Not only does most gluten-free bread taste horrible, it's usually very high in calories and processed ingredients. Not so with the crispy, doughy and flaky options offered by Free Bread, a brand whose products are so fantastic, they're served at Le Bernardin.
If you're going to eat chocolate, there's no better option than the ones offered by Hu Kitchen, a favorite of many of New York's fitness elite. All of the ingredients are carefully sourced to meet the highest health standards.
Love Grown Foods, best known for its toasted granola clusters and instant hot oatmeal cups, recently launched Power O’s, a new cereal made from navy beans, lentils, garbanzo beans and brown rice. That’s right, beans in your cereal. Available in four varieties (original, honey, strawberry and chocolate), Power O’s aren’t the lowest in sugar (aside from the original which has just 2g per 35g serving) or calories, but all varieties are relatively high in fiber and protein and they have a clean list of ingredients making it a solid choice - especially given how unhealthy most cereals are.
Combining organic superfoods with raw organic nuts and seeds, each package is fortified with organic maca, goji, chia and goldenberry powders. Mixes include Maca Maple Cashews, Chia Rosemary Pepitas, Goji Basil Cashews and Goldenberry Ginger, all of which are high in antioxidants, fiber, protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.
Navitas Naturals Power Snacks are certified organic, certified gluten-free, dairy-free and kosher. One of the standout flavors is Coffee Cacao, made with cacao, maca, chia, camu, cashews and coffee combined with organic raw foods like dates, almonds, figs and sunflower seeds.
Not your run-of-the-mill almonds, these are raw, meaning they have been soaked and dried at low temperatures making them super-easy to digest and preserving all of their health benefits (99.9 percent of almonds you buy are not raw). They've also been enhanced with probiotics, are organic and come dressed up in a variety of flavors.
It's usually best to avoid dried fruits as they're considerably higher in sugar and calories than regular fruit, but Divine Organics makes a variety of superfood exceptions like these antioxidant-rich mulberries.
Quinn Popcorn believes in complete transparency, so it started something called farm-to-bag. Go to the company's site, type in your batch number and learn where each ingredient in your bag of popcorn comes from. As for the popcorn, it comes in a number of flavors, including Kale & Sea Salt, which is made with dried raw kale and dried raw carrot.
Handmade in small batches, this Paleo-friendly brand makes some of the best-tasting cookies using only high-quality ingredients, all of which are clearly marked. The brand uses organic when possible and only uses organic dates, coconut sugar, honey, pure maple syrup and real fruit as sweeteners. Try the Matcha Hazelnut Cookies for an extra health boost.
Yummy Yammy is a line of sweet, potato-based salsas. All of the flavors are free of artificial preservatives, colors and flavors, have no added sugar and even if you eat the whole jar, that's just 250 calories. Spread some over a piece of sprouted grain bread.
Chia seeds are a powerhouse of nutritional benefits — plus they're rich in fatty acids to nourish your skin and hair. These pods make it easy to get your fill; they're also a great alternative to sugar-filled puddings.
Depending on which of the two you choose, you'll get 40 to 45 percent of your fiber for 25 calories or less. These crackers are also dense, flavorful and filling, making them a great alternative to traditional bread.
These vegan, gluten-free bars are made with just two ingredients: Apple + Cherry, Apple + Pear or Apple + Apricot. Minimally-processed and made without any added sugar, the gooey dried fruit bars are satisfying without being overly sweet in the way that dried fruits usually are.
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