6 Healthy Snacks You Should Try In The New Year That Taste Anything But Healthy

January 4, 2018  |  

One can consume the heartiest of meals and yet, that won’t stop their mouth from having that taste. You know the taste. The taste for something sweet. The taste for something salty. The craving for something that can get you in trouble if you find that you can’t just have one serving. So much for will power.

But snacks don’t always have to be a salty bag of chips, a cookie or any of the many other things that we blame for the extra pounds here and there (or everywhere). The market has increased greatly with healthy alternatives made of less crap and more of the types of nutrients you can use: Fiber, protein, electrolytes and more.

Check out six of our favorite options for the new year, including a few new tastes available just in time for your New Year’s resolutions and goals. But healthy or not, will power is still a must. Enjoy, just don’t go overboard, folks.

Emmy’s Organic Cookies

– $29.95 for a 3-pack (12 altogether)

If you’re still dealing with the sugar rush you gave into over the holidays and need some help cleaning things up, Emmy’s Organic Cookies are a delicious option. They are gluten-free, vegan, and are made of coconut instead of loads of flour, making it a better option for you. And the flavors are yummy too, coming in peanut butter, vanilla bean, chocolate chip, and my favorite, dark cacao. They provide the sweet taste you’re looking for without the same effects on your waistline at six grams of sugar or less.



Hydrant Hydration Mix

– $25 for an 8-pack, ships March 2018

If you’re someone who can’t stand the taste of plain water but always finds yourself dehydrated, and therefore, need to get over yourself already, do double duty with the Hydrant hydration mix. A product successfully launched through Indiegogo, the mix is a biologically balanced electrolyte solution to your struggles with dehydration due to alcohol consumption, sickness and serious exercise. It has three times the electrolytes with only 1/3 of the sugar, coming in at 50 calories per sachet. The drink has a light taste, which can initially come off a little tart, but manages to be incredibly refreshing.

KIND Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt Bar

– $14.49 for a 12-pack 

Step away from the candy bars! You can enjoy a salty and sweet combination with the help of this blend of almonds, peanuts and walnuts drizzled in dark chocolate with a sprinkle of sea salt. Instead of all of the artificial flavors, soy and oils you find in candy bars, this treat has ingredients you can pronounce and know, and provides a natural protein, fiber and only is five grams of sugar. If that’s not enough to persuade you, just know that the bar has a pretty fantastic flavor to top it all off.


Nourish Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bites

–  $17.99 for a 12-count of 1 oz bags

I had the chance to check out a pack of the Nourish brand’s granola bites after a workout event recently and was hooked, particularly on the chocolate peanut butter flavor. They are a tasty and light treat, both literally and figuratively: they’re 110 calories a bag. Made by nutritionist Joy Bauer, these bites are made of chia seeds, whole grain oats, as well as the obvious peanut butter and chocolate. If you’re going for something else, there’s coconut vanilla, chocolate banana and double chocolate. If you want a flavor more fruity, there’s also blueberry apple.

Snapea Crisps

–  overpriced online, pick up at your local organic market for $2-$3 a bag

Every person I’ve ever told about these crisps always assumes they’re going to be disgusting. Dried snapeas? Nah, sis.

Au contraire! I haven’t had a flavor of these babies that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed. They have just the right amount of salty deliciousness to get you hooked. But luckily, if you do get hooked, you won’t be doing too much damage. A 20 oz. bag of this snack is high in fiber and protein, low in sodium and has 50 percent less fat than some of your favorite potato chips. They also come in delicious flavors, including wasabi ranch. But if we’re being honest, the simple lightly salted flavor is our favorite.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars from Quest Bar

–  $24.20 for a 12-count 

The consistency of Quest Bars can be a little off-putting at first, but this particular flavor will make you forget all about that. To me, they’re the perfect treat for after a workout, particularly one that involves strength training since it provides 21 grams of protein in one bar. There is no added sugar (instead, sweetened with the help of stevia and sucralose), and the bar contains unsweetened chocolate. All of this goodness at only 200 calories.

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