By Monica Breeden
Organic nutrition is popping up all over the snack food aisles. Here are our top 10 choices to satisfy your appetite.
1. Dried Fruit
Dried fruit is a healthy and tasty way to enjoy an important part of your diet. Just about any fruit can be dried by using a food dehydrator. This process drains moisture from the fruit, increases flavor, and prolongs the shelf life. Popular dried fruits include apples, bananas, pineapples, prunes, raisins, and peaches.
2. Organic Yogurt
Another healthy snack is organic yogurt offered by companies like Stonyfield. Its O’Soy yogurt, for example, contains seven grams of soy protein per six-ounce cup and is a great source of calcium. Yogurt is easier to digest than milk and has many proven health benefits such as stronger immunity and better colon health.
3. Organic Cheese
There are many kinds of organic cheeses that can spice up snack time. Choose flavors like feta, colby, and old fashion cheddar. Look for products that are made from humanely raised cattle and 100 percent organic milk, and are free of artificial food additives.
4. Protein Chocolates
If you’re craving something extra sweet to nibble on, try a chocolate confection that’s good for you! That’s right, there’s a company out there specializing in protein chocolates that offer a variety of snacks low in calories and fat. Each box of Benedetto protein chocolates contains five servings of chocolates. The entire box has only 166 calories from lean protein and has less sugar than a glass of orange juice. The treats are proven safe for diabetics and each dark chocolate snack also provides antioxidant benefits.
5. Granola Bars
Eating chewy granola bars are a great way to stay healthy and eat organically. Snacks from Kashi blend essential nutrients and taste into a variety of fruit and grain bars. Each bar contains four grams of fiber and four grams of protein.
6. Salty Snacks
Everybody loves a good salty potato chip but we all know that they’re not so good for your diet. The great news is now you can have your favorite salty snack and be healthy. Try all-natural corn chips, baked pita chips and veggie chips. These organic chip varieties are low in calories and fat.
7. Organic Eggs
Eggs, perhaps one of the healthiest foods we can eat, are an easy way to go green and feel good about it. To find the best organic eggs be sure they come from farms that use cage-free and organic fed chickens.
8. Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are an excellent choice for a healthy snack. These little wonders are packed with potassium, magnesium, and vitamins. The best nuts for a balanced diet are walnuts, pine nuts, cashews and almonds. If you crave a more seedy taste try sunflower seeds, flaxseed, pumpkin or sesame seeds. These can be worked into almost any recipe.
9. Organic Cookies
One of America’s guilty pleasures is making its way into the organic food aisle. Cookies are making green taste good. Gourmet cookies are now being made dairy free, sugar free and gluten free.
For those who have a salty tooth, try eating organic popcorn products. One great snack option is from Smart Balance®. Smart ‘n Healthy™ Deluxe Microwave Popcorn is a good source of whole grain fiber, contains no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, and has zero trans fat.