Food and Nutrition

Healthy Snacking Options in 2016

In an effort to help feed my daily snacking fix at work, I did a little research on a few new healthy snacking options for 2016.  As many of my co-workers can attest, I always have a drawer full of snacks, some good and some not so good.  For 2016 – out with the junk food and in with the healthy alternative snacking options.  Here are a few of my favorite new treats that I’ve recently tried and wanted to share.

The Good Bean – Crispy Crunch Chickpeas

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I wanted to incorporate good, healthy snacking options that were tied to adding more protein in my diet to help me feel full longer.  So I read an article on The Good Bean company and their products.  I recently tried the Thai Coconut Lemongrass chickpeas and I will say that I am hooked!  To me these snacks are a cross between a soy nut from their roasted quality and a corn nut snack from their crunch.  The flavor is amazing and I’m interested in trying more.  Just a palm full is all you need to get your snack fix.  A 6oz package was just over $6.00 on Amazon.

Nature Valley Granola Thins

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I have always loved granola bars ever since the Market Day chewy chocolate peanut butter bars my mom would get for us kids. I always have a box of granola bars in the pantry.  While trying to curb my sweet tooth fix, I ran over to Walgreens to find a snacking option.  This is when I discovered the Nature Valley Granola Thins in dark chocolate.  This 80 calorie snack square is packed with tummy filling granola and lightly dipped in dark chocolate to help satisfy any sweet tooth.  A 10-piece box was around $3.50 at Walgreens.

Simply Snackin – Dried Chicken Breast Jerky

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I love jerky!  After watching a recent episode of Shark Tank talking about the booming gourmet jerky industry, I thought I would research a few options.  I stumbled upon the Simply Snackin company and I was impressed to learn it was a Midwestern product made in Oshkosh, WI.  According to their website, “Simply Snackin’s® all natural, gourmet jerky snacks have become the preferred on-the-go, protein-rich snack choice of people looking for a snack to support their health and wellness goal.” So I ordered a variety pack of 12 snack bars on Amazon for about $18.  So far I have tried their chicken jerky varieties and each one has been very flavorful and kicks the hunger cravings at 10am and 2pm.

Have you tried any new snack items lately that you’d like to share?  Please comment below as I would love to try anything new to substitute my daily banana and boring baby carrots.  Happy Snacking! 🙂

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