The 50 Best Healthy Snacks to Buy for Weight Loss
Yes, you read that headline correctly: You can snack and lose weight doing it. And, no, you don't have to resort to making everything from scratch just to meet your nutritional requirements. There are more healthy food brands than ever, which means there are more than enough healthy snacks to buy.
(But if you're more into the DIY route, try your hand with these healthy snack ideas that you can make yourself!)
How snacking can help you lose weight.
Eating healthy snacks throughout the day is actually one of the best ways to avoid an expanding waistline. In a recent Journal of the American Dietetic Association study, researchers found that participants who ate more snacks daily weighed less than those who snacked less.
Why? Consistent snacking helps maintain blood-sugar levels, keeping you full and preventing your body from storing excess fat.
Why these are the best healthy snacks to buy for weight loss.
As editors of Eat This, Not That!, we get to try hundreds of new products every year. Not only do the following picks pass our taste bud test, but they also meet some strict nutritional requirements.
- Each snack is under 250 calories.
- No healthy snack has more than 15 grams of sugar.
- Every snack is made with good-for-you, whole-food ingredients; you won't find any artificial ingredients, unpronounceable additives, or weird preservatives here.
We included a mix of high-protein snacks, low-sugar snacks, low-carb snacks, and high-fat snacks because everyone's weight-loss needs will differ. Some people are following low-carb diets while others are simply trying to increase their protein intake.
To reach your weight loss goals faster, close your eyes and pick any of these essential 50 best healthy snacks to buy for weight loss, compliments of the experts here at Eat This, Not That!
Sargento Balanced Breaks
Natural White Cheddar Cheese with Almonds and Dried Cranberries
Don't be afraid of fat in your healthy snacks as long as it's coming from a healthy source—in this case, almonds. This Sargento product features white cheddar cheese and dried cranberries as well, which all adds up to a low-cal, high-protein option that will cut cravings.
Bumble Bee Sensations
Lemon Pepper Tuna With Crackers
Looking to lose weight and build muscle? Look no further than tuna fish. This fatty fish is full of anti-inflammatory, heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids that will help to fight back against waist-widening inflammation. Plus, the 19 grams of protein will be sure to help you tone up and blast fat when paired with exercise.
Siggi's Icelandic Non-Fat Yogurt
Orange & Ginger
We don't just love Siggi's Icelandic yogurt flavors because each carton is non-fat and packs on the protein, but because they've all got your daily dose of gut-healthy probiotic strains. Grab a spoon and dig in!
Good Health Eat Your Vegetables
Himalayan Salt Veggie
How many vegetables does it take to make a Good Health pretzel? In this case, five! Yes, you read that right. Each crunch you take of these sour cream and onion chips will include broccoli, beets, tomatoes, spinach, and carrots. We love healthy snacks that pack on this much vitamin A, C, E, and B6 all in one go.
Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP Light Kettle Corn
Sneak this into the theater next time you see a movie for some guilt-free munching. You can eat over three cups of light kettle corn and only set yourself back 120 calories and 110 milligrams of sodium. But don't worry, Angie's doesn't sacrifice on flavor for such nutritious snack stats.
HIPPEAS Organic Chickpea Puffs
Jalapeno and paprika team up for a satisfyingly spicy chickpea puff that will have you reaching for that water bottle. You'll get the crunch of the chip, but you'll find that each Hippeas bag is lower in fat and calories than most other brands. And did you notice those 4 grams of protein in these healthy snacks too?
Beanitos Baked White Bean Mac N' Cheese
Five grams of protein and three grams of fiber in what are essentially Cheetos? I'll take 10.
Perfect Bites Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter
Besides the fact that they taste like raw cookie dough (yes, they really do), these Perfect Bites are worth adding to your snack drawer because they also happen to pack in 20 organic superfoods in each serving while delivering more protein than an egg. The perfect healthy snack does exist.
Munk Pack Protein Cookie
Oatmeal Raisin Spice
Make your dessert do you a favor next time around by indulging in a Munk Pack Cookie. The oatmeal raisin spice flavor is full of 18 grams of protein at just 320 calories, which isn't bad for a sweet treat like this.
GAEA Kalamata Olive Snack
Who doesn't want olives that are pitted and packed without any additives or preservatives? And it gets even better. Gaea's kalamata olives are 100 percent natural, and for every six you pop in your mouth, you're consuming less than 50 calories.
Purely Elizabeth Oatmeal Cup
Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Ancient Grain
Dig into one of Purely Elizabeth's oatmeal cups for breakfast or have it as a satiating snack. With organic oats, quinoa, amaranth, chia seeds, dried cranberries, and pumpkin seeds, this flavor is a great source of protein and fiber.
