8 Super Snacks to Try This Year

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1/11/2013 12:00 PM   :  61 comments   :  37,775 Views

If you've been struggling with the "no eating between meals" rule, you're in luck: in recent years, that diet myth has been debunked. Snacks are important, especially when are active or trying to lose weight. Go too long without eating, and your blood sugar will drop. Your stomach will rumble. You'll get grouchy--and you'll turn into the cookie monster (or the chip monster or the "will eat the first thing I find" monster).
However, it's easy to fall into a snack rut. If you're tired of eating the same old snacks, you'll love today's "Stuff We Love" list: I'm sharing some new-to-you foods you might want to swap into your snack rotation this year.

I keep snacks in my purse and car at all times to ward off hunger-induced grouchiness and overeating. Believe me: I'm a mild-mannered yogini and health food lover when I'm fed regularly, but when I am starving, watch out! I get cranky and will eat anything in sight!  

Mary's Gone Crackers

When I crave crunch, which is quite often, these Mary's Gone Crackers are the perfect snack! I love them on their own (especially the caraway, onion and herb varieties). They're delightful with hummus, salsa, or guacamole. Mary’s Gone Crackers are organic, kosher and gluten-free and contain no trans-fats, dairy, eggs, or nuts.
I lived in Korea for a year and grew to love crunching on packets of toasted seaweed. Packed with minerals and fairly low in calories, these pint-size packs of nori (the seaweed used in sushi rolls) are a fun snack. Eat them on their own, pair with brown rice, or sprinkle on salad. 
 
Ghirardelli Intense Dark Premium Dark Chocolate Assortment
Chocolate does have a place in a healthy eating plan, thank goodness! Reach for dark chocolate, which has more health benefits, and keep your portions in check with single-serving squares. Each square has just 55 calories, and this assortment pack lets you try a few flavors without having to open a whole bar (which can have hundreds of calories)!
 
Lundberg Cinnamon Toast Rice Cakes
Rice cakes have come a long way, thank goodness! I remember smearing plain ones with jam when I was on my first diet. They were dry, flavorless, and not fun to eat. I recently found the Lundberg line of rice cakes, which are made with brown rice and come in fun flavors. I love the cinnamon toast, the honey nut, and the tamari with seaweed flavors. Eat them alone or spread with nut butter, hummus, or jam, depending on your flavor preference.

Mediterranean Snacks Baked Lentil Chips

Forget sweets! When I have a choice, I want crunchy, salty foods like chips. I try to reach for chips that are either baked, to cut fat, or contain whole grains or other nutritious ingredients. These lentil chips are awesome--you get a huge serving for 70% less fat than potato chips. And, since they're made from lentils, they have more protein, too. They're great with any of these 13 Slimmed Down Dips or on their own.
Ginger is beneficial for digestion and it tastes great, too. These chewy candies are strong in flavor so you likely will be satisfied with just one, and they can assist with heartburn or indigestion, too. I'm currently battling a cold, and these spicy little candies have helped me control my coughing and clear my nose!
NuGo Dark Chocolate Pretzel
Sweet and salty is a match made in heaven. This soy protein-based bar is often in my purse to quell major attacks of hunger. Coated in chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt, with bits of pretzel inside, it's a protein-packed treat for sure! My boyfriend loves NuGo's peanut butter chocolate bars, too.
Sahale Snacks Nut Blends
Nuts are a calorie-dense food, but they're packed with health benefits, too. Eating nuts in reasonable portions could even assist with weight loss! I love plain nuts and reach for them often, but these Sahale blends of nuts, dried fruit and fun flavors are a nice change. Try them chopped up on salads, oatmeal, or roasted veggies. My favorite flavors: Maple Pecans and Pomegranate Pistachios. (Disclosure: Sahale sent us samples recently.)
 
What is your favorite snack? Which of these would you like to try?

 


