The 7 Best Healthy Snacks of 2019

Stock up on these satisfying foods

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Best Overall: Rxbar® Chocolate Sea Salt Protein Bar at Target

"Contains no added sugar."

Best Budget: Justin's Maple Almond Butter Squeeze Packs at Amazon

"Great for squeezing onto fruit or crackers."

Best Yogurt: Siggis Skyr Vanilla Icelandic Style Yogurt at Amazon

"Customers rave about the taste."

Best for Energy: CLIF Bar - Chocolate Chip at Amazon

"Fans love the flavors, texture, and nutritional components."

Best High Protein: Chef's Cut Tender Real Steak Jerky at Amazon

"Made from real steak."

Best Vegan: Lenny & Larry's The Complete Cookie, Chocolate Chip at Amazon

"These chocolate chip cookies are firm yet chewy."

Best Nuts: Emerald Nuts 100 Calorie Packs Variety Sampler Pack at Amazon

"The flavors combined with crunch are delicious."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Rxbar® Chocolate Sea Salt Protein Bar

Rxbar® Chocolate Sea Salt Protein Bar - 7.32oz
Courtesy of Target

A good snack option should contain two of these three elements: protein, fat, or carbs (and ideally some fiber, too). Eating based on your body's natural fullness cues is extremely important.

These Rxbars raise the bar when it comes to snacks that taste good and are good for you, and the 12 grams of protein make this a satisfying choice. Each bar's simple ingredients are listed on the front of the packaging. They come in a variety of flavors including apple cinnamon, blueberry, coffee, and chocolate sea salt.

Best Budget: Justin's Maple Almond Butter Squeeze Packs

For a protein-packed snack on the go, these maple almond butter packs from Justin’s are hard to beat. Each 1.15-ounce pouch has 6 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, and just 3 grams of sugar. They’re great for enjoying with fruit, crackers, yogurt, or just eating right from the pouch. An added bonus: They don’t need any refrigeration.

Justin’s also offers other nut butter flavors including classic peanut, honey peanut, classic almond, honey almond, vanilla almond, and chocolate hazelnut. When you buy these squeeze packs in bulk, they're a super affordable way to fuel up midday.

If you're looking for more options, check out the best almond butters available today.

Best Yogurt: Siggis Skyr Vanilla Icelandic Style Yogurt

For those workdays when you need a mid-morning snack to help you make it to lunch, this Icelandic-style yogurt from Siggi’s is a great choice. This yogurt contains 100 calories, no fat, 14 grams of protein, and 9 grams of sugar. It's lower in sugar than most flavored yogurts, but it's also lower in calories and fat so you might need to add something like nuts or cereal to create a satisfying snack.

Siggi's also comes in a variety of flavors including vanilla, raspberry, and strawberry, but plain is your healthiest bet.

If you're a yogurt fan, read our article on the best Greek yogurts.

Best for Energy: CLIF Bar - Chocolate Chip

No matter what we're doing, our bodies need energy to function. These bars from Cliff offer a great snack option.

Made with organic rolled oats, this chocolate chip version has 250 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 9 grams of protein. This bar is great if you're craving something sweet.

This bar comes in a host of other flavors including cool mint chocolate, peanut toffee buzz, and carrot cake. These bars have a devoted following of fans who love the flavors, texture, and nutritional components.

Best High Protein: Chef's Cut Tender Real Steak Jerky

To pack some protein into snack time, try this jerky from Chef's Cut. Made from real steak, each 1-ounce serving contains 90 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, and 10 grams of protein. It’s also gluten-free and nitrate-free. Best of all, rather than being tough and overly chewy like some jerky, this one is tender.

Because this snack is just protein, pairing it with a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts could work well to add carbs or fat and keep you satisfied longer.

If you want more ideas, take a look at our roundup of the best beef jerky.

Best Vegan: Lenny & Larry's The Complete Cookie, Chocolate Chip

If you're hungry for a sweet snack, there’s The Complete Cookie. Packed a combination of fiber and protein to keep you satisfied, these chocolate chip cookies are firm yet chewy. Plus, this snack is great for any vegans looking for a healthy and quick option.

They contain no dairy, eggs, soy, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners. The Complete Cookie also comes in several other flavors including peanut butter and birthday cake, so you won't get bored of this sweet snack.

Best Nuts: Emerald Nuts 100 Calorie Packs Variety Sampler Pack

Nuts are a great source of protein and healthful fats, and their crunchy, salty qualities make them delicious alternatives to a bag of oil-laden chips. These 100-calorie packs from Emerald are easy to take on the go.

This sampler pack contains nine different flavors to add variety to your snacking. It includes dill pickle, sriracha and jalapeno cashews, dry roasted, and cocoa roasted almonds as well as an almond and walnut blend with dried cherries. The flavors combined with the crunch of the nuts are delicious.

Though they're tasty, just the pack alone is not enough for many adults, but pairing it with something like the jerky or a piece of fruit is a great way to make the snack satisfying and will last longer. 

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