Our 2024 Best Snack Awards Are Here! Mike Garten

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From “Girl Dinners” to innovative charcuterie boards, it’s clear that “snackification” — a term coined for busy professionals and families who are choosing larger-size snacks over sit-down meals — is on the rise. And while nutritious, balanced meals are an important cornerstone of a healthy diet, it can be hard to find the time to meal prep or put together a gourmet dish after a busy day.

If you are frequently reaching for snacks, the most important thing is to choose options that not only taste great but also help fuel your body and keep you energized and satiated. That’s why Good Housekeeping’s registered dietitians teamed up with food scientists and culinary pros to find the best snacks on the shelf worthy of ending up in your kitchen. We even enlisted the help of thousands of at-home consumer testers to evaluate everything from ingredients and nutrition facts to flavor, texture, convenience and more. From crunchy chips to sweet treats, this list of winners is full of family-friendly snacks to satisfy any craving. Read on for our top-tested picks that provide a delicious better-for-you addition to your snacking rotation.


Meet The Experts

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Stefani Sassos, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.N.

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Stefani is a registered dietitian, a NASM-certified personal trainer, a women’s fitness specialist and the director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Nutrition & Fitness Lab, where she handles all nutrition-related content, testing and evaluation. She is dedicated to providing readers with evidence-based content to encourage informed food choices and healthy living. Stefani is a nationally recognized nutrition expert, and her expertise is frequently featured on television and radio, online, and in print. She is also Good Housekeeping’s on-staff fitness and exercise expert and believes that nutrition and fitness go hand in hand. A champion for healthy living, she hopes to inspire others to prioritize their health and well-being. Stefani is an avid CrossFitter and a passionate home cook who loves spending time with her big fit Greek family.

Instagram: @stefanisassos

Roxana Ehsani, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., L.D.N.

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Roxana is a registered dietitian nutritionist and a board-certified sports dietitian. She works as a nutrition consultant and media and brand spokesperson for various food companies and commodity boards. Roxana is also a recipe developer for Everyday Health and a contributing writer for Eating Well. She is often quoted as a nutrition expert in national media outlets and appears on-air on television stations nationwide. Roxana has a strong background in sports nutrition, having worked with professional, Olympic, collegiate and high school teams and athletes. She is currently an adjunct professor teaching sports nutrition at Virginia Tech and sees athletes through her private practice. Roxana also serves on the medical review boards for Everyday Health, Health, and VeryWell Health.

Instagram: @roxana.ehsani_nutrition

Yumna Jawad

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Yumna is an entrepreneur, social media influencer, and recipe developer. She is the founder of the popular Feel Good Foodie brand, a website dedicated to healthy-ish recipes with feel-good ingredients. Yumna has millions of followers on multiple social media platforms, where she shares incredible food hacks, tips and tricks along with her recipes, and her fans love her for it! She is launching her debut cookbook on May 7.

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TikTok: @feelgoodfoodie

Lauren Jude

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Lauren began her career at General Mills in 2011 as a research and development scientist. She has worked on notable brands such as Pillsbury, Yoplait, Fiber 1, Progresso, Old El Paso, Betty Crocker, and Nature Valley. After the birth of her daughter, Journey, she left her corporate career to become a full-time stay-at-home mom and pursue her passions for food and community. In 2020 Lauren founded Poppin’ Pantry, a platform where she uses her academic background in food science, her professional background as a product developer, and her personal passion for food to provide food education to Black and brown communities. Poppin’ Pantry’s mission is to help individuals and families build their own versions of generational health. More recently, Lauren was a semifinalist on the hit Netflix series Snack vs. Chef. She is also an avid volunteer who takes immense pride in shaping the way people view food through education. Lauren holds both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in food science from Alabama A&M University.

Instagram: @itspoppinpantry

Alejandra Ramos

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Alejandra is known for her vibrant, playful culinary point of view and her passion for style both in and outside of the kitchen. From simple weeknight recipes and clever cooking hacks to creative entertaining advice and must-have product ideas, Alejandra offers inspiration in a way that is fun and approachable, which has made her a favorite with audiences nationwide. She is a native New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent, and her Latina heritage proudly informs her work, letting her provide a fresh and authentic perspective across platforms. Alejandra’s joyful approach to food can be seen regularly on NBC’s Today show, for which she serves as a contributor, and on the PBS series The Great American Recipe, which she hosts. Alejandra is also a cohost of the Today Food All Stars cooking show on the streaming network Peacock and a regular writer for the Today show’s digital site, contributing recipes and essays on a variety of food and culture topics. Previously, Alejandra was a host on Food Network Kitchen, a contributor on the Cooking Channel food comedy show Food: Fact or Fiction, and a cohost of Amazon Live’s morning show Today’s Deals Live.

Instagram: @alwaysalejandra

Susan Choung

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Susan is the recipe editor at Good Housekeeping, where she pitches ideas, produces food content and tastes and evaluates food and drink products. In the Test Kitchen, she cooks (and samples!) recipes, working with developers to deliver the best written versions possible. A graduate of Brown University and a collaborator on several cookbooks, Susan has previous experience that includes stints at Food & Wine; Food Network; three meal-kit companies; a wine shop in Brooklyn, NY; and Chez Panisse, the pioneering restaurant in Berkeley, CA. She enjoys tennis, natural wines and reality competition shows.

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Lynn Redmile

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Lynn is a contributing product reviews analyst at the Good Housekeeping Institute, where she has been evaluating nutrition, beauty and textiles along with home, pet and cleaning products since 2012. She brings more than 30 years of data analysis experience to the role. When she’s not managing testing data, you’ll find Lynn photographing jazz musicians, dancing and traveling to experience new cultures and food.


How We Tested

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Nutrition Evaluation

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Registered dietitians in the Good Housekeeping Institute Nutrition Lab spent months rigorously analyzing nutrition facts labels and marketing claims on thousands of snack samples sent to our Lab for evaluation. Pictured here is GH Nutrition Director Stefani Sassos assessing products that were submitted for the awards program.

Ingredient List Analysis

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We prioritized products with a real whole food as the first ingredient and a recognizable list of ingredients. Our top picks are all free from artificial flavors and food dyes but still serve as convenient snacking solutions. Here, we are comparing the ingredients of two snacks in the Crunchy Chips & Crackers category.

