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18 Packaged Snack Foods That Are Actually Healthy

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Let’s get one thing straight, we love our snack foods. In fact, if we had our druthers, we’d eat 3 different flavors of Doritos for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, preferably, while watching Netflix – we wouldn’t even care if it was trending or not. Unfortunately, we have our kids to think about (snacking is such bad role modeling), as well as our waistlines, cholesterol levels, sugar levels, etc, etc.

So, we know what you’re thinking – there are tons of healthy snack recipes on the web, why not just look up a few of them and make your own healthy snacks? And we were thinking that too, but, after we baked, we started to get second thoughts. There was just something so “too cool for school” about those little foil baggies that no Gingerbread Spice Roasted Almonds could ever replace. 

And like they say, when the going gets tough, the tough go shopping, which is exactly what we did – grocery shopping that is. We’re happy to report we did find tons of packaged snacks that were actually good for us. We’ll share some of those with you, as in share the information, you will have to buy your own. So, curl up with your Cheetos, Doritos, Fritos, Pringles, and Corn Chips and read on about what else you could be eating. Here are a few healthier alternatives.

Krave Black Cherry Barbecue Pork Beef Jerky

Was it the Black Cherry part or the pork beef jerky part or was it just the novelty of the combination? Or was it the fact that they only contain only 80 calories a package and have no strange additives? Whatever it was about the Krave Black Cherry Barbecue Pork Beef Jerky that got our attention, we’re sure glad it did – cause now we’re munching on this protein-packed jerky like it’s going out of style. Kravin’ Jerky?

Nothing But the Fruit – Real Pressed Fruit

We have to admit, we had a really hard time believing that there was real fruit inside those bite-sized little pieces, but each package contains one full serving of fruit and natural plant ingredients, with no artificial sweeteners, preservatives or added sugar. That made us really happy because they tasted just like gummy bears to us. 

Stacy and Mom Lotus Root Chips

We don’t know who Stacy or her mom is, but they’ve got it going on with these lotus root chips. Not that we even knew what lotus roots were, or how they made them into chips, but we said “Yes, please” when we found out they were packed with nutrients and they tasted like they weren’t.  Free of GMO’s, nuts, gluten and MSG, lotus root chips provide 7% of your daily recommended dose of fiber and 15% of your daily recommended dose of iron. Check them out on stacyandmom.com.

Go Macro Everlasting Joy Bar

When we heard there was a bar that would bring us Everlasting Joy, we threw our last bar of Snickers into the trash. Now we’re in complete zen wolfing down these healthy candy bars with coconut, almond butter, chocolate chips, and pea protein (give peas a chance). As you can imagine, we’re just over the moon to find out these bars give us 12% of our daily fiber intake and 20% of our daily recommended protein. Get your Everlasting Joy on gomacro.com.

Rhythm Superfood Kale Chips 

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Boy, these Rhythm Superfood Kale chips have made super foodies out of us. At first, we were a bit skeptical, but when we found out they came in zesty nacho, we thought these were something we could actually get used to. Now that we’re eating our nacho kale, our potato chips are green in a hopeless attempt at imitation. To get your Superfood Kale Chips, go to rhythmsuperfoods.com.

Matt’s Munchies Premium Fruit Snacks

We always thought that most fruits were peelable, which is why when they announced the concept of peelable fruit, we weren’t sure it was something that hadn’t been done before. Now that we’ve discovered that peelable fruit is a snack, we’re finding it very ap ‘peeling’ indeed.  To get your 2 servings a day of pure fruit puree, (at only 100 calories), check out Matt’s Munchies.

Beanfield’s Nacho Beans and Rice Chips

When we first tried these chips, we knew we had the whole enchilada. Beans, rice and nacho cheese? Si, por favor, especially when they’re loaded with fiber, protein, and iron. Hasta la vista corn chips- we’re Team Beanfield’s all the way. To get yours, go to beanfields.com.

Pirate’s Booty Carrot Snacks

When we heard that someone combined baby carrots with corn puffs, we in-Aaargh-uably had to try them. Now we’re snacking on baked puffs made from corn, rice, and baby carrots and we have to say, these carrot snacks are off the hook. And at 130 calories per serving and 50 percent of the fat of regular corn chips, we won’t have to worry about the size of our booties. 

Unreal Dark Chocolate Crispy Gems

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Our mamas always told us that we had to finish all of our veggies before we ate dessert. But with these dark chocolate crispy gems, we don’t have to. These dark chocolate crispy gems look like candy, but they’re actually made from 72% cacao, organic quinoa, beet juice, carrot juice and a lot of other healthy ingredients. Don’t tell our mama’s though. They might want us to share.   

Go Raw Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad Snacks

Often, we find ourselves hankering for a huge green healthy raspberry vinaigrette salad. Then we think about all the veggies we have to chop up and we immediately think, “This is just not gonna happen” and end up eating chips on the couch. Thankfully, Go Raw felt our pain and sent us a raspberry vinaigrette salad in a package. Go Raw tosses the ingredients, including seasonings, kale, cabbage spinach, and carrots together,  gently drying and packaging the result for your snacking pleasure. Get yours at goraw.com.

