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I’m not a huge snacker really and when I do snack, I’m picky. The snack has to have the right taste and texture, smell, and have a fabulous presentation. So, for this roundup, I teamed up with my wife to sample a variety of snacks fit for even the most discerning palates. While there are some “healthy” options in the mix, our goal was to find the most delicious snacks: sugar and carbs limitations be damned.
If you’re looking to upgrade your snacking experience, support some small businesses, and get the best of the best delivered to your door, read on for my account of the two weeks we spent wrangling packages, testing, and snacking to bring you the very best.
Atkins has created a healthy and nutritious snack where crunchy, roasted peanuts are dipped in chocolate and packaged in 150-calorie pouches. To boot, this snack is 1 gram of net carbs and 1 grab of sugar per serving, making it keto-friendly. And I don’t know about you, but anything with chocolate is a yes for me.
Ever since I first tried roasted seaweed, I was hooked. They’re a yummy superfood, full of iodine and omega 3s, the perfect snack for kids and adults alike. GimMe also has options with sea salt & avocado oil, extra virgin olive oil, wasabi, teriyaki, and sea salt, so you’ll always have lots of options. Experts recommend adding a slice of avocado to your seaweed sheet for an extra boost of healthy fats and vitamins.
I love caffeine just as much as the next person, but there are days that I don’t want to indulge in unhealthy or sugary drinks, like lattes or sodas. However, I found the new V8 +Energy drink, which is made from tea and contains hints of pineapple and orange. At just 50 calories, this drink is a great source of vitamin B, and each can has one combined serving of fruits and veggies, minus the GMOs.
For years, I couldn’t get enough of green tea. And recently, I’ve started to move away from hot teas and toward iced ones. If you’re a recent convert like me, then Pure Leaf’s brewed teas are great to grab when you’re on the go. The brand has a range of options from extra sweet black tea to unsweetened grean tea, along with a number of herbal hibiscus and chamomile flavors. The ultimate choice is yours!
The world’s first peanut butter whiskey is the perfect adult snack all on its own. My wife drank it straight up and says it tastes like ice cream. I, however, prefer it on a few scoops of vanilla ice cream. Whichever way you indulge, this is a treat you need in your life if you are a drinker.
Do you love the taste of fruit, but have a tendency to let fruit go bad? A great solution is eating dried fruit. It’s a great vegan snack that has a way longer shelf life than fresh fruit. The Mavuno Harvest Organic Dried Fruit Variety Pack contains three 2-ounce bags of mango, pineapple, and jackfruit dried fruit. The best part is that for every bag purchased, a contribution is made to farmers in rural African communities. Eat well, and do good for others simultaneously.
After one too many visits to my college dorm’s vending machines, I got hooked on Welch’s Fruit Snacks. First of all, they’re delicious, made from real fruits and full of vitamin A, C, and E. Plus, they’re gluten free and preservative free. It’s a great snack for students from kindergarten to college and even beyond the classroom.
Have you ever skipped breakfast in order to make it on time for a meeting? We’ve all been there. Instead of skipping, why not snag a Quaker Chewy bar? Not only is Quaker a trusted brand, you can rest assured knowing that these teats will be made without artificial preservatives or added colors. At 90-100 calories per bar, each serving comes with 9-10 grams of 100% whole grains, along with other delicious ingredients.
I’m completely addicted to Kind Bars. They’re a great snack to grab at gas stations on road trips or just to pull out of your purse when you’re on the go. The ingredients are clean and act as a good source of fiber to ensure a balanced digestive system. And with 5g of sugar and 0g of trans fat, there’s no need to feel a shred of guilt while enjoying this snack.
At my last job, it was all about having a great offering of healthy snacks, one of which was Veggie Straws. Made from potatoes and vegetables, these chips have 30% less fat than potatoes chips and no cholesterol or trans fat. This variety pack has sea salt, ranch, cheddar, and apple cinnamon flavors, all available in a pack of 24 servings. Plenty of options to go around.