Nugo Fiber D'Lish Cinnamon Raisin
This is the closest thing to a guilt-free oatmeal raisin cookie and contains 48% of your daily fiber. Talk about healthy snacks!
Kashi Ripe Strawberry Cereal Bars
The fruity interior provides a fresh burst of sweetness, and the whole-grain exterior counters it with a nutty flavor that reminds you that you're still eating real food.
Wonderful Chili Roasted Pistachios
We're not sure how Wonderful packed so much flavor on such small nuts, but we do know it's totally addictive.
Smart Sweets Peach Rings
These aren't your average peach rings. This candy has a full day's worth of fiber and only 3 grams of sugar. Go ahead, eat the whole bag.
Rind Straw-Peary Blend Skin-On Superfruit Snack
If you like dried fruit but don't want to go overboard with sugar, Rind snacks is your solution. Unlike other dried fruit snacks, Rind leave the peel on—which retains more micronutrients. This Straw-Peary Blend variety packs slices of skin-on pears, apples, and strawberries.
Kind Raspberry Cashew & Chia
Almonds and cashews bring in a major haul of monounsaturated fats, and the chia seeds round it out with omega-3s. That's a lot of nutrition for such a tiny package. And keep that waistline toned and tight with these essential 14 Ways To Lose Your Belly In 14 Days!
Alter Eco Dark Salted Almonds Organic Chocolate, 70% Cocoa
Want to satisfy your sweet tooth without widening your waist? Look no further than this Ecuadorian dark chocolate. At 70 percent cocoa, it's decadent but not diet-derailing.
Barnana Toasted Coconut Organic Crunchy Banana Brittle
If this isn't one of your healthy snacks staples, you're missing out. Barnana's organic brittle is a crunchy craving-cutter that will take you to tropical places during a munchies break with its delicious banana coconut flavors.
Planter's Nutrition Heart Healthy Mix
Inside this can is an awesome blend of heart-protecting peanuts, almonds, pecans, pistachios, hazelnuts, and walnuts. Consider it a great base for homemade trail mix.
Peeled Snacks Gently Dried Mango
Think of Peeled Snacks' Gently Dried Mango like a Fruit Roll-Up for adults. It contains no added sugars or artificial ingredients, just organic mango. That's how each bag ends up with nearly a third of your day's vitamin A.
Chobani Low-Fat Mixed Berry Greek Yogurt Drink
With almost 15 grams of protein, this is one of the lowest-calorie bottles in the cooler. Thank the mix of blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries for their help in contributing big flavor, and a boatload of antioxidants.
Skinny Dipped Chocolate Covered Almonds
Now that's an ingredient list we love looking at when we're picking our favorite healthy snacks to buy. Every bag of Skinny Dipped Almonds contains almonds, chocolate, organic maple sugar, sea salt, cocoa powder, and real powdered flavor (either espresso beans or dried raspberries)—none of that "natural flavor" stuff! Skip out on sketchy snacks to have this sweet treat instead.
gimMe Organic Teriyaki Seaweed Snacks
For 25 calories, you could eat six of these packs and still not consume as many calories as you would a small bag of Doritos. These gimMe snacks are one of our favorite low-calorie snacks.
RX Bar Coffee Chocolate
This is a near-perfect load of post-workout protein. Maximize your gym time by tossing one of these in your gym bag and grabbing it on your way out the door.
Vega Protein + Shake
Jim White, RD, ACSM, and owner of Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios recommends getting at least 20 grams of protein after you've been working hard in the gym. With a shake like this, you can knock that out in just a few gulps.
ProBar Bite Mixed Berry
Over 20 percent of your daily value of digestion slowing fiber in one bite? Yes, please.
RX Nut Butter, Peanut Butter
Your average peanut butter packet has between 5 and 6 grams of protein — this one has 9. Perfectly portable, you can eat RX Nut Butter alone or squeeze on top of a banana for a post-workout snack.
Justin's Dark Chocolate Crispy Peanut Butter Cups
Save yourself six grams of sugar from Reese's peanut butter cups and grab a pack of these peanut butter cups from Justin's. The crispy quinoa add a layer of texture (think: Crunch bar-esque) we never knew we needed in a chocolate peanut butter snack, and now we're never turning back.
OJAS STUDIO Date and Grain Bite in Ginger, Cinnamon, and Chia
Filled with dates, whole grain oats, and delicious mix-ins of warming spices and superfood ingredients, OJAS STUDIO date and grain bites are a healthy snack dream. They're made with real fruit and no artificial sweeteners, too. They're perfect for eating on the go when you just need a few bites to tide you over till your next meal. Our favorite flavor is Ginger, Cinnamon, and Chia, but they also come in Cardamom, Cinnamon, and Walnut and Coconut, Fig, and Orange Peel varieties, too.
