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During workouts and races, athletes suck nutritious goo from packets for a quick download of instant energy. In famine sites such as Haiti, packets of ready-to-eat, high-protein (peanut-based) paste deliver an efficient and nutritious hedge against malnutrition. Both products require no prep, no refrigeration, no chewing, are portable and have a long shelf life. The key word is packets.
Mainstream manufacturers, always on the hunt for the next big thing, were bound to notice. No, not the food, the delivery system. Packets of small, light, portable, nutritious food make no mess and need no napkins. The result; squeezable snacks look to be the next big thing in specialty food products.
Justin's Nut Butter Foods in Boulder, Colo. (justinsnutbutter.com) is among the first to get on the grocery shelves with flavored nut-butter snacks. The company gets high marks for the all-natural, gluten- and dairy-free, organic nut paste products made with no hydrogenated oils.
A 2-by-4-inch, 11/2-ounce packet of peanut butter and chocolate nut paste tastes like a melted Reese's peanut butter cup. Almond butter with maple is a blissful marriage of flavors.
To eat, knead the pouch, make a tear in the plastic packet where indicated and squeeze the goods directly into your mouth.
Handy? You bet. Keep a supply on hand to add to a school lunch, a camping backpack, the car's glovebox, your purse or desk drawer in the office. You never know when you might be feeling peckish.
Justin's Knead and Squeeze Packets are 99 cents at Whole Foods Market.