Emmy’s Organic Cookies

We don’t know about you, but whenever we hear the word cookie, we immediately turn into blue furry monsters with bad eating habits.  So, as soon as we heard the word cookie in Emmy’s Organic Coconut Cookies, we were shovin’ them into our mouths as fast as our blue paws could deliver them. Now we go to these Emmy’s Organic Cookies whenever we’re craving something sweet and we don’t want the sugar “blues.” These cookies come three in a bag, which helps with portion control (which we’re monstrously happy about), and they’re filling too. Available in dark cacao, coconut vanilla, mint chip, and lemon ginger, these cookies are becoming increasingly popular. 

Garden Lite Veggies Made Great Muffins

It used to be that every day was the same. We would wake up, trudge to the 7-11, get our Otis Spunkmeyer double chocolate chunk, banana nut, or lemon poppyseed, accompanied by a cup of liquid sludge, and that would be our breakfast of Champions. However, by midday, we invariably felt more like losers than champions. That’s when we discovered Garden Lite Muffins in carrot berry and blueberry oat. Not only are they full of fruits and veggies, but they can also be defrosted in about 30 seconds in the microwave. Best of all, they’re full of protein and fiber and are only 110 calories per muffin. 

Organic Dark Chocolate

Could something this sinful actually be healthful? Yes, we had a hard time accepting at first, but once we found out that dark chocolate was good for you, we got used to it very quickly. If you need your daily sweet, go for an antioxidant-rich dark chocolate bar. Try and keep it down to 3-4 squares a day though. Unfortunately, they still haven’t found a way to cut down on calories or sugar. For maximum benefits, look for something with at least 70% cocoa solids.

Sabra Hummus Grab and Go With Pretzels

No ho-hum hummus here. We’re always looking for new ways to make creative use of hummus, but dipping pretzels into it was something we never saw coming. Now, thanks to Sabra, we have a new way of eating hummus and the best part is, we can do it on the go. Not only does it provide us with 10 grams of protein, but it also keeps us full throughout the day and the roasted red pepper flavor gives it just the right amount of zing.

Quest Double Chunk Chocolate Bar

We tried to keep our dark chocolate intake down to 3-4 squares a day, but somehow, we always found ourselves wolfing down the whole bar. After reading our scales started making us weep, we found the Quest Double Chunk Chocolate Bar to be our savior. This double chunk devil has only 180 calories, a whopping 20 grams of protein, and 14 grams of heart-healthy fiber. Heat it in the microwave and you may think that you died and went to gooey fudgy heaven. 

Rhythm Superfoods Beet Chips

We never got into the groove much before, but with these chips, we’re feelin’ the beet and the rhythm. These dehydrated veggies are some lean mean protein machines, and they make us feel like dancing because we know we’re getting our servings of vegetables in while we twerk, whip and nae-nae and Dougie.

Laughing Cow 

Pourquoi la Vache Qui Rit? That means “Why is the Cow Laughing?” in French, a question which has been synonymous with The Laughing Cow product for years. As for us, we’re not sure, but we sure dig her cheese wedges (not to mention her earrings). Whenever we want our dairy on the go, we take round boxes of the Laughing Cow individual serving size and toss them in our purses. The protein keeps us full, plus it helps us meet our three daily recommended servings of dairy. 

Go Raw Sprouted Bites

We never thought we’d see the day when cookies actually sprouted, actually grew sprouts, but we’re sure glad it happened. When we eat the choco crunch flavor you could convince us that we’re chomping on a Nestle Crunch and we wouldn’t be any the wiser. Yet, we think we must be wiser, because we’ve made the smarter choice. Not only are Go Raw Sprouted Bites much lower in sugar than Nestle Crunch Bars, but they’re also packed with clean ingredients that keep us satisfied for the whole day. 

Pro Bars

A few years ago, if we found out that we were eating anything that was alive, images of contestants on Fear Factor eating maggots would immediately have filled our heads. However, when we found out that we were eating good live bacteria in yogurt for most of our lives and benefitting from it, we became less bugged out by the concept. Now that we’re eating Pro bars, filled with probiotics (good bacteria) we love the taste so much we wouldn’t care what was in them. But judging from the ingredient label, there’s a whole lot of good in these. Available exclusively in the Whole Foods refrigerator section, Pro bars come in four delicious varieties including Coconut Cashew, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, and Almond Butter. They feature organic ingredients and are packed with seeds, dates, and nuts for natural sweetness and each bar contains 10 grams of plant-based protein, one billion CFUs of probiotics with no added sugar. If you’re ready to go live with your snacks, look for Pro bars on your next visit to Whole Foods.

 



Michelle Leong

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Michelle Leong is your textbook freelancer. She writes on a Mac, visits boutique cafes in old rustic towns, and travels the world every 80 days.


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