Our whole team here at The Chalkboard is just the coolest. From our nutrition editor’s constant arrival with new supplements to try to our fitness pro’s own ass-kicking spin class, we’re always learning from each other and discovering new things. So it was no surprise to us when our own site designer, Kate Harmer of Hum Creative (see her studio here,) introduced us to her pal Jane Yuan and her new line of gorgeous, gluten-free “crisps”. Simple & Crisp is Jane’s stunningly gorgeous line of cracker-alternatives made only from sustainably grown, dried fruit – every healthy home entertainer’s dream. With a touch of organic sugar and nothing else, each crisp is simply a wheel of fruit – pear, orange, apple – dried thin and crispy and ready to fill in for crackers on any and every occasion.
These little wonders open up a whole new realm of possibilities when it comes to healthy party food: think dried pear crisps topped with blue cheese and walnuts, apple crisps with caramel sauce and crisps of all kinds for cheese plates and wine tastings.
We especially loved Jane’s blood orange crisps and asked her to whip up something special for Valentine’s Day. A pairing from heaven, Jane dipped the Simple & Crisp blood oranges in Rawmio‘s chocolate hazelnut butter as a sweet surprise for her own Valentine. Simple as spreading a little nut butter on each crisp, this little snack is instantly beautiful and delicious. Try a plateful with a bottle of sustainable champagne and you’ve got instant romance swagger!
Here are a few of the health benefits packed into this healthy treat. Check out what you’re getting out of each little bite…
Blood Oranges: If you think the only difference between blood oranges and conventional oranges is their color, think again. Blood oranges contain vitamin C in more concentrated amounts than their conventional counterpart, with as much as two times more vitamin C per cup! Blood oranges also contain the flavonoid, anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are the antioxidant that give these oranges their deep red color, and have shown in research to be neuro-protective and to reduce inflammation levels in the body.
Hazelnuts: While hazelnuts are not the typical nut you reach for when looking to boost your nutrition for the day, they are worth incorporating. Hazelnuts are rich in monounsaturated fats, which help to normalize cholesterol levels, and protect from heart disease. They are also particularly rich in the B vitamin folate, making them a perfect snack for expecting mothers and those dealing with folate-dependent anemia.
Chocolate: Chocolate is a health food in its own right – as long as we are talking about the unrefined version known as cacao. Cacao is one of the highest natural sources of magnesium, which is vital for muscle relaxation and maintaining a calm mood. Containing theobromine, cacao enhances mood and brain function, which is why we so often reach for it after a long, hard days work. Cacao also contains PEA, also known as the “love” chemical, as well as anandamide, a neurotransmitter that creates the feeling of bliss.
Win this treat!
Win the blood orange crisps & chocolate hazelnut butter and try this for yourself! Leave your comment below about how you’d like to pair up one of Simple & Crisps little fruit crisps and may the most inspired idea win!
Hi Chalkboarders! Well since it’s February the month of love, I’ve committed to doing random acts of kindness/love each day…so if I won I’d probably spread some of the chocolate hazelnut butter on the crisps like suggested, make a bunch and bring them with me for a day to give out. I’d probably give some to my favorite teachers at my yoga studio, share some with the sweet baristas at my go-to coffee shop and also with the maintenance workers in my building. Or anyone I see along my day adventure who looks like they need some love. The treats are colorful and I’m sure delicious so they’ll be sure to brighten anyone’s day!
These are absolutely beautiful -they look like stained glass windows! I would top them with a little fresh salsa made with diced avocado, tomato, jalapeño, cilantro and black beans. I think it would compliment the citrus 🙂
I’d love to try the combination suggestion! It sounds amazing. I would also love to pair the blood oranges with a dark chocolate fondue! Yum!
Those little crisps are too beautiful NOT to covet! I would probably use them to top off my morning smoothie bowl: frozen banana, kale, cacao, maca, superfruit powder, raspberries, and coconut water. Delicious!
I would dip these fruit crisps in nut butter – almond or cashew would be amazing – and sprinkle with cacao nibs for a delicious snack.
These look amazingly fun and delicious! I LOVE citrus and blood oranges are beautiful seasonal treat, that I’ve been stocking up on myself to use in different dishes or just have alone. hmmm… If I win, I will certainly be dipping these in rich dark chocolate and dipping in some fun confetti to make different flavors, like: crushed hazelnuts, dried coconut & even sea salt. Or I may just spread the mutely on there and THEN dip them in dark chocolate ganache and indulge. YUM! 🙂
it might spoil the texture but my first thought is to put these in to some end-of-season red wine to cheer up rainy february nights!
mulled wine i mean!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER, VICTORIA!