When trying to eat healthy, keeping snacks around that are clean and nutritious is a must. However, considering that nowadays every other company claims that their products are “natural” and “wholesome,” it can be difficult to differentiate which ones actually are, and which ones are just junk food in disguise. One of the easiest ways to tell if a snack is, in fact, good for you, is taking a look at the nutritional label. A good rule of thumb if you’re trying to eat clean, is to only buy snacks where you can pronounce every ingredient on the label. It’s also usually a good sign if the ingredient list for a product isn’t ridiculously long.
While much of the prepackaged snack selection on shelves today is processed and contains a dozen or more ingredients, there are some that fit the “clean” bill. And guess what? You may just be able to avoid flipping a ton of boxes over to read nutritional labels! We’ve gathered 10 products that you can feel good about because they are made with 5 ingredients or less.
LARABAR Cashew Cookie Bar
There are tons of snack bars on the market nowadays. Unfortunately, many of them are only masquerading as healthy and are actually laden with sugar, additives, and preservatives. If you’re the kind of person who likes their snack bar to be simple but nutritious, check out LARABAR Cashew Cookie Bar. This bar is made from just two ingredients: cashews and dates. Each bar provides 23 healthy and energizing carbohydrates, six grams of protein, three grams of fiber, and 340 milligrams of potassium. Reviewers are reporting that this bar is “just sweet enough,” perfect for curbing cravings, and wholesome. You can get 16 1.7-ounce bars for $16.
Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps
Sometimes even the most natural-looking vegetable snacks end up having a laundry list of ingredients. Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps are not one of these snacks. The delicious, puffed “chips” in the shape of pea pods are made from green peas, vegetable oil, rice, salt, and calcium carbonate. Not only are they super-addictive, but with each serving containing 4-5 grams of protein, and 3-4 grams of fiber, they’re way healthier than the average potato chip! Better yet, they’re gluten-free, and most of the flavors they offer are vegan as well. Reviewers are reporting that these crisps are light, crunchy, tasty, and healthy. Some have even sprinkled these crisps on a salad for a little crunch. You can get one 20-ounce bag for $11.
Dang Coconut Chips
Dang Toasted Coconut Chips is a gluten-free and non-GMO snack made from three ingredients: coconut, cane sugar, and sea salt. Each one-ounce serving has 200 calories, 11 grams of sugar, two grams of protein, and five grams of fiber. Dang suggests adding these chips to trail mix, parfaits, or salads. Reviewers are reporting that while other coconut snacks tend to be too sweet, these chips are light, flaky, crispy, and the perfect balance of salty and sweet. You can get one three-ounce bag for $7.75.
LesserEvil Buddha Bowl Himalayan Pink Popcorn
We know what you’re thinking – doesn’t regular popcorn just have two ingredients: popped corn kernels and butter? That seems logical, but many brands overcomplicate matters and end up adding things like hydrogenated oils and artificial colors and flavors. LesserEvil Buddha Bowl Himalayan Pink Popcorn, on the other hand, keeps things simple. This popcorn snack is made from just three ingredients: organic, non-GMO popcorn, organic coconut oil, and Himalayan pink salt. Since this product doesn’t have any added butter, one serving (3 cups) is just 110 calories and provides three grams of protein and five grams of fiber. Reviewers are reporting that this product is a nice and clean alternative to traditional popcorn and is great for people who like the “pure taste of popcorn.” To give fair warning, this popcorn isn’t overly salty, but instead is a blend of salty and sweet from the coconut oil. To give it a try, you can get a pack of 12 five-ounce bags for $36.
Go Raw Sweet Spirulina Bites
Go Raw Sweet Spirulina Sprouted Bites are made with the sprouted sesame seeds, bananas, coconut, dates, and spirulina. They are free from soy, gluten, wheat, and GMOs. These bites have all of the same ingredients as the Go Raw’s spirulina chips but are chewier, sweeter, and much more fruity-tasting. While some reviewers described this snack as “overwhelmingly sweet,” others enjoyed the flavor. Satisfaction really depends on what your taste is. You can get six three-ounce bags for about $28.50.
