The 37 Best Healthy Snacks of 2020, According to Our Editors

We tested more than 100 new products to come up with these winning nibbles and bites that will satisfy whatever craving you have—in the healthiest way possible!

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JEFFREY WESTBROOK
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Trader Joe's Olive Herbs Mixed Nuts

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This mix feels very gourmet: Roasted almonds, cashews, and pecans are paired with dried kalamata olives and coated in a rosemary, sage, thyme, and basil herb blend. Great for a midday snack or served with beer and wine during your next happy hour. 170 Calories, 5g Protein, 15g Fat, 2g Fiber

Karma Wrapped Cashews

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The skins have been left intact on these nuts (that's the "wrapped" part), so these snacks deliver three times the fiber of traditional cashews and an antioxidant activity comparable to that of blueberries. The newer Golden Turmeric flavor has subtle spice and a tiny bit of heat. 160 Calories, 4g Protein, 12g Fat, 3g Fiber

Kind Frozen Treat Bars

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Just like their signature bars, but from the freezer! The nuts are definitely front and center, with chocolate in a supporting role. Our testers loved the Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt: The almond-cream layer is perfection, with bitter dark chocolate and salt balancing it out. 180 Calories, 3g Protein, 14g Fat, 7g Fiber

Justin's Maple Nut Butter Covered Nuts

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We're big fans of other Justin's nut products, and these don't disappoint. There are both cashews and almonds, but we felt the maple flavor came through best on the latter. And for a sweetened snack, it's relatively low in sugar, with only 5 grams added. 180 Calories, 2g Protein, 14g Fat, 0g Fiber

Super Pop Nut Butter Bars

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Crispy bits of organic quinoa and brown rice take these beyond the ordinary protein bar. Peanut Butter & Honey has a flavorful nut-butter base that's dense and satiating: great for refueling post-workout or when it'll be a while till dinner! 250 Calories, 10g Protein, 13g Fat, 4g Fiber

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Applegate Naturals Charcuterie Plate

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Who doesn't love a good cheese-and-meat board, especially on the go? Our testers raved about the combo of sharp cheddar paired with smoky chorizo salami. Plus, the meat is humanely raised with no antibiotics added. 300 Calories, 13g Protein, 19g Fat, 0g Fiber

365 by Whole Foods Market Gluten Free Almond & Sunflower Seed Flour Crackers

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The Vegan Cheddar Flavor brings exactly what you want in a "cheese" cracker: strong cheddar bite (thank you, nutritional yeast!), perfect salt level, and great crunch. They're surprisingly high in fiber and protein. 170 Calories, 3g Protein, 12g Fat, 5g Fiber

MoonCheese

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These nuggets are created using a technology that removes all the moisture from fresh cheese, leaving nothing but taste, crunch, and creamy richness. There are several flavors, but the Garlickin' Parmesan stood out for being crazy bold with the garlic! 160 Calories, 12g Protein, 12g Fat, 0g Fiber

Sargento Snack Bites

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Sometimes all you want is cheese, period. These portioned snack packs pair two complementary flavors for a more interesting mouthful. We particularly enjoyed the Rustic Gouda + Mild Yellow Cheddar combo: The Gouda adds nice bite to the classic mild Cheddar. 110 Calories, 7g Protein, 6g Fat, 0g Fiber

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Califia Farms Probiotic Dairy Free Yogurt

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Dairy-free, plant-based yogurt can be a source of probiotics, 10 billion CFU per serving, in fact! All the fruit flavors are super creamy, with just enough tartness to mimic real yogurt— a great smoothie substitute. The Mango tastes just like a Creamsicle! 150 Calories, 3g Protein, 7g Fat, 3g Fiber

Joolies Snack Pack

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Now there's a more portable option to Joolies' original 14-ounce boxes: small snack packs with three pitted dates per pack, perfect for tossing in your lunch box or gym bag. They'll boost your energy with a little extra sugar, plus nutrients and fiber. 110 Calories, <1g Protein, 0g Fat, 3g Fiber

