It’s not easy to eat healthy while sitting at your desk. It’s much simpler to grab something from the vending machine than think about what’s healthy and nutritious, but with a little bit of planning, you can snack healthy every day of the week — no slicing or dicing involved.
Barbara’s is perhaps best known for their Puffins line of cereals, but their new “Better Granolas” are also some of the tastiest around. The granolas are Non-GMO Project verified; contain 10 grams of protein, 30 grams of whole grains, and six grams of fiber per serving; and have just a touch of sugar. They make for a great snack right out of the box as well as a wholesome breakfast, and there are even some Puffins thrown into the mix.
Nabisco’s belVita breakfast biscuits may be found in the cracker aisle, but thanks to their blend of whole grains —rolled oats and rye are the first ingredient — they provide a lot more sustained energy than the competition. Each pack has four biscuits (one of which will actually fill you up for breakfast) and contains three grams of protein and three grams of dietary fiber. They're also available in Bites and Soft Baked varieties.
Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants and flavanols, which help maintain vascular, skin, and brain health, and it also gives you a quick burst of energy. So reward yourself every afternoon with Nibmor’s Daily Dose of Dark; each package contains 10 ounces of 72 percent dark chocolate (or 80 percent if you’re looking to go extreme), and it’s organic, ethically sourced, and GMO-free. It really hits the spot, all with only 50 calories and four grams of fat.
There are more than 20 varieties of Kind Bars out there, but they all make for a very satisfying all-natural snack. The company prides themselves on producing gluten-free and non-GMO bars made only with “ingredients you can see and pronounce.” They contain whole nuts, are loaded with fiber and protein, and the line of “Plus” bars boast nutrients like antioxidants, flax, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Lärabars are gluten-free energy bars that come in five varieties: traditional (fruit and nut bars with a maximum of nine ingredients), Uber (which contain whole nuts), ALT (with extra protein from peas), Renola (trail mix-style fruit, nut, and seed bars), and Jocalat (dairy free, with organic chocolate and no more than six ingredients).
Luna Bars are “The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women,” and they’re available in 13 traditional varieties and six extra-protein varieties. They’re gluten-free and contain on average three grams of fiber and nine grams of protein (Luna protein contains on average 12 grams of protein), and they have as few ingredients as possible. The company was founded in 1999 by the same duo who invented Clif bars.
If you’re tired of the same old nut mix, Planters’ New NUT-rition line of nuts, available in a variety of sizes, might be worth checking out. Eight varieties are available, each with their own specialization: Men’s Health-recommended, protein mix, antioxidant mix, digestive health mix, energy mix, heart healthy mix, omega-3 mix, and wholesome nut mix.
Sometimes you just want to open a bag of something crunchy, and PopChips are a great alternative to potato chips. Made from potatoes and rice flour (and just a little oil), these are heated in a pressurized chamber and then quickly released, leading to a light, crunchy, and satisfying snack with half the fat of potato chips.
Single-serving packets of nuts are available at just about every supermarket and convenience store, and they’re the best route to take when you’re running on fumes and looking for a quick and filling energy boost. All-natural (obviously) and loaded with protein and other nutrients, nothing in the chip aisle even comes close to the benefits of a handful of nuts.
The name may be silly, but Snikiddy’s line of healthy snacks is intended to give the whole family something to munch on. They’re also great for an afternoon snack. Products include baked fries; cheese puffs; Eat Your Vegetables vegetable-loaded chips; and Smashpop, made with corn, whole grains, and vegetables. Their products are GMO-free, contain no hard-to-pronounce chemicals, and definitely satisfy your crunch cravings.