First of all, sorry for the Lotus image fellow Trypophobes. ARGH - Terrifying holes... but trust me... These holes produce goodness... keep reading.
As Aussies, we are pretty lucky to have so much healthy, organic and wholesome food around us at basically every time of the day - and it's pretty rare that I find something healthy I've never eaten, or even heard of before... but here we have it. Lotus Seeds?! I've heard of Lotus Root being fried, or even stuffed (I got a nice dose of food poisoning from a stuffed one in Japan) - but never knew you ate the seeds as well?
So what exactly are Lotus seeds?
Lotus seed 'snacks' originated in India, and the seeds are considered as vegetable in some cultures. In China and Japan they sell the leaves, seeds, roots, and stems as traditional ingredients dishes.
Dr Health Benefits tells me, "Lotus seeds also known as convenient snack that contains protein with calcium, phosphorus, manganese, iron and potassium. The antioxidants are useful to slow the aging process and help to fight inflammation. Chinese medicine use benefit of lotus seeds to treat heart problem and kidneys. These medicine also has ability to calm, address insomnia and diarrhoea. In one ounce of raw lotus seeds contain a low-fat and non-cholesterol snack. They offer on healthy by its sugar-free, and improve sluggish appetites as well."
AH - YES PLEASE!!!
Karma Bites (good name right!) are made from popped Lotus seeds and boast only 120 or 126 calories per 30g bag, Karma Bites are something of a snacking saviour. Best part? There's sweet AND savoury options to suit your mood swings! PRAISE JESUS!
- Himalayan Pink Salt
- Peri Peri
The range is also gluten free, low GI, free from artificial colours and suitable for vegans.
UK friends, get these babies online. Aussies - SOZ! Let's hope Karma Bites get world domination soon and send a few boxes to ol' Bondi!