Not much has changed over the last 20 years when it comes to snack choices. Ready-made, packaged foods continue to be Americans' number one choice for a quick boost throughout the day.
So what could be better than a tasty, health-conscious, ready-made snack mix? A nutrient-packed mix that you can munch on for a pick-me-up – any time of day?
One that's handy to grab as you head out the door.
Not only can a high-quality snack provide needed energy, it can also offer important nutrients, especially fiber, vitamins, and minerals. However, many of the processed, prepackaged options available today bear little resemblance to real food and are made mostly of grains and sugar.
With an overwhelming number of choices available, choosing a snack that will give you the most nutritional "bang for your buck" – and your calories – can be a challenge.
It's the Hidden Ingredients That You Ought to Fear Most
Many commercially available snacks contain soy protein, gluten, casein, trans fat, sugar, artificial sweeteners, HFCS (high-fructose corn syrup), or protein levels that are too high – all things best avoided whenever possible.
Loaded with fillers that offer little or no nutrition, processed snacks can also contain additives. Some have been shown to have harmful effects on your mood, behavior, metabolic functioning, and your body's biochemistry.
Yet, it's what's not on the label that should really make you think twice.
Because manufacturers aren't required to label genetically modified ingredients, chances are at least some of the non-organic ingredients will be genetically modified, especially if the snack contains soy, corn, or syrup sweeteners.
And that's not all…
While you've been munching on those deliciously tasty, seemingly addictive snacks, scientists have been brewing up patented, genetically modified "flavor-enhancing" compounds.
Using "proprietary taste-receptor-based assay systems," they've discovered exactly which flavors "hit the mark" and keep you wanting more.
In addition to keeping you "hooked" on taste, food manufacturers want to make their foods appear healthier, because they know that's what consumers want.
Flavor enhancers fit the bill because they can make a food taste salty, sweet, or savory without adding salt, sweeteners, or extra flavor.
These flavor-enhancing chemicals stimulate your taste buds and may trick your brain into thinking you taste something salty, sweet, or savory, without it being there!
In case you're wondering, many of these chemicals are simply listed on a food's package as an "artificial flavor."
Are You Getting Enough Fiber?
The Right Kinds of Snacks Can Help
One of the most underserved nutrients today is fiber.
Typically missing or very low in packaged and fast foods, fiber intake for most Americans is woefully low.
Adults need between 20 to 30 grams of fiber every day for optimal health, but most Americans get only about 15. I believe the ideal is closer to 32 grams.
What potential benefits might you expect when you increase the amount of fiber you eat each day? Fiber:
- Assists in managing your weight by helping you feel full longer
- Helps promote regularity
- Helps support your heart health
- Helps support healthy GI function
Your body needs two different types of fiber: soluble and insoluble.
- Soluble fiber helps slow down your digestion and helps maintain glucose and blood cholesterol levels already in the normal range. Good food sources are nuts, seeds, apples, and blueberries.
- Insoluble fiber helps propel food through your digestive tract and promotes regularity. Good food sources include dark green leafy vegetables, green beans, celery, carrots, and brown rice.
Many whole foods, especially fruits and vegetables, contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, a real nutritional bonus.
Get Rid of the Sugar and Syrups and You're All Set
Have you ever noticed how much sugar many granolas and protein bars contain?
Once you adjust for your actual serving size, the amounts can be whopping! Not exactly the way you want to start your day or boost your daytime energy levels…
Ideally, you want to keep your total sugar and fructose intake below 25 grams a day, or as low as 15 grams if you are already insulin-resistant.
This includes ALL the sugar and fructose from the fruits, drinks, and carbohydrates you eat each day.
One normal size serving (not always what's listed on the package) of a popular granola bar can put you at nearly the halfway mark, and you've likely just started your day!
Always read labels, adjust for your actual portion size, and be aware of sugar masquerading in its many forms, including fructose, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, and even agave syrup.
Trade in Your Sugary Trail Mix for the Newest Concept in Health-Conscious Snacking: Organic Seed Clusters
A fresh, new twist on snacking, Organic Seed Clusters pushes the boundaries to heights never seen before.
With each quarter cup serving, you get a generous 7 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, and only 2 grams of sugar!
I've utilized proprietary technology without the use of sugar to create a treat that’s unlike any other snack.
My Organic Seed Clusters product is a delicious mixture of all-organic:
- Sunflower, flax, and sesame seeds
- Sun-dried white mulberries
- Green tea and turmeric
Seasoned with sea salt, stevia, and natural vanilla bean flavor, my Organic Seed Clusters product is a delightfully different, satisfying sweet-salty snack.
High in fiber and 100% vegan, they’re the perfect snack for packing along on a hike, treating yourself after a vigorous workout or a demanding day at the office!
This Ancient Turkish Superfruit Adds an Exotic Twist
to My Organic Seed Clusters
Why did I choose to use mulberries over other traditional berries in Organic Seed Clusters?
Organically and sustainably grown on the ancient fertile plains of Turkey, sun-dried white mulberries offer an explosion of nutrition.
Deliciously chewy and sweet, this vegan-friendly fruit also contributes plant-based protein.
As part of my Organic Seed Clusters with Mulberries, there’s no added sugar, sugar syrups, or starch like what you find in some other granola and trail mix clusters.
Organic Seed Clusters with Mulberries is just one more way to boost your fiber intake and renew your energy without sugar!
But sugar isn’t the only thing you can have too much of. Surprisingly, you can also have too much protein.
What’s All the Buzz About Protein?
Today, there’s a tendency for manufacturers to pack large amounts of protein – low- or high-quality – into their protein bars so they can claim high protein values.
This can cause you loads of problems.
Your body needs high-quality protein for bone and muscle maintenance and other functions.
