No season is better served with snacks than summer. It’s a time of great movement and activity, so refreshments must always be on hand. I’m not talking about a platter of hors d’oeuvres or charcuterie, but those little pocket-sized morsels of goodness that sustain you between meals. Several brands have sprouted up in recent years with a new-found dedication to making healthy treats. Gone are the preservatives, chemicals, and corn syrups of yesteryear. Modern munchies have organic ingredients—often so few that you can count on one hand—and are void of the complex, genetically engineered foodstuffs commonly found in the convenience store snack aisle.
We rounded up a handful of brands that are redefining snacking in the 21st century. Below are healthy food options that are legitimately delicious, because we’ve noshed on them ourselves, and they’ll keep your friends and family smiling as you scoot through summer.
Crispy Green Freeze Dried Fruit Snacks
With a full serving of fruit in every easy to tote bag, these brilliantly flavored, 100% fruit treats are the perfect summer snack. The nut-free, fat-free, and cholesterol-free fruit snacks contain only 55 calories per serving and come in flavors like crispy apple, mango, asian pear, banana, cantaloupe, pineapple, and tangerine. It’s real fruit and really tasty.
If you’re the snack bar type like me, then you have something new to rejoice over.
The LUNA Bar company has just released a new line of healthy snack bars that have a specific emphasis on fiber. The bars come in three delicious flavors – vanilla blueberry, chocolate raspberry, and peanut butter strawberry. And they all pack an impressive nutritional punch.
This week, we love LUNA Cookies. What is not to love about a moist, chewy, whole-grain snack that packs all of the yumminess of a soft-baked cookie with nutritious ingredients like flax seeds, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, folic acid and Vitamin B12 in each sweet bite?
The makers of LUNA Bar have created this new line of cookies and good-for-you treats in addition to their 14 flavors of LUNA Bars (Caramel Nut Brownie is a favorite flavor of ours). The cookies currently come in three flavors: Chocolate Mint, Berry Pomegranate and Peanut Butter Chocolate. Each dense and generously-sized cookie contains 130-150 calories, 2.5-6 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein. Pour a small glass of cold skim or soy milk and savor a bit of cookie heaven. (more…)