBS up for ranch!!! WHOOHOOO.

4. I used to be a huge salt n pepper fan, so I was wondering if these would meet my former expectations. At one time, it was not uncommon for me to down an entire bag of traditional salt n pepper potato chips. I’m happy to say, these did NOT disappoint. They are a great alternative, and were the perfect complement to my (veggie) burger. UM UM GOOD!!!

5. Feeling festive? The pico de gallo are SUPERB, with a capital S!!! Grab a bowl of guac or salsa and allow your palate to party away. I could totally eat a pound of these with or without a sidekick (dip.) Stupendous!!!

6. The sea salt are the perfect dip chip! Though not flavored, aside from the sea salt, they are a great (base chip) carry-on snack if you have plans of picking up some hummus or other dip in the airport, or for the car ride!! I could eat them with so many sides. They are FANTASTIC!!!

7. The unsalted are the perfect choice for the person who is trying to monitor their sodium intake. Again, they are another great base chip, that can be paired with a dip, or as a healthy travel snack alone. Wonderful that Beanfield created a salt-free option! Major Kudos!!!

These bean and rice chips are so incredible that they’ve won a host of awards, including the “Snack Time Award” Taste For Life in 2011 for the -Pico De Gallo, the “Best of Show” at the Natural Products West, VegNews Expo in 2012 for the Nacho flavor, and were also rated a “HIT” by Supermarket Guru again for Pico De Gallo. Of course, these are just 3 of many accolades received!! Beanfields prize chips provide 4g of fiber per 1 oz serving and 4 g of complete protein per 1 oz serving as well. As mentioned above, the 3 base ingredients are beans, rice, and oil. There are no additional fillers or binders and contain NO gums, preservatives, artificial colors or flavors, no trans fats and no cholesterol. Both the Ranch and Barbecue flavors do contain a plant based sweetener with zero added calories or sugars (per the ingredient list I received.) Additionally, the chips are comprised of primarily black, navy and long beans, and long grain rice. For more information on this Suitcase Series pick, and to place your order today, please visit

Also, you can visit your local Wholefoods, or other Healthy Grocery Store to buy these fantastic chips as well!

A huge thank you to Beth and the Beanfields Snacks team for sending me this awesome box of goodness! You have a new customer for life, and Beanfields has now been officially introduced to the global travel community!!! Happy eats and travels friends!!!


Assortment of Beanfields Chips!


When I first opened the Beanfields Box..


Beanfields Awards~


Picture of Box of Chips…

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Information Sheet Beside Award Winning “Nacho” Chips

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Outer Box and Info Sheets

*I reviewed these sponsored products for Beanfields. This has in no way altered my opinion of them, and I have provided readers insight, as well as my true experience with the food items. 

“What’s In My Suitcase?” February 2015 Pick…

It’s that time again travel aficionados!!… Time to review my February selection for the, “What’s in my Suitcase?” 2015 series. I actually have two “travel food” picks this month, so I will complete in two parts, and create separate posts for each of the products being highlighted- as both are excellent “transports,” for your next trip. Side note- For any first time visitors, you will find that I’m a high quality item buff, so you won’t ever read of me recommending items with less than superior ingredients in them. This goes for everything from food, to hair products. I’m all about maintaining a healthy, travel lifestyle. What goes in your suitcase really matters to me. I just wanted to clarify that for any of you joining my blog for the first time. Let me start off by extending a warm welcome to you, with hopes that you will find this information useful, and come back to visit time and time again!

The first item up for the February, Part I discussion, is the perfect solution to meet the needs of the on-the-run traveler. It works great for the leisure, or even the business road warrior, in search of something quick, healthy and tasty, minus the fuss. It’s ideal for hikers, boating, car trips, and even for checked luggage via the airport, which was my method of transportation last week. So without further delay, next up in this series, is Munk Pack!!!

Munk Pack- Taste
This is such a creative product!!! It’s breakfast or a snack, in a squeezy pack drinkable form, that offers a boost of energy. It’s a yummy mixture of oatmeal and fruit!! How clever is this? I think it’s so INCREDIBLE. Yes, it may sound a bit offsetting, but trust me, it’s really phenomenal when you think about it. Oatmeal you can drink!! I’m in..

The company offers 3 unique flavor packs; raspberry & coconut, apple quinoa & cinnamon, and blueberry & acai flax. Fortunately, I got the opportunity to test all three, and I really liked them!! I love the concept of a quick, and healthy grab-n-go option, if you are longing for something other than a piece of fruit. They’ll also last a lot longer for lengthier trips, and are comprised of some really amazing ingredients. They are 100% whole grain, gluten free certified, non-gmo certified, kosher certified, vegan, come in BPA-free pouches, and provide 3 grams of fiber. My favorite of the 3, is the apple quinoa & cinnamon. I absolutely loved this one!! I must admit, I’m a bit partial to these particular flavors, so it may have something to do with that. How can you ever go wrong with apple, quinoa or cinnamon? They totally nailed it for me with this one. The others are yummy and tasty as well, but the quinoa flavor profile just so happens to include 3 of my most favorites. For a different palate, like my best friend’s, I’m certain that she is going to be ecstatic about the raspberry & coconut pack, considering coconut is her all time favorite tropical treat.


Aside from the marvelous taste of these packs, I was equally as pleased with the shipping/packaging upon arrival. Some of you might be thinking, “What difference does that make?” I’ll tell you why it matters to me…because I’m a visual person. Selling a product is about the entire experience. Perhaps it’s the marketer in me, coming out as well. But seriously, who doesn’t love getting an adorable package in the mail?? Hello!!! The entire concept from start to finish for the Munk Pack is totally cool. They arrived in a white box, with a picture of a chipmunk….(hence the name, “Munk,”) on the front of the box. Once I popped it open, the contents immediately drew me in. I instantly thought of the earth; more specifically, outdoors and nature. The 4.2 oz packs were nestled amidst earth tone packing material, resembling the earth, which gave me the impression I was plucking some wonderfully sourced ingredients from the soil.I totally bought into the experience!

Thus, it’s safe to say that Munk Packs get two thumbs up from me; from the ingredients, to the taste, and even to the packaging. I really thought about camping, or taking a cabin trip, and that is typically not my journey of choice! More of a water type gal!!! These pouches of delicious goodness were a pleasant, and yummy surprise from receipt via mail, through digestion. To learn more about these remarkable “packs,” visit and load up for your next destination!!!

Til next time, safe travels!!



Outer Munk Pack Box..


Munk Packs….

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Front & Back Picture of Munk Pack

*I reviewed these sponsored products for Munk Pack. This has in no way altered my opinion of them, and I have provided readers insight, as well as my true experience with the food items. 

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