SHAPE 2016 Snack Awards: The All Stars
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Found: your favorite new healthy snacks. We tested all the latest chips, cookies, bars, and more to bring you the 20 tastiest, healthiest picks to satisfy every craving, all under 200 calories
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Good Culture Strawberry Chia Organic Cottage Cheese
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The old-school snack gets a tasty, modern makeover with fresh strawberries and chia seeds. It's also a protein powerhouse, with a whopping 17 grams in each container. (Why cottage cheese is one of the best late-night snacks.)
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Smári Key Lime Whole Milk Organic Icelandic Yogurt
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Every spoonful of this yogurt has a thick, silky texture, thanks to a special straining process that also concentrates the protein (there's 13 grams of it per serving) and the calcium. Key lime and vanilla add a sweet, slightly tropical taste.
Chobani Mezé Dip in Chili Lime
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You'll swear that this zesty dip, which is full of red bell pepper, onion, and lime, is homemade as you eat it with veggies or spread it on crackers. Greek yogurt (instead of sour cream) keeps the calorie count low—25 in a 2-tablespoon serving.
Wholly Guacamole Avocado Verde Minis
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This one's for spice lovers: Jalapeño and garlic give the avocados (a get-gorgeous food!) and tomatillos in this salsa-guac dip a nice kick. Luckily, it comes in individual 45-calorie cups. Otherwise, we'd never be able to stop eating it.
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So Delicious Dairy Free Cashewmilk Frozen Dessert in Chocolate Cookies N' Cream
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Cookies folded into a creamy, chocolaty dessert—what could be better than that? The fact that this gluten-free vegan treat has only 180 calories per half-cup serving, that's what. "It's just plain delicious, even for a dairy lover like me," one tester told us.
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Victoria Amory & Co. Rosemary & Parsley Flatbread Crisps
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Light, airy, and full of herby goodness, these crackers pair perfectly with dips or cheese. But we also love them on their own—they're that full of flavor.
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Purely Elizabeth Original Grain-Free Granola
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Paleo, gluten-free, and vegan eaters will all fall for this healthy take on granola. With no oats or grains, it's full of satiating superfoods like chia and hemp seeds, as well as, cashew butter, nuts, and coconut oil. (Find out everything you need to know about coconut oil.)
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Planters Nut-rition Breakfast Blend
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Granola clusters, a light dusting of cinnamon, and a hint of salt make this protein- and fiber-packed nut blend taste like weekend brunch. Even so, the salty and sweet combo will conquer your cravings any time of day.
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Beets
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Beets are the only ingredient in this snack that testers called "crunchy," "healthy," and "better than potato chips." There are just 35 calories in a single-serving bag, so eat them alone or dip them in hummus to add a bit of protein.
Late July Organic Purple Corn Tortilla Chips
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There's nothing artificial in these yummy chips, which are made from purple corn and loaded with antioxidants. And at 130 calories a serving, you can munch away guilt-free. Pair 'em with one of these homemade salsa recipes.
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Luna Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond
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The cocoa flavor in this bar is so intense, you'd never guess it has more protein (7 grams) than sugar (5 grams) to fuel a workout or a busy afternoon. The hint of coffee makes it totally crave-worthy too.
Skinny Cow Vanilla Bean Dream Dipped Sandwiches
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Testers couldn't get enough of this "ice-cream sandwich meets whoopie pie," raving about the combo of crunchy wafer, silky vanilla ice cream, and rich chocolaty coating.
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Brewla Bars The Barista
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Boost your mood and your energy with this caffeinated blend of cold-brew coffee, whole milk, and cane sugar. (The latest science says coffee is good for you!) And with just 35 calories, it's not only more refreshing than your usual iced latte but way better for you, too.
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Nonni's Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond ThinAddictives
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With its crisp cookie, cherries, almonds, and drizzle of dark chocolate, this treat is the sweet-tooth fix you've been looking for. The best part: A pack of two is a measly 70 calories.
Curate Harmonious Blend
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Lemon zest, Marcona almonds, balsamic vinegar, dried apricots, and quinoa give this bar a sophisticated flavor and deliver 6 grams of muscle-building protein and 4 grams of fiber.
Lorissa's Kitchen Ginger Teriyaki Chicken Premium Protein Snacks
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Testers flipped for this smoked jerky-like snack that "tastes like real food." With healthy ingredients, including ginger and sesame seeds, and 11 grams of protein, it's the perfect post-gym pick-me-up. (Why jerky is a nutritionist-approved road trip snack.)
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SuperPretzel Multigrain Soft Pretzels
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To enjoy a lighter, whole-grain twist on the original ballpark treat (complete with 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber), just heat these pretzels for 30 seconds in the microwave.
Gaea Pitted Kalamata Olive Snack Pack
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With just a little extra-virgin olive oil, vinegar, and sea salt, the delicate flavor of these olives shines through. And at 35 calories per serving, you can enjoy them in the afternoon at your desk—and again at home after work with a glass of wine.
Popcorn, Indiana Himalayan Pink Salt Popcorn
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This fancy-salt-sprinkled popcorn makes Netflix night a gourmet event. And because this snack is so addictive, it's a very good thing that a 3 1/2-cup serving is just 130 calories. (Newsflash: Popcorn packs more antioxidants than produce!)
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Evol Truffle Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower Veggie Cups
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These help you easily get in an extra serving of veggies—plus vitamins and fiber—on the go, no prep required. And the light but luscious truffle cream sauce makes them taste so indulgent.