Seriously Craveable Snacks That Are Also Seriously Healthy
Healthy doesn’t have to mean devoid of flavor and fun. There are quite a few delicious and healthy gluten-free snacks available—you just have to know where to find ‘em! Check out five of my favorite snack recommendations below. They taste so delicious that you might wonder if they’re really healthy—but trust me, they are! Read on to learn which snacks you can truly enjoy without feeling guilty.
Good Natured Selects Vegetable Crisps
These tasty chips are my latest obsession. I buy two bags at the grocery store each week and, over the course of the week, devour every morsel. I’d feel guilty about it, but these Good Natured Selects Vegetable Chips are actually pretty healthy. They’re baked, packed with real vegetables (there’s a half-serving of vegetables in every serving of these chips!), and free of gluten as well as saturated fats. Each serving is only 110 calories—not bad at all for chips—and packs 2 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein. When you’re craving a chip or a crunchy snack, this is definitely one of the healthier options available.
KIND Nuts & Spices Bars
If I say Ginger Spice, you probably first think of the Spice Girls, right? Well, now that I’ve gotten “Wannabe” stuck in your head for a few hours (sorry, not sorry), turn your attention to a healthy snack that involves, you guessed it, ginger and spice! KIND Snacks’ Cashew & Ginger Spice bar, one of the delicious bars in KIND’s nuts & spices collection, is my favorite on-the-go snack. It packs 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber, plus tons of flavor. In this bar, cashews, almonds, and peanuts are paired with honey, crisp rice, ginger, and other spices. It’s the perfect amount of gingery and spicy—it’s got a little kick, but not an overpowering one. Bonus: This bar just tastes like fall. Enjoy it with a cup of warm or cold apple cider!
Attune Probiotic Chocolate Bars
When you think of probiotics, you probably think of pills or yogurt. But what if there was a way you could get “good bugs” into your tummy without taking a pill? All three of Attune’s non-refrigerated probiotic chocolate bars (Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Crisp, and Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut) are certified gluten-free and deliver 4 billion CFUs of clinically supported strains of probiotics. If you’re looking to try probiotics, it’s worth it to try these chocolate bars—they’re one of the tastiest probiotic options available!
Bare Snacks Banana Chips
Not all banana chips are made equal. You know those banana chips in the bulk foods aisle or the dried fruit section at your grocery store? Well, these aren’t them. Bare Snacks’ banana chips are so much better. They aren’t hard to chew like the grocery store banana chips—they’re pleasantly crispy and crunchy. They’re also baked and don’t contain any oil or added sugar. In fact, they don’t contain much else besides bananas. Bare Snacks’ banana chips come in three delicious varieties: sweetly spicy Cinnamon (ingredients: bananas, cinnamon), decadent Cocoa-Dusted (ingredients: bananas, unsweetened cocoa), and bananalicious Simply Baked (ingredients: bananas). Each half-cup serving provides you with 3 grams of fiber, too. Bare Snacks’ banana chips are easily the best banana chips I’ve ever tried, and they’re a tasty, healthy treat I feel good about eating.
Gold Emblem Abound Heavenly Light Popcorn
The 3:00 snack attack often hits me hard at work. That’s when Gold Emblem Abound’s Heavenly Light Popcorn is my savior. This certified gluten-free whole grain snack with 3 grams of fiber is a fantastic pick-me-up—it’s tasty and filling. With only three ingredients (popcorn, vegetable oil, and sea salt), this simple snack satisfies. It’s the perfect choice for mindless munching—one serving is 4 cups, which is just over 150 calories. You can enjoy plenty of popcorn without taking a huge calorie hit. Pick it up at your local CVS/pharmacy—Gold Emblem Abound is their own brand of health-conscious foods.
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