In fact, most people need to be careful not to consume too much. The average American consumes anywhere from three to five times as much protein as they need.
I believe very few people need more than one-half gram of protein per pound of lean body mass.
Those who exercise vigorously, especially those involved with strength training or competitive sports, and pregnant women, should have about 25 percent more.
Most other people rarely need more than 40 to 70 grams of protein a day.
The Delectable Snack Solution That Won’t Put You Over the Top for Sugar and Protein: Pro Puffs!
Whether you're looking for a nutritious way to start your day or recharge your energy, you now have options that won't put you over the top for sugar and protein.
Our Pro Puffs Crispy Rice and Whey Puffed Snack Mix and Pro Puff Protein Bars offer unparalleled whole food nutrition:
- Great-tasting without chemical flavor enhancers
- High in soluble fiber
- Contain a high-quality protein source
- Made with premium ingredients
I wanted you to have great-tasting, wholesome alternatives that don't contain the laundry list of questionable ingredients found in so many snacks today.
All of these products have:
- NO added sugars, syrups, sugar alcohol, or artificial sweeteners
- NO genetically modified ingredients
- NO fillers or synthetic additives
- NO gluten, soy, or casein
- NO preservatives
What Makes Pro Puffs Different
I'm very excited about our line of Pro Puffs snack mixes and bars because, frankly, there's nothing else like them out there. Using proprietary technology, we've been able to create snack mixes and protein bars without adding additional sugar. This is something truly unique!
And we've done it using only premium ingredients like our high-quality whey from pasture-fed cow's milk, wholesome nuts and seeds, organic turmeric and green tea, and custom-made dark chocolate chips.
Artisan-crafted using proprietary recipes and processing methods, one taste of these delicious snack mixes and protein bars will convince you they are truly different.
Let's take a closer look, and you'll see why I'm so excited to bring these to you.
Kick Off Your Day With a Burst of Fiber, but Without an Overload of Sugar
Imagine a half-cup serving of a delicious, lightly sweetened crunchy snack mix that contains only a single gram of sugar and up to 9 grams of fiber!
That describes our high-fiber Pro Puffs Crispy Rice and Whey Puffed Snack Mix, perfect for a snack, any time of day.
Sweetened only with Luo Han Guo, you won't miss the natural sweetness of sugar. Treasured in China, the Luo Han fruit has been used as a sweetener for centuries.
Here are just some of the wholesome ingredients you'll find in Pro Puffs, available in your choice of Cinnamon or Vanilla:
- Brown rice “crisps”
- Sunflower, sesame, and flax seeds
- Organic green tea and turmeric
- Whey protein concentrate
What you won't find are gluten, soy, added sugars or syrups, artificial sweeteners, fillers, chemical flavor enhancers, preservatives, or genetically modified ingredients!
Served on your favorite yogurt or eaten right out of the package, Pro Puffs Crispy Rice and Whey Puffed Snack Mix makes an ideal snack any time.
A Great-Tasting Protein Bar With Up to 17 Grams of Fiber and Only ONE Gram of Sugar?
Let me ask you... when was the last time you saw a protein bar that had only ONE gram of sugar and with NO artificial sweeteners? And it tasted good?
I know it sounds almost too good to be true. Those were my thoughts, too, until I tasted my Vanilla Almond and Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Pro Puff Protein Bars.
I was thrilled to enjoy a delicious protein bar without a load of sugar of any kind!
That’s not all that’s innovative about these bars… They’re a very good source of high-quality protein and an outstanding source of soluble fiber.
I challenge you to find a protein bar that can compare. With up to 17 grams of fiber, up to 12 grams of high-quality protein, and a single gram of sugar in one tasty bar, these protein bars truly represent a major breakthrough in snacking!
Why Choose Pro Puffs and Organic Seed Clusters Over Other Popular Snacks?
I wanted to create a snack mix and seed clusters that taste great. And I wanted to create a nutrient-dense protein bar that’s very low in sugar and high in fiber.
They had to be ideal for a variety of individuals: athletes and those with active lifestyles, people watching their weight, dieters, others restricting their carbs, and health-conscious consumers wanting better choices.
And they needed to be as mobile as you are…
Thanks to advanced, proprietary technology, we're able to provide you with a whole new concept in artisan snacks:
Here's what you get with our Pro Puffs Snack Mix, Protein Bars, and Organic Seed Clusters with Mulberries:
- Only premium ingredients
- Real, whole-food nutrition
- Nutritional superstars, organic green tea and turmeric
- High fiber nuts, seeds, and berries
- The ideal amount of high-quality protein
- Products that won’t impact leptin and insulin levels
- Up to 17 grams of soluble fiber per serving
And here’s what you won’t get:
- NO added sugar, fructose, syrups, or artificial sweeteners
- NO gluten, wheat, soy, or casein
- NO artificial flavor enhancers
- NO hydrogenated oils or trans fats
- NO GMOs, preservatives, fillers, or synthetic additives
Experience a Whole New Concept in Snacking – Place Your Order Today!
We've created an innovative, flavorful way to help you get the whole food nutrients you need each day, like fiber, high-quality protein, and antioxidants.
With our Pro Puffs Snack Mix, Protein Bars, and Organic Seed Clusters with Mulberries, you get all the perks of good nutrition and fresh, wholesome taste without the sugar, gluten, soy, genetically modified ingredients, fillers, and synthetic additives found in so many other snacks. So go ahead… reward yourself!
Why not try them for yourself today and see if they don't become your new snacking favorites?
We apologize for any inconvenience, but Dr. Mercola’s Pro Puffs and Seed Clusters have been discontinued.
For other healthy snacks, click here to learn more about our delicious Mitomix Bars—a delicious, convenient nutrition bar perfect for a ketogenic diet.