Snacks! They make the world go ‘round. Well, that’s not true, but they do make life worth living. You know what else makes life worth living? Being healthy. Luckily, you can now get the best of both worlds.
There are hundreds if not thousands of snack companies that are dedicated to creating and selling healthy snacks. To help you get a glimpse of those brands, we’ve rounded up 21 yums for you to try.
1. Viki’s Granola -- variety of flavors
Sure, granola makes a great breakfast food, but it also is a handy snack. Viki’s Granola is made with real ingredients, such as oats, almonds, and sunflower seeds, and doesn’t contain fillers, salts, or preservatives. Viki's Granola is subtly sweet and wonderful with plain organic yogurt.
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2. Equal Exchange Organic Dark Chocolate Hearts
This chocolate is the top of the line! Equal Exchange is currently selling a box filled with 24 individually wrapped dark chocolate (55%) hearts, so, they're easy to snack on whenever. The brand's chocolate is vegan, and soy and gluten-free.
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3. Coconut Bliss Cherry Amaretto
While I’m quite certain that all of Coconut Bliss’ flavors are amazing, I’m taken with its Cherry Amaretto. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. And it’s totally satisfying on its own as a small snack, or served alongside some pie or cake. This “ice cream” is organic and dairy-free, as well as soy and gluten-free.
Image of Coconut Bliss via the brand's Instagram
4. Shine Organics’ “Calm”
Who wouldn’t love a snack that could also help calm you down after a stressful, mid-day meeting? Well, the “Calm” 130 calorie snack pouch is supposed to do just that. It contains banana, pumpkin, coconut, blackberry, vanilla, passion flower, and chia.
Image of "Calm" via Pinterest
5. il Morso Coffee Bars
Love coffee? Love cocoa butter? Then get this snack. Moro sells all sorts of coffee-filled snacks that are organic and “fair,” as well as earth-friendly. The bars come in the following flavors: Americano, coffee & cream, mocha, and matcha green tea.
Image of coffee bites via the brand's site
6. SeaSnax -- variety of flavors
Seaweed snacks are so satisfying and savory. While I love eating these alone, SeaSnax also are great atop soup -- really. The brand carries many flavors -- I'm a fan of its chipotle and wasabi. All of its snacks are organic, non-GMO Project Verified, vegan, and gluten-free.
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7. PopArt -- variety of flavors
PopArt is popcorn that’s infused with amazing organic ingredients. This health-conscious snack comes in a plethora of flavors, such as Rosemary with Italian Truffles, White Pepper with Parmesan Cheese, and Nori with Toasted Sesame Seeds and Thai Coconut. What's my favorite? I can't choose!
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8. Nourish Snacks' Mind Your Ps & BBQs
If you’re looking for a snack that you can easily pop in your mouth, this is a great option. Nourish Snacks’ BBQ-roasted chickpeas and Virginia peanuts are protein-packed and tangy.
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9. Mikey's Muffins -- variety of flavors
People who follow a paleo diet: we’ve got a great snack idea for you. Mikey’s Muffins are paleo-friendly, and grain, gluten, soy, and dairy-free. The muffins come in three flavors: original, toasted onion, and cinnamon raisin.
Image of muffin via the brand's Facebook page
10. Justin's Classic Almond Butter + Pretzels
If you are one of those people who love to eat peanut butter, you’ll love this snack: pretzels and almond butter. Yup, it’s that simple. We recommend carrying this satisfying snack in your gym bag for a post-workout treat.
Image of snack via the brand's Facebook page
11. Eden Foods' Spicy Organic Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds make a great snack alone, yes, but when they’re spicy? Watch out! These seeds are seasoned with soy sauce, garlic, and cayenne. They are low in sodium and have a lot of fiber, protein, and magnesium. What could be better? Oh, and they are gluten-free.
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12. That’s It -- variety of flavors
If you’re looking for a fruit bar to nosh on in the middle of the day, look no further. That’s It sells nine fruit bars that are filled with healthy ingredients and no preservatives. The bar pictured above has 100 calories, no fat, and is vegan.
Image of bar via the brand's Facebook page
13. Nomva Blueberry Snack Packs with Probiotics
This snack pack is great for the ever-active person. Our favorite snack pack contains blueberries, strawberries, pears, bananas, and probiotics. The packs are organic and made with high pressure processing technology, which helps preserve the fruits’ nutrients.
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14. Barkthins Dark Chocolate and Coconut with Almonds
Sure, you’re used to thin snack crisps with potatoes, beans, and grains, but what about chocolate? These thins are made of all sorts of sweet, crispy yums. We’re smitten with the coconut one because it looks amazing. I mean, what’s better than toasted coconut?
Image of Barkthins via the brand's Facebook page
15. Kite Hill’s Soft Fresh Truffle Dill & Chive
Can you believe it? This cheese is made with almond milk curds. This “cheese” is finished with fresh truffle oil and herbs. Vegan cheese is great with wine, similar to milk cheese. Kite Hill recommends pairing it with extra dry white wine.
Image of one of Kite Hill's cheeses via Facebook
16. Meatless Chicken Fingers
Gardein makes some of the best “fake meat” products around, but I’m especially taken with its meatless chicken fingers. These "fingers" are delightfully seasoned, not too filling, and perfect for heating up for a post-wine night snack -- yeah, I'm classy.
Image of meatless meatballs via Facebook
17. Veggie Bites
I adore all of Hilary's products (I've had most of them) but the brand's best is its Veggie Bites. They're perfectly crispy and not too greasy. I love these served as a side or alone, with a bit of hummus or hot sauce after a long afternoon walk. These are vegan, and corn, dairy, egg, gluten, nut, and soy-free.
Image of bites via the brand's Facebook page
18. Central Soyfoods' Smoked Tofu
I love, love, love this tofu. It's great in any savory vegetarian or vegan dish, but I enjoy baking this tofu in the oven. I cut it into strips and serve it as snack-y tofu fries to friends as a happy hour snack.
Tofu image via Shutterstock
19. Made In Nature's Organic Calimyrna Dried Figs
Figs make the best dried fruit. I love to eat these before a run in the morning with my coffee and a handful of nuts. Shockingly, the concoction keeps me going for four-plus miles.
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20. Trader Joe's Multigrain Crackers
You knew we couldn’t get through a snack post without mentioning a Trader Joe’s product. I enjoy these crackers because they’re good -- duh -- and because they are made with wheat, rye, triticale, barley, corn, millet, soy, durum wheat, oats, sunflower seed, flaxseed, and sesame seeds. They also have a lot of fiber and don’t have hydrogenated oils and trans fats.
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21. Mary's Gone Crackers -- variety of flavors
Yes, this is another cracker but they are so, so good. I use these as a topping on casseroles when I'm not chowing down on them as a snack. While all the flavors are great, I'm partial to the black pepper variety, which contains organic, gluten-free, whole grain brown rice, quinoa, flax seeds, and sesame seeds, as well as organic black pepper.
Image of Mary's crackers via Facebook
22. Mediterra Savory Bar
Fruit bars not your thing? We get it. That’s why we’ve included this savory bar in the mix. The bar comes in a handful of flavors, but we’re smitten with the Olive & Walnuts bar. It contains green pepper, black olives, extra virgin olive oil, pea crisps, and chives.
Image of savory bar via the brand's website
This is one of the best “regular breakfast bars” I’ve had the luck of tasting. MacroBars come in all sorts of flavors (I tried the sesame butter and dates – perfectly sweet and somewhat savory) and each bar is gluten-free, vegan, and organic. Talk about starting your day off right!
Image of MacroBar via Facebook
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