Eat This, Not That! | 7 Healthiest New Snacks at America's Largest Grocery Chain

Are you looking for healthy snacks to keep on hand for those afternoon cravings? Unfortunately, it can be challenging to find nutritious oness because many are loaded with sugar and salt and don't provide much nutritional value. So we scoured Kroger's new snack section and consulted two dietitians to help choose the best ones.

Lisa Ellis, registered dietitian for Integrating Nutrition, and Kristin AR Gustashaw registered dietitian and instructor at the Department of Clinical Nutrition, College of Health Sciences at Rush University, helped by choosing the healthiest options from America's largest grocery chain's recent snack lineup. Read on for some nutritious snacks to add to your pantry.

 

1. Bare Baked Crunchy Gluten-Free Granny Smith Apple Chips

Bare Baked Crunchy Gluten-Free Granny Smith Apple Chips
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1/2 CUP: 110 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 27 g carbs (5 g fiber, 18 g sugar), 1 g protein

You can't go wrong with a snack with just one ingredient like these baked apple chips that just debuted at Kroger. Ellis agrees, noting the 5 grams of fiber, no added sugar, and small amount of potassium. They also have a bit of iron. These are a great grab-and-go snack for lunches and after school or work.

2. Turkey Snack Mates for Kids

Turkey Snack Mates for Kids
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2 STICKS: 45 calories, 1 g total fat, 20 mg cholesterol, 190 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 8 g protein

"It is tricky to find good shelf-stable proteins that kids (or adults for that matter) will eat at room temperature for lunches, after-school activities, sports, or snacks on the go," says Gustashaw. "While this product does have 200 mg of sodium per ounce of protein, typical deli meat has about the same. They have a minimal amount of added sugar, fat or other ingredients."

Ellis agrees, citing the 8 grams of protein, just one gram of sugar, and containing a small amount of iron and potassium. In addition, Turkey Snack Mates for Kidsis a great on-the-go snack.

3. Simple Mills Rosemary & Sea Salt Almond Flour Crackers

Simple Mills Rosemary & Sea Salt Almond Flour Crackers
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17 CRACKERS: 150 calories, 8 g total fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 180 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (2 g fiber, 0.5 g sugar), 3 g protein

Crackers are a basic snack food, and one of the newest additions to Kroger's assortment has some raving reviews praising the taste. Ellis thinks these are a win with little saturated fat, no added sugar, 3 grams of protein, and 2 grams of fiber. These are made with a nut and seed blend with many spices for flavor. Simple Mills has a wide variety of other flavors to choose from, like sun-dried tomato basil, cheddar, and cracked black pepper, to name a few.

 

4. The New Primal Beef Thins BBQ Recipe

The New Primal Beef Thins BBQ Recipe
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1 OUNCE: 80 calories, 1 g total fat, 35 mg cholesterol, 240 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (0 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 13 g protein

Another new snack from New Primal, Ellis chose these for the 13 grams of protein, low sugar, and because it's great for anyone on a gluten-free diet. "It's like a protein-rich chip," says Ellis.

Gustashaw agrees, "Like these for the same reasons as the Snack Mates. 1 serving per package makes it easier to monitor intake and potentially feel more satisfied."

 

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