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Puffed Seeds to Replace Cheetos

Have you ever seen that photo of Bella Hadid walking out of her apartment, hand submerged in a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos? Head to toe in the most Bella Hadid outfit of all time, a black shiny coat with pink fur trim and tiny sunglasses to boot, the juxtaposition of the luxurious ensemble against the Chester the Cheetah flanked bag was everything I needed in the moment and more. A hi/low look for the ages. I decided I needed Cheetos, and I needed them immediately. A genius advertising ploy by the Fritos-Lays corporation? Maybe! But it worked. Although for someone lactose intolerant (not to mention majorly health conscious) like me, the idea of eating actual Cheetos, no matter how glam it seemed, was basically a non-option. Enter: Lily Puffs, Cheetos' long lost vegan and gluten free cousin of no technical relation.

Puffed Water Lily Seeds that have been lightly roasted and seasoned with nutritional yeast (major key for those non-dairy eaters like me), Lily Puffs have become an absolute mainstay in my snack routine ever since I discovered them exactly two weeks and five days ago. Although my love affair with Lily Puffs has been a whirlwind romance of less than three short weeks, Water Lily Seeds have been used in ancient Indian and Chinese medicine for thousands of years for their numerous health benefits. Lily Puffs are Paleo, and boast 6G of protein and 3G of fiber per serving, are high in B vitamins, magnesium and contain 12 essential amino acids. And really, what more could you ask for in this kind of snacking relationship? We’re in it for the long haul, that’s for sure.