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The Good Bean Review & Giveaway

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Snacking seems to be a reoccurring theme recently around here...wonder why? Maybe it's because I am dieting and needing to "graze" between meals or maybe, it's just because I like to snack? Hee hee. Whatever the reason, I am a fan of eating anything crunchy, sweet and salty but not always in that order. ;) Are you aware of just how good chickpeas are for you? I didn't realize it until recently when I was pregnant with my Isaac. They are packed with protein and are good on so many different foods. I love to add them to my salads mostly and since I have been dieting, chickpeas are a regular occurrence at most of my meals.
While perusing the Internet the other day I was very excited to come across a company that makes chickpea snacks!! I never knew there was such a thing but my oh my-I was VERY happy to find them! The Good Bean is a company that not only makes Roasted Chickpea Snacks but they also make Fruit & No Nut Bars! Before I continue, here is a bit more about this company...

The Good Bean launched in September 2010 with a line of first-to-market All-Natural Roasted Chickpea Snacks in 4 flavors. They’re an excellent alternative to standard snacks such as chips, nuts, pretzels and popcorn – gluten-free, nut-free, high protein, high fiber, and low fat. In February 2012 we launched a second product line, The Good Bean Fruit & No-Nut Bar, a line of wholesome snack bars for the extremely popular fruit & nut bar category. We replaced the nuts with high-fiber, high-protein chickpeas for a bar that has 40-60% less fat than the competition. Like our chickpea snacks, our bars are a unique alternative in the category due to their health benefits, and also contain Fair-Trade and clean-processed ingredients.

Not only do I share my reviews with all of you but I also share my reviews with family and friends who do not regularly read here. I am always excited to find companies that offer gluten-free snacks because I have some friends who are on gluten-free diets and are constantly looking for snacks that they can eat without jeopardizing their health. Today's company is definitely one I am going to be sharing with them because they are definitely gluten-free AND nut-free! I guess you could also say that they are a "no junk" type of company. :)
So, for this review I was sent 4 bags of Roasted Chickpea Snacks and 3 Fruit & No Nut Bars. I was very interested in tasting these snacks and bars particularly because I love chickpeas and wanted to know how they tasted in this form. The flavors I was sent were: Sweet Cinnamon, Smoky Chili & Lime, Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper. For the Fruit & No Nut Bars I received Apricot Coconut!, Fruit & Seeds Trail Mix! and Chocolate Berry!
The Sweet Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas were the first flavor that I tried and these are sooo good! You can hardly tell that you are eating a chickpea. Seriously, these are sweet, crunchy and super filling too. I love how they are such a great alternative to eating sugary snacks and are also really satisfying. 
The Smoky Chili & Lime were really spicy...a bit too spicy for me though. I do like hot foods, just not that hot. HA HA! They were pretty intense for me but for the person who loves spicy foods? Perfect! As you can see in the above collage, The Good Bean really seasons these little morsels well...when you take one you get a mouthful of flavor...seriously! My other favorite flavor was the Sea Salt. They too were very yummy and contain just the right amount of salt for me. One thing I think I would improve about the packaging is to make the bags resealable. That way, you could snack and then re-close the bag easily. Other than that, I loved these chickpea snacks!!
As far as the Fruit & No Nut Bars, I am LOVING them! My favorite is (of course) the Chocolate Berry! These bars are truly a wholesome and filling snack for any time of the day. If you need a bit of energy to get through your afternoon, one of these would suffice. 
These bars are full of chickpeas and other ingredients, all mixed together and packaged in just the right size bar for you! I would love to have these on hand for car rides for my children as they would give them a good amount of nutrition without filling them full of sugar. These would also be great for my diaper bag when we go on shopping trips and aren't able to get right home for a meal. For me or for my children, I love the Fruit & No Nut Bars!!

So, where can you buy The Good Bean Snacks? Well, if you visit The Good Bean online you can check out their store locator that will direct you to the store that is nearest you. Prices vary depending on which snack you buy. Also, be sure to check out The Good Bean on Facebook and also on Twitter.
So, in my opinion...The Good Bean has some awesome snacks!! I love the idea of using a chickpea for a crunchy snack...who would have thought they would be sooo tasty and nutritious? I would definitely recommend this company to anyone but beware...you will become addicted so shop accordingly. :) 

The Good Bean has offered to give away some snacks to one of you! The winner will receive Sweet Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas, Sea Salt Roasted Chickpeas and all three flavors of the Fruit & No Nut Bars! Here are your entry options...
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Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive free The Good Bean Snacks for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from The Good Bean website and email. Prize is being provided and shipped by the sponsor. This blog is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged prizes. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

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43 comments

  1. I learned that the owner Sarah Wallace is a veteran marketer in the natural products industry where she has worked with companies such as Clif Bar (where she launched Luna Bar), Kashi, Bear Naked, Think Products, and PopChips.

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  2. These look like a great alternative to nuts (cashews/almonds) which have really gotten expensive. We have been looking for a more cost effective snack and this just might be it!

