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Snacks don’t have to be filled with empty calories and zero nutritional benefits. Today’s options make it easy to satisfy cravings while adding a boost to your diet, too. And one way we love to make that happen? Beans. They’re not just for taco night anymore. Beanfields bakes beans into all of its snacks, and Thrive Market members can’t get enough. Member Kitty opened up a bag post-workout thinking she’d just snack on a few. (She ate the whole bag.) And Jessica says they’re approved by both her husband and 2-year-old. Beans have been a food staple around the world for thousands of years, and are featured in a range of global cuisines. From Latin dishes to Creole standbys, Tex-Mex fusions or Indian favorites, there’s a whole world of flavor to explore when beans are leading the way.
The History of Beanfields
Beanfields began in the family kitchen of founder Reed Glidden. What started as a fun experiment to see if beans could be baked into a chip took everyone by surprise—and the snack aisle by storm. Founded in Los Angeles, Beanfields works closely with Homeboy Industries, a training program for formerly gang-involved and incarcerated men and women, by donating 1 percent of its sales to help this organization continue its work.
Beanfields Company Mission
When Beanfields was founded, it started a friendly war on corporate snack foods. Believing healthier chips were within reach, the company set out to transform what snacktime could be, choosing wholesome ingredients like beans (of course), and plenty of herbs and spices to make sure each chip is seasoned to perfection.
Benefits of Beanfields
Beanfields has close relationships with its farmers (many of whom have been with the brand since the beginning). That means the company knows exactly what’s happening at every step of the supply chain. All of its beans are grown in the United States and are Non-GMO Project Certified. Unlike some other crops, beans require less water, making the ingredient a more sustainable choice. Not only that, but beans naturally fortify the soil with nitrate growth, which means they need little to no fertilizer to thrive. Nutritionally, beans deliver protein, fiber, potassium, and other nutrients, and all of Beanfield’s bags are gluten-free so everyone can call dibs on their favorite flavor.
Top Beanfields Products
These bags are guaranteed to go fast! (We dare you to eat just one.)
Black Bean & Rice Chips
With 5 grams of protein and 6 grams of dietary fiber per serving, this wholesome chip is made with black beans and helps you feel good about snacking. Each bag is made with simple vegan and gluten-free ingredients, and can be enjoyed solo or with guacamole.
Sea Salt Bean and Rice Chips
Keep things simple with this bag of chips made with both black beans and navy beans. With only a touch of sea salt to bring out the flavor, this snack pairs perfectly with bold dips like fiery salsa.
Barbecue Bean Chips
If you love a barbecue-flavored chip, swap your go-to brand for a bag made with beans. You’ll appreciate the added benefits—such as 4 grams of protein per serving—and spices like garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika hit all the right flavor notes.
Bean Recipes From Thrive Market
Beans are versatile, affordable, and nutritious—what’s not to love? Snag our best recipes for this favorite pantry ingredient.
The Difference Between Black Beans and Pinto Beans
Black beans and pinto beans are both popular pantry staples. This post looks at the key differences between them, and has plenty of recipe ideas, too.
The Best Protein for Your Diet
Beans are only one of many high-quality protein sources you can include in your meals. Have a read to learn more about the science behind how protein works, plus ideas for dinner tonight (like a Sweet Potato Spanish Omelette).
This Popular Dessert Recipe Has a Secret Ingredient
Brownie Bites are one of our most popular dessert recipes—and they’re made with black beans! When you blend a can with almond butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, and cacao powder, it makes a bite-sized treat that’s so much better than the boxed stuff.