Oct. 17, 2011 at 8:58 AM ET
Choosing a snack that’s both healthy and able to satisfy your late afternoon cravings isn’t easy. At least it’s not as effortless as it is to stroll over to the vending machine and buy a bag of nutrient-free chips. But thanks to these savvy food companies, it’s now possible to get a serving of superfoods like quinoa, gogi berries or kale while you munch. Bonus: they actually taste good too. Snack on!
Salba Smart Tortilla Chips: These chips contain Salba seeds, a patented form of chia seeds grown in Peru, which are the richest whole food source for omega-3 fatty acids. Indeed, a serving of these tortilla chips contains 300 mg of heart healthy omega-3s. Salba Smart also makes pretzel sticks, potato crisps and salsa for all of your snacking needs.
Cranberry Almond Kind Bars. If you’re tempted to reach for a candy bar, try a different “Kind” of bar instead. Not only will they quell your desire for something sweet, but each bar is packed with antioxidants and Vitamins A, C, and D.
Superfood Snacks Chocolate Gogi Berry Treats: If chocolate is the only snack you seek, why not nosh on raw cacao that’s chock full of iron and antioxidant rich gogi berries? This Kauai-based company even uses packaging that’s 100% sustainable and biodegradable.
Rhythm Superfoods Kale Chips. Don’t have time to make your own kale chips? The folks at Rhythm Superfoods have done the work for you with their “chips” available in five flavors, including Zesty Nacho, Bombay Curry and Mango Habanero. To preserve kale’s raw enzymes, the chips aren’t baked or fried, but crisped at a low temperature.
Bai Antioxidant Infusions: These tasty fruit drinks contain coffee fruit, the outer fruit of the coffee bean that is loaded with antioxidant power. Each bottle contains one gram of coffee fruit extract which is the antioxidant equivalent of a half pint of blueberries. And since the main ingredient is derived from the coffee plant, the drinks do contain 35 mg of natural caffeine, for those who need their fruit drinks to have an extra kick.
HAPPYSQUEEZE: The latest addition to the HAPPYBABY line of organic food, these squeezable smoothies (think pom apple peach) are suitable for both mom and baby. Each packet contains salba, omega-3s, and vitamin C perfect for snacking on the run.
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