Healthy snacks are crucial for tiding you over between meals, elevating energy levels, and boosting cognitive performance and alertness--all of which are necessary for high performance at both school and work. Instead of packing your child’s lunchbox with sugary, salty, overly processed snacks and calling a mid-morning Starbucks run your snack for the day, pick these snacks that are nutritious and tasty for both kids and parents--you’ll save time and money and keep the whole family eating healthier.
Unlike other snack bars on the market, KIND bars are made with ingredients you can see and pronounce (most contain under ten ingredients, most of which include nuts, seeds, chocolate, dried fruits, and spices). Many of the bars, including Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan, Madagascar Vanilla Almond, and Dark Chocolate Nuts and Sea Salt, clock in under 5 grams of sugar, which is key for preventing blood sugar spikes; plus, they boast filling fiber, satiating healthy fats, and energizing protein. For smaller children or for a quick pick-me-up, opt for KIND minis, which contain under 120 calories.
Justin’s Nut Butter
Justin’s recently introduced new portion-controlled 80 Calorie Squeeze Packs to their line of nut butters in five popular flavors: Maple Almond, Classic Almond, Chocolate Hazelnut, Honey Peanut, and Classic Peanut. Paired with an apple or banana, celery sticks, or smeared on whole grain crackers, they make a perfect under-200 calorie snack balanced with protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Chocolate Hazelnut, a healthier alternative to Nutella, can even be paired with strawberries for dessert!
Mamma Chia Squeeze Packs
Mamma Chia Squeeze Packs--an infusion of organic fruits and vegetables and chia seeds--are a perfect post-workout or post-gym class snack. In four flavors--Strawberry Banana, Green Magic, Apple Cinnamon, and Blackberry Bliss--each pack contains 70 calories, 1200 mg omega-3 fatty acids, 4 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein. They’re also gluten free, vegan, certified organic, non-GMO, and contain no added sugars; and unlike other fruit-based squeeze packs that are too high in sugar, the addition of healthy fat-containing chia seeds keeps blood sugar levels stable. For more challenging workouts, combine the squeeze packs with a protein-rich snack like Greek yogurt or chocolate milk.
Sabra Hummus Singles
Hummus is a protein- and fiber-packed snack, but it’s not exactly portable. Enter Sabra Hummus Singles, a ¼-cup serving of Sabra’s Classic Hummus with 150 calories, 3 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein. Don’t let the high fat count scare you--almost all 11 grams are the healthy unsaturated kind that boost heart health and boost satiety. Pair the singles with carrot and cucumber sticks, bell pepper strips, or cherry tomatoes to knock a serving of vegetables off your daily list.
Roasted Sacha Inchi Seeds
Sacha Inchi, also referred to as Inca peanuts, are highly nutritious seeds native to Peru. Their nutty flavor and crunchy texture make them a healthy substitute for salty snacks like chips and pretzels. Each serving boasts more omega-3 fatty acids than flax seeds (7 grams), more fiber than than almonds (5 grams), and more protein than walnuts (8 grams). The omega-3 fatty acids found in Sacha Inchi have numerous health benefits: improved cardiovascular health, satiety, brain function, and bone density as well as reduced inflammation.