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  • 61
    I've heard of some people taking the ginger chews for arthritis pain. I'll have to try to find the Mary's Gone Crackers from all the good reviews! - 10/17/2014   11:22:17 AM
  • 60
    Anything chocolate! - 8/26/2014   3:56:38 PM
  • 1TERISM
    59
    Whole foods market or TraderJoes are good places to find unusual but healthy snacks. - 8/26/2014   12:19:38 PM
  • 58
    The good news: I've tried several of these, and they are delicious! Bad news: they are *Very Pricy*, alas. Most SparkPeople would love a follow up of Budget Friendly Super Snacks That Don't Include Baby Carrots! :D
    - 8/25/2014   6:36:45 PM
  • MOONGLOWSNANA
    57
    I've tried the Nugo Dark Chocolate and it is very good! - 1/3/2014   12:31:53 AM
  • 56
    I love Mary's Gone Crackers. They are so delicious with hummus! Good suggestions! - 2/19/2013   4:09:11 PM
  • RSKMOM
    55
    Those rice cakes sound yummo!
    - 2/19/2013   2:22:58 PM
  • 54
    Interesting blog. Some of the foods look good. - 2/17/2013   10:45:40 AM
  • 53
    I'm gluten free and this gave me several new ideas for things I can add to my diet. Hope I can find them or get our small health food store to order them. Thanks! - 2/16/2013   12:55:25 PM
  • SZABOLENA
    52
    I splurged and got a really nice dehydrator. I make lots of natural "chips" pears are my favorite. I portion out approximately 1/2 a pear, 4-6 strawberries, home-made beef jerky and lots more. The machine, an Excalibur, was pricey--but over time I know I'll save lots. The trickiest part is keeping portions small, and know what the proper amounts should be before I reach for them. Something I never considered when I used store-bought--you know, before I was with SparkPeople! - 1/29/2013   11:51:27 PM
  • 51
    Ghirardelli is my chocolate stash, to keep me from eating brownies at work. XD - 1/29/2013   9:51:50 AM
  • 50
    I believe you can find some of these products on Amazon or Ebay. - 1/20/2013   10:09:33 AM
  • 49
    only the chocolate sounds good to me. Also I saw that they are really pricey. I am on a fixed budget and cannot afford anything that costs a lot. I will have to choose my own snacks. 4 marshmellows are 100 cals and I have been doing that for a snack in the evening. Once I start, I want more and more but I have been stopping myself by reminding myself that eating only 4 and watching everything else is the reason I am doing this in the first place - 1/17/2013   1:29:25 AM
  • 48
    Mary's Gone Crackers...are just the best. They are pricey, but well worth it..
    - 1/16/2013   1:27:54 PM
  • MILOMUTT
    47
    Lara bars! - 1/15/2013   10:43:24 PM
  • MOMTOMAS
    46
    I also liked the product pictures for helping me find them in the store or online. - 1/15/2013   7:57:01 PM
  • 45
    Costco sells Mary's Crackers. It's great that they are gluten free. I avoid bringing any snacks in that have gluten as my husband cannot tolerate it. KIND now makes a bar that has dark chocolate in it that he found at REI last weekend that was very tasty and all of their bars are gluten free. - 1/15/2013   11:03:06 AM
  • 44
    I love the Ghiradelli Intence Dark Chocolate Assortment. The dark chocolate and assortment flavors are awesome!! - 1/14/2013   6:07:45 PM
  • 43
    Good ideas. Thanks! - 1/14/2013   4:39:51 PM
  • 42
    The chips look really interesting. I'll have to see if I can find them in the stores. - 1/14/2013   11:40:22 AM
  • 41
    I am trying to find ways to cut out processed foods as much as possible. There is an Amish goods store near me that sells lots of bulk items, fresh baked goods, fruits/veggies, and other all natural stuff. I love this store. I have found a dieters delight snack food there. It contains a mixture of unsalted Almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkins seeds, raisins and golden raisins. I love this mix. I grab a handful between breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner and it gets me through and helps me from over eating at either meal times. - 1/14/2013   10:45:06 AM
  • 40
    Ghirardellis and the cashews! :d - 1/14/2013   1:55:17 AM
  • 39
    Thanks so much for the ideas!! Can't wait to try the lentil chips and ginger chews! I have some seaweed snacks in the pantry, but haven't had the nerve to try them. I will try them tonight! lol - 1/13/2013   10:46:41 PM
  • 38
    More reviews like this please! LOVE it! - 1/13/2013   4:28:40 PM
  • 37
    A handful of raw nuts for me is one of the perfect healthy snacks and is only second to a fresh banana! They both fill you up, are healthy and aren't nearly as processed or costly as these suggestions! - 1/13/2013   3:22:34 PM
  • KAYYAK1
    36
    The price for these snacks are way more than I could ever justify. I will have to stick with fruit and veggies etc. - 1/13/2013   10:29:42 AM
  • SR82158
    35