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  3. I learned that the figures on the packages are HO figures and are originally made for model railroad scenes! :) That's cool.

    Thanks!
    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

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  4. Launched the Roasted Chickpea Snacks line in Sept. 2010

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  5. I learned The Good Bean uses a special variety of chickpea called the “Desi” chickpea.

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  6. I liked the Chickpea recipe section on the Good Bean site. My favorite was African curried coconut soup

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  7. I learned about Hexane and that it is a neurotoxic petrochemical solvent listed as a hazardous air pollutant with the EPA. It’s used to extract protein from soy, but they do not use that in their foods.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  8. I learned that 1 serving of The Good Bean Roasted Chickpea Snack
    has as much protein as an egg!

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  9. It has 6 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein per serving.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  10. I learned that the chick peas are hand tossed in the spices! I also learned that they are nut free, which is awesome because while I'm not allergic, I don't tolerate nuts well!

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  11. I learned tehy Launched the Roasted Chickpea Snacks line in Sept. 2010

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  12. I learned from the site that "The Good Bean uses a special variety of chickpea called the “Desi” chickpea. These little guys have three times the soluble fiber, are a great source of plant protein, and have half the carbohydrates of the typical “Kabuli” chickpeas you find in cans everywhere."

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  13. I learned that they replaced the nuts with high-fiber, high-protein chickpeas for a bar that has 40-60% less fat than the competition.

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  14. I learned that The Good Bean launched in September 2010 with a line of first-to-market All-Natural Roasted Chickpea Snacks in 4 flavors.

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  15. I learned one serving has as much protein as an egg and the snacks are vegan!
    Ttrockwood (AT) yahoo (dot) com
    Ttrockwood

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  16. I learned there is no hexane in their manufacturing process

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  17. The Good Bean launched in September 2010 with a line of first-to-market All-Natural Roasted Chickpea

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  18. I learned that The Good Bean uses a special variety of chickpea called the “Desi” chickpea that is better nutritionally than ordinary chick peas.

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  19. I learned that the founder Sarah Wallace replaced the nuts with high-fiber, high-protein chickpeas for a bar that has 40-60% less fat

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  20. I learned that all of their ingredients are non-GMO, hexane-free, and minimally processed!

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  21. I learned the Good Bean launched in September 2010 with a line of first-to-market All-Natural Roasted Chickpea Snacks in 4 flavors!
    Georgiana

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  22. They have bars that are great for people that have nut allergies! My friend is allergic to peanuts so I'll definitely tell her about these.

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  23. I learned the Good Bean uses a special variety of chickpea called the “Desi” chickpea. These little guys have three times the soluble fiber, are a great source of plant protein, and have half the carbohydrates of the typical “Kabuli” chickpeas you find in cans everywhere.

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  24. The Good Bean launched in September 2010 with a line of first-to-market All-Natural Roasted Chickpea Snacks in 4 flavors.

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

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  25. I've learned there's no hexane in the manufacturing process

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  26. Jackie KatzensteinApril 2, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Suzanne worked at Pixar prior to creating the Good Bean! How interesting!

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  27. I learned The Design Bean

    Suzanne SlatcherPrior to forming The Good Bean, Suzanne Slatcher worked at Pixar Animation Studios on such films as Toy Story 3, Ratatouille, Finding Nemo and Up (she made the flying house). Before that, Suzanne was an animation director in London, working on feature films and commercials.

    Suzanne brings her love of playful storytelling to The Good Bean brand image and marketing.

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  28. I learned that The Good Bean launched in September 2010 thanks crystal allen

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  29. that 1 serving of The Good Bean Roasted Chickpea Snack has as much protein as an egg

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  30. I learned that they use fair trade ingredients.

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  31. the figures on the packages are HO figures and are originally made for model railroad scenes

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  32. Unlike other healthy snacks like nuts, The Good Bean is low in fat, has no saturated fat, and is completely cholesterol-free. However, there is a small amount of oil used to help our spices stay on our chickpeas for maximum deliciousness!

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  33. growing chickpeas make the soil healthier because it adds nitrogen back in

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  34. i learned the chickpea snack has healthy factors such as a rich source of antioxidants.

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  35. i learned The Good Bean uses a special variety of chickpea called the “Desi” chickpea. These little guys have three times the soluble fiber, are a great source of plant protein, and have half the carbohydrates of the typical “Kabuli” chickpeas you find in cans everywhere. jen gersch

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  36. The company was launched in September 2010.

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  37. The Good Bean Roasted Chickpea Snack
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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  38. I have tried several of these. I loved them all.

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  39. I love that its all clean ingredients!

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  40. Chickpeas are very good for the heart

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  41. I learned they use a special chick pea that has more fiber than regular ones

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  42. i love that they are non GMO and they are fair trade!

    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  43. The Good Bean is an artisanal product. The spices are sprinkled and then hand-tossed into the chickpeas. That’s why each chickpea looks a little bit different.

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