Flavorful, affordable goodies that you won’t have to feel bad about after chowing down? Count us in.
If you’re the kind of person who tries to eat healthy and avoid junk foods as much as possible, I bet you often find yourself standing in a convenience store at a loss, with nothing to buy. Although Japanese food is considered quite healthy, most products sold in convenience stores are heavily processed, and you’d be hard pressed to find any products that don’t contain white sugar, high fructose corn syrup, gluten, trans fat or all of those food additives you don’t even know how to pronounce.
And there’s nothing more disappointing than finding out that what you think are healthy snacks turn out to be far from healthy: dried wakame (seaweed) is often filled with high fructose corn syrup, dried fruits are dipped in sucrose, and so-called “sugar free” chocolates are laden with artificial sweeteners like aspartame, which might mess up your metabolism and bring on serious food cravings.
Well, there’s good news for you hungry health freaks. Snaq.me (pronounced “snack me”) delivers guilt-free snacks to your door. Members can choose from more than 150 choices of healthy treats – all free from artificial food additives, preservatives, white sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or trans fat. You can customize your order based on your food preferences, whether you want to go gluten-free, be all organic or eat more fiber.
If you can even get them, healthy snacks tend to be expensive in Japan: a bag of organic nuts can easily set you back ¥2,000 yen here. For less than that, Snaq.me will send you six packets of healthy, nutritious snacks – everything from organic raw nuts and sugar-free dried fruits to gluten-free granola and trans fat–free chips – for only ¥1,650. And if you don’t like what they select for you, they’ll send you a snack of your choice for free the next time.
Snaq.me was originally founded by health-conscious dad Shintaro Hattori, who was concerned when he found out that the cartoon character-branded snacks that his three-year-old daughter was begging him to buy were full of sugar and food additives – and completely empty of nutrition. “I didn’t want to feed my daughter all that processed junk but I couldn’t find other healthy options that came at a fair price, so I created them myself.”
Hattori visited farmers’ markets on weekends and discovered that they carried all kinds of the healthy snacks he was looking for. His aim was to bring those home-made snacks into an online setting, giving people who were busy or on a budget a convenient opportunity to experience healthy snacking. “I want my snacks to taste great, but they shouldn’t make you feel guilty,” Hattori says.
Snaq.me is currently available in Japanese only, but you can order via email from their website.
https://snaq.me/ (Japanese only)