American has the munchies. The number of people crunching, slurping, and chewing snacks two or more times a day more than doubled between 1977 and 2008, according to the most recent USDA numbers.
Mindless eating can add unnecessary calories, and many “healthy” snacks on the market are just junk with fancy branding. To cut through the confusion and separate the probiotic chips from the legit, we asked three dietitians for their picks.
Just to make sure, we taste-tested their selections to double-check that the award winners will help you fight hunger, build muscle, and make your taste buds happy. Read up. Then eat up.
Every time you think “I could use a snack” stands as an opportunity to improve your health or give in to junk. To help you choose, we’ve assembled a list of 22 ways to startsnacking smarter right now without sacrificing flavor.
When you’re in need of protein, turn to these meat-based options for a quick fill-up. They’re perfect for pre- or post-workout. Or, okay, pretty much anytime.
When the craving kicks in, these picks satisfy without going overboard. Plus, many of them carry other nutrients, like a decent dose fiber or protein. Can’t say the same thing about Oreos.
Sometimes you’re jonesing for a texture rather than a flavor. When the mood strikes, these crispy chips and crisps will be there for you.