Snacking gets a bad wrap, but not all treats are made equal. Bahar Takhtehchian, Editor-at-Large at SHAPE magazine, stopped by with some delicious and healthful snacks you should add to your grocery list. And the best part is, as long as you’re careful about your portions, you don’t have to feel guilty about eating any of these items!
To stay healthy, make sure to watch your daily sodium intake, and munch on savory snacks that contain no more than 400mg of sodium.
BoomChickaPop Popcorn Sea Salt
Popcorn is a tasty and fun snack. This brand contains just three ingredients: popcorn, sunflower oil, and sea salt. The serving size is 4 cups, which equals 4 grams of fiber and only 140 calories.
The Good Bean
Talk about a unique treat that’s full of protein! These are all-natural roasted chickpeas. They have as much protein as almonds, with 80% less fat. They’re also high in fiber—6 grams per 1Ž4 of a cup. You can choose from Sea Salt, Smoky Chile and Lime, or Cracked Pepper flavors.
Tostitos Cantina Thin & Crispy tortilla chips
Whether you’re hosting a party or just craving some Mexican food, there’s nothing quite like a great tortilla chip. These are from the Cantina line. They’re thin and crispy, which means you can eat more of them! 15 chips contain just 150 calories. Cantina—mexican bar.
Wholly Salsa Avocado Verde dip and salsa
Once you find your perfect chip, you’ll need a salsa to dip it in. This salsa is made from Hass avocados, tomatillo, and other bold spices. Avocados are delicious and good for you because they’re high in fiber and high in monosaturated fat—which is the good fat! The serving size for this is 2 tablespoons. You can use it on salmon, baked potato, etc.
Sargento Natural Blends Sharp Cheddar Jack Sticks
Cheese-lovers, rejoice! You can eat cheese without feeling guilty. One piece of this Sargento stick has 5 grams of protein andjust 80 calories. It’s individually-wrapped and perfectly portion-controlled so you can keep this in your gym bag and snack on it on your way home from thegym.
Oh Boy! Oberto All-Natural Spicy Sweet Beef Jerky
You might think it’s an unhealthy food loaded with preservatives and sodium, but if you buy an all-natural variety, you’ve got yourself a great snack. Brands like Oh Boy! Oberto offer All-Natural varieties that are tasty and great after a workout. Just one serving has 12 grams of truly satisfying protein. It’s so filling!
When it comes to curbing your cravings for sweets, your options are limitless, and most of them are bad for your health and waistline! To keep your healthy eating habits on track, choose a snack thatcontains no high fructose corn syrup and no trans fats.
Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt
Yogurt is a delicious and convenient post-workout snack. This variety from Dannon is thick and creamy and it will keep you satisfied. Each container has 11 grams of protein and just 160 calories.
When you think candy, you think it’s bad for you! But Unreal Candy is putting a healthier spin on candy. Unlike typical candybars, they don’t contain corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, artificial flavors, or synthetic colors. The colors come from plants like beets and red cabbages. If you eat the Candy Coated Chocolate with Peanuts, you can have 19 pieces foronly 200 calories. And if you like the regular Candy Coated Chocolates, you can eat 50 pieces for 190 calories. They have 5 types of candy.
Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle Chocolate Chip flavor
Have a brownie craving? Skip the gut-busting brownie and have a piece of this brownie brittle. Each piece resembles the crispy edges from the brownie pan. You can indulge in 6 pieces and you’ll be taking in just 1 gram of saturated fat. This serving size boasts just 120 calories.
Kashi Soft ‘N’ Chewy Apple Cobbler or Berry Muffin bars
In the mood for a muffin or something more decadent like an apple cobbler? Treat yourself to a Kashi Soft N Chewy bars instead. Each bars is made from 10 grams whole grains and contains 4 grams of fiber, which means you’ll stay full for a longer period of time! There’s no high fructose corn syrup either.
Whole Fruit Smoothie (banana, mixed berry, pineapple mango)
Smoothies are a great way to drink your fruit, but sometimes you don’t have time to make you own smoothie. This new smoothie treat contains real fruit and cream. It’s a tasty way to sneak in fruit into your diet and makes for a good, guilt-free dessert, too. You can pop this into the microwave for 20 seconds, or eat it frozen. Each cup contains just 100 calories.
Sunsweet Amazin Berry Blend dried fruit
Berries aren’t always in season, so this is a great way for berry lovers to get their fix year-round. This is a blend of four fruits: cranberries, blueberries, plums, and cherries. You can eat these alone, right out of the bag, or put them in yogurt, oatmeal, or on low-fat ice cream. You can also bake with them.