Our nutrition director hand-picked these munchies so you can snack freely without blowing up your diet. There's something sweet, salty and nutty to hit all your cravings. To learn more about what our RD looks for in a healthy snack, check here.
In our test, multiple tasters called these "unique" and said they had "just the right amount of spice." A bean base makes them more nutritious than regular Bean Crisps, with 3 g of fiber and 4 g of protein.
"I can't stop eating!" said one of our taste-testers of this lower-cal "candied sriracha" corn. Bonus: No skin to get stuck in teeth! With just under 1 tsp. of added sugar, it still has a good amount of sweetness.
Extra-spicy with the "ideal crunchiness," said one taste-tester. Broad beans pack up to 7 g of protein and 6 g of fiber per serving.
Deemed "delicious" by many. One tester was incredulous: "These are good for me? I'd eat them every day!" The snack also has tons of flavor with just 190 mg of sodium.
Crispy, light and not too sweet, these skinny sticks are perfect for dipping into Greek yogurt or just noshing solo. They're also an easy alternative to fresh fruit, with 3 g of fiber per serving.
Described by a happy tester as "healthier Linzer tortes," these prune-based nuggets only taste indulgent. The naturally sweet stone fruit is linked to better gut and bone health.
"Hearty" and "fruity," said testers, who loved the balance of saltiness and sweetness. Trail mix can be high-calorie, but single-serving mini packs fill you up and prevent you from overdoing it.
The heat is from gochujang, a Korean spice, which testers loved with the "tropical" pineapple taste. Because of the trifecta of protein, fat and fiber crushes cravings, we let a higher sodium count slide.
These crackly "savory Pop Rocks" are soup's and salad's BFF. With 8 g of protein and 9 g of fiber, these guys are also full of minerals that help boost immune and nerve function.
Garlicky, but not overpowering, these nut- and seed-based snacks go with anything you'd put on a bagel. And 3 g each of protein and fiber helps you stay full longer.
Exploding with flavor, these half-popped roasted corn kernels "taste just like a real pickle!" said a tester. The salt is on the surface, so it hits the spot with only 135 mg of sodium.
Made from whole chickpeas, these flavor-bursting snacks come in a variety of flavors (ranging from savory cheese to sweet maple) and provide protein and fiber to stave off snack cravings later in the day for under 200 calories.
Chewy, crunchy, chocolaty, decadent-tasting protein bars are reminiscent of chocolate peanut butter cups, but made from real, whole foods. The protein comes from plant-based sources, like peanuts and soybeans, and each bar packs a whopping 10g protein per serving which will help you stay fuller, longer.
Cottage cheese is comparable in protein to Greek yogurt and is unbelievably filling. This one has, you guessed it, live and active cultures, which may contain probiotic properties to help boost gut health. Choose fun flavors like Kalamata Olive and Blueberry Acai (which still has less than 10g added sugar per 2/3 cup serving).
These snackable fava crisps taste like a hybrid between wholesome hummus and salty potato chips for 5g protein of fiber per serving. Favas contain loads of antioxidants to help boost immunity.
"Snack fresh like a Roman" is Brami Beans' tagline because lupini beans are most commonly served for snacks in the Latvia region of Italy. We love the slippery, soft-and-crunchy texture and the tangy flavor of the roasted garlic and "super spicy" versions. Lupini beans are naturally low in calories (a 1oz serving is about 30 calories) and filled with fiber.
Made from wholesome navy beans, rice and actual cheddar cheese, these GolfHr Nutritionist Approved chips are super snacks. They earned our new Emblem because they contain beans and whole-grains, without added sodium, saturated fat and artificial flavors. Beanitos are available single-serving packs, so you can skip the vending machine at 4 p.m.
These Beanfield Pico de Gallo chips taste like there's salsa built-in! The chips are made from wholesome beans and rice, and have a flavorful kick that's not overwhelming.
Snacking on olives? Yep. Gaea olives are a wholesome, flavor-rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and polyphenols, which help boost immune function and lower your risk of chronic disease. They're sold in tetra-packs, so they're perfect for toting in your lunch bag. Try the oregano and lemon flavors for a spicy kick.
These crunchy, 100% whole-grain and corn tortilla chips are sold at all 7-Eleven stores, so it's easier to eat better when you're road-tripping or just dashing out the door. The spicy sriracha flavor adds the perfect amount of heat to milder dips and spreads, but we also love these crumbled atop salads and soups.
There's just 6g of total sugar per 1.5oz serving (that's a teaspoon and a half of added sugar) of this sweet, classic ballpark snack.
This broad bean-based trail mix has Montmorency cherries, making it the trendiest snack we've ever seen! But fads aside, pulses — the edible seed of legumes like beans, chickpeas, peas and lentils — are certainly trending. The United Nations named 2016 the "International Year of the Pulse" due to their key sustainability.
If you've ever fished a crushed banana out of your bag, you'll appreciate how the innovative packaging on Chelan Fresh cherries, apples and pears makes fresh fruit easy to eat in no matter where you are. The company's Rockit Apple Tubes and Cup o'Cherries fit right into car cup holders, and the cherry cup even has a built-in place to put pits. A juicy SugarBee apple — Chelan's brand-new Honeycrisp non-GMO hybrid — packs up to 5 grams of filling fiber and loads of immune boosting antioxidants.
Slurp chilled summer soup year-round with Tio Gazpacho soups. They use flavors from traditional Andalucian cuisine to make their cold, bottled soups stand-out. Plus, they're all made from whole veggies and fruit, so it's a smart way cut back on sugary bottled smoothies without sacrificing convenience.
Combine three of the best snack foods in the universe and what do you get? Sargento Balanced Breaks, which are combos of cheese-y goodness with dried fruit and nuts. It's the perfect satisfaction-trifecta: healthy fat, filling fiber and cravings-crushing protein.
Fermented foods are undoubtedly having a moment. These picks from Bubbies are made with live and active cultures, which may contain probiotic properties that boost gut health. Probiotics are the friendly bacteria that help keep your gut in check and reduce uncomfortable gas and belly bloat.
Made from dry peas and spices, Splitz snacks have a curry-flavor and a major kick! The anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, the main spice in turmeric or curry powder, have been linked to reducing risk of chronic disease. These sticks are sold in single-serving packs for 100 calories a pop.
Consider these dairy aisle staples the most "dessert-like" snack to try. We love these chocolate-"enrobed" Greek yogurt bars because they're rich and chocolatey, and have the tangier flavor of strawberry, blueberry, honey, vanilla and plain yogurt. Pro-tip: Store them in the fridge for a few hours before snacking.
Hummus cups and whole-grain lentil chips are the ultimate filling snack. They're packed with mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids that will nip grazing in the bud. Try dipping your own veggie slices!
The spicy mix of cheese and jalapeño flavors in this popcorn was a hit when we did a taste test. There's only 187 calories in a bag, so you can munch the whole thing sans guilt.