Friday, 08 July 2011 09:49

Video Review: GoPicnic Hummus & Crackers - Vegan, Gluten-free Snacks On the Go

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We've all been there - time is running out and just as you're headed out the door you remember you haven't eaten all day. With no time to make or pack food - what to do? Or, you're at the airport about to board a plane and don't want to be stuck without anything to eat or paying $10 for a bag of GMO potato chips. That's exactly why GoPicnic was created.

GoPicnic are ready to eat meals - best described as healthy Lunchables by one of my readers! They come in compact boxes and are nutritionally balanced, "a satisfying mix of protein, fiber, and fruit". The contents don't contain are trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial flavors or colors. They only have on vegan option called Hummus + Crackers, which happens to be gluten-free too; one item is organic and it's entirely non-GMO.

  • Hummus Dip & Multi-Seed Crackers is tasty but there isn't enough to call it a meal. 
  • Dry Roasted Edamame is OK, nothing special and it's not organic (though non-GMO)
  • Fruit & Nut Mix is way too sweet for me (lots of sugar)
  • Organic Dark Chocolate is great - just the right amount of sweet. Too bad it melted a little (I had the box for 3 months)

Environmentally the portions were very small so there was a lot of packaging for the amount you get, but GoPicnic says this actually prevents waste because there won't be any leftovers. They use recycled and recyclable materials wherever possible.

Verdict: I like the idea but I wish the contents were entirely organic and that the fruit & nut mix was sugar free. While I won't buy this on a regular basis, I might pick it up if I was in a bind and it was available.

GoPicnic products are currently available at Cost Plus World Market and Wegman's nationwide. If you do not have access to these stores in your area, you can find them on the GoPicnic website, Amazon, and Costco.com. You can also request them from your local grocer. I'm confident that they'll start showing up all over the place soon - it's nice to have a healthy, easy, inexpensive ($5) option on the go.

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