We asked some the country's leading health experts to tell us what healthy snacks they reach for when they have unquenchable salty or sweet cravings.
"For a sweet snack, I like Island Mango by Matt's Munchies. They're squares of dried fruit covered in coconut flakes and only 40 calories a pack. Seasnax — toasted sheets of nori with a hint of olive oil and sea salt — are great for a salty snack."
Editor-in-chief of Epicurious
"Pumping up addictive tortilla chips with whole grains and sprouted seeds makes a Way Better Snack and that's exactly why I like this brand. They use natural ingredients that are more easily digested, and thus leave you feeling fuller and more energized. The Sweet Potato tortilla chip is particularly delicious; it's made with just sunflower oil, sprouted quinoa, sprouted chia seeds, sweet potato and stone-ground corn. For something sweet, I'm a fan of Larabars, especially their new protein-enriched Alt bars, which are packed with protein from peas."
"I love One Luck Duck's Macadamia Cheddar Crunch. Nuts, red pepper and lime are dehydrated into a crumble with a cheesy flavor that makes you swear you're eating something unhealthy! And like all our snacks, they're raw, vegan and gluten-free. For a sweet option, I love our Chocolate Chip Cookies, which are made without butter, white flour and white sugar, but rather we use almond flour from 100% raw and organic imported Italian almonds, and raw, organic, vegan chocolate. YUM."
Dr. Frank Lipman
"For a sweet snack, I love dark chocolate by Wei of Chocolate. They're amazing organic, vegan, non-GMO dark chocolates that come individually wrapped. When I want something salty, I reach for raw mixed nuts, like almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios and Brazil nuts that are lightly salted. They are convenient, tasty and easy to find on-the-go. One resource I like for ordering nuts in bulk is nuts.com."
Be Well Health Coach at Eleven Eleven Wellness Center
"Hail Merry Blonde Macaroons are great because they're made with organic coconut and sweetened with organic maple syrup. They have healthy fats from almonds and coconuts. Plus, they are Non-GMO Project Verified which I love. For salty, I like Brad's Raw Kale Chips. They're sprinkled with some Himalayan sea salt, which is a great quality salt and they're organic, gluten-free, non-GMO and delicious! A much better choice than a bag of greasy potato chips made with vegetable or canola oil."
Instructor at Pure Yoga and SLT
"Plentils Lentil Chips have a good carb, fat and protein mix and come in several different flavors. Chia Warrior bars are great for a sweet snack. Yes these guys are little and you may look at them and say...ehhhh, but they taste good, are good for you given their omega fatty acid content and they're filling, especially paired with a piece of fruit or you can add it to Greek yogurt."
Expert nutritionist at Canyon Ranch Lenox
"Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt bars are my favorite sweet snack. They have as much protein as an egg, are hormone-free and free of artificial sweeteners. For a salty snack, I like Lundberg Organic Lightly Salted Brown Rice Cakes because they're made with only two ingredients: brown rice and sea salt. They're also vegan, gluten free, low glycemic, non-GMO and kosher. You can also use them as a healthy vehicle for guacamole, salsa, bean dips, nut butters, hummus and fruit or crumble them on top of salads/sprinkle them in soups."
Founder of The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu
"I snack on The Ranch’s energy bites to satisfy a sweet craving; they taste a bit like a healthy brownie and they're low in sugar and calories. For salty cravings, I recommend our granola, which is made from all organic ingredients including oats, nuts and fruit. It not only tastes good, but is also low in saturated fat and sodium. You can get both at our online store."
EVP and co-founder of Exhale's Core Fusion
"I find that Panda Licorice is a perfect sweet treat because the licorice contains no artificial ingredients or high fructose corn syrup and they come in nibble size portions. For a salty snack, I like KIND Bars. They have one that combines sea salt and dark chocolate. I always have one in my bag for when I need an energy boost during the day."
"Standard popcorn is replete with salt, butter, saturated fat and calories, so I opt for Angie's Boom Chicka Pop Popcorn instead. For something sweet, I love Kopali Dark Chocolate Covered Banana. It is 100% organic dark chocolate over sweet, chewy banana. There are no refined sugars or trans fats, while being gluten free, vegan and fair trade.
Director of spa operations at Fontainebleau Miami Beach
"I buy the small individual 2% cottage cheese packs from Breakstone and add a small box of Sun Maid raisins – this is an excellent source of protein and fiber and satisfies my sweet tooth. When I want something salty I take lahvosh crackers and spread low fat cream cheese on them or sprinkle them with low fat mozzarella."
Nutritional Health Coach at The Morrison Center
"Kale Kissed Sprouted Sea Salt Almonds are delicious and protein and fiber packed sprouted almonds. They will control those salty cravings plus have many health benefits. Power Snack is one of my all-time favorite snacks when I'm craving something sweet. The cacao goji superfood is my personal favorite because the mix of the two ingredients simply satisfies my sweet cravings with a boost of nutritional value. These are made from very nutrient dense foods like chia, maca and camu-camu. They also give you a boost of energy!"
VP of spa at Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
"I love the Essential Living Foods' Trail Mix. It’s a great blend of tasty and crunchy organic nuts and sweet dried organic berries as well as raw organic cacao nibs. It’s perfect as an antioxidant and energy-booster and for a delicious, organic, sustainable and yet healthy snack. For a salty treat the Essential Living Foods' Dried Botija, pitted, raw and organic black olives from a local organic farmer from Peru are probably the best olives I have ever tried in my life. They are tree-ripened and sun-dried with no chemicals and the salty and rich taste make them absolutely delicious."