The Healthiest Store-Bought Snacks

Just because you’re short on time or looking for convenience, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a healthy snack! Caroline Kaufman, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, says to look for a snack that’s made with whole ingredients, and that contains at least two of the following components: healthy fats, protein and fiber.  When looking at the ingredient list, she says to stay away from products that have sugar listed as the first or second ingredient – and to look for whole grains and at least 2-3 grams of protein.  Next time you’re at the store, keep an eye out for her top healthy snack picks!

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KIND Bars

KIND Bars make a great snack option because they contain healthy fats, fiber and protein, and have less than 5 grams of sugar per bar.  Caroline loves the Nuts & Spices line, which get their flavor from ingredients like vanilla, chili and sea salt.  She also loves the STRONG line of savory bars, and says the spicy flavors like Roasted Jalapeno and Honey Mustard give your metabolism a boost!

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Pure Organic Ancient Grain Bars

Because they’re made with ancient grains, these bars are a great option for those who are sensitive to gluten.  Caroline loves the high-protein amaranth and Sacha Inchi in these satisfying bars.

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Seasnax

Caroline loves seaweed snacks as an alternative to chips, because you get the saltiness and crunchiness you’re craving, with less than 20 calories per serving.

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Crackers and Cheese

For a snack that Caroline says is a super satisfying, crunchy, fatty and salty snack, top crackers with a thin slice of sharp cheese.  Caroline’s top picks for crackers?  Finn Crisps, Lundberg Thin Stackers  and Wasa Crisp’n Light 7 Grain.

 

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Popcorn

A whole grain, popcorn makes a great snack that you can personalize!  Caroline recommends topping your popcorn with shredded Parmesan cheese or truffle oil and freshly chopped rosemary.

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Pickles

If you’re not really hungry but craving something crunchy and salty, Caroline recommends reaching for a pickle!  She says they help satisfy that craving but are super low calorie.

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Kale Chips

Kale Chips, like these from Brad’s Raw Foods, make an excellent alternative to traditional potato chips.  While they’re still crunchy and salty, they’re lower in calories and full of nutrients.

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Babybel and Laughing Cow Cheeses

High in protein and calcium, these portioned cheeses make a great snack.  Pair them with one of the high-fiber, whole grain crackers listed above.

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Hummus

High in fiber and protein, hummus – like this option from Sabra – makes a nutritious store-bought snack.  Enjoy with crackers or fresh veggies.

Ready-to-Eat Fruits and Vegetables

These pre-washed options are a great way to enjoy fresh produce when you’re on-the-go.  Caroline suggests sugar snap peas, baby carrots, apples, watermelon spears, clementines and mango slices.

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Pre-portioned Nuts

Caroline recommends grabbing some pre-portioned almonds or pistachios, like these ones from Blue DIamond. They’re high in protein and healthy fats, and are super convenient.

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Yogurt

Caroline recommends reaching for a high-protein yogurt like Icelandic Skyr or Greek yogurt.  She also suggests looking for a plain or lightly sweetened yogurt.

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Simply Snackin Jerky

With about 11 grams of protein and only 60 calories, Caroline says Simply Snackin Jerky is perfect for travelling.  She loves the delicious, all-natural varieties like Teriyaki Chicken Breast with Mango and Venison with Cranberries and Cherries.

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