Some of My Favorite Things for Healthy Snacks and Bars
I am always on the look out for healthy snacks and bars. This list is not that long but when I find a new one that fits my approval I will add to it. Unfortunately, many of the bars and snacks available on the market are full of dangerous artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols. In addition, many of them are too high in sugar. But if you find a new one I encourage you to run it by me and I will consider adding it to this list if it fits my criteria.
Brad’s Raw Chips – Brad is a real person who lost 40 lbs. on a raw diet and invented these chips to satisfy the missing crunch he used to get from chips and crackers. He started experimenting with raw chips made from fresh vegetables, sprouted flax seeds, fruit nuts, buckwheat groats and an array of spices. He dehydrated the chips, keeping the temperature below 115 degrees, which keeps them a raw food. These chips are a lifesaver for me as I also miss crunch in my diet a lot.
Rhythm Organic Carrots – Check out these crunchy carrot sticks for a healthy snack from Rhythm organic superfoods. Made with all real food ingredients this gives you a healthy crunch to your day.
Rhythm Organic Kale Chips – Rhythm foods also makes these crunch kale snacks. The ingredient list is all real foods and 1/2 packet of these is a perfect 160 calorie snack or a nice addition to your lunch for that added crunch.
Le Pain des Feurs Crispbreads – These come in a variety of flavors. The traditional cracker aisle is full of boxes containing chemicals, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated fats and an array of “fake” ingredients we don’t need in our diet. All of Le pain des Fleurs are 100% organic, gluten free, kosher, GMO free, dairy free, egg free, low fat, cholesterol free, low sodium, vegan and made from only 3 ingredients. Four large crackers are only 60 calories and 11 net carbs so they are perfect as an addition to a meal or snack.
Paleo Protein Bars – Chocolate Brownie – These chocolate brownie bars contain 20 g of protein from egg whites, are sweetened with monk fruit and contain only 5 net carbs. Each bar is 170 calories so it is considered a complete meal replacement for your protein. Sweetened with monk fruit, gluten free, GMO free and high in fiber these bars are another great choice for a healthy quick grab.
Paleo Sunbutter Bars – These are my all time favorite bars from this company! They are made from only 4 organic ingredients – egg whites (from Cage FREE USA Farms), organic prebiotic fiber (from tapioca), organic sunflower seeds, monk fruit extract. They have 150 calories and only 5 net carbs. High in fiber yet they don’t bloat you at all! These bars taste to me like eating a caramel candy – chewy and sweet.
Paleo Peanut Butter Bars – These are brand new and made with egg white protein (don’t make a mistake and buy the ones made with grass fed beef). They only have 5 ingredients – egg whites, organic peanut butter, organic peanut pieces, organic tapioca fiber and organic monk fruit extract. These 170 calorie bars pack in 20 grams of protein with only 3 net carbs and 1 g of sugar.
Pegan Chocolate Lava Bars – Another great option for vegans who also want a bar that fits with paleo guidelines. Soft and chocolatey these just might become your favorite ones.
IQ Bar – This tasty bar comes in many flavors. At 180 calories it makes a hearty snack. With just 3 net carbs, 1 gram of sugar and 12 grams of plant-based protein this bar could be your next best friend.
Epic All Natural Meat Bars – Variety Sampler -The epic bar is a 100% grass fed animal based protein bar. Paleo friendly, gluten free, nitrate free and low in sugar this is a healthy alternative to conventional jerky. These bars are perfect as a traveling protein source for a meal or snack.
EPIC Smoked Salmon Strips – If you crave a savory snack you might want to have these wild caught salmon jerky packets on hand. These are made from wild caught salmon and use only real food ingredients in making their jerky. For just 80 calories you get 7 grams of protein and 5 grams of carbs to keep you going when hunger hits.
KIND Bar Nuts and Spice – All 24 flavors of the KIND Nuts and Spice bars are low sugar and high fiber with enough protein for that in between meal snack. These are perfect to carry with you especially if you travel. KIND Strong bars also are low in sugar. Beware of other types of KIND bars such as the Fruit and Nuts variety that are too high in sugar.
Catalina Crunch – Grain free, gluten free, high fiber and low net carbs. This delicious cereal fits well into any Lifestyle plan adding protein to your breakfast or to a snack. Enjoy it with an unsweetened nut milk or by itself as a snack.
ProGranola – Grain free, gluten free, guilt free. High protein, low net carbs and low calorie deliciousness. Enjoy it with some unsweetened nut milk or coconut yogurt for a meal or snack.
If you are vegan check out the vegan version of Vegan ProGranola which uses pea protein verses eggs as the protein source.
ProGranola Peanut Butter Cluster – If you like peanut butter then this is the one for you. Yummy peanut taste with an awesome crunch and the same high protein, low net carbs and low calorie cereal. Great for a snack or meal.
ProGranola Chocolate Clusters – Who said chocolate cereal was just for kids? This granola, like the others above won’t hurt your clean eating plan and makes a great meal or snack.
Siete Potato Chips – Siete uses only the highest quality ingredients and oils to make amazing, reasonably prices chips. This is a potato chip shown as salt and vinegar flavored but they make other flavors too and all of them are made with healthy avocado oil, unlike most chips that use highly inflammatory PUFA’s. Should you always eat potato chips? No but when you do make sure they are a healthy choice.
Siete Tortilla Chips – Siete makes a variety of super clean tortilla chips also. Like the potato chips, these should be an infrequent snack but when you do snack choose wisely so you are not putting inflammatory foods into your body. Check out all the varieties available including Churro Chips.
Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame – These super crunchy, non-GMO soybeans are baked to perfection for a healthy snack or addition to your salad. Kids will love these too and they add 14 grams of vegan protein to any diet. For just 130 calories and 3 net carbs per serving, these make a great snack option with only two ingredients – soybeans and sea salt.
ChocZero’s Keto Bark – While I do love my own easy version of Dark Carob Crisp and Dark Almond Bark, if you need something more portable this is a great option. Very clean and only 150 calories and 3 net carbs per serving.
Catalina Crunch Keto Snack Mix – Do you miss snack mixes like Chex mix that has that crunchiness with delicious seasonings? Well look no more for an amazing, low carb, high fiber and healthy substitute. Another great product from Catalina brand.
Catalina Crunch Cookies – These delicious cookies come in a variety of flavors. Will they replace a traditional Oreo? Perhaps not but they will come close and help you enjoy a little treat without ruining your clean eating plan.
Siete Cookies – Siete makes very clean cookies in 3 flavors however they are not going to be low carb or low calorie. They are gluten and grain free and make with only the best, real food ingredients and healthy fats. Great choice for the kids or that once in awhile treat for yourself.
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