Peeled Snacks Apple Clusters
Are you always racing to finish your apple stash before it goes bad? If this sounds like you, you should consider checking out Peeled Snacks Apple Clusters. This snack is made from just two ingredients: organic apples and organic apple juice concentrate. It transforms the apple from a handheld snack that must be eaten in one sitting, to a bite-sized snack that can be eaten throughout the day. Reviewers are reporting that this snack is flavorful, healthy, and fun-to-eat, although admittedly a bit on the expensive side. You can get one 2.1-ounce bag for $5.
Have you been looking for a unique way to incorporate seaweed in your diet? Well, SeaSnax may be just the thing you’re looking for. This snack is made from three ingredients: seaweed, olive oil, and sea salt. This non-GMO snack is rich in fiber and iron as well as vitamins B1, B6, and C. Reviewers are reporting that this snack is remarkably tasty and addicting, melts right on your tongue “like a snowflake,” and is a great alternative to potato chips that still satisfies a salty snack craving. You can get a pack of four (20 sheets in total) for about $13.
Pairing bananas with peanut butter or dark chocolate is a great snack that curbs your appetite and provides a hefty amount of nutrients. But don’t you sometimes wish there was an easier way to enjoy this snack on-the-go without the fear of a rotting banana? Well, with Barnana Bites Variety Pack, now there is. This raw, organic product contains just four ingredients: bananas, soy lecithin, natural glaze, and then depending on the flavor in this variety pack, either coconut, peanut butter, or dark chocolate. Each serving (six pieces) provides 400 milligrams of potassium, 11 grams of fiber, and two grams of protein. Reviewers are raving about this product, saying that it’s deliciously addicting and perfect for breakfast or dessert. You can get this four pack (one of each flavor) for about $18.
Eda Zen Cruncha Ma-Me Edamame Snack
Edamame is a healthy snack, but you can’t really enjoy them on the go without leaving a trail of discarded pods in your wake. That is unless you have Eda Zen Cruncha Ma-me Edamame Snack. This non-GMO product is made from four ingredients: freeze-dried edamame, sea salt, all-natural yeast extract, and safflower oil. Each 0.7-ounce bag contains eight grams of protein and three grams of fiber. Many reviewers are reporting that this edamame snack is “better than dry-roasted edamame” since it is crunchy at first, with a creamy finish. Reviewers are also saying that it’s a great snack to carry around since it’s not sticky, and is a great energy booster in between meals. To try it out for yourself, you can get a pack of eight 0.7-ounce bags for about $12.
If you know anything about hemp seeds, you know that they are nutritional wonders that are protein packed and filled with vitamins, minerals, and omegas, among other things. With Hemp Heart Bites, you can get all of the benefits of hemp seeds, in easy bite-sized form. They are made from five ingredients: hemp hearts, organic evaporated cane sugar, organic brown rice syrup, organic vanilla flavor, and sea salt. Just one serving of these raw and paleo treats has 10 grams of protein! Reviewers are reporting that these bite-sized treats are filling, a great snack for active days, and have “just enough sweetness and crunch.” You can get one four-ounce back for about $5.
Homemade Snacks You Can Make With 5 Ingredients or Less!
While it’s always fun to get in the kitchen, play chef, and whip up some awesome homemade food, it can be a bit daunting when the ingredient list looks like it goes on forever! Good thing recipes don’t need a ton of ingredients to be delicious. On the contrary, with a bit of creativity, a few ingredients can be transformed into a crazy delicious snack!
These are just a few of the recipes you can try, for more ideas check out 10 Snack Ideas That Are Made From Five Ingredients or Less or 20 Recipes You Can Make With 5 Ingredients or Less.
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