Curb your cravings without adding inches to your waistline. The secret: Choosing the healthiest munchies. SHAPE magazine staffers we nibbled through hundreds of new snacks to find the 20 that really deliver in the gratification department while meeting their strict nutritional standards.
The winners are grouped by craving—salty, crunchy, sweet, and creamy—so you`ll know exactly what to reach for when the munchies hit.
SHAPE`s Bahar Takhtehchian will stop by to discuss some of this year`s snack award winners!
What makes a snack SHAPE-worthy?
It must contain: 200 or fewer calories. 0 grams of trans fat and no more than 3.5 grams of saturated fat. No more than 400 milligrams of sodium. No high-fructose corn syrup. Note: Special consideration was given to pre-portioned packaging, whole grains, reduced sugar, and extra vitamins and minerals.
Food Should Taste Good White Cheddar Tortilla Chips (140 calories, 7g fat for 9 chips) Who knew that something made with flax could be so yummy? The secret: The omega-3-rich seeds--plus four kinds of whole grains--are blended with sharp cheddar cheese and tangy buttermilk. ($3 for a 5.5-oz bag)
Popcorn, Indiana Sea Salt Chip-ins (120 calories, 2.5g fat for 20 chips) We love that these are made with just three ingredients: corn, sunflower oil, and sea salt, and you can pronounce every one! Testers appreciated the extra crispy texture of these popped (not baked) chips. ($4 for a 7.25-oz bag)
Sensible Portions Sweet Barbecue Potato Straws (130 calories, 7g fat for 38 straws) Enjoy the smoky-sweet flavor of barbecue potato chips for 30 percent less fat. These are so good, you may feel like you're being bad by eating them, but you're not! Plus, you get a big portion size too! ($3 for a 7.2-oz bag)
Tostitos Artisan Recipes Roasted Garlic & Black Bean (140 calories, 7g fat for 8 chips) While regular corn chips contain just one kind of grain, these have nine, including rye, barley, and millet. They're strong enough to stand on their own, but they'd also be great with hummus or salsa. ($4 for a 9.75-oz bag)
HomeFree Mini Crunchy Vanilla Cookies (130 calories, 5g fat per bag) These gluten-, nut-, and dairy-free treats have just the right amount of sweetness and they're not grainy like a lot of wheat-free baked goods. ($12 for 10 bags)
Weight Watchers Strawberry Fruit Bars (70 calories, 0g fat per bar) These taste like a smoothie--sweet, refreshing, and fruity--but on a stick. Each bar has 25 percent of the vitamin C you need in a day but with 15 percent fewer calories and 30 percent less sugar than other ice pops. ($5 for a box of 6)
Sambazon Organic Protein Acai Berry + Chocolate Smoothie (190 calories, 6g fat per 10.5-oz bottle)- This vegan blend of chocolate soy milk and acai berries is perfect post-workout. Think it seems too "shake-y"? Even people that aren't a fan of shakes say that they love the smooth texture of this drink. ($3 each)
The Laughing Cow Sharp Original Mini Babybel (60 calories, 5g fat per round) Once you try it, you'll never go back to buying those bland 100-calorie string cheeses again! Pair one with a handful of whole-grain crackers and you'll come in under 200 calories while fulfilling 14 percent of your daily calcium needs. ($4 for a bag of 6)
Shape Magazine's Best Snack Awards
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