Regina Trillo. She is the woman so brilliantly responsible for the creation of Nemi “Cactus” Holisticks. You heard that right- cactus sticks for snacks! 🌵😋 And boy are they DELICIOUS + NUTRITIOUS! 🙌🏼
I discovered Nemi at my local boutique grocer that carries local and artisanal foods and beverages. I absolutely love exploring there. Intrigued by the packaging, I picked up a snack-size bag of Nemi earlier this spring, and I read “plant-powered crunch snack made from cactus and amaranth”. I was SOLD on the spot. I am a sucker for trying new foods, and I had never had cactus before!
It was love at first bite of the Spirulina + Lime flavored bag. I have tried every flavor since, and I’ve seen her business grow in popularity over the last few months. She just received an award that “recognized [her] as a business helping to build a more equitable society” AND she is Chicago-based! Win win win win win, imo.
On a scale of 1-10 with explanations, here’s what I rated each category of this product.
If you like crunchy snacks (I’m not sure who doesn’t), you will LOVE the audible *crunch* you get from these snack sticks! They are the perfect balance between having resistance and that easy to bite factor. No one wants a snack that makes you worry about your teeth now. Plus, the exterior is coated in amaranth and other healthy and sustainable-sourced ingredients, which gives it a bit of grainy texture. Swoon!
Flavor: Depends on the flavor we’re talking about…but the average was a 9!
Spirulina + Lime: 9/10
Smoky Chipotle: 10/10
Churro- Date and Cinnamon: 7/10
Chili + Turmeric: 8/10
Hokay! So obviously my favorite lava flavor is the Smoky Chipotle. It’s what’s pictured on the cover photo and pairs PERFECTLY with the sriracha tahini sauce. Honestly, I wouldn’t change a thing about the flavor profile.
The Spirulina + Lime is right up my alley too, not just with those ingredients, but the pop of citrus in your mouth with every bite! Wowsa! I knocked off a point because I wanted to taste a touch more of the spirulina. Although, i can see how that would be difficult to incorporate without messing with the other ingredients.
Churro- Date and Cinnamon- Not my cup of tea. I was accustomed to the savory delivery of the first two, so I didn’t expect nor welcome a sweet cactus stick. I could taste the attempt of a churro flavor, but it just didn’t do it for me. It was too sweet and didn’t really meld well with the crunchiness and nature of the dehydrated cactus sticks. When I think of churros, I think warm and soft with a slight crust of an outside, so I wouldn’t get this flavor again.
Chili + Turmeric was pretty good too. I wish it was as strong as the chipotle kick and you could detect a little more of the turmeric without that being overpowering. Once again, could be difficult to find this balance.
Nutrition Profile: 9/10
Calories: 150 kcal / bag- amazing for a small + quick snack! I do wish the bag was just a bit bigger though. I want more cactus goodness!
Fat: 3.5g/bag– No sat fat and comes from the chia seeds + flaxseed oil. Great sources of healthy fats!
Carbs: 20g/bag –Amazing!
Protein: 6g/bag –Can you say macro boner?
Fiber: 4g/bag – How can this nutrition profile for a crunchy snack get any better?
Added sugars: fricken zilch!
*Plus, 2mg iron + 57.1mg potassium 🙂
Here’s a screenshot of the baseline ingredients:
Ingredients vary depending on the flavor, but I admire Nemi’s transparency with real and sustainably-sourced whole food ingredients. Nopal, the type of cactus used, is actually regarded for lowering blood sugar, healing wounds, and reducing cholesterol by Medical News Today, so the health benefits are pretty great!
You can buy a 6-pack of these snack bags on their site for $24.00, so it’s roughly $4/bag. It’s a little pricey for a quick snack, BUT, you get what you pay for in this case. The ingredients are stellar and you’ll be supporting a female-owned, Latina, Chicago-based company friends!
Overall Score: 9/10!
I cannot recommend Nemi Holisticks enough. The founder, Regina, is a doll and is a strong, Latina looking to promote cultural health food. She is the embodiment of #womensupportingwomen and truly cares and engages with her customers. And can I please stress the deliciousness of these unique-as-hell cactus sticks?! Order them NOW! You won’t be disappointed- promise. 😉