15 Healthy Snacks to Outsmart Junk Food Cravings
Sometimes, we all crave no-bake cheesecake for a light bite (and we're okay with that!). While we often think that healthy snacks mean bland crackers or a handful of carrots, many companies have created nutrient-dense snacks in recent years that actually taste good. From Snikiddy's Mac 'n' Cheese Puffs to Enjoy Life's Maple Sweet Potato Grain & Seed Bars here are our favorite good-for-you treats. Well pass on that Twix, after all.
Gold Emblem Abound Veggie Chips
Even your veggies-averse partner or kids will love these chips made with a mix of potatoes, tomatoes, and spinach. Throw a few on a sandwich for added crunch. Available at CVS Pharmacy stores nationwide (with the exception of California).
That's It Fruit Bars
Craving something sweet? These 100-calorie bars really live up to their brand name (the apple and banana bar contains one apple and one banana....that's it). The apple and pineapple and apple and blueberries flavors are also real winners, but try 'em all until you settle on your favorite. Available online at thatsitfruit.com and at CVS Pharmacy stores nationwide
Snikiddy’s Organic Baked Cheese Puffs
You had us at "mac and cheese." And then we found out these organic delights come in "grilled cheese" too. Bonus: They're gluten-free and don't contain any hydrogenate oils or high fructose corn syrup. Grab them at Kroger, Sprouts Farmers Market, Whole Foods, and other grocers nationwide or order them on Amazon here.
Gaea Veggie Snacks
These shelf-stable veggies come in three flavors: carrot, cauliflower, and gherkin. Marinated in Gaea Extra Virgin Olive Oil, the gluten-free snack comes in a convenient resealable package, without any liquid. Buy them online at Gaeaolive.com or at Fairway Market.
Stoneridge Orchards Organic Montmorency Cherries
Many nut butters lining your grocery store shelves are loaded with sugar and icky additives. Not so with Barney Butter, a line of almond butter that comes in smooth, crunchy, bare smooth (made with no added sugar or salt), and chocolate. Buy it on Amazon here.
Field Roast Miniature Corn Dogs
This country fair-worthy treat is cholesterol-free — thanks to it being made with seitan, a wheat-based meat subsititute. Four corn dogs provide you with eight grams of filling protein and don't get us started on how wonderful the sweet cornbread shell tastes dipped in mustard. They're available at Walmart, and you can also check Field Roast's handy store locator here.
Hope Foods Hummus
Before you reach for a candy bar, consider one of these tasty bars from GoMacro, coming in flavors like dark chocolate + almond, blueberry + cashew butter, and mocha chocolate chip. Each bar is vegan and several have 10 grams of satiating protein. Available nationwide at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Ralph's, and Vons, you can also buy them online at Amazon here.
Quest Protein Cookies
Who said you couldn't indulge in a cookie or two for a healthy snack? These crave-worthy snacks pack 15 grams of protein and nine grams of fiber and come in flavors like peanut butter and double chocolate chip. Pick them up at GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, or on Amazon here.
Wholly Guacamole's Simply Avocado
This new line of avocado dips and spreads are made with four ingredients or less and are available in flavors like Sea Salt and Garlic and Herb. Use them as a dip for crudité or slather them on crackers for a quick snack. Pick up a container at Walmart or at MexGrocer.com.
Mouth watering? Ours too. With sunflower seeds as the base, this wholesome spread is the perfect match for an apple or pear and brimming with magnesium, vitamin E, zinc, and iron. Snag a jar at Whole Foods, Target, or on Amazon here.
Enjoy Life’s Grain & Seed Bars
Banana-caramel, chocolate marshmallow, cranberry-orange, and maple sweet potato make up the flavors in this wonderful collection of bars whipped up with popped sorghum, gluten-free rolled oats, real fruit, and more. Did we mention chocolate marshmallow is an option? Buy them up at grocery stores nationwide or on Amazon here.
MadeGood Crispy Squares
Brace yourself for snack-time bliss with these crunchy bites that provide the nutrients found in one serving of vegetables. The gluten-free squares come in vanilla and chocolate chip flavors (you'll likely want to try both). Purchase a box at Whole Foods, Kroger, Stop & Shop, and more or on Amazon here.