The Best Pre-Packaged, Single-Serve Snacks, According to a Nutritionist

updated Oct 28, 2020
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I like to keep some pre-packaged groceries on hand to make sure that I have healthy snacks or mini-meals on hand whenever the need strikes. I also find that they’re a helpful option for parents who want easy-to-grab snacks for their kids. (And because so many of us have been home all the time for so long now, it feels like everyone is constantly snacking.)

As a nutritionist, I’m always super mindful of the ingredients and nutrition info of everything that I purchase. With that in mind, here are my top 10 pre-packaged, single-serve groceries I recommend trying out.

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1. Two Good Yogurt

This is one of my favorite new options to hit the yogurt aisle in the last couple of years. Two Good Yogurt is non-GMO, has no added sugar or artificial ingredients, and comes in delicious flavors like vanilla, blueberry, mixed berry, strawberry, peach, plain, cherry, and coconut. These are great to eat for a snack, enjoy as a quick breakfast, or even use in a smoothie. My best trick? I like to freeze a cup for an hour and enjoy it with some fruit for a take on “frozen yogurt.”

Buy: Two Good Yogurt, $1.49 for 5.3 ounces at Target

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2. Larabar Protein Bars

Unlike most protein bars, Larabar’s new protein bars aren’t made with any highly processed ingredients, proteins from whey or soy, artificial sweeteners, unhealthy oils, or strange chemicals. They come in four flavors and are made with just fruit, nuts, and plant-based protein (from peas!). Try the Apple Cobbler flavor around breakfast time or the Chocolate Peanut Butter when you’re in the mood for something a little more akin to a treat.

Buy: Larabar Protein Bars, $6.39 for 4 at Target

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3. Sabra Hummus Singles

Hummus is a great reminder to eat more veggies. (Use the veggies as the hummus-delivery system!) I keep a pack of these in the fridge at all times and enjoy them as a snack or part of lunch.

Buy: Sabra Singles, $5.19 for 6 three-ounce cups at Target

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4. Good Culture Mini Cottage Cheese Cups

Cottage cheese has made a major comeback this year — and is great on toast! Like yogurt, it’s a great source of natural probiotics that help support a healthy gut, and if you buy a good brand, it’s a high-quality source of protein too. These single-serving cups by Good Culture are some of my favorites. They’re made with grass-fed milk and aren’t highly processed like some other cottage cheese brands. Try the pineapple flavor — trust me.

Buy: Good Culture Simply Pineapple Cottage Cheese, $1.49 for 5 ounces at Target

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5. Nature’s Path Organic Instant Oatmeal Packets

Instant oatmeal is a perfectly filling snack. These packets by Nature’s Path are some of my favorites, because unlike most flavored instant oatmeal packets, they’re fairly low in sodium and added sugars, have zero artificial ingredients, and are made with all organic ingredients.

Buy: Nature’s Path Variety Pack Oatmeal, $3.49 for 8 packets at Target

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6. Sun-Maid Sour Raisin Snacks

Raisins are a classic healthy snack that never goes out of style. They’re also a great source of potassium, a good source of fiber, and are rich in heart-healthy antioxidants. However, dried fruit is easy to go overboard on, so I love to keep a variety of mini boxes of raisins on hand. Sun-Maid is my go-to brand, and I love both their plain mini boxes of raisins and their new sour raisin option, which hit the market earlier this year. Pair a mini box with a 100-calorie pack of almonds or walnuts for a sweet and crunchy snack.

Buy: Sun Maid Sour Raisin Snacks, $3.99 for seven 4.9 ounce pouches

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7. Unsweetened Applesauce Packs

Call me old-school, but sometimes a good old-fashioned applesauce cup is the way to go. My little tip for making these even tastier is to freeze a cup for an hour; it gets super cold, semi-frosty, and takes on a thicker texture. My favorite applesauce cup that I’ve tried is the Great Value Organic from Walmart.

Buy: Great Value Organic Unsweetened Applesauce Cups, $2.50 for six 4-ounce cups at Walmart

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8. MaraNatha Almond and Peanut Butter Packets

I love to keep these single-serving packets by MaraNatha on hand for a protein boost. Have one of these packets with either a sliced apple or banana, celery sticks, or some grapes.

More info: MaraNatha Almond and Peanut Butter Packets

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9. Skinny Pop 100 Calorie Popcorn Bags

These mini bags by Skinny Pop are 100 calories per bag and are free of all the extra ingredients you’ll find in most other bags of popcorn. 

Buy: SkinnyPop Original Popped Popcorn, 100 Calorie Individual Bags, $14 for 30 .65-ounce bags

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10. Planter’s NUTrition Nut Packs

Planter’s NUTrition packets are a new favorite of mine and come in a few different varieties — all of which are less than 200 calories per pack. They’re also low-sodium, low in added sugars, and are packed full of heart-healthy fats, fiber, and plant-based protein from the nutritious nuts they contain.

Buy: Planter’s NUTrition Nut Packs, $6.29 for seven 7.5 ounce

What’s your go-to pre-packed grocery item to keep on hand?