    Lots of these ideas sound great. Anyone know where to buy them? I am guessing to try the health food store, but didn't know if maybe Walmart or other grocery stores would have them? - 1/13/2013   9:10:20 AM
  • HMJ1971
    34
    Great news that I can satisfy my chocolate cravings for only 55 calories! YAY! - 1/12/2013   9:35:52 PM
  • 33
    Good reminder about the importance of snacks. I am often on the fly and need to have things handy. Thanks for the tips! - 1/12/2013   8:28:53 PM
  • 32
    Gonna look up the ginger chews - but now I want some chocolate!
    - 1/12/2013   8:11:29 PM
  • 31
    The seaweed one sounds healthy! I have access to the ones to make sushi at work and I have been thinking of making some veggie wraps with them.
    The white carbs are my healthy plan biggest enemy. - 1/12/2013   6:29:37 PM
  • IWEARBGPANTIES
    30
    Well..... the way it sound's I need to find me some Mary's cracker's. Thank's for the good tip's, and all the comment's of course. - 1/12/2013   4:15:00 PM
  • IWEARBGPANTIES
    29
    Well..... the way it sound's I need to find me some Mary's cracker's. Thank's for the good tip's, and all the comment's of course. - 1/12/2013   4:14:58 PM
  • 28
    I may try the seaweed chips but not sure - 1/12/2013   1:54:33 PM
  • CLAYLADY001
    27
    I love the idea of new and different snacks ! I would like the salty crunchy ones best so will try to find the lentil sea salt snacks.I cooked lentils for the first time a few weeks ago and really liked them in soup so maybe the chips are the next step.They all sound pretty good but I don't care for the seaweed ones.Thanks for the new ideas. - 1/12/2013   12:48:19 PM
  • 26
    I am not a salty/crunchy girl and lean more towards the sweet/creamy side... I have a terrible time with snacks because I will over eat so am very mindful of portion control. I try to buy things only in small quantities if not already in portions, I measure them out myself. I don't eat processed foods and mostly rely on fruit made into smoothies for my sweets. I like Pure bars and the Liberty orchard fruit and nut bars but they are pretty high calorie ..always looking for suggestions and will try the Ginger chews. - 1/12/2013   11:11:08 AM
  • SHILO4810
    25
    I will try the rice cakes. They are so good with tuna salad on them in place of a sandwhich. - 1/12/2013   9:56:29 AM
  • 24
    Lookin good! - 1/12/2013   6:26:18 AM
  • 23
    I prefer my snacks without processing, but it is nice to be introduced to new ideas. I have some seaweed that has been waiting to be used, so thanks for the reminder. I can bake my own kale "chips" as well, and put them in a baggie. I eat popcorn and try to avoid chips - check fiber content on these packages. Greek yogurt is a perfect snack to me, but not always convenient if you don't have access to refrigeration. - 1/12/2013   5:31:59 AM
  • 22
    I love ginger chews but I'm surprised you would recommend a snack whose first ingredient is sugar. As with most candies...it's hard to eat just one. - 1/12/2013   5:10:01 AM
  • 21
    I've tried and liked the seaweed chips but they may taste fishy to some folks. I love the ginger chews but have only found them sporadically at gas stations. - 1/12/2013   3:42:46 AM
  • 20
    I would like to try the Lentil chips and Ghirardelli Premium Dark Chocolates. My favorite snack Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding Cup. Thanks for the new snack ideas! :) - 1/12/2013   1:03:21 AM
  • 19
    My new favorite snack is rice cakes with a tablespoon of hummus. I also like sugar free pudding. I have started makeing my own 60 calorie cups. Celery and peanut butter. I lightly spread a single tablespoon of peanut butter on a bunch of celery. Very filling. - 1/12/2013   12:07:12 AM
  • 18
    In my desk, I keep the small sizes of dark chocolate...great for when I want a sweet. For crunchies I like peanuts. They give me the crunch, a little salt taste and even have some protein. - 1/11/2013   11:41:05 PM
  • 17
    sorry for the double post - 1/11/2013   11:32:25 PM
  • 16
    I have had Mary's gone crackers and they are OK but for some reason this blog reminded me of the fiddleheads that we used to get at a local supermarket . Those were really good even though they are actually meant as part of a meal. - 1/11/2013   11:32:21 PM
  • 15
    I see Annie's products at the commissary, but they are to expensive for me, since I'm frugal. I'm sure many people love them. - 1/11/2013   7:12:47 PM
  • 14
    I see Annie's products at the commissary, but they are to expensive for me, since I'm frugal. I'm sure many people love them. - 1/11/2013   7:12:47 PM
  • 13
    Some of these look & sound AMAZING! Too bad I live in a teeny tiny town in the middle of nowhere. I'd probably have to drive at least 3 hours to find any of these! - 1/11/2013   4:54:24 PM
  • 12
    Mary's Gone Crackers sounds good to me! - 1/11/2013   3:11:48 PM

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