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Nutritionist-approved snacks to stock up on before the holidays
The key ingredients for a healthy snack are protein and fiber, at least five grams each, advised Dr. Sonali Ruder, who blogs at “The Foodie Physician” and serves as ambassador for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. “It has more staying power. It’s going to keep you full,” Ruder explained, adding that plant-based proteins (pea protein, hemp and chia seeds) are a trending ingredient that fits the bill (think: sweet potato or kale chips).
Bonnie Taub-Dix, registered dietitian and creator of BetterThanDieting.com, takes it a step further and recommends snacks with three crucial ingredients. “The main goal here is that snacks, just like meals, should contain protein, carbohydrates and fat,” said Taub-Dix, RDN. “That way you get longer-lasting energy.” Think of it like a three-legged stool, where failure to adhere to one could cause an imbalance in your diet, she advised..
Here are seven snacks that you can feel good about — and don’t cost a lot either.
1. KIND Bars, Caramel Almond and Sea Salt Gluten-Free, $13.51 (pack of 12), Amazon
2. Splitz Original Crunchy Split Pea Crisp Snacks, $13 (pack of 8), Amazon
3. Sabra Classic Hummus Singles, $3 (pack of six two-ounce cups), Jet
4. Quaker Instant Oatmeal Super Grains Apple-Cinnamon (6-pack), $9, Amazon
5. Smartfood Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn Flavored Popcorn, $3 (10 ounces), Amazon
6. Eat Well Embrace Life Hummus Edamame with Red Pepper, $4 (10-ounce), Amazon
7. Barney Butter Almond Butter Snack Pack Smooth, $18.19 (pack of 24), Amazon