Healthy Snack Upgrades for the New Year
Healthy Snack Upgrades for the New Year
As we start 2018, many of us will shoot for better eating habits and fitness goals. While there are so many choices in the market place today, it might be seemingly impossible to navigate your way to a healthy snack.
You know the feeling. It’s 2 or 3pm and despite your best attempt at willpower, you find yourself obsessing over how hungry you suddenly feel. Maybe you try to let the feeling pass and wait for 10 then 15 minutes before reaching for a cookie, or “health bar” packed with sugar and preservatives. Or, worse you take the dreaded walk to the vending machine, all the while knowing in the pit of your stomach it’s probably not a good idea at all.
Since most of us know this scenario all too well, here are some healthy snack options to satisfy without overdoing it. Just because a snack is healthy doesn’t mean it lacks flavor or taste. In today’s food-obsessed world, there are healthy versions that taste good and is good for us, simultaneously.
On the Go: If you are on the go, a smoothie subscription service called GreenBlender is the perfect option! GreenBlender uses fresh organic ingredients and super foods which are delivered to your doorstep weekly. Each week, you receive 5 new smoothie recipes and the ingredients are already pre-portioned and labeled. The way everything is already organized for you makes everything quick and easy. The package allows you to make 10 smoothies.
Founded in 2014, GreenBlender currently ships to 44 US continental states. Weekly subscriptions start at $49. I personally loved the variety of smoothies offered – they change every week. Maple Cranberry Tart, Chocolate Pumpkin seed Protein and Coconut Carrot cake are some of the options!
Nuttzo creates high energy, low sugar and nutrient dense 7 nut and seed butter snacks that fuel your body while tasting good. Nuttzo founder Danielle Dietz-LiVolsi began to make hearty butter with a blend of peanuts, seeds and other nuts after adopting a malnourished boy from the Ukraine. Due to his orphanage diet, he couldn’t swallow solid foods like vegetables or meats, and he didn’t like the flavors of almost every other American food. Today Nuttzo is a million - dollar company and is also the first multi nut butter on the market. NuttZo nut butters never add sugar or oils. The jars are sold upside down on the store shelves to help with oil separation and stirring. My absolute favorite flavor is the Organic Power Fuel Chocolate which is delicious smeared over apples or celery. Using Eating Evolved dark chocolate, NuttZo was able to create a paleo-approved chocolate butter. Eating Evolved chocolate uses a minimal amount of organic coconut sugar to add a touch of sweetness to the chocolate. With only 2g of sugar per serving, it’s great for satisfying a sweet tooth.
NuttZo also creates a peanut-free blend, Power Fuel. It’s made with cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, flax, pumpkin and chia seeds. Vegan, Paleo and almond butter lovers clamor to this flavor.
In January, NuttZo is launching the first high protein collagen refrigerated bars -Bold BiteZ. The bars are made of 60% NuttZo, plus added goodies like collagen, cocao nibs and more. These mini bars are great for on the go from home to work or work to the gym. The bars range from $2.59-$2.99, the butters are $14.99 at Whole Foods
Better Almond Butter takes organic sprouted Marcona almonds from Spain, which are unpasteurized. Using unpasteurized almonds allows the company to sprout them. By sprouting the almonds, the almond’s enzyme inhibitors are broken down so that makes them easier to digest and allows the body to absorb all of the almonds nutrients. All U.S. grown almonds are required to be pasteurized, even ones labeled “raw”.
Currently the company has three flavors: Toasted, Truly Raw (Chunky) and Sweet and Salty (Smooth). All three flavors are quite delicious – my absolute favorite is the Truly Raw and because it is so minimally processed, there are fragments of almond shell which add to the texture and flavor. ($19.95 per jar). Sold in stores throughout NY, NJ, PA and Delaware as well as on the website.
Fatso Hybrid Peanut Butter is an all-natural peanut butter hybridized with healthy fats such as coconut oil, avocado oil, MCT oil, macadamia oil, chia, flax and the natural sweetness of tapioca starch which acts as a prebiotic fiber. This is peanut butter you can add to shakes and smoothies or smear over toast. I personally love to include this in my smoothies, which creates a thick consistency. Sold in jars of 6 and 12 ($59.99 to $119.99)
Partake Foods was founded by Denise Woodard when her young daughter Vivienne began eating solid foods and began to show signs of having food allergies. Through research and diligence, Denise set out to create her own allergy-friendly food options. The cookies the company makes are made from simple, whole food ingredients - no gums, stabilizers, or artificial ingredients. Many gluten-free items are made with rice flour, but they use sprouted ancient grain flours (sprouted buckwheat, sprouted millet), include real vegetables in all the products, and have 20-30% less sugar than the competition.
The cookies are satisfying and delicious – making for a great snack option even if you don’t have food allergies. There are three types of cookies offered: Sprouted Grain Chocolate chip, Carrot Oat and Sweet Potato Millet. $4.99 per box
So next time you are sitting in your cubicle and longing for a fudge brownie or some chips loaded with sodium, try one of these healthy snacks that will satisfy your appetite without loading up on sugar.