Stuff We Love Awards 2013: Healthy Packaged Snacks

Indulge without the guilt with these delicious store-bought healthy and low calorie snacks. Comment below on your top picks for a chance to win $500!

Best Muffins: Garden Lites Carrot Berry Veggie

Garden Lites Carrot Berry Veggie

Garden Lites

What they are: Veggie- and berry-filled muffins that skimp on calories, but not on taste.

Why we love them: "I can just pop a couple of these in the microwave and eat them on the go without ever feeling guilty after indulging!" —Amanda Hawkins, associate lifestyles editor, iVillage

To buy: Garden Lites Carrot Berry Veggie Muffins, $9.99 for a box of 14; For stores see Costco.com

 

Best Energy Bar: Kind Nuts & Spices Cashew & Ginger Spice

KIND Nuts & Spices Cashew Ginger Spice Bar

KIND 

What they are: Energy bars with a sweet-and-spicy blend of ingredients that you can actually pronounce, including roasted cashews, crunchy almonds and ginger, all in one satisfying and nutritious snack.

Why we love them: "This is my go-to bar for days on the run and nonstop moments in the office. Honey gives it the perfect amount of sweetness with only 5 grams of sugar and nothing artificial. Just one of these bars satisfies both my sweet tooth and rumbling tummy without sacrificing taste. I’ve been enjoying Kind bars for years, long before I started working with them."  Michelle Dudash, R.D., nutritionist, blogger and author of Clean Eating for Busy Families

To buy: Kind Nuts & Spices Cashew & Ginger Spice Bars, $1.99 each; For stores see kindsnacks.com

 

Best Chips: Kashi Sea Salt & Olive Oil Hummus Crisps

Kashi Sea Salt & Olive Oil Hummus Crisps

KASHI

What they are: These savory bites are a nutritious twist on a traditional salty chip. Made from ingredients like chickpeas and whole grains, they’re free of high-fructose corn syrup and other artificial additions.

Why we love them: "These have a nice crunch to them and the olive oil and sea salt make them taste kind of fancy. That, combined with the fact that you get 27 chips per serving make these a super satisfying snack." —Angela Law, senior associate health editor, iVillage

To buy: Kashi Sea Salt & Olive Oil Hummus Crisps, $2.99 per bag; For stores see kashi.com

 

Best Crackers: Crunchmaster Multi-Seed

Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers

CRUNCHMASTER

What they are: Whole-grain, gluten-free crackers with zero sugar or trans fat. 

Why we love them: "I love crunchy goodness and that's exactly what this cracker is. It satisfies my crunch cravings and is the perfect vessel for dipping into hummus or guacamole." —Liz Kennedy, social media manager, iVillage 

To buy: Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers, $3.63 per bag; For stores see crunchmaster.com

 

Best Chocolate Snack: Dark Chocolate Cherry Soyjoy Bar

Dark Cherry Chocolate SOYJOY bar

SOYJOY

What they are: These all-natural snacks are baked with real fruit and non-genetically modified ground whole soybeans, offering a perfect combination of carbohydrates, protein and fiber.

Why we love them:
"They're a nutritious, satisfying snack full of real-food goodness, offering 2-4 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein per bar. Plus, they are only 130-140 calories each, which is half the calories of many energy bars. The Dark Chocolate Cherry flavor is my favorite; if you put the bars in the microwave for 20 seconds they taste like a warm cookie." —Patricia Bannan, R.D., nutritionist, blogger and author of Eat Right When Time Is Tight

To buy: Dark Chocolate Cherry Soyjoy bars, $12 for a 12-pack at target.com

 

Best Shake: CalNaturale Svelte Protein

Svelte Organic Protein Shake

SVELTE

What they are: Creamy protein shakes made with organic soymilk and natural flavors that are great for a nutritious and quick snack on the go.

Why we love them:
 "These shakes are perfect for when I'm hungry, but don't have time for a sit-down meal. I feel good knowing I'm getting the protein and nutrition I need to fuel my on-the-go lifestyle." Liz Kennedy, social media manager, iVillage

To buy:
CalNaturale Svelte protein shake, $6.39 for two at sveltebrand.com

 

Best Jerky: Ostrim Jerkee

Ostrim Jerkee

OSTRIM

What they are: Made of naturally lean ostrich meat mixed with beef, these high-protein jerky snacks are low-fat (only 1.5 grams), have 14 grams of protein and a mere 80 calories. 

Why we love them:
"I'm always on the go because of my work. When I'm trapped on a plane or in an airport these sticks are a quick-n-easy, handy go-to option to take off hunger edge and to fuel my body. My favorite is teriyaki flavor." —Dr. Rovenia Brock, nutritionist and blogger at Everything Ro

To buy
: Ostrim Jerky, $18.50 for 10 at gnc.com

 

Best Nuts: Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds

Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds

EMERALD NUTS

What they are: A rich, dark chocolate taste combined with the good nutrition and crunch of almonds makes this a deliciously healthy snack experience.

Why we love them:
 "These almonds are dusted with cocoa powder for a chocolaty taste but don't have all the calories or sugar of chocolate-coated almonds. After I enjoy a serving of these nuts, I'm satisfied until my next meal." —Julie Upton, MS, RD, nutritionist and co-founder of Appetite for Health 

To buy:
Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds, $5.49 for a 11-oz canister; For stores see emeraldnuts.com

 

Best Coconut Snack: Let's Do...Organic Unsweetened Flakes

Edward & Sons, Organic Coconut Flakes, Unsweetened

EDWARD & SONS

What they are: These all-natural flakes deliver the perfect crunch for a low-carb, tasty snack.

Why we love them:
"Coconut flakes fit the bill when I need a crunchy snack. I go at them handfuls at a time!" —Katherine, iVillage reader

To buy:
Let's Do...Organic Unsweetened Coconut Flakes, $3.20 a 7-oz. bag at iherb.com 

 

Best Crunchy Snack: Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame

Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame

SEAPOINT FARMS

What they are: Flavorful roasted edamame (packed with protein) in resealable bags that make them super convenient for snacking.

Why we love them:
"They were an easy peasy snack with a kick!" —Jackie, iVillage community member

To buy:
Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame, $1.79 for a 3.5-oz. bag at seapointfarm.coms

 

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