We all need a little pick-me-up during the day. Whether exploring, working, caring for others or performing physical activities, a little energy boost can be what you need to finish your task strong. That’s why we’ve packed Sasquatch Snackers crackers with all the essential B vitamins to supply your muscles with oxygen, carbs to feed your brain and muscles with quick energy, and protein and fats for longer lasting energy. But we didn’t stop there. We also created bold flavors to wake up your taste buds, because who wants to eat boring food?
Sasquatch Snackers have 6 simple ingredients with different herbs and spices for flavor, proving that you don’t need a lot to make great tasting crackers! We use non-GMO, natural and organic ingredients you can pronounce, to make crackers you will crave.
B Vitamins- The Brain and Body Energizers
B vitamins are essential to our body’s ability to change the food we eat into energy (3). While B vitamins are used by each cell to function, nowhere is this more important than the brain. They are critical to your ability to think and process information. Your brain uses B vitamins for energy to build new structures and to connect cells to each other (2). They are also used in transporting oxygen by red blood cells and play a role in your mood and/or emotions (4). In short, B vitamins are critical to maintaining the energy you need to think, learn and function (1,5).
What else can B vitamins do?
B vitamins are also used by your cells to turn carbohydrates and alcohol into energy. Having a ready supply in your body can help efficiently break down the alcohol you consume. In a recent study, 88% of subjects showed a reduction in hangover symptoms when taking B vitamins before and after drinking. This included a reduction in dehydration and headaches. So if you are going to drink, drink responsibly and keep your body topped off with B vitamins (6,7).
We love sourdough! It gives a unique taste that adds the right tang to Sasquatch Snackers. While the taste is great, the nutritional benefits are even better (4). The fermentation process of the sourdough produces lactic acid in the starter (not to be confused with the lactic acid commonly mentioned by cycling athletes, see article in Cycling Weekly, link below), and the lactic acid in the sourdough starter neutralizes phytates. What are phytates you ask? Phytates are like magnets that bind to nutrients in food, making it harder for your body to absorb those nutrients (3). The lactic acid from fermentation of the sourdough starter breaks down the phytates found in flour and allows the minerals to be absorbed at higher rates (5). This way your body can easily get all it needs from the B vitamins that are packed into our energy crackers. Studies are also showing that sourdough slows the release of glucose into the bloodstream, thus lowering the glycemic index of the product (1,2). This helps keep your blood sugar from spiking and then crashing, typical of many energy drinks. Sasquatch Snackers give you sustained energy you can count on.
7. Five lactate lies: what lactate means in cycling: Read article in Cycling Weekly here
Nutritional yeast has a boring name yet exciting health benefits. It is a complete protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids, which your body needs to build, repair and function (1). It contains beta-glucan, a fiber that may reduce cholesterol levels, strengthen your immune system to fight illness (6), and even have anti-cancer properties (2). If that wasn’t enough, beta-glucan can help with recovery after exercise, both physical and mental (7). Studies found a reduction of inflammation markers after a treadmill workout in those consuming yeast-derived beta-glucan (4) One study noted that beta-glucan increased white blood cell count, bosting your immune system to keep you healthy (3,5). If these were all the health benefits of nutritional yeast, it would be a lot, but there’s more… Nutritional yeast is packed with B vitamins! A lack of B vitamins can result in fatigue, lack of focus, depression, and muscle weakness. So getting a day’s supply in one snack may increase your energy levels and alertness (see info on B-vitamin benefits above).
Rosemary has been used for centuries to treat headaches, nervous disorders, depression and fatigue. In recent studies, rosemary extracts have been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and boost the efficacy of chemotherapy treatments, allowing for lower doses of chemo (3). In students it has been shown to reduce depression, anxiety and increase sleep quality and memory (1,2). Specific varieties of rosemary have even been shown to treat asthma that is resistant to routine treatments (4). With all these benefits and great taste, it is easy to see why rosemary has been used for centuries.
Anise seed is one of the oldest medicinal plants. It has been used for everything from treating digestion issues to polishing teeth (2). Current research shows that anise seed helps to alleviate the symptoms of depression, hot flashes and has antimicrobial properties (1,2). Anise seed has been used to increase lactation in nursing mothers and to alleviate gastrointestinal distress of nursing infants (2). While research continues to explore the full extent of the health benefits of anise seed, it’s great taste was the deciding factor in our decision to include it in our crackers.
Carbohydrates get a bad rap, but the bottom line is, we need them. Carbohydrates are broken down through digestion into sugars and those sugars are used to fuel all the cells in your body. You use carbohydrates for everything from running to breathing to thinking. While simple carbohydrates give you quick energy, they can also result in a crash if not balanced with other food groups. To avoid this, we have added fiber, protein, complex carbohydrates, and monounsaturated fats (good fats from organic olive oil) into Sasquatch Snackers to keep your energy levels up and your blood sugar steady for longer (1,2).
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