The 10 best healthy snacks to buy, according to our editors

We have many recipes for healthy snacks, from granola bars to crunchy roasted chickpeas. But if you’re looking for healthy snacks to buy instead of making, allow our editors to offer some impassioned recommendations. We reach for these low-sugar crackers, crackers loaded with healthy fats, and really good vegan protein bars when we need an afternoon pick-me-up or pre-workout bite. We’re registered dietitians, but we know a thing or two when it comes to snacking.


Since I moved to New York City from Taiwan, I haven’t been able to find one of my favorite fruits—the wax apple. When cooked, they are crunchy, sweet, and tangy. But I recently came across it in dried form. As I gnawed at Yun Hai’s dried slices, I immediately noticed the distinct green taste, like the crispness of spring, followed by intense sweetness and a satisfying chewy texture. Yun Hai of Brooklyn sources wax apples from Taiwanese farmers along with pearl guava, golden diamond pineapple and irwin mango. To get a taste of the best in Taiwan, with its subtropical climate, try the variety. –Jesse Yuchin, Contributor


North Sea Fish snacks were one of the few after-school meals my parents allowed in our house that didn’t have fruit. For mom and dad, the seafood-based snack was lighter, healthier, and much better for the brain than cookies, chips, or pretzels. I was so happy to eat them, because these incredibly chewy snacks have the texture of tender sticks of beef bacon with just a hint of fishy flavour. The subtle saltiness almost convinced me it was the kind of store-bought junk snack I was craving, despite the fact that the first ingredient listed was actual fish. – Gigi Wong

Made with an essential trio of delicious ingredients – cacao, raw honey and unrefined coconut oil – Honey Mama’s Chocolate Truffle Bars are a masterpiece. It contains no refined sugar, is paleo and keto friendly, and is technically raw. Rich and buttery, every bite is like the middle of a brownie. It’s also a little chewy like fudge, which I expect we can thank Drizzle Honey for that. –Ali Francis, staff writer

Honey Mama Tahini Tangerine Cocoa and Truffle, Pack of 12

I’ve tried a lot of healthy snacks, and let’s be honest, they’re usually not as good as their counterparts that are full of sugar and saturated fat. So I wasn’t expecting these low-carb cookies to be delicious—but their rich, nutty flavor and delicate, melt-in-your-mouth texture got me hooked. What exactly makes them best for you? This cookie base is made with a mixture of 100% organic whole grain flour fortified with Hi-Maize, a fiber-packed resistant starch made from corn. The sweetener is Whey Low, which is a low-glycemic blend of natural sugars, including fructose (fruit sugar) and lactose (milk sugar). While I don’t know if there really is a “healthy cookie” out there, I can confirm that Jane Bix will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. —Tiffany Hopkins, trade writer

The name Perfect Bar does not carry an iota of irony. The chilled protein bar comes in 12 flavors (Some of the flavors are seasonal), but i only needed one: Dark chocolate chip peanut butter with sea salt. The peanut butter is smooth and creamy, and is the consistency of thick cookie dough. Small clusters of chocolate chips settle on top. Not only are they Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten-Free, and Kosher, but their ingredient list also features a powdered blend of flaxseed, rose hip, tomato, alfalfa, celery, kelp, carrot, orange, apple and spinach. Amazingly, you can’t taste a single hint of any of these ingredients, but these protein snacks are still rich in vitamins and minerals and contain 20 superfoods. I recently added it to my morning routine: I get up at 5 am and make coffee, fill my water bottle, and grab a bar from the fridge. Even without eating anything else for breakfast, I feel full and happy for hours thanks to 15g of protein and 4g of fiber. —Nikki Campo, contributor

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Dark chocolate peanut butter bar with peanut butter

If you haven’t tried the Super Seed line from Mary’s Gone Crackers, allow me to introduce you to one of my favorite healthy snacks to buy in bulk. Each flavor (and there are six) features the delicious blend of seeds that are added to the flax-sesame blend used in the “Original” biscuits. The result is a salty, high-fiber, high-protein snack option that was a staple in my mom’s cupboard when I was growing up and fueled me through many long study sessions during my college years. Now, they are my go-to when I want something carby and crunchy that isn’t tortilla chips. Dip it in hummus, spread it with cheese, or enjoy it straight from the can—it’s got enough flavor and texture to be addictive on its own. – Alaina Chou, commercial producer

Mary’s John Crackers Super Seed Everything Crackers

When I was about 30 weeks pregnant, I ordered six pounds of Rancho Meladoco Medjool dates and ate twice a day. It’s ridiculously plump and gooey-sweet, like the best dark brown sugar, and the texture is so smooth and luscious, it’s almost fudgy. Good dates are meant to be savored slowly and devoured on their own, but sometimes I’ll make what Carla Lally Music calls an energy sandwich, removing the date pit and stuffing the cavity with peanut butter (or dripping tahini plus chocolate chips if I’m feeling indulgent). Sarah Jamil, contributor

I can’t get enough of this cheesy popcorn for so many reasons. As far as crunchy snacks go, they’re relatively high in fiber – quite simply the best tasting white cheddar popcorn I’ve had. While other brands of white cheddar popcorn can be bland or have a strong artificial cheese aftertaste, Boomchickapop kernels have the unmistakable flavor of real cheese that is pleasantly tart and even low in fat. Think: Cheetos meets salt and vinegar. This stuff is incredible, and I would gladly eat it every single day. -y

Angie’s Boomchikapop White Cheddar Popcorn

Seaweed is an amazing vegetable with a long history in traditional cuisines from around the world, now finding its way into everything from hot sauce to burgers. But the simply seasoned dried leaves of Yamamotoyama have always been my favorite way to enjoy them. It’s sweet and salty and reminds me of the beach. They have a variety of micronutrients, ranging from antioxidants like vitamin A to thyroid-supporting iodine—an excellent source if you stop using iodized salt. One serving only has 10 calories, but if you’re anything like me, polishing off a jar of 8 full servings in one sitting can be a chore. —Ryan Harrington, director of research

Yamamotoyama teriyaki nori roasted seaweed

We all know about almond butter and nut butter, but have we ever heard of their lesser-known cousin, granola butter? I start each morning with two scoops of Oat Haus’ Birthday Cake flavored granola butter straight into my cup (before I grind my coffee beans). Of course, you can also spread it on toast or rice cakes, put a little on ice cream, or use it as an apple dip. But I prefer the concentrated strike. Deeply vanilla and garnished with colorful sprinkles, it tastes almost identical to funfetti cake mix, and is made with only wholesome ingredients like oats, olive oil, and maple syrup. At seven in the morning, you wouldn’t know the difference. -F

Oat Haus Butter Granola Birthday Cake

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