I always lookout for sweet and savory clean-eating snacks that use a (short) list of ingredients that I recognize and can pronounce. And let me tell you, it’s no easy feat.
What do I consider a clean-eating snack?
I get a kick out of discovering new healthy snacks made with real ingredients that aren’t loaded with sugar. In fact, one of my favorite pastimes is walking up and down the aisles of a supermarket and reading nutrition labels. So what do I consider a clean-eating snack?
- Nutrition labels made with whole foods (i.e. real ingredients). If the label has even one ingredient that I don’t recognize I eliminate it. Buh-bye xanthan gums.
- No seed oils
- No soy
- Minimal sugar
Here are some of my tried and true clean-eating snacks made with real ingredients. AND they’ve passed the taste test. (Note: A lot of these brands are small mom-and-pop brands, so they are only found in certain markets and sold in bulk on Amazon.)
If you like Reese’s Pieces, these Free2b cups are a healthier alternative. They’re made with dark chocolate and sunflower butter so the inside is creamy and has a nutty flavor. It’s also nut free, dairy free, and soy free.
I searched high and low for a protein bar that is made with clean ingredients, doesn’t taste chalky, and isn’t made with a ton of sugar and Papa Steve’s is the best bar. The bars come in different flavors like Almond Coconut Crunch, and Peanut Butter Choco Cup but my personal favorite is the Banana Oat Chocolate. Papa Steve’s uses organic ingredients including: dates, almonds, pea protein, hemp seeds, oats, and has 13 grams of protein so it’s a great post-work out snack.
Popcorn fans rejoice! Say goodbye to microwave popcorn and say hello to Lesser Evil Popcorn. This low-calorie snack uses coconut oil so nosh guilt-free!
I generally don’t eat a lot of granola because of the sugar content but if you’re someone that likes to start your morning with a bowl of granola and yogurt, Purely Elizabeth is a great option. It’s gluten-free and made with organic ingredients.
I wasn’t a beef jerky fan until recently. Something about dried up beef didn’t sound appealing to me. It might be an acquired taste but it’s a great high-protein snack when you’re on the go. Chomps tastes good unlike other brands that have a lot of seasoning and flavors. Chomps uses grass-fed beef, doesn’t include sugar, and has 9 grams of protein per stick.