The best part about working at Cooking Light? Tasting new healthy snacks before they hit the grocery shelves. With our help, you’ll choose the best store-bought products in both taste and nutrition. Snack smarter with these new winning picks.
Curate Nutrition Bars: Available in six fresh and bright combos, these snack bars boast unexpected, yet delightful flavors like balsamic vinegar, pistachios and Marcona almonds. It’s also packed with protein, plant-based fiber, and natural, wholesome ingredients without any artificial preservatives, flavors or colors. (Target.com, $6/4 bars)
“Man! They’re killing it! Not too sweet with a great combination of textures.”
“Balsamic is so unusual, but it actually works well!”
“I love that bitter chocolate flavor so much—it’s how you know you’re getting real food.”
Bars range from 190 calories to 200 calories, with 9 grams of fat to 12 grams of fat, 4 grams of protein to 7 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber to 4 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of sugars to 12 grams of sugars.
Baobites: If you’re not familiar with baobab, it’s a superfruit with a higher count of fiber and antioxidants than açai and goji berries. The powder from the baobab fruit is used to make a delicious gluten-free, vegan snack. These mini poppers are perfect for mixing in cereal or eating by the handful. Every purchase supports the African women harvesting the fruit and protects the tree. (Amazon.com, $12)
“These are way better than any fruit snack!”
“I can eat these for days on end. They have a beautiful bright flavor—feels like eating candy!”
“Great for the kids and perfect for topping salads.”
Thirty Boabites pieces are 90 calories, with no fat and sugars ranging from 16 to 19 grams.
Late July Buffalo Queso and Sriracha Fresca: Now that’s a chip bursting with hot and savory spices! Late July added these two new flavors to its popular Clásico line, appealing to a larger gluten-free, nut-free, and Kosher audience. We just can’t get enough of these wholesome 100% whole-grain chips, but we did choose a winner: Sriracha Fresca. (Available at selected stores, $3.69 for a 5.5-oz. bag)
“Crumble over my eggs right now, please!”
“Surprisingly flavorful without the constant heat you usually find in so many other Sriracha-flavored snacks.”
“Whoa! Not hot, but spicy. I like!”
Twelve chips are 130 calories, with 7 grams fat (0.5 grams saturated fat, 1 gram polyunsaturated fat, and 5 grams monounsaturated fat) and sodium ranging from 160 to 180 milligrams.
Lance Gluten-Free Bite Size Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies: Here, two baked, crispy cookies sandwich real peanut butter for a mini snack. These certainly prove that portions can be small and still satisfy. (Walmart.com, $3)
“Yum! Just the right amount of salty and sweet!”
“Sweet and the perfect size—just as good as Ritz’s, if not better.”
“I love that they’re the PERFECT portion. You can eat 3 and feel satisfied.
Twelve crackers are 150 calories, with 8 grams fat (2 grams saturated fat), 3 grams of sugar, and 260 grams of sodium.