Healthy snacks from an un­ex­pected source

— POORVI PATODIA BIENA

Inc. (USA) - - LAUNCH -

When Poorvi Patodia, a for­mer brand man­ager for Splenda, was preg­nant with her first child, she be­gan ex­per­i­ment­ing with healthy snacks to sat­isfy her crav­ings. En­ter the lowly chick­pea. Well, not so lowly, it turns out. One cup of chick­peas boasts more pro­tein and fiber than a large potato, and Patodia dis­cov­ered that dust­ing them with fa­mil­iar fla­vors turns them into a great snack food. She launched Biena, based in Bos­ton, in 2012. “We fo­cused on fla­vor pro­files that the Amer­i­can con­sumer al­ready likes to eat: ranch, honey roasted,” she says. “You eat it like a nut and it tastes like a chip.”

Pho­to­graph by TONY LUONG

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