The Best Healthy Snacks in Your Supermarket
24 snack ideas to satisfy your cravings.
Healthy Snacks: Frozen Treats
For a frozen dessert to be satisfying, it needs to have some protein and fiber along with the carbohydrate calories. These two choices have a few grams each of protein and fiber.
Healthy Choice Fudge Bars, 6 bars per box. Per bar: 80 calories, 1.5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 3 g protein, 4 g fiber, 4 g sugars, 3 g sugar alcohols.
Skinny Cow Chocolate Truffle Bars, 6 bars per box. Per bar: 100 calories, 2.5 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 3 g protein, 3 g fiber, 12 g sugars, 0 g sugar alcohols.
Healthy Snacks: Something Crunchy
There are lots of fancy crackers on the shelf. But one of the best is an oldie but goodie: Reduced Fat Triscuits. Some of the newer crackers are either high in fat and saturated fat, or low in fiber (even some types that sound like they'd have plenty of fiber.)
In this list, you'll also find heart-healthy mixed nuts and two types of microwave popcorn that offer a more healthful option for all those popcorn addicts out there.
And, in case you like some protein along with your crunch, Bumble Bee Tuna now offers a fat- free tuna salad kit complete with low-fat wheat crackers. There's not much in the way of fiber, but the 9 grams of protein could be just what you need in a filling afternoon snack.
Nabisco Reduced Fat Triscuit Crackers, 8.5-ounce box. Per 7 crackers (1 ounce): 120 calories, 3 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 3 g protein, 3 g fiber, 160 mg sodium.
Planters Nut*rition Heart Healthy Mix, 9.75-ounce can. These contribute smart fat: 8 grams of monounsaturated fat and 5 grams polyunsaturated fat. Per ounce: 170 calories, 16 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 6 g protein, 3 g fiber, 45 mg sodium.
Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop, 3 bags per box. Per 3 tablespoons unpopped: 120 calories, 2 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 4 g protein, 4 g fiber, 240 mg sodium.
Smart Balance Light Butter Popcorn (no Diacetyl added), 3 bags per box. Per 2 tablespoons unpopped: 120 calories, 4.5 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 3 g protein, 4 g fiber, 290 mg sodium.
Bumble Bee Fat Free Tuna Salad Kit (with low-fat wheat crackers). Per kit: 150 calories, 1.5 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 9 g protein, less than 1 g fiber, 580 mg sodium.
Healthy Snacks: Something Hot
The first type of product listed under the "something hot" category consists of microwavable entrees. These products come in handy stored in your desk at the office or in your pantry (the kids can fix them themselves in a pinch). Just remember to recycle the packaging. Many parts are recyclable.