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Brami – the New Power Snacks

If you battle afternoon slump or snack food fatigue, here’s a cure – try seasoned lupini beans from New York-based Brami, Inc. These new power snacks are the Mediterranean version of edamame, but with way more protein, iron, fiber, potassium, calcium and other body-friendly nutrients.

We have become just a bit addicted to the zesty chili lime variation, especially with a chaser of craft root beer. But they come in four other flavors: Sea Salt, Garlic & Herb, Hot Pepper and the newest Balsamic and Herb.

The pickling process produces moist and not too salty beans with a very satisfying chewiness. They are guilt-free and conquer our hunger for hours without weighing us down. Total fat in 25 beans: 1 gram. Calories: 60. Sugar: 0. We enjoy them straight from the bag, but try tossing them in salads too for another layer of texture and flavor.

Lupini beans have a rich history, dating back to the tombs of ancient Egyptian Pharaohs, who apparently wanted to bring a healthy snack with them into the afterlife. Ancient Greeks cultivated these super beans, too, and they became a primary source of protein for Roman warriors – pretty impressive, eh? Today lupini are a popular Italian bar snack, and we second that notion. They pair very nicely with a chilled sauvignon blanc, though you’ll lose a couple of nutrition points with that combo!

Brami snacks can be purchased at Whole Foods and at https://bramisnacks.com/collections/shop. Each zip-lock pouch is certified vegan, gluten free and non-GMO, which we’re happy to know, but it probably didn’t matter to the pharaohs or those Roman warriors.