Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, as a unified response to our environment in crisis. Rivers polluted, oil spills, smog, and trash littering the earth motivated 20 million Americans (10% of the U.S. population at the time) to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet. Now 193 countries celebrate on April 22.One bright side to the #saferathome mandate, is our air is cleaner, less people are littering trash on roadways and rivers, jellyfish are gliding through the boat deserted canals in Venice, and bears are climbing trees and roaming the meadows without humans around in Yosemite.
Entrepreneurial companies are making healthier snacks that have a significant impact on the planet. They have been sending me samples of their products to spread the word. ZENB is one of my favorites:
ZENB takes vegetable parts that are typically thrown away – stem, seeds and skin, and turns them into delicious and healthy snack bites and sticks. They add some diced almond, agave or date syrup, almond powder, cinnamon, nutmeg or coriander, sea salt and black pepper.
Flavors: Corn, red bell pepper, pumpkin, carrot, beet, edamame and sweet potato.
Taste: similar to a dense grain bar with true vegetable flavors. Some are made with red quinoa, others brown rice puffs. They aren’t too sweet, don’t have any artificial flavors or colors and are gluten-free.
Nutrition: 120 -150 calories a bar, 15 to 20g of carbs, 5 to 7g of fat, 3 to 5g of fiber.
Fun Fact: The name ZENB (pronounced Zen-B), comes from the Japanese expression Zenbu which means whole. ZENB makes their products for people and the planet to live a wholesome, happy life. They are creating more possibilities for people to enjoy the fullness of vegetable flavor and nutrition.