I have snacks on hand all the time. I keep nuts in my car’s glove compartment, and carry energy bars in my purse whether I’m doing errands around town or hopping on a plane. I don’t like being caught empty handed if, say, I’m stuck in traffic (or delayed in the airport) and starving. To keep health and nutrition goals on track, I don’t want to be tempted by convenience-store candy bars or easy-access fast-food drive-thru lanes.
So, while nuts, energy bars, fruit and yogurts are typically my go-to, between-meal, after-exercise, on-the-go snacks, I’ve found a new love: Munk Pack oatmeal-and-fruit squeezes that are filling and yummy. Each 4.2-0z pouch is filled with a mix of whole grain rolled oats, flax and sweet fruits. They’re full of fiber and help sustain energy throughout the day.
Like I said, they’re pretty much my perfect snack.
Energy bars can be dry, and yogurts don’t always fill me up unless I mix them with wheat germ or oat bran (I like that heartier texture). But Munk Packs give me that “more filling” texture I crave, and none of the flavors have any dairy or gluten–rather they’re full of omega-3s, 3 or 4 grams of fiber. Each Munk Pack is kosher and vegan, and they are totally GMO-free. The only sugar in each low-fat pack is from the natural fruits in such flavors as Apple Quinoa Cinnamon, Raspberry Coconut and, my favorite, Blueberry Acai Flax.
Munk Packs are great on-the-go snacks because they don’t require refrigeration (unless already opened; but I doubt you’d ever eat half a 80- to 100-calorie pack). My teen athlete is also a fan; she found Munk Packs the perfect snack to eat after school and before basketball practice.
I suppose if I had to find a critical thing to say about Munk Packs it’s that at 4.2 ounces, they aren’t TSA-friendly–I can’t take these through airport security to eat on a plane. However, I can’t imagine a smaller pack; as it is, I squeeze out every drop of this yummy snack–I don’t think a 3.4-oz version would be as filling.
Another bummer: I haven’t found Munk Packs for sale near me in rural Colorado. Indeed, the company is new and based in Connecticut, so the initial roll-out to stores is focused in the eastern states. Until they’re at my Whole Foods or Vitamin Cottage, I’ll order them online. Six pouches retail at Amazon.com for $15. At $2.50 apiece, that’s more than two times the price than my PowerBars I buy on sale for $1 each at my local grocery store. However, since Munk Packs are made with all natural ingredients–without any artificial sweeteners, syrups or other fillers–I know they are better for me and my daughter.
I received complimentary Munk Packs for editorial review.