Beverage Assessment

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From low-sugar mocktails to plant-based milk alternatives, the beverage aisle is bustling with innovation. Water should be prioritized, but reaching for some of these other options can add variety to your hydration routine. We looked for beverages with minimal, purposely used ingredients and low added-sugar counts that were tasty and pleasant to sip. We also evaluated product claims, third-party certifications and more.

Culinary Consideration

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Though nutrition is at the forefront of our evaluations, we are firm believers in making sure the best snacks don’t compromise on flavor. That’s why our food and nutrition experts took taste tests seriously, gathering feedback from our culinary pros who have decades of experience in everything from food product evaluation to recipe development. Pictured here is recipe editor Susan Choung with Sassos comparing different trail mix products that applied for the award program.

In-Person Taste Tests

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In addition to evaluations done by our culinary pros, we also conducted in-person taste tests with hundreds of staffers and volunteers. We looked at flavor profiles per category and are confident that our top picks will bring you the best marriage of good nutrition, wholesome ingredients, and award-winning taste.

At Home Consumer Testers

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Most important, we had thousands of consumer testers across the nation try the snacks and give feedback on their flavor, texture, consistency, convenience and more. There’s nothing better than a nutritious snack that tastes great, so we took taste tester feedback seriously when making our final list of winners. For our Best Snacks for Kids & Infants category, we included a panel of tiny taste testers to help us find snacks that would appease even the pickiest eaters (and were parent-approved too).

The 2024 GH Snack Award winners provide an innovative, tasty and nutritious snacking solution that meet the following criteria:

  • Made with real and recognizable ingredients you can pronounce

  • Prioritize fiber-filled and protein-rich sources

  • Free from trans fat and partially hydrogenated oils

  • No artificial flavors and food dyes

  • 300 calories or less per serving

  • 10 g of added sugar or less per serving

  • 350 mg sodium or less per serving

Powerhouse Produce | Protein-Packed Favorites | Crunchy Chips & Crackers | Perfect Popcorn & Puffs | Delicious Dips & Spreads | Noteworthy Nuts, Seeds & Legumes | Satisfying Sweets | Fabulous Frozen Finds | Better-For-You Bars & Bites | Great Granola & Cereal | Best Snacks For Kids & Infants | Brilliant Beverages



Q: What should I look for in a balanced snack?

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A: The perfect snack is one that contains fiber and protein — pairing these two nutrients together will provide a balanced, satisfying and nutritious snack. Think a fresh piece of fruit like a pear along with a handful of walnuts, baby bell peppers that you dip into a bean dip or a cup of Greek yogurt or skyr topped with blueberries. If you are picking up a packaged snack such as a chip or bar, check the label to make sure it has at least 2 to 3g of both fiber and protein each.


Mango Chips (8 Bags)

Mariani sources premium mango as the sole ingredient for these tasty fruit chips. The brand uses a unique and gentle drying process for a craveable crunch without added sugars, oils, flavors or stabilizers.

LAB RESULTS: Testers of all ages said that the non-perishable snack was perfect for everything from lunchboxes to outdoor adventures, adding that it tasted super fresh. “Thin, crispy, light and sweet. Such a fun alternative to more traditional dried fruit,” chef and TV personality Alejandra Ramos said.

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Organic Perfectly Pickled Beets

Sliced and ready to eat, these vivid Love Beets are incredibly fresh, tangy and slightly sweet. Enjoy them as a snack on their own or added to salads, sandwiches and more.

LAB RESULTS: Our dietitians love that these organic pickled beets are a convenient way to incorporate beets into your diet and reap their spectacular nutrition benefits without the prep mess. Plus, they are a healthier and fresher alternative to canned varieties, with substantially less sugar and sodium.

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Hiiros Tomatoes

Hiiros (Japanese for “scarlet red”) tomatoes from Nature Fresh Farms are the perfect mini size for snacking, and they have a rich umami flavor. Simply enjoy them right off the vine or chop them up and add them to your favorite recipes.

LAB RESULTS: “Most tomatoes now really lack flavor especially in winter months, but these were delicious,” registered dietitian Roxana Ehsani said. “These have such a unique bold flavor — I love the savory umami taste.” Ramos agreed, adding that they were “as poppable as grapes!”

Mandarins (2 lbs)

Each of these enormous Sumo Citrus mandarins has a distinct top knot that makes it easy to peel. The seedless fruit is perfect for healthy on-the-go snacking for all ages, has a vibrant sweet flavor and serves as an excellent source of vitamin C.

LAB RESULTS: “They are juicy, full of flavor and sweetness,” Ehsani said, adding that they were a new staple in her snacking repertoire. Taste testers couldn’t get enough of them, rating them as one of the best snacks in our evaluations.

Pomegranate Fresh Arils

California-grown and derived from fresh pomegranates, these juicy little red pearls from Pom Wonderful are a good source of fiber and known for their potent antioxidants. Just open the top and enjoy the ready-to-eat pomegranate arils straight from the package or add them to salads, parfaits, mocktails and more.

LAB RESULTS: Recipe developer Yumna Jawad described them as “crunchy, fresh and delicious — a great on-the-go snack.” Taste testers agreed, saying they were “refreshing” and “vibrant.” They also loved the convenience of the packaging.

Sweetest Batch Blueberries

Extra sweet, crispy and juicy, these plump blueberries from Driscoll’s are specialty grown without GMOs and are available from mid-fall through early-spring.

LAB RESULTS: This fruit is loaded with antioxidants, and taste testers loved the burst of sweetness in every bite. “Absolutely delicious blueberries. Very sweet and not a single bad one in the bunch,” Ramos commented.

SunGold Kiwifruit (1 Lb)

This isn’t your average kiwifruit — Zespri’s SunGold variety is smooth and hairless and features juicy golden flesh. You can slice it, cut it and scoop it, or bite right into it as you would an apple.

LAB RESULTS: Our registered dietitians highlight that this fruit is an excellent source of vitamin C and is packed with more than 20 vitamins and minerals. But the balanced flavor profile is what really shone through in taste tests. “So sweet and juicy, without the usual tannic properties of kiwifruit,” Ramos said.

Apples (2 lbs)

Available year-round, these picture-perfect Cosmic Crisp apples are as beautiful as they are flavorful. Super crisp and exceptionally juicy, each bite delivers splendid sweet and slightly tart notes.

