It’s a truth universally acknowledged that snacking makes the world go round. Registered dietitians agree that keeping healthy bites on hand is an important healthy-eating strategy. In those awkward hours between lunch and breakfast, a handful of granola or an energy bar can be just what you need to make it to noon without getting hangry. As the day treks on, a bag of high-protein chickpea snacks can help you defeat the dreaded 3 P.M. slump—and satisfy your salty cravings. And, of course, there’s nothing like a pre-workout bite to give you the push you need to make it through your evening sweat sesh. Basically, there’s nothing like a good snack.
Of all the newest store-bought snacks out there, these 13 were selected as the winners of the 2018 SELF Healthy Food Awards. After taste-testing countless snacks, SELF editors determined that these are the veggie chips, herbed nuts, beef jerky, and more worth your time. They’re zesty, flavorful, filling, and they all had to meet nutrition criteria developed by registered dietitians for our awards—so you know they have all the protein, fiber, healthy fats, and complex carbs to get the job done. All are stocked at major retail locations nationwide or available to order online as well. Keep them in your pantry, on your desk, or in your gym bag so you always have a healthy snack when you need one.
Best Crunchy Snacks: Bohana Popped Water Lily Seeds - Wild White Cheddar
These crackers are basically what would happen if Pirate’s Booty had a baby with Cheez-Its, and healthy to boot! The cheese flavor is subtle and easy to eat, and the puffy light texture has a bit of crunch, but not so much that you’ll be loudly chomping away at your desk.
Per 1-oz. serving: 120 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated), 18 g carbs, 1 g sugar, 3 g protein, 230 mg sodium
Suggested retail price: $3.49 for a 2-oz. bag
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And Bohana, a snack food company, makes bags of air-popped water lily seeds, “one of the most popular seeds in Ayurveda.” They’re similar to popcorn or puffed rice, and come in cheddar, spice or Himalayan pink salt flavor.