In our household, diet is important. We don’t eat quinoa and carrot sticks all day, but we do use fresh ingredients, focus on a homemade touch, and avoid preservatives as often as possible. Sometimes, though, you just need a snack. And especially right now, when pantry items and fresh ingredients can be more difficult to obtain, finding healthy-ish snacks is key.
Disclaimer: These are snacks that keep us feeling good, but beware of any of your own food allergies. We follow a gluten-free diet so all these snacks are gluten free.
Quinn Microwave Popcorn in Just Sea Salt
This popcorn has just two ingredients: Organic Yellow Butterfly Popcorn, Sea Salt. No oil is used for those of us with an oil sensitivity, but they do have other varieties with oil and flavor packets like Aged Parmesan & Rosemary and Vermont Maple Kettle Corn. Prefer to make your own popcorn? They also have popping kernels. So easy!
Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Granola Bar in Blueberry Hemp
These granola bars are beyond tasty and hearty for those of us who don’t typically enjoy a big breakfast. Purely Elizabeth has a few flavors of these granola bars, but the tartness, saltiness, and sweetness of the blueberry hemp is perfection. Did we mention these are also vegan?
Harvest Snaps in Wasabi Ranch
Ok, so these are little less healthy that our first two snacks with a few additional ingredients. These puffed snap peas are super crunchy and satisfying. We love Wasabi Ranch for the slightly zingy, tangy kick. Want to drop some ingredients? Give the Lightly Salted flavor a try.
Base Culture Nutty Pumpkin Bread
Oh boy! Base Culture may have our favorite gluten-free sweets. The Nutty Pumpkin Bread heated in the microwave or the oven for just a few seconds takes you to a crisp, fall day with the smell of cinnamon wafting and a swirl of colorful leaves. *Sighs* The Almond Butter Brownie is also nothing to scoff at. These snacks are grain free, gluten free, and Paleo certified.
From the Ground Up Butternut Squash Crackers in Sea Salt
I’ve never been a fan of a Cheez-It. They have always tasted musty to me. So I wasn’t too excited about trying these alternative crackers. I was proven wrong! The texture was better and the butternut squash added a welcome sweetness to the cracker. The Cauliflower Crackers in Cheddar are also a really tasty, savory snack.
Alms + Fare Energy Bites in Cinnamon Bun
These energy bites are organic, dairy free, naturally sweetened and poppable whether you are on a hike or in your home office facing an afternoon lull. They come in many flavors from strawberry to salted brownie, but cinnamon is our favorite. Not only that, but 10% of their profits go to organizations who work toward making healthy food accessible.
Biena Chickpea Snacks in Rockin’ Ranch
Another ranch snack on the list. We’re suckers for a zippy ranch flavor. Chickpeas are rich in nutrients, like fiber and iron, that fuel your body. These are also an alternative to the (hold tight for this controversial statement) best Dorito flavor — Cool Ranch. Just make sure you buy the purple bag, not blue. Won’t make that mistake twice.
Tate’s Bake Shop Gluten Free Cookies in Coconut Crisp
Tate’s Bake Shop is known for their extra crispy cookies, very much filled with gluten. However, they have a wide variety of cookies and other sweets for those following a gluten-free diet. With just a handful of ingredients, these cookies qualify as healthy-ish and a treat that so closely resembles the original that you’ll have to hide them. Our favorite is Coconut Crisp.
EPIC Provisions Pork Rinds in Sea Salt & Pepper
Not your grandpa’s pork rinds. Ok, so they are fried in pork lard. Not super healthy, but so much healthier than your traditional gas station pork rinds. Such a delightful, crispy, crunchy snack that is paleo and keto friendly too. Give the variety pack a try with flavors like Pink Himalayan & Sea Salt, Chili Lime, Maple Bacon, and Texas BBQ.
SmartSweets Sour Gummy Bears
I love gummy candy. Gummy bears are one of my favorites, and SmartSweets has created this candy without any artificial colors and flavors, and no sugar alcohols that can cause digestive issues. Not into sour candy? They have your standard gummies too. We also recently found a recipe for homemade gummies with collagen peptide powder (great for joints) that we’re eager to try.