LAB RESULTS: Testers loved that the non-GMO apples were naturally slow to brown, making them a great choice for lunchboxes, charcuterie spreads and snack boards. “These taste like the best apple you could imagine. Different varieties are hit-or-miss for me, but this is a variety I would seek out,” one person said.

Probiotic+ Prunes

Sunsweet supercharges an already nutrient-dense fruit by adding probiotics to its prunes to support digestive and immune wellness. The prunes are also infused with natural elderberry flavor to create a sweet fruity treat.

LAB RESULTS: Taste testers loved how moist and fresh the prunes were, with one person saying that they were the “best-tasting” they had ever had. Our dietitians highlight the role of prunes in bone health in addition to their support of healthy digestion.

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Sweet Northwest Cherries (1 Lb)

A low-glycemic-index fruit, Sweet Northwest Cherries are a smart snack at home or on the go. Eat them fresh in the summer or stock up and freeze, dry, can or even pickle them to enjoy the fruit year-round.

LAB RESULTS: Our registered dietitians point out that perfectly sweet and juicy cherries’ vibrant red hue serves as an indication of their high antioxidant content and anti-inflammatory properties. Also, they’re loaded with vitamin C and potassium to support immunity, skin and a healthy heart.

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Strawberries & Cream Extra Creamy Skyr

Ultra-creamy and thick, this rich skyr from Icelandic Provisions is a sweet yet nutritious snack for any time of day. It contains more protein and less sugar than most flavored yogurts and is free from artificial flavors, sweeteners and preservatives.

LAB RESULTS: This skyr dominated in taste tests, receiving stellar scores across the board. “Delightfully creamy with the taste of fresh strawberries. The texture is thick and luscious,” said recipe editor Susan Choung.

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100% Natural Turkey Rosemary Minis (12 Count)

Country Archer’s turkey jerky sticks deliver 4 g of protein (and no added sugar) for only 35 calories per stick. The bite-size snacks are made from antibiotic- and hormone-free turkey and flavored with a delicious blend of real rosemary, basil, thyme, garlic and onion.

LAB RESULTS: Testers enjoyed the flavor and tender texture, with Choung remarking that “the rosemary didn’t overpower and enhanced the flavor of the turkey.”

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Egg White Wraps

These innovative egg white wraps from Egglife are an easy way to hike up your protein intake with 5 g of protein and only 30 calories per wrap. Available in a plain version as well as in tasty flavors like garden salsa, they are a lighter and gluten-free swap for traditional flour tortillas.

LAB RESULTS: “The garden salsa and plain flavors are great, and the texture holds up well when you add fillings,” said chef and TV personality Alejandra Ramos, adding that the wraps can be eaten both hot and cold. Testers agreed that each wrap was filling and satisfying.

Probiotic Farmer Cheese

If you’re a cottage cheese lover, you’ll be thrilled to add this cultured soft cheese from Lifeway to your cheesy rotation—it’s made from the brand’s signature plain kefir, so you get 12 live and active probiotic cultures and 13 g of protein per serving (along with some bonus calcium).

LAB RESULTS: Testers enjoyed the “smooth” texture of soft curds, which were ultra-creamy and very spreadable. It paired well with both sweet and savory toppings, and our dietitians like that it is intentionally made without added salt.

Plant-Based Coconut Blend, Vanilla & Cinnamon

You don’t have to miss out on the goodness of yogurt if you’re dairy-free with Siggi’s plant-based coconut blend. It’s crafted from cultured coconut milk and contains five live active cultures.

LAB RESULTS: Our dietitians were impressed with the nutrition stats on this dairy-free yogurt, noting that it contains significantly more protein and less sugar than other leading yogurt alternatives without sacrificing texture or taste. “None of the flavors were overpowering, just a nice mixture of vanilla, coconut and a hint of cinnamon,” one taste tester said.

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Wild Caught Light Tuna, Dill Tuna Salad (12 Pack)

When you need a balanced bite in a flash, this creamy tuna salad from Chicken of the Sea has you covered. Simply rip open the shelf-stable pouch and dig in to 11 g of lean protein and 100 mg of omega-3’s—no can opener or spice rack necessary.

LAB RESULTS: Testers loved the balanced flavor that “wasn’t overwhelmingly fishy.” They also appreciated that it was tasty enough to eat on its own or with crackers or veggies, adding that it was perfect for stashing in a purse or a desk drawer.

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Original Beef Jerky (3 Pack)

If you are looking for a better-for-you jerky or have dietary restrictions such as an allergy to soy, you’ll appreciate this pick from Prevail. It’s made from grass-fed beef and free from cane sugar, artificial ingredients and all of the top eight allergens.

LAB RESULTS: Testers gave the texture, taste and ingredient list a thumbs-up, with one noting, “The hint of sweetness balanced nicely with the mild saltiness, and it had a true beef flavor not covered up by sauce or excessive seasoning.”

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Stringles Organic String Cheese

Organic Valley has been perfecting its string cheese recipe for over 25 years. This creamier and stringier version uses high quality ingredients made from organic dairy from small family farms that never use antibiotics or synthetic hormones.

LAB RESULTS: “The flavor is exactly what I want in a string cheese — it’s a great balance of mozzarella flavor and saltiness,” said one tester. The snack was a family favorite in taste tests too, with another parent commenting that her son had said it was the best string cheese he had ever tasted.

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How to Build the Ultimate Snack Board

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  1. Have fun with colors. Brighten up your snack board with different colored items, especially seasonal produce. We eat with our eyes first so play around with pops of color on your board. Choose a few specific colors or go rainbow-style for an ultra-vibrant board.

  2. Think variety with textures. I like to do a mix of fresh fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, nuts, seeds, crackers, cheese, spreads and even packaged snacks. Not everything has to go on one board, but selecting some from each category helps to keep the snack board interesting and gives you a balance of texture as you work your way through.

  3. Go for a theme. A theme can help you decide what to include on your tray and provide some structure. You can focus on a place, season, ingredient or flavor. I like to do a Mediterranean cheese board with cucumbers, tomatoes and pomegranates for great crunch and color.


Boulder Batch Grillo’s Pickles Classic Dill Pickle Potato Chips

What’s better than a pickle? A pickle-flavored potato chip. Boulder Canyon uses thick-cut premium potatoes cooked in heart-healthy avocado oil for the perfect tang and crunch.

