Ideally we’d all have a stash of healthy homemade snacks or freshly cut fruits and veggies at our fingertips the second hunger strikes between meals. Sometimes though, we just need to grab a store-bought snack and get on with it! When that happens, it’s helpful to know what some of the healthier snack options are so you can choose with confidence. Here are 15 healthier store-bought snacks to satisfy hunger, whether you’re craving something sweet, salty, savory, crunchy or refreshingly cold.
With a fairly short list of ingredients compared to other nutrition bars, this bar contains the lowest amount of sugar we’ve seen without having artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols. It also ranks high for protein and fiber.
Nutrition Info (per bar): Calories: 210, Fat: 16 g; Sodium: 15 mg; Carbohydrates: 14 g; Fiber: 6 g; Sugar: 4 g; Protein: 7 g
Where to find them: Buy direct from KIND online or at a variety of stores, including Whole Foods, Safeway, Walmart, Target and more.
Cauliflower bites are the new kale chips. And why not? Cauliflower is full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, not to mention fiber! These cauliflower florets come in three flavors: buffalo ranch, sea salt, and white cheddar. They’re gently air-crisped to retain the maximum nutritional potency of the raw cauliflower.
Nutrition Info (per 1.4-ounce serving, sea salt flavor): Calories: 190; Fat: 17 g; Sodium: 240 mg; Carbohydrate: 9 g; Fiber: 3 g; Sugar: 4 g; Protein: 3 g
These roasted, crispy chickpea snacks have the crunch and flavor you crave in chips but with way more nutrition. One 1-ounce serving has as much protein as almonds, as much fiber as two cups of broccoli and as much folate as three cups of spinach!
Nutrition Info (per 1-ounce serving, all 7 flavors): Calories: 120; Fat: 3 g; Sodium: 185 mg or less; Carbohydrates: 18 g; Fiber: 5 g; Sugars: 6 g or less; Protein: 5 g
Made with just three ingredients (corn, oil and a little bit of salt), this popcorn is about as natural as it gets and comes in perfectly portioned bags for a convenient, whole-grain snack with heart-healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats.
Nutrition Info (per 3 ¾ cup serving): Calories: 150; Fat: 10 g; Sodium: 75 mg; Carbohydrates: 15 g; Fiber: 3 g; Sugars: 0 g; Protein: 2 g
Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of healthy fats found in olive oil, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease. These lightly salted almonds are crunchy, delicious and conveniently packaged into 100-calorie portions.
Calories (per 17g serving): 100; Fat: 9 g; Sodium: 25 mg; Carbohydrates: 3 g; Fiber: 2 g; Sugars: 1 g; Protein: 4 g
These snack packs all have simple ingredient lists and whole grain crackers or chips which provide lasting energy and protein. This one ranked high for protein and fiber but, if you’d like a lower calorie option, the Hummus and Quinoa Chips varieties have nearly as much fiber and 5 grams of protein for less than 125 calories.
Nutrition Info (per 85g pack): Calories: 223; Fat: 8 g; Sodium: 320 mg; Carbohydrates: 27 g; Fiber: 4 g; Sugars: 3 g; Protein: 11 g
Pack your own veggies and these hummus singles make a convenient, protein-filled dip, or grab a slice of whole-grain bread and make a quick but hearty hummus sandwich. Each single serving cup (both the Original and Roasted Red Pepper varieties) contains 150 calories, 3 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, no added sugar and only 250 milligrams of sodium.
Nutrition Info (per 2-ounce container, both varieties): Calories: 150, Fat: 11 g; Sodium: 250 mg; Carbohydrates: 9 g; Fiber: 3 g; Sugars: 0 g; Protein: 4 g
Where to find them: Buy at your local Target, Walmart and other grocers.
A variety of brands offer 3-ounce carrot snack packs that make it easy to get in a serving of veggies when you’re on the go. Pair them with single-serve hummus (see above) for a balanced, satisfying bite.
Nutrition Info (per 3-ounce pack): Calories: 35; Fat: 0 g; Sodium: 65 mg; Carbohydrates: 8 g; Fiber: 2 g; Sugars: 5 g; Protein: 1 g
Where to find them: Brands and availability vary by location but you can find snack-size packs in the produce section of most grocery chains, including Safeway, Costco, Publix, Albertson’s, Whole Foods and more.
Pairing well with fresh banana, sliced apple, celery or the tasty Bare baked apple chips mentioned below, each packet of almond butter provides 7 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and a dose of healthy fats. Our pick, the classic variety, also has no added sugar or sodium.
Nutrition Info (per 32g pack): Calories: 190; Fat: 16 g; Sodium: 0 mg; Carbohydrates: 7 g; Fiber: 3 g; Sugars: 2 g; Protein: 7 g
Dried fruit without added sugar and delivering 4 grams of fiber per serving, these apple chips can satisfy a sweet tooth with nothing more than a light sprinkle of cinnamon. Pair with a packet of almond butter (see above) for a satisfying, nutritionally balanced snack.
Nutrition Info (per ½ cup serving): 110 calories, Fat: 0 g; Sodium: 0 g; Carbohydrates: 27 g; Fiber: 4 g; Sugars: 21 g; Protein: 0 g
A healthy alternative to sodium-saturated jerky, Wild Zora’s meat and veggie bars, which come in a variety of flavors, offer a balance of quality animal-based protein for those seeking a savory, energy-filled snack. Each bar averages 7–8 grams of protein and contains nothing but real, recognizable ingredients, and all are 130 calories or less.
Nutrition Info (per 1-ounce bar): Calories: 120; Fat: 7 g; Sodium: 200 mg; Carbohydrates: 8 g; Fiber: 1 g; Sugars: 6 g; Protein: 6 g
The sweetness and flavor in these yogurts (currently offered in Raspberry & Apple or Banana & Cinnamon flavors) comes from the fruit, not from added sugar or fruity syrups. It’s a protein-packed snack for under 120 calories made from just a few ingredients and nothing artificial or unnecessary.
Nutrition Info (per 125 g container, both flavors): Calories: 120 or less, Fat: 4 g; Sodium: 45 mg; Carbohydrates: 11 g or less; Fiber: 1 g; Sugars: 5 g; Protein: 10 g
Where to find them: Find them locally at a store near you.
Note: For a kid-friendly, portable yogurt snack we also like their Yogurt Tubes, which have significantly less sugar than other brands currently offer.
For a dessert-type snack that won’t leave you feeling like you’ve overindulged, these strawberry yogurt bars hit the spot for just 90 calories. The strawberry flavor has the simplest ingredient list of the bunch and provides 5 grams of quality protein. With 11 grams of sugar, it also has the lowest amount of sweet stuff, which includes the naturally occurring sugar found in dairy.
Nutrition Info (per bar): Calories: 90; Fat: 2 g; Sodium: 30 mg; Carbohydrates: 12 g; Fiber: 0 g; Sugars: 11 g; Protein: 5 g
Where to find them: Pick up a box locally at a store near you.