Sun-Maid Sour Raisin Snacks

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These reinvented raisins will remind you of a wholesome version of Sour Patch Kids! We loved the Blue Raspberry: The tartness is created by citric acid, and the raspberry taste is from added natural flavors, meaning this whole-fruit snack has zero added sugars. 60 Calories, 1g Protein, 0g Fat, 1g Fiber

Sweet Nothings Fruit-Based Frozen Snacks

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Icy, spoonable smoothies—sans blender—made from bananas, cashews, dates, chia seeds, and flaxseeds (no added sugars). The texture is similar to sorbet. Of the five flavors, we loved Strawberry best. Available online only. 90 Calories, 1g Protein, 2g Fat, 2g Fiber

Oui by Yoplait Dairy Free Coconut Dairy Alternative

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First, the glass pot feels fancy. Then, there's the creamy consistency. The flavor is decadent too: Rich coconut milk is the nondairy base, and the Raspberry—our testers' favorite—tastes like there's an entire carton of fruit in every spoonful. 160 Calories, 1g Protein, 8g Fat, <1g Fiber

Smart Sweets Sweet Chews

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There are times you just crave candy (no judgment!), and these will satisfy, without artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols—and with 10 grams (!) of soluble plant-based fiber. The fruit flavors (strawberry was the winner) are surprisingly natural. 120 Calories, 0g Protein, 4g Fat, 10g Fiber

Bare Simply Pineapple Chips

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Close your eyes and put your nose in the bag—the smell is pure pineapple, which makes sense since that's the only ingredient! These chips are very crunchy yet still airy and light—great for a quick snack or crumbled into a trail mix. 180 Calories, 2g Protein, 0g Fat, 4g Fiber

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The Lil' Pops Popped Sorghum Ancient Grain Clusters

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Kind of funny that sorghum, a 10,000-year-old grain, is having a moment, but it is! It's like tiny popcorn—the gluten-free clusters have the same lightness and crunch. There are three flavors, but our fave was Sweet & Salty. 100 Calories, 2g Protein, 0g Fat, 2g Fiber

Snack Factory Gluten Free Deli Style Pretzel Crisps

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Gluten-free comrades, rejoice! Now you can enjoy pretzels and have them flavored with bagel-inspired Everything seasoning, too. There's a lot of surface area on these crisps, so you can also treat them like crackers. 110 Calories, <1g Protein, 3g Fat, 2g Fiber

Late July No Grain Tortilla Chips

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These are grain-free, corn-free, and gluten-free—and manage to taste like authentic corn chips. You'd never know they're made from ground tigernut (a nut-free root vegetable) with cassava flour and chia seeds. Sea Salt & Lime led the pack of flavors. 140 Calories, <1g Protein, 7g Fat, 2g Fiber

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Neptune Wild Alaska Pollock Fish Jerky

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Sweet, salty, and smoky, this fish jerky offers better nutrition than its beef counterpart. One bag boasts 450 mg of omega-3s, excellent for heart and brain health. Sweet Citrus Ginger was our fave flave. 70 Calories, 10g Protein, <1g Fat, 0g Fiber

Flock Chicken Chips

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The crispy skin is the best part of a roast chicken, and these chips deliver exactly that. Very light, with perfect crunch and only two ingredients: chicken skin and BBQ seasoning. We would sprinkle these on a salad for texture or add to a charcuterie board. 190 Calories, 13g Protein, 14g Fat, 0g Fiber

Union Whole Earth Snacks Trail Mix Square

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These sweet-savory squares combine various jerkies (duck, beef, or pork) with dried fruit, nuts, and seeds for a satisfying, high-protein, low-sugar snack. Sweet & Hot Pork was particularly delish, with cayenne and paprika bringing the spice. 200 Calories, 10g Protein, 10g Fat, 3g Fiber