Halo Top Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
If you need more low-cal protein-rich ice cream in your diet—let's be real, who doesn't?—don't miss out on Halo Top. They've got a whopping 25 flavors, but this chocolate chip cookie dough option is one of our faves.
Bare Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Part chip, part cracker, and all good. These nibbles provide 15 percent of your daily dose of potassium, and they're gluten-free.
Terra Exotic Harvest Vegetable Chips
This fun mix of carrots, blue potatoes, and kabocha squash boasts 40 percent less fat than potato chips and enough fiber to take the edge off your hunger. (Plus they look pretty on the chip 'n' dip platter.) These are some of the most colorful healthy snacks to buy that you can't miss!
SUN & SWELL FOODS Plant-Based Snack Bites, Cinnamon
Snacks don't get much simpler than this. Three ingredients—cashews, dates, and cinnamon—make up these indulgent, power-packed bites.
Newman's Own Organics Spelt Pretzels
Spelt is a grain related to wheat but with more fiber and protein, and the fact that it's organic is just a bonus. Pair these with a hunk of cheddar to rope even more protein into your healthy snacks break.
Athenos Hummus Original
Made with real olive oil, which lends an authentic flavor and more heart-healthy fats, this hummus bests a flavor like, say, Sabra's Roasted Pine Nut Hummus, which is made with "soybean and/or canola oil."
With so many faux-guacamoles at the supermarket, it's important to find one good brand and stick to it. So let us introduce you to Wholly, the supermarket's most reliable purveyor of authentic, avocado-based guac. Oils, starches, and artificial colors are nowhere to be found in this package.
Good Culture Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese is famous for its abundant supply of complete protein, and this package contains almost 20 grams of the stuff in just one serving. Top your curds with the best fruit for weight loss for ultra-sweet and healthy snacks (or desserts!).
Horizon Organic Mozzarella String Cheese
Each stick has a fifth of your day's calcium intake, and Horizon keeps the fat down by using part-skim milk. The creaminess of the cheese pairs particularly well with an apple and the duo just so happens to make one perfect snack-size portion.
Vital Farms Hard Boiled Eggs
These are pasture-raised eggs, cooked, peeled, and ready to eat. Make a complete snack by spreading hummus on whole-wheat toast and slicing the hard-boiled egg over the top.
Peckish Eggs & Everything
If you're more in the soft-boiled camp than hard-boiled, you have to try Peckish's "perfectly boiled" eggs, which come in a 2-pack with everyone's favorite everything bagel seasoning.
Field Trip Cracked Pepper Turkey Jerky
No snack on the planet offers such a reliable dose of protein in a more convenient package. Consider this one of the best healthy snacks to buy on days when you're too busy to be bothered with snack-time complications.
Cal-Organic Carrot Dippers Snack Packs With Ranch Dip
These baby carrots come with just enough ranch to kick up the flavor without burdening you with a nutritionally nullifying load of fat, and each serving has 60 percent of your day's recommended vitamin A.
Enlightened Bada Bean Bada Boom Sweet Sriracha Crunchy Broad Beans
Consisting of broad beans and a bit of seasoning, each of these 100-calorie bags come packed with 7 powerful grams of protein and 5 grams of satiating fiber. Oh, and did we mention they taste like your favorite potato chip? By the way, you'll want to buy two boxes because these are about to be your new go-to snack.
Whisps Parmesan Cheese Crisps
Come on. Where else can you get 9 grams of protein for only 1 gram of carbs?
Go Raw Flax Crackers
"When I'm looking to get a little leaner, I reach for raw flax crackers topped with avocado. I prefer raw flax crackers over the wheat variety because they don't contain gluten, which can make me a little puffy. They are also intensely rich in omega-3s, which helps produce radiant skin and a faster brain!" — Dana James, nutritionist and founder of Food Coach NYC
Volumetrics is an eating plan championed by Barbara Rolls of Penn State University, and it's based on getting more mileage out of low-density foods. For example, a huge salad—or in this case, nearly 4 cups of popcorn—will leave you more satisfied than a square of chocolate, and for far fewer calories. If you're someone who gets depressed by measly portions, reach for healthy snacks that have a high water content like fruits, veggies—or our favorite crunchy munchie: popcorn. For a pre-popped variety, we love SkinnyPop because it's free of additives and tasty without being too salty.
Simple Mills Veggie Pita Crackers, Mediterranean Herb
If you need a gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly cracker to dip in your hummus, Simple Mills has you covered.
Snackable and stackable healthy snacks, these classic crackers are a great standby at home or in the office.
Fage Total 2% Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt has more than double the protein of standard American-style, making it the clear-cut winner of the best yogurts for weight loss title (as well as one of our favorite healthy snacks to buy). Make it a simple parfait by adding fruit, nuts, seeds, or granola.