LAB RESULTS: Both taste testers and judges raved about the bold savory flavor profile. “Sturdy, thick chips with a mouth-puckering pickle flavor. Really punchy and delicious alongside a sandwich,” recipe editor Susan Choung said. Chef and TV personality Alejandra Ramos added that they have a “great ridged structure that held up well to dips.”

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Sea Salt

Perfect for when you’re craving something salty and crunchy, Love Corn roasts whole corn kernels right off the cob and lightly seasons them for a crunchy nibble and fun alternative to chips and pretzels.

LAB RESULTS: The texture is spot-on — one tester described them as “delightfully crunchy but not too hard.” Ramos added that she had long been a fan of toasted corn and thought this was a great take on the classic, noting that they were wonderful on their own or used as a garnish on salad or soup.

Original Mates (3 Count)

Think of these gluten-free puffed crisps from 34° Mates as cheese and a cracker in one. Real rich Gouda is combined with a few simple ingredients for a light cracker crunch that’s ideal for snacking on the go or adding to your favorite cheese board.

LAB RESULTS: “These are light, crispy, just the right amount of salty, with rich cheesy flavor,” Ramos commented. Another person said, “I was so surprised at how authentic they tasted. Nothing artificial.”

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Sea Salt Sweet Potato Chips with Avocado Oil (pack of 10)

One of the only brands to use avocado oil for its sweet potato chips, Jackson’s produces this taste-tester favorite from just three simple high-quality ingredients that deliver superior flavor.

LAB RESULTS: “It tasted as if I’d made these at home. So fresh; perfect texture and crispness,” one person commented. And our pros point out that these chips are cooked low and slow to maintain the stability and integrity of the oil’s healthy fats — unlike most potato chips, which are cooked using a rapid high-heat frying process.

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09Z5W82RD?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10055.a.60006353%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shop Now</a></p><p>Sea Salt Sweet Potato Chips with Avocado Oil (pack of 10)</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$20.89</p><p></div></div></div><div class=

Almond Nut Thins, Hint of Sea Salt (12 Pack)

Superb on their own or paired with spreads and dips, these nut and rice crackers from Blue Diamond are free from sugar, artificial flavors and trans fats. A serving has only 130 calories but packs 3 g of protein.

LAB RESULTS: We loved the nutty taste of these gluten-free crackers, and taste testers said they held up well to cheeses and meats without getting soggy. One person described them as having a crunch “almost like a potato chip crunch.”

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003I567W4?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10055.a.60006353%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shop Now</a></p><p>Almond Nut Thins, Hint of Sea Salt (12 Pack)</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$40.56</p><p></div></div></div><div class=

Almond Nut Thins, Hint of Sea Salt (pack of 12)

Superb on their own or paired with spreads and dips, these nut and rice crackers from Blue Diamond are free from sugar, artificial flavors and trans fats. A serving has only 130 calories but packs 3 g of protein.

LAB RESULTS: We loved the nutty taste of these gluten-free crackers, and taste testers said they held up well to cheeses and meats without getting soggy. One person described them as having a crunch “almost like a potato chip crunch.”

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003I567W4?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10055.a.60006353%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shop Now</a></p><p>Almond Nut Thins, Hint of Sea Salt (pack of 12)</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$40.56</p><p></div></div></div><div class=

Rye + Sea Salt Nordic Crisps

Crafted in small batches using traditional Scandinavian baking techniques, these rye crisps boast a wholesome and nutty toasted seeds flavor. Hungry Bird Eats uses exclusively certified organic ingredients too for a premium snacking experience.

LAB RESULTS: Our dietitians point out that the crisps provide 5 g of filling fiber per serving. “Great sesame flavor, loved it so much more than I expected,” recipe developer Yumna Jawad said, and that was the general sentiment among taste testers, who gave it top scores across the board.

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Rye + Sea Salt Nordic Crisps

Crafted in small batches using traditional Scandinavian baking techniques, these rye crisps boast a wholesome and nutty toasted seeds flavor. Hungry Bird Eats uses exclusively certified organic ingredients too for a premium snacking experience.

LAB RESULTS: Our dietitians point out that the crisps provide 5 g of filling fiber per serving. “Great sesame flavor, loved it so much more than I expected,” recipe developer Yumna Jawad said, and that was the general sentiment among taste testers, who gave it top scores across the board.

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Sea Salt Sweet Potato Chips with Avocado Oil (10 Pack)

One of the only brands to use avocado oil for its sweet potato chips, Jackson’s produces this taste-tester favorite from just three simple high-quality ingredients that deliver superior flavor.

LAB RESULTS: “It tasted as if I’d made these at home. So fresh; perfect texture and crispness,” one person commented. And our pros point out that these chips are cooked low and slow to maintain the stability and integrity of the oil’s healthy fats — unlike most potato chips, which are cooked using a rapid high-heat frying process.

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09Z5W82RD?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10055.a.60006353%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shop Now</a></p><p>Sea Salt Sweet Potato Chips with Avocado Oil (10 Pack)</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$20.89</p><p></div></div></div><div class=

Rosemary and Sea Salt Swedish Style Flatbread Thins (10 Pack)

With a light, delicate crunch, these oven-baked crispbreads from Wasa have a hint of rosemary and a sprinkle of sea salt and are the ideal canvas for your favorite nourishing toppings (elevated Girl Dinner, anyone?).

LAB RESULTS: These thins are extrememly nutrient-dense, packing 9 g of whole grains with just 60 calories. And though they are simple, taste testers loved them. “The spices were just right, a light cracker with a crisp bite,” one person described.

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Rosemary n’ Chia Cracker Crisps (3 Pack)

Grain-free and gluten-free, this flaky and crispy snack from ZenB is baked to perfection with only yellow peas, olive oil and herbs. Aromatic rosemary pairs beautifully with nutty chia seeds for a flavorful bite.

LAB RESULTS: A generous 27-cracker serving offers up 5 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber for a filling and nutritious snack that impressed our dietitians. Jawad also really enjoyed them, describing the crisps as “very light and airy” and saying it was “hard to believe they were made with peas.”

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CQPPGP6Z?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10055.a.60006353%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shop Now</a></p><p>Rosemary n’ Chia Cracker Crisps (3 Pack)</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$20.99</p><p></div></div></div><div class=

Rosemary n’ Chia Cracker Crisps (pack of 3)

Grain-free and gluten-free, this flaky, airy, and crispy snack from ZenB is baked to perfection with only yellow peas, olive oil and herbs. Aromatic rosemary pairs beautifully with nutty chia seeds for a flavorful bite that’s lovely on its own but also fabulous with spreads and toppings.

