Paddle Healthy | Smart Snacks
A lot of us tend to go big over the holidays, enjoying bellies full of scrumptious treats and festive cocktails that are too good not to down. But, it's time to toss those last lingering boxes of sweets, rid the fridge of overindulgent leftovers, and get back on the healthy track. Instead of letting unhealthy holiday choices haunt you, focus on starting with small changes—like snack habits—that you'll be able to maintain now and throughout the remainder of the year. Here we look at a few options for smart snacks from brands that focus on nutrition using whole ingredients you know. —Shari Coble
Mamma Chia Chia and Greens Beverages
A little hydration, some organic greens, and enough chia seeds to pack a day's worth of omega-3s, the Chia and Greens beverage line by Mamma Chia is like vitality bottled up, but with surprisingly refreshing bursts of flavor. Low in calories, yet packed with 7 grams of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, calcium, and about 4 grams of protein, the makers of the original Chia Squeeze Vitality Snack are giving us more reasons to 'seed our soul' with four flavors in their new Chia and Greens line. With invigorating blends like the Joyful Greens' ginger and lemongrass, or, the Grateful Greens' kale and mint—plus all of the nutritional benefits—we're singing Mamma Ch-ch-ch-chia's praises.
KIND Healthy Grains Bars
Known for their nut bars, the crew at KIND has mastered the ability to jam whole ingredients and flavor into healthy little nut bars, but now, they're doing it with non-GMO and gluten free granola bars in their Grains Bars line. Striving for health and taste, KIND uses a blend of five super grains (quinoa, buckwheat, millet, sorghum and amaranth), topped with a bit of sweetness to satisfy both sweet and salty cravings. The line includes ten chewy and crunchy bars in 'Classic' 'Coffee' and 'Popped' categories, with around 18 grams of whole grains, very little sugar, and a bit of protein to keep you feeling sustained.
ALOHA Protein Bars
Always grain-free, non-GMO, organic, and plant-based, ALOHA brings us the perfect snack bars with 18 grams of protein, fiber, iron—and ingredients we can actually pronounce. Keep up with the clean eating by munching up pumpkin seed protein, nuts and other whole seeds, which are paired with dark chocolate and peanut butter or vanilla almond. Who said healthy snacking couldn't also be delicious?
Not your standard nut butters, NuttZo's spreads are concocted of seven organic nuts and seeds that collectively curb hunger while providing a superfood boost. Each of the three blends boast minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and, they come in single serving packs too. The single serving to-go packs (15g) are a mere 90 calories, offer only a single gram of sugar and a great option for on-the-go snacking. With flavors like Original Peanut, Chocolate Peanut, and Power Fuel, it'll be hard to go back to your average nut butter.
Mary's Gone Crackers Super Seed Crackers
These crispy little nuggets are delicious and full of organic ingredients that do the body good. Gluten free, vegan, and non-GMO, the crackers include a blend of flax, sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds on top of powerfully nutritious grains like millet, amaranth and quinoa. Indulge in your need for a crunch and get some satisfying snacking in without regret, as these babies also provide some iron, calcium, potassium, manganese and zinc.