Wander the middle aisles of the supermarket and you'll find no shortage of snacks. But if you're looking for healthy snacks, well, that's another story. Packaged snack foods are notoriously high in the stuff you don't need (namely fat, sugar, and salt) and low in just about everything else. In between the stacks of cookies and the potato chips, however, we found a few great options that can satisfy your cravings for crispy, crunchy bites — without all the junk.
1. Enlightened Roasted Broad Bean Crisps, $49 for 12, 4.5-ounce packs
If you like wasabi peas, you'll love these super-crispy roasted fava beans. Their slight natural sweetness is balanced by a very strong wasabi kick, and the bigger size of the beans means you get an even bigger pop of flavor.
1 oz: 100 calories, 3g fat, 5g fiber, 1g sugars, 130 mg sodium, 7g protein
2. Harvest Snaps Black Bean Crisps Habanero, $2 for three ounces
Pretend black bean dip has been turned into crispy form and that's these. Instead of the usual green peas, these are made of black beans — and doused with paprika, onion, garlic, and a not-so-shy amount of habanero for a bright, intense heat.
1 oz: 120 calories, 7g fat, 3g sugars, 180 mg sodium, 4g protein
3. Saffron Road Chickbean Crisps Zesty Ranch, $48 for 12, 3.5-ounce packs
Can't decide between chips or crackers? These savory triangles bridge the textural gap. Made with chickpeas, lentils, peas, and sweet potatoes, they've got a lot going for them nutrition-wise, yet their heavy seasoning of savory ranch flavor makes them taste more vibrant than virtuous.
1 oz: 120 calories, 4g fat, 1g sugars, 310 mg sodium, 4g protein
4. PopChips Nutter Puffs, $26 for 5, four-ounce bags
You're craving peanut butter cookies but don't want to give in to all the sugar — that's where these very peanut buttery puffs come in. Their rich coating of peanut butter powder doesn't disappoint, and the hint of cocoa powder adds depth. Just be sure to have a glass of milk to go with them.
1 oz: 130 calories, 7g fat, 3g sugars, 105 mg sodium, 5g protein
5. Annie's Organic White Cheddar Bunny Tail Puffs, $4 for 4.3 ounces at Target
Few things are cuter than these round puffs shaped like cartoon-y bunny tails, and luckily they're just as tasty as they are adorable. The cheddar flavor is very rich and satisfying, with the creamy notes you expect from something like mac and cheese.
1 cup: 160 calories, 10g fat, 0g sugar, 220mg sodium, 2g protein
6. GimMe Organic Seaweed Thins, $39 for 12, 0.77-ounce pouches
With their savory hit of umami and briny salt, roasted seaweed snacks pack a satisfying punch in a paper-thin package. But when you sandwich them with a layer of thinly sliced roasted almonds and sesame seeds doused in Sriracha, they achieve a whole new level of awesome.
20g: 90 calories, 7g fat, 3g sugar, 120 mg sodium, 5g protein
7. Véa Mini Crunch Bars Thai Coconut, $4 for 5 ounces
For those who like snacking on big clumps of granola, these mini bars are for you. Sweet potatoes are the first ingredient, although they don't taste at all vegetal. There's plenty of coconut flavor from coconut meat, with hints of ginger, cilantro, and cayenne to give it an intriguing Thai flavor.
30g (7 pieces): 140 calories, 7g fat, 7g sugars, 160mg sodium, 2g protein
8. Purely Elizabeth Chocolate Sea Salt Probiotic Granola, $5.5 for 8 ounces
When a chocolate craving hits, you just have to give in, and these snackable chunks of granola are a healthful way to scratch that itch. They offer a big dose of rich, fair-trade chocolate with hints of cinnamon, plus a bright burst of sea salt. The blend of oats, chia, and quinoa flakes is sweetened with palm sugar, and they're even good for your gut since they're mixed with a patented strain of probiotics that survive the baking process.
1/3 cup: 130 calories, 5g fat, 6g sugar, 120mg sodium, 3g protein.
What's your favorite snack from the middle of the grocery store when you're trying to eat healthfully?