LAB RESULTS: A generous 27-cracker serving offers up 5 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber for a filling and nutritious snack that impressed our dietitians. Jawad also really enjoyed them, describing the crisps as “very light and airy” and saying it was “hard to believe they were made with peas.”

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CQPPGP6Z?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10055.a.60006353%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shop Now</a></p><p>Rosemary n’ Chia Cracker Crisps (pack of 3)</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$20.99</p><p></div></div></div><div class=

Rosemary and Sea Salt Swedish Style Flatbread Thins (10 Pack)

With a light, delicate crunch, these oven-baked crispbreads from Wasa have a hint of rosemary and a sprinkle of sea salt and are the ideal canvas for your favorite nourishing toppings (elevated Girl Dinner, anyone?).

LAB RESULTS: These thins are extrememly nutrient-dense, packing 9 g of whole grains with just 60 calories. And though they are simple, taste testers loved them. “The spices were just right, a light cracker with a crisp bite,” one person described.

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BLG3X7S?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10055.a.60006353%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shop Now</a></p><p>Rosemary and Sea Salt Swedish Style Flatbread Thins (10 Pack)</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$46.75</p><p></div></div></div><div class=

Crunchy Loops, Hot & Spicy

Featuring a balanced blend of fiery spices and with wholesome red lentils as the first ingredient, these crunchy gluten-free baked loops from Harvest Snaps deliver a dose of plant protein and fiber in every tasty bite.

LAB RESULTS: Taste testers said this snack had just the right amount of kick and spice, adding that they appreciated the generous 22-piece serving. “Satisfied my salt and crunch cravings perfectly,” one person commented.

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The Mix

This modern Indian snack mix from Doosra fuses classic Indian ingredients like boondi (a chickpea-flour puff) and spices like amchur (dried green mango powder) with nontraditional ingredients like caramelized white chocolate for a sweet and savory blend.

LAB RESULTS: The unique mix of spice and crunch with salty and sweet ingredients was a pleasant surprise to testers and earned top scores in taste tests. “Packed with flavor — such a fun snack that keeps you digging back into the bag for more,” said chef and TV personality Alejandra Ramos.

Flavor Blast Puffs (6 Pack)

Hippeas classic chickpea puffs get an explosive flavor upgrade in this supercharged version of the beloved snack. They are available in Vegan White Cheddar Explosion and Blazin’ Hot, and you get pronounced bold flavors in each crunchy bite.

LAB RESULTS: Not only are these plant-powered puffs Non-GMO Project Verified and free from the top nine allergens, but they also have substantial amounts of protein and fiber to keep you satisfied. Taste testers couldn’t believe that the white cheddar flavor was vegan despite being full of cheesy goodness.

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CPRJ7LW2?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10055.a.60006353%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shop Now</a></p><p>Flavor Blast Puffs (6 Pack)</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$24.99</p><p></div></div></div><div class=

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Homer’s Blend Organic Popcorn

At only 37 calories per cup and with a slew of nutritional benefits, this tasty organic popcorn from LesserEvil features a garlic-Parmesan seasoning for a unique spin on a classic snack.

LAB RESULTS: We loved that the popcorn is made with a simple list of wholesome premium ingredients including organic coconut oil. Recipe developer Yumna Jawad described it as savory and perfectly crunchy, while another person said it was a “sophisticated-tasting popcorn that had notes of garlic and cheese without going overboard.”

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Snackmix, Cinnamon Churro (3 Pack)

You’ll find petite pretzels made from chickpea flour, crisp rice pillows and golden puffed corn in this gluten-free snack mix from Marimix that is complemented by swirls of cinnamon, vanilla and pure maple sugar.

LAB RESULTS: The sweet and salty elevated trail mix is a good source of fiber and has no high-fructose corn syrup, which impressed our dietitians. “The sweet cinnamon flavor was really good but not overpowering — there was also a hint of saltiness, which I thought balanced things out nicely,” one person commented.

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BBSY6X2F?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10055.a.60006353%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shop Now</a></p><p>Snackmix, Cinnamon Churro (3 Pack)</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$21.38</p><p></div></div></div><div class=

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Broccoli Puffs

Made with four simple base ingredients — broccoli, rice flour, chickpeas and pea protein — these gluten-free puffs from Snack’in For You are baked and never fried. Available in savory bold flavors like Cheddar Jalapeno and Mesquite Barbecue, the veggie puffs have 4 g of protein per serving.

LAB RESULTS: “It’s one of the better puff textures I’ve come across — not too crunchy and not too soft,” one taste tester said. The flavors were spot-on, and one tester said even her toddler loved the family-friendly snack.

Mexican-Style Elote Popcorn

Inspired by the savory zest of Mexican street corn, this limited-edition seasoned popcorn from 365 by Whole Foods Market is available in stores through September.

LAB RESULTS: Registered dietitian Roxana Ehsani said she loved the nutritional breakdown on this bag, noting that it was a great high-volume, low-calorie snack that was packed with fiber. Taste testers appreciated the unique elote flavor, with one describing it as “balanced with just enough salt and spice.”

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Pro Tip: Use hummus as a fantastic non-dairy swap in your favorite classic dishes. Add a scoop to salads, scrambled eggs, omelets, or even use it as a creamy base for vegan pizzas. Spread on your pizza crust and top with your favorite vegetable toppings then grill or bake — and enjoy!


Hummus

Lantana puts a twist on the classics by offering alternative plant-forward bases, topped with a dollop of creativity. Explore unique variations like Black Bean Hummus with a spicy corn relish and Sriracha Carrot, featuring a blend of white beans, carrot and tahini beneath a red-pepper-and-apricot medley.

LAB RESULTS: Testers loved the smooth, creamy texture and said the toppings added a lovely contrast and burst of flavor. Chef and TV personality Alejandra Ramos was a particular fan of the Sriracha Carrot, highlighting its “sweet and spicy” flavor and “gorgeous color.”

Organic Medium Spicy Tomato Salsa

Made with organic sun-sweetened tomatoes, chopped onions, cilantro, garlic and jalapeño peppers, this salsa from Amy’s Kitchen has been tweaked and tasted hundreds of times by the brand’s cofounders to deliver the ideal blend.

