When reaching for a quick snack, it's easy to fall victim to temptation and grab a chocolate bar or potato chips. Candy and chips may not be the healthiest choices in the pantry. Though they are ready to eat, delicious, and enough to curb hunger. All on-the-go snacks should have those qualities. They should not, however, be unhealthy. These top 10 snacks are both scrumptious and nutritionally satisfying.
1. Lundberg Brown Rice Organic Rice Cakes
Almost doubling the amount of rice per cake compared to its competition, Lundberg Brown Rice Organic Rice Cakes have immense amounts of flavor and whole grain. They're salt-free, sugar-free, wheat-free, and they can be dipped in a small container of tuna or topped with slices of low-fat cheese.
2. Sargento Light String Cheese
Nothing beats the convenient packaging and size of this snack. While Sargento Light String Cheese is high in calcium and protein, it's low in calories. Anyone on a low-sodium diet can soak string cheese in water as this reduces sodium content.
3. Dannon Activia
This low-fat yogurt has more than numerous vitamins to offer. Dannon Activia is the only brand with a probiotic strain of bifidobacteria added to the product. This helps regulate the digestive systems of those who consume the yogurt for at least two weeks.
4. Sugar-Free Dole Popsicles
Unsweetened and with made 100% fruit juice, Dole's Sugar-Free Popsicles are a perfect treat. They're healthy, kid-friendly, and only 15 calories per Popsicle. There is no better snack on a muggy day.
5. Copper Pot Hummus
Pita chips and vegetable are both incredible dipped in Copper Pot hummus. This hummus doesn't have a potent garlic smell like many others; its flavor is light and nutty. Not only is it high in protein and fiber, but it can be bought either pre-packaged or homemade.
6. Seapoint Farms Edamame
These organic shelled soybeans have every amino acid building block and their natural isoflavones provide an antioxidant boost. Some versions come dry roasted and others come frozen. For children, one kind is even decorated with cartoons.
7. Flat Earth Crisps
Flat Earth has created a variety of chips, each made with half a serving of fruit or vegetables in every ounce. Who knew that cheddar flavored chips could be made with pumpkin? Flavors like apple cinnamon grove and tangy tomato ranch are irresistible. Chips lovers, rejoice!
8. Pete's Tofu2go Mambo Italiano
Pete's organic Tofu2go may be eaten hot or cold, but it tastes best warmed up. It's preservative and cholesterol free, and high in soy protein and calcium. This convenient snack pack even comes with tangy tomato sauce for dipping.
9. Breads from Anna Pumpkin Bread Mix
Nobody is supposed to eat pumpkin bread mix plain; of course this item needs to be cooked first. It's a low-calorie, gluten-free snack, rich in fiber and strong antioxidants. Bread made from Anna Pumpkin Bread Mix makes a wonderful snack for holiday gatherings.
10. Wolf's Fire Roasted Almonds
The healthiest nuts out there, almonds are plentiful in nutrients like Manganese and Vitamin B2. Their Vitamin E and monounsaturated fats help reduce heart disease risk. They're also great for curbing hunger. To top it all off, they're absolutely delectable!
Some of these foods will only be ready to eat when it's snack time if they're prepared beforehand. Once or twice a week, healthy eaters should take a few minutes to do things like slice cheese and put dips in portable containers. A healthier diet is completely worth a little extra time spent in the kitchen.