3 Ways to Create Customized Snacks


Ever dreamed of creating the perfect healthy snack that appeals to your taste buds and you nutritional needs? Now you can. These three companies make it easy (and fun) to design your own food, from cereal to smoothies, so you'll never again have to scour the supermarket shelves to find a product you love.

And we're not the only ones who think this is genius-our Diet Doctor Mike Roussell, Ph.D., likes the "make your own" concept too. "Everyone has slightly different needs based on schedule, goals, biology, and personal preference," he says. "Having a simple way that you can customize supplements or snack bars to meet all your needs is very powerful." Here, our favorite ways to tap into our inner foodie.

1. Mix My Own: Finally, no more boring bran flakes. Here, you can create your own healthy breakfast cereal, by combining granola, muesli, oats, quinoa flakes, or other grains with over 100 premium ingredients, like dried fruits, nuts, seeds, and nutritious extras such as protein powder, goji berries, and spirulina. Your creation is shipped next day via UPS, so you can be enjoying a made-to-order morning meal in no time.

2. MyMix Nutrition: Say goodbye barely-touched tubs of protein powder! MyMix is the first ever e-commerce dietary supplement platform that allows you to build your own protein powder. Choose from whey, soy, casein, or vegetable-based proteins, then select your choice of vitamins, minerals, and performance-enhancers like B-vitamins, electrolytes, and BCAAs. Finally, pick your fave flavor-from chocolate, vanilla, berry, coffee, cookies and cream, and even sugar-free options-and your personalized package is delivered straight to your door.

3. YouBar: Design your own snack bar that meets your fitness goals and nutrient needs (such as high-protein/low-carb) with YouBar's premium ingredients. The bars' bases include every kind of nut butter imaginable (and the popular "cookie dough" base), which you can top with a protein powder of your choice (whey, soy, hemp, and egg white included), and other tasty additions like nuts, seeds, dried fruit, cacao nibs, and crunchy rice cereal.

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