LAB RESULTS: “The natural ingredients really come through for quality,” one person said. “The flavor was incredible. I typically do not like salsa but will absolutely buy this again. It wasn’t too heavy on any particular ingredient but was the perfect blend of everything,” another taste tester said.

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Original

This vegan dip from Bitchin’ Sauce is the perfect creamy alternative to sour cream, queso or aioli. It features a blend of raw California almonds, herbs and spices; you’ll find lemon and garlicky notes with a rich umami flavor that makes it great as a spread or a topping.

LAB RESULTS: “I was thoroughly impressed by this dip; it provided a unique smoky, creamy, robust flavor,” registered dietitian Roxana Ehsani said, adding that it was great to spread on a sandwich instead of mayo for a flavor and nutrition boost.

Sour Cream Creamy Ranch Dip

You would swear that this ultra-creamy and fresh ranch dip from Daisy was made from scratch. It has a simple list of ingredients including premium sour cream and a carefully curated blend of herbs and spices.

LAB RESULTS: Taste testers found the spread, which is free of thickeners, stabilizers and preservatives, very flavorful without being overpowering. Recipe developer Yumna Jawad loved the thick consistency and full-bodied flavor profile.

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Dill Pickle Chip Dip

At just 50 calories per serving, this vegan party dip from Good Foods is cauliflower-forward and packed with bold flavors including dill and Dijon mustard. It’s one of the first refrigerated dips to be free of the top nine allergens too, making it great for school lunches or entertaining.

LAB RESULTS: Ramos praised the pickle dip, saying it also worked well as a spread. “Tangy, refreshing and with just the right amount of pucker power — the brightness of dill shines in this dip,” one tester commented.

Pure Unsweetened Apple Butter

A must-have for your next cheese board, Langer Farms‘gourmet apple butter is made with just a few ingredients including real apples and spices like cinnamon and clove. This vegan and dairy-free spread is tart yet subtly sweet and has no added sugar.

LAB RESULTS: Food scientist Lauren Jude called this apple butter simple and delicious, adding that she loved the “bright flavor and perfect amount of sweetness.” Testers said it worked well spread on toast and crackers and even mixed into yogurt, cottage cheese or oatmeal.

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Green Goddess Dip

Bright, wholesome and refreshing, this flavorful plant-based dip from Gotham Greens delivers fresh ingredients like avocado, parsley, lemon and basil.

LAB RESULTS: Most plant-based dips contain water as the first ingredient, but this one uses a blend of cauliflower and chickpeas for a thick and creamy texture without the need for artificial fillers or gums, which impressed our judges and testers. “Perfectly herby, bright, flavorful — and I love that it is plant-based,” Jude said.

Avo Tomatillo Salsa

Enjoy the best of both worlds with this refrigerated salsa from Herdez that combines the authentic flavors of avocado and tomatillo, complemented with cilantro, lime, onion and green chili peppers, in every bite. This delicious kitchen staple makes a tasty sauce or topping for snacks or entrées.

LAB RESULTS: Taste testers said the quality of the ingredients and spices really shone through in this dip. “I would not have been able to tell you that this came from a container and wasn’t freshly made. I loved it,” one person commented.

Salsa Macha Mexican Chili Crisp

This spicy and crunchy condiment from Somos is made with avocado oil, chiles, nuts and seeds. Drizzle it on eggs, turkey sandwiches, avocado toast, tacos and more for a nutrient-dense flavor boost.

LAB RESULTS: Our culinary pros point out that traditionally Veracruz-style Salsa Macha uses solely sesame seeds, whereas this version has pumpkin seeds and almonds for a distinctly nutty flavor profile. “Love the seeds — it offers a delicious and unexpected crunch. It’s not too spicy, and it’s a great accompaniment to tacos,” Jude commented.

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French Onion

Bursting with the sweet umami flavor of onion, shallot and garlic, this delightful spread from Ithaca Hummus is chef-crafted with a short list of high-quality ingredients.

LAB RESULTS: Our nutrition pros appreciate the special production method the brand uses to preserve the nutrition and flavor of the dips without the need for preservatives and additives. Testers raved about the prominent caramelized-onion notes in the new French Onion variety, saying it reminded them of its namesake soup and was delicious as both a dip and a spread.


Dill Pickle Sprouted Almonds and Pepitas (2 Pack)

These savory sprouted nuts from Daily Crunch have the perfect tang thanks to their dill pickle seasoning. With no added sugar or oil, the brand gets inventive (and sustainable) by using pickle ends from Cleveland Kitchen that would have otherwise gone to waste for the pickle paste.

LAB RESULTS: “A very unique snack, an amazing flavor and combo with a great airy crunch,” recipe developer Yumna Jawad said. Our nutrition pros point out that the sprouting process results in a more nutrient-dense and crunchier nut.

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Thin Dipped Almonds, Double Dark Chocolate

These chocolate-covered almonds from Blue Diamond have half the sugar of leading brands while still tasting luxurious. Free from artificial colors or flavors, the treat has no shiny wax or gloss finish, which allows you to fully taste the chocolatey goodness.

LAB RESULTS: The almonds are an exceptional source of the antioxidant vitamin E, and the brand nails the perfect thin layer of chocolate to enhance the nuts’ natural crunch. Taste testers praised the delicious treat. “The chocolate was deep and satisfying but didn’t hide the flavor of the almonds,” one person said.

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Remix, Piña Colada

Featuring dried diced pineapple, coconut crisps and piña colada–seasoned cashews, this fun and upbeat snack mix from Rind is packed with fiber, protein and heart-healthy fats.

LAB RESULTS: Not only is the mix bursting with flavor but the brand utilizes upcycled dried fruit that would have otherwise gone to waste and retains the fruit skin for extra nutrition and texture. “I love how simple this product is, and I also love the company’s mission to combat food waste,” food scientist Lauren Jude said. “Each bite brings a different surprise in texture and flavor.”

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Crunchy Roasted Edamame Beans, Sea Salt (10 Pack)

High in protein and fiber but low in carbs, this super-convenient preportioned snack from The Only Bean is made of non–GMO edamame beans dry-roasted to perfection for a great alternative to nuts. Eat them straight from the bag or use them as a protein-packed salad topper.

LAB RESULTS: We liked that the flavorful snack is made with just three ingredients and was truly fun to eat. Testers loved how convenient it was to eat on the go. Jawad described it as “simple, crunchy and seriously satisfying.”