Sometimes, we all need a little late-night snack. My personal favorite is Dark Chocolate Milanos. I discovered them in quarantine, and now, I’m never going back. This item contains 30 packs of this Pepperidge Farm treat, and with each pack limited to only two cookies, you have a better chance of controlling those 3 AM munchies.
Well, hello! As a total cheesehead, born and raised in Wisconsin, how could I not love Parm Crisps? If you love dips, add these to your cart and dip away. If not, these are perfect right out of the bag. They are oven-baked and basically just cheese and seasoning. Hard to go wrong with that combination. It truly is one of the best keto snacks!
A delicious upgrade to the standard granola bar, This Saves Lives bars are aptly named. When you buy one, they donate food to children with severe acute malnutrition. This one features wild blueberries with pistachios, honey, oats, almonds, and pumpkin seeds. The perfect pick-me-up, and a snack that should be a staple in your pantry.
Morgan and I devoured a pack of these Bare Snacks coconut chips. Such a simple snack not very sweet, crunchy, and ideal for when you need a little restorative snacking. Bare Snacks makes all kinds of chips out of fruit including those coconut chips, banana chips, and apple chips. The apple chips have no added sugar, baked for the crunchy apple snack you need.
Have a hankering for luxurious, dark chocolate? If you haven’t tried Alter Eco truffles, you’re missing out. With a hard shell that gives a satisfying crack as you bite in, the center is gooey with just the right touch of salt to increase the sweetness factor without a boatload of added sugar. These truffles are the lux goodness you need. In the small package, it’s easy to pop one in your lunchbox, in your bedside table, or anywhere you might need some sweetness.
If you miss the festivals or have a taste for the carb-filled goodness of childhood carnivals, try out these fabulous, gourmet soft pretzels.
With complimentary sauce and salts, this snack is perfect for your next Zoom party! This pack even comes with a bag of pretzel bites, one of the best road trip snacks.
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Regardless of how chilly the weather gets, my wife can never get enough o cold coffee. A connoisseur of sorts, she’s probably tried 20 or more brands over the course of the last six months, in search of the perfect can of coffee. Taika oat milk lattes come pretty near perfect. Taika boasts calibrated coffee that won’t leave you jittery or over-anxious. Try out the sampler, which includes a first-ever made macadamia latte.
These plant-based protein bars are rightly described as having a “soft, cookie-dough-like texture.” R.E.D.D makes these delicious bars in five flavors, so you can enjoy your favorite while packing in the protein: Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Salted Caramel, Mint Chocolate, and Oatmeal.
For all of the folks out there with allergies, no need to worry. Made from a combination of pea, hemp, and pumpkin seed protein, R.E.D.D bars hit the spot without including gluten, dairy, or any of its byproducts. It’s the best vegan snack!
I don’t know about you, but Barnum’s Animal Crackers were a staple in my household growing up. And looking back, it makes perfect sense. They are the best snack for kids!
These classic circus-themed crackers come in animal shapes that will be fun for the kids while providing them with a source of calcium. Individually sealed in cracker boxes, Barnum’s Animals even ensures that your little one doesn’t get too stuffed on snacks before tonight’s dinner. This brand also provides a list of tasty recipes, where animal crackers act as a key ingredient.
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How many of us ate our fair share of Clif bars in college? I know I did. After all, Clif bars are one of the best healthy snacks for when you’re on the go.
Formulated with the perfect balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates, these bars ensure that you can stay active at that exact moment your energy starts to drag. With 9-11g of protein in each bar, this variety pack has eight different flavors, including chocolate chip and crunchy peanut butter.
And for all of the sustainable consumers, don’t fret! Clif’s recipes feature a host of non-GMO plant-based products, including organic rolled oats.
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This story was originally published by Chaya M Milchtein on 11/04/2020 and updated with new information by Juliana Clark on 01/27/2021.