100 Best Healthy Snacks You Can Get On-the-Go
We polled dozens of nutrition experts for their favorite healthy snacks you can buy, and we somehow managed to narrow it down to the top 100. Now go ahead and enjoy in good health!
Dippin Stix Sliced Apples and Peanut Butter
When you're looking for healthy snacks to buy, think "protein plus produce," Laura Chalela Hoover, MPH, RDN, advises Reader's Digest. "The protein helps keep you full until mealtime, and the produce adds its own nutritional boost." For example, if you pair a serving of peanut butter with a serving of apple slices, you get seven grams of protein plus soluble fiber and ursolic acid (a natural compound found in apples that may support weight loss). For prepackaged single servings, try Dippin Stix, which boasts six grams of protein, two grams of soluble fiber, and a vitamin C boost.
Wawa Carrots and Celery Peanut Butter Dipper
Wawa sells a prepackaged "Carrots & Celery Peanut Butter Dipper" that follows Hoover's "protein plus produce" guideline. For 320 calories, you get 12 grams of protein and 6 grams of soluble fiber. This combo works especially well for diabetics—or anyone watching their blood sugar. Check out these other snacks that help keep your blood sugar in check.
Fage Total Split Cup
Another example of "protein plus produce" is Greek yogurt plus berries. Greek yogurt is super-high in protein and a source of probiotics (for a healthy gut), and the berries are jam-packed with antioxidants and fiber. For an on-the-go version, try fat-free Fage Total Split Cup in any of the berry flavors, boasting around 110 calories and 15 grams of protein. And don't forget that yogurt is one of the best probiotic foods to boost your good gut bacteria.
Siggi's No-Added Sugar Yogurts
Another top choice among our nutrition experts is Siggi's Icelandic-style 4% no added sugar yogurts. Each has 11 grams of protein and only five grams of sugar (compared with 25 grams of in most other widely-available yogurts). "This high protein, lower sugar combo keeps you fuller longer and can help curve cravings for less healthy choices throughout the day," says Jenna Amos, RD (she works for Siggi's). Here are some other ways to eat less sugar.
Muuna Cottage Cheese
This isn't your grandmother's diet food. Not only does Muuna Cottage Cheese contain gut-friendly probiotics, but it comes in nine different flavors (including mango, peach, raspberry, and blueberry), low-fat and full-fat versions and in both multi-serve and snack size packages. Registered dietitian Melissa Rifkin loves that they're probiotics-powered; you'll love that they taste great—with chunks of real fruit on the bottom—and that each single-serve cup has 17-20 grams of protein.
How about a version of Siggi's 2 percent that doesn't even require a spoon? Apparently, Siggi's Tubes are not just for kiddies. They're the same 2 percent fat, high protein, low sugar, grab-and-go snack as Siggi's in-the-cup version, but the tubes are even easier to hold and eat.
Chobani Greek Yogurt
Also singing the praises of Greek yogurt is Keith-Thomas Ayoob, EdD, RD, FAND. "Any type will have a ton of protein," he says, "which helps bury your hunger between meals." Dr. Ayoob's personal favorite is Chobani (he's on their nutrition advisory board) because it comes in lots of flavors, and it's often available on-the-fly... literally... since it tends to be stocked in airport lounges.
Chobani Apple Cucumber Drink
"When you're on-the-go and hungry, how about a low-sugar drinkable yogurt to bridge you to the next meal?" suggests Allison Stowell, MS, RD, CDN. Stowell is a fan of Chobani's Apple Cucumber Drink, which has 14 grams of protein, 30 percent of the United States Recommended Daily Allowance for calcium, and is crisply refreshing. Here are the signs that your body needs more calcium.
Wünder Creamery Quark
If you want the health benefits of yogurt but don't love yogurt's tartness, then think about trying Wünder Creamery Quark, which comes highly recommended to Reader's Digest by Toby Amidor, MS, RD. Like yogurt, it has probiotics (which are great for the gut) and packs in plenty of protein, as well as potassium and phosphrous—all with the creamy sweetness of a rich crème fraîche. It will also help you meet the USRDA for calcium. Here's why you should be eating dairy every single day.