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Trail Mix (6 Pack)

The sweet and salty combination of Gurbandi almonds, Kishmish raisins, apricot kernels, wild pistachios and mulberries in this artisanal mix from Ziba Foods is exceptional. The brand works directly with small-scale farms and cooperatives in Afghanistan to source the highest-quality heirloom and wild-grown crops.

LAB RESULTS: Registered dietitian Roxana Ehsani said she grew up eating mulberries with her dad and that this special snack brought her back to her childhood. Jude was also a fan of the delicate mix, saying it hit all the marks: “It’s sweet, fruity, salty, chewy and crunchy.”

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OffBeat Butter, Aloha Coconut Macadamia Butter

Featuring a gourmet blend of roasted macadamia nuts, cashews and flaked coconut, this unique nut butter from Clean Simple Eats is lightly sweetened with organic maple sugar. Enjoy it straight from the jar or add it to oatmeal, waffles, pancakes, toast, smoothies and more.

LAB RESULTS: Ehsani was blown away by the product, adding that it tasted super-creamy and not overly sweet, saying, “They used real nuts, cashews, coconut and macadamia nuts. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a nut butter with macadamia nuts, so I loved how innovative this flavoring was.”

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Maple Magic Roasted Seeds (2 Pack)

Packed with organic sunflower and pumpkin seeds, sweetened with organic maple syrup and enhanced with extra virgin olive oil, these seeds from Top Seedz offer a hint of sweetness and a satisfying crunch. Pair them with your favorite yogurt parfait or oatmeal or use them to top savory dishes like creamy vegetable soups.

LAB RESULTS: “I loved the light, crunchy texture; it was really good in yogurt and salads,” one tester said. Another person said it was great on pancakes, either sprinkled on top or mixed into the batter.

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Dark Chocolate Medley

Satisfy those sweet-and-salty cravings with this blend of dark chocolate chunks, almonds, cashews and pecans from Second Nature. The mix is free from artificial colors, flavors and preservatives too.

LAB RESULTS: Not only is the snack low in sodium but it’s also high in the antioxidant vitamin E. And taste testers loved the combination, with one person saying, “The sweet-to-salty ratio is perfect. All the nuts are nicely sized whole nuts that are the ideal texture.”

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No Shells, Jalapeño Lime

Bursting with fiery flavor, these new seasoned nuts from Wonderful Pistachios bring distinct notes of jalapeño pepper, sea salt and a twist of lime.

LAB RESULTS: “The pistachios were salty and tangy with just the right amount of spice. Not too hot but hot enough to make it interesting,” one taste tester commented. Our dietitians added that pistachios are a complete source of protein, making them a nutrient-dense snacking staple.

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Regeneratively Grown Organic Dark Chocolate Covered Brazil Nuts

Sourced from northern Bolivia, these raw Brazil nuts from Thrive Market are dipped in chocolate made from regeneratively farmed Colombian cacao. Each bite is crunchy, rich and satisfying.

LAB RESULTS: Our GH Nutrition Lab pros highlight that Brazil nuts are one of the richest food sources of selenium, with just one nut providing the full amount you need for the day (so don’t overdo it with these!). “I love that there are just two ingredients listed in this product, dark chocolate and Brazil nuts. Absolutely delicious,” Ehsani said.

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Brownie Batter Superfood Truffle Cups (18 Cups)

They’re so rich and indulgent, you’d never know that these delectable heart-shaped truffle cups from B.T.R. Nation contain no added sugar and are naturally sweetened with organic dates and a touch of pure monk fruit.

LAB RESULTS: Registered dietitian Roxana Ehsani loved that the chocolates were individually portioned and said she felt satisfied after just one. The simple but purposeful ingredient list incorporates organic reishi mushroom and plant fibers for a nutritional boost without compromising taste or texture.

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Hint of Mexican Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cookies (6 Bags)

You won’t have to sacrifice flavor or nutrition with these grain-free and gluten-free cookies from Siete. Made with nutrient-dense ingredients and lightly sweetened with coconut sugar, the vegan nibbles include a hint of Mexican vanilla that adds a heritage-inspired element to the cookies.

LAB RESULTS: “A lovely flavor and pleasingly crumbly texture that’s enjoyable even if you’re not avoiding grains,” chef and TV personality Alejandra Ramos said. “These are perfect to pair with a warm beverage.”

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Magic All-One Oat Milk Chocolate, Crunchy Hazelnut Butter (6 Pack)

Made with oat milk and complemented by a crunchy roasted hazelnut filling, this plant-based organic milk chocolate from Dr. Bronner’s is lusciously creamy.

LAB RESULTS: Ramos described the chocolate as simple, exquisite and silky: “A really satisfying treat that tastes just as good as the fanciest truffles.” And our nutrition pros point out that the brand is dedicated to sourcing environmentally and socially responsible ingredients, like West African cocoa cultivated through regenerative organic practices.

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Dark Milk Chocolate Toffee, Almond & Sea Salt Snaps

Chocxo captures the flavor profile of milk chocolate with all the benefits of dark chocolate by combining the two here to create a perfectly balanced blend. Then the company adds crunchy toffee bits, diced almonds and a sprinkle of sea salt for a satisfying bite.

LAB RESULTS: Our nutrition pros appreciate that the brand sources high-quality organic ingredients and keeps sugar counts down without the use of artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes. Taste testers couldn’t get enough of these delicious snaps.

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Lemon Seed & Nut Flour Sweet Thins

Featuring a nutrient-dense seed and nut flour blend of watermelon seed, cashew, sunflower and flax, these light and crispy cookies from Simple Mills have an inviting sweet lemon flavor reminiscent of favorite classic lemon treats and baked goods.

LAB RESULTS: Taste testers enjoyed the lemony flavor and the graham cracker–like texture. Ehsani gave them a thumbs-up, praising the flavor profile, the wholesome ingredient list and the low amount of added sugar.

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Salted Peanut Chocolate Date Bars (3 Pack)

Simply reinvents the classic candy bar with just four ingredients: dates, dark chocolate, nuts and sea salt. The thick and crunchy treat is sweet and savory, with a gooey filling that is satisfying and decadent.

LAB RESULTS: “Feels like a grown-up version of a classic nutty caramel bar. It’s a sweet treat that is also packed with nutrients, making it a win-win,” Ramos described. Pro tip: Recipe editor Susan Choung says to put them in the fridge or the freezer to create a cold sweet treat.

