Nibbling on Nuts (and Other Healthy Snacks)

Healthy Snacks

In the past, I’ve posted a lot about my love of all things sweet. To keep with this year’s goal of focusing more on my health, I realized that I needed to make significant changes in my diet.

I have given up those decadent White Chocolate Mochas from Starbucks (it’s been 23 days since my last sip. But who’s counting?!), swore off those sugary Reese’s (for now), and imposed a moratorium on baking.

But what’s a girl to do when she needs something sweet? When Nuts.com asked me about healthy snacks, I knew this would be the perfect project to keep me working towards my goal and to let all of you in on satisfying treats that won’t leave you guilt-ridden after you eat them.

Nuts.com is a family-owned business that brings nuts, dried fruits, and healthy snacks right to your door. You can’t ask for anything better when you are trying to be health-conscious and pressed for time. One quick look at their website will leave your mouth watering — from chocolate-covered pretzels and custom trail mixes to Goji berries and mulberries. Nuts.com won’t make you nuts when it comes to snacking. Check out their healthy snacks page for more of their offerings.

When I’m in need of a snack, here’s what I reach for:

Trader Joe’s Rolled Oats and Peanut Butter Fiberful Granola Bar: When I crave a candy bar, but know I shouldn’t, I eat one (or two) of these instead. I swear, these bars taste way more sinful than they are. Rich and chewy, they contain 9 grams of fiber and only 6 grams of sugar, so go ahead and indulge your sweet tooth.

High Valley Orchard Spiced Pumpkin Brittle: Pumpkin season may be over, but that won’t stop me from snacking on my favorite flavor — in January. Thankfully, High Valley Orchard had me in mind with this spiced pumpkin brittle. These sweet and crunchy pieces are the perfect pick-me-up when I need an afternoon sugar rush.

Power Crunch Protein Energy Bar: At first bite, you may think this is a Kit Kat bar. These French vanilla wafers have 14 grams of protein and 5 grams of sugar — but you would never know that based on its taste. These bars come in multiple flavors, including chocolate and peanut butter, and each one tastes better than the last.

KIND Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan Bar: With 7 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein, these crunchy bars provide just the right amount of sweetness. They contain 5 grams of sugar and are all natural and non GMO, gluten free, and have no trans fats. KIND bars come in plenty of flavors and are great to keep in your desk at work, car, and in all of your bags.

Zing Nutrition Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar: If you like more traditional nutrition bars, then this one is for you. It contains 13 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber, plus it’s gluten free. Just half of this bar will keep you full all day!

Walnuts: Don’t forget about those nuts! I love to throw walnuts in my oatmeal for breakfast or bring them along with me to snack on throughout the day.

Still need more healthy snack ideas? Nuts.com created a handy chart to reference the next time you’re facing a snacking dilemma. And don’t forget to check out some of the healthy snacks at Nuts.com.

Healthy Snack Hacks - Nuts.com

What are some of your favorite healthy snacks?

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49 comments

  1. Great ideas! I really wish we had a Trader Joe’s here in Toronto, they have so many great health food products there (I always make sure to visit when I’m in the USA). I haven’t tried any of the Kind bars before, but they sound yummy! Thanks for sharing your tips!

    http://www.mintnotion.com

    1. Isn’t Trader Joe’s the best, Eden?! They have so many healthy and delicious options when it comes to snacking — and I love wandering around the store for new finds. Hope you get to stock up soon!

    1. So you feel my pain, Lily! I’ve been trying to avoid Starbucks at all cost so I’m not tempted. But when there is one on every corner, it’s a bit challenging. Hope you have a great weekend!

  2. I love nuts as snacks and I’m a big power bar fan, especially Luna Bars and Kind! I’ve learned that they’re pretty easy to make too with dates or figs and a food processor. I find packaged treats too expensive at times, so I make up a batch of my own!

    http://www.districthilo.com

    Love, Mary

  3. This is such a wonderful and delicious post 😉 I love snacking on nuts and berries (I’m a sucker for goji berries covered in chocolate). This site sounds like the perfect one stop shop for all thing healthy and nut related. I’m also loving the healthy snacking chart, which is super helpful in selecting the best, healthy, treats for your cravings! Thanks so much for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you have an amazing weekend ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    1. Thanks, Jalisa! Chocolate covered goji berries sound delicious. Isn’t the chart helpful? I’m definitely going to keep it for future inspiration when I am having a snacking dilemma. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and found it informative. Hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Oh, croissants are my weakness, Molly! I may have bought a few before the snowstorm last weekend — okay, enough to last me at least a few months in case I was stuck inside for a while. Good luck with your healthy eating and snacking goals this year!

  4. Wow! Just this week I started to try and eat healthy snacks. The big thing I’ve done is to have a serving of a healthy granola instead of a desert. I read all the labels to make certain the granola was not high in sugar. The one I choose by Uni uses honey for the sweet part and the sugar is low compared to other brands. I love the nut.com idea for snacks. I need to start eating more nuts. I had never heard of this site so thanks for sharing it with us. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Kathy
    http://www.glamsimplified.com

    1. Thanks, Kathy! Eating granola for dessert sounds like a good start. I think eating healthy is all about making smart choices when and where you can. Of course, sometimes it’s easier said than done. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and found it informative. I hope you have a great weekend!

  5. This is very nice… even I like these bars… dates and oats and dryfruits and peanut butter… they are tasty and healthy… great substitute for chocolates.

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