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (24 Cups)

You get the best of both worlds with this treat from SkinnyDipped that’s filled to the brim with peanut butter and then coated with delicious dark chocolate but has only 2 g of sugar per cup.

LAB RESULTS: The brand manages to keep sugar counts in these cups low without the use of stevia or sugar alcohols, but they still deliver a tasty, indulgent snacking experience. “It’s everything I want in a peanut butter cup: dark chocolate, salty peanut butter and the ridged edges that are so texturally satisfying,” Choung said.

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Almond Cookie Crisps Snackers

These bite-size cookie crisps from Nonni’s Bakery are baked to perfection, delightfully satisfying and free from artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners.

LAB RESULTS: Taste testers of all ages loved these snackers, making them a great family-friendly treat. The Apple Oat and Strawberry Dark Chocolate varieties both did great in taste tests. Jawad described them as “just like a biscotti in texture, but in cracker form, adding, “I loved these.”

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1-Step Smoothie

All the prep is already done for you with these frozen smoothie and frappe lines from Blender Bites. Simply drop one frozen single-serve superfood puck into your blender with your favorite liquid and hit the power button. In seconds you’ll have a nutrient-packed glass filled with fruits and veggies, probiotics and other functional ingredients.

LAB RESULTS: One tester loved the caramel-y taste of the Vanilla Bean frappe, while another called the Liquid Sunshine smoothie “refreshing.” Registered dietitian Roxana Ehsani compared the frappe to a better-for-you version of the favorite coffeehouse treat.

Mixed Berry Cobbler Frozen Mini Waffles

Frozen waffles have gotten a makeover: Evergreen Mixed Berry Cobbler Mini Waffles are made from 100% whole grains and deliver a full combined serving of fiber-filled fruits and veggies per three-waffle portion.

LAB RESULTS: Food scientist Lauren Jude thinks these waffles are an innovative way to incorporate veggies and loves the fact that they are sweetened naturally with fruit instead of sweetened with added sugar. “These are delicious and I’m definitely a fan.”

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Banana Pancake Bites

Feel Good Foods Banana Pancakes bites are a twist on traditional Danish-style pancakes. These pillowy gluten-free balls are made from premium ingredients like oat milk and real bananas and contain only 2 g of added sugar per serving.

LAB RESULTS: “The interior is tender and light, the exterior crisp and satisfying to bite into,” noted Jude, adding that the banana flavor was present but not overpowering and that they were delicious dipped in maple syrup with a little butter.

Mango Pops

Enjoy the nostalgia of frozen ice pops with this better-for-you version of the summertime treat from GoodPop. Each frozen fruit pop is made from real fruit puree and 100% fruit juice, with no excess sugar, alternative sweeteners or artificial flavors or dyes.

LAB RESULTS: “Tastes like a fresh mango,” remarked one tester. Others called the mango pops “refreshing,” “smooth in texture” and “sweet but not too sweet!”

Gluten-Free Garlic Texas Toast

The new garlic toasts from Rudi’s are made for the gluten-free foodie who misses the tender-yet-crispy vibes of this classic side. Each thick slab of gluten-free sourdough is smeared with garlicky butter and sprinkled with parsley — simply heat it in the oven, toaster oven or air fryer and it becomes a savory, familiar bite.

LAB RESULTS: Testers called it “garlicky,” “flavorful” and “comforting,” with some noting that the taste and the texture were very similar to those of traditional bread.

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Açai Bowls

These perfectly portioned frozen açai bowls from Sweet Nothings are made from organic upcycled ingredients that deliver a nutrient boost and plenty of fiber without added sugar or artificial sugars. They’re conveniently available at grocery stores for a fraction of what you’d pay at a smoothie or juice shop.

LAB RESULTS: Our culinary pros highlighted the deep berry flavor and the sorbet-like texture as well as the fact that each bowl is sweetened naturally with fruit. “It tasted delicious and is a great nutrient-dense frozen snack or breakfast,” Ehsani said.

Strawberries & Cream Bars

Luscious Greek yogurt plus real mango and strawberry equals Yasso’s newest flavors: Creamy Mango and Strawberries & Cream frozen Greek yogurt bars. Each rich, fruity bar packs 4 g of protein and has only 80 calories, making this a delicious better-for-you sweet treat.

LAB RESULTS: Taste testers compared the Creamy Mango to a tropical creamsicle and were satisfied by its “refreshing flavor,” while the real strawberry pieces in the Strawberries & Cream left an incredible impression.


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Plant Based Protein Bar (12 Count)

Chocolate chip cookie dough meets protein bar in this plant-based snack from Aloha that boasts 14 g of protein and 10 g of fiber for a seriously satisfying treat.

LAB RESULTS: Taste testers loved that the bar was filling and gave it top scores for great flavor. Our registered dietitians appreciate that the organic bar keeps added sugar counts low, at only 5 g, without the use of stevia and sugar alcohols.

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Double Filled Energy Balls (8 Pack)

Made with simple ingredients like dates, nuts and fruit, these portable bites from Frooze Balls feature two delicious fillings inside each energy ball and are perfect for stashing in your purse or desk.

LAB RESULTS: “They feel like a little treat without the added sugar,” recipe editor Susan Choung said, noting that she loved the rich chocolate flavor and the great crunch from the cacao nibs in the Triple Choc Fudge variety. Dulce de Leche and Peanut Butter & Jelly were also hits with taste testers.

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Peanut Butter Chip (12 Pack)

Designed with brain function in mind, IQBar’s Peanut Butter Chip protein bar is a high-protein, low-sugar option with functional ingredients like lion’s mane, MCTs, magnesium and vitamin E to support cognition.

LAB RESULTS: Both our nutrition pros and taste testers were impressed that the bar packs 12 g of plant-based protein without compromising on taste or texture. “This bar has very good flavor and a really nice consistency. It isn’t dry at all. Definitely one of the best protein bars I’ve had,” a taste tester commented.

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Chewy Granola Bars (24 Count)

This version from Junkless gives the chewy granola bar a much-needed nutrition makeover while still delivering that perfectly soft and chewy texture.

LAB RESULTS: Our registered dietitians confirmed that the bars have 34% less sugar than other leading granola bars and appreciate that they are made without high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors or sugar alcohols. Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip were tester favorites. Recipe editor Susan Choung describes them as “chewy and satisfying with just enough sweetness.”

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