Chef's Cut Real Jerky Co. Original Beef & Pork Stick

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It's really hard to find a sugar-free jerky, and this one is on the cleaner side of cured meats: free of nitrates (a common—and potentially harmful—way to cure many jerkies) and made from high-quality cuts. 100 Calories, 8g Protein, 7g Fat, 0g Fiber

Kalahari Crisps Air Dried Beef Chips

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It's really hard to find a sugar-free jerky, and this one is on the cleaner side of cured meats: free of nitrates (a common—and potentially harmful—way to cure many jerkies) and made from high-quality cuts. 100 Calories, 8g Protein, 7g Fat, 0g Fiber

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Poshi Steamed & Marinated Snack

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Who couldn't use an extra serving of veggies? Poshi takes fresh vegetables, steams them, then pops them in a tangy marinade with rosemary and oregano. The asparagus spears still have a nice snap (yes, really!) and are fantastic on a salad or eaten on their own. 10 Calories, 1g Protein, 0g Fat, 1g Fiber

Trader Joe's Dill Pickle Hummus

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Calling all pickle lovers! Check out this latest addition: super smooth hummus with delicious bits of dill pickle throughout. Scoop up that vinegar, sea salt, savory-spice goodness with pita chips, raw veggies, or whatever you prefer. 50 Calories, 2g Protein, 3g Fat, 1g Fiber

Hippie Snacks Avocado Crisps

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Rich avocado, translated to the lightness of a crisp. The Guacamole flavor is irresistible: Pumpkin, sunflower, and flaxseeds bring the crunch; vinegar and lime juice bring the tang. They're high in good fats, no surprise for an avocado-based snack. 160 Calories, 5g Protein, 12g Fat, 3g Fiber

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Dang Thai Rice Chips

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Our testers described these chips as "shatteringly crispy." They're made with Thai sticky rice that's been soaked in coconut milk and watermelon juice to help bind the grains together. There's a variety of funky flavors, but we couldn't stop eating the Toasted Sesame. 150 Calories, 2g Protein, 7g Fat, 1g Fiber

Snacklins

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These are pretty darn impressive for plant-based "pork" rinds. They look and taste surprisingly similar to the real thing, yet yuca and mushroom are the two main ingredients! Our testers practically fought over the Miso Ginger—the flavors were that big and bold! 80 Calories, 0g Protein, 2.5g Fat, 0g Fiber

Blue Diamond Almond Sriracha Nut-Thins

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If you put sriracha on everything, these are for you. They pack the same heat and flavor, in gluten-free cracker form (made from rice flour, almonds, and potato starch). The spicy bite fades to sweet almond—so you'll keep going back for more. 130 Calories, 3g Protein, 3g Fat, 1g Fiber

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The Good Bean Chocolate Covered Chickpeas

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We wouldn't have thought to put a chickpea in candy coating, but we're glad someone did! We were into the Mocha Chocolate: The shell melts on the tongue with an amazing coffee taste, and the chickpea center is crisp and light. 130 Calories, 3g Protein, 5g Fat, 2g Fiber

SkinnyDipped Cashews

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The Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel cashews reminded us of candy turtles, in a good way. But the Dark Chocolate Cocoa cashews stole our hearts and taste buds—they're thinly dipped in chocolate, then dusted with cocoa powder, and have just the right amount of salt. 170 Calories, 5g Protein, 12g Fat, 1g Fiber

Safe + Fair Drizzled Popcorn

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This Dark Chocolaty flavor has the sweet-salty-buttery combo down perfectly, and every single popped kernel has a drizzle. Three percent of proceeds go to the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research at Stanford University. 140 Calories, 2g Protein, 6g Fat, 2g Fiber

Hope Foods Cashew & Almond Dip

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This brand makes savory spreads too, but its Chocolate dip tastes like dessert (and at just 90 calories and 5 grams of sugar, there's zero guilt). Pair it with fresh strawberries, or just go straight in with a spoon. 90 Calories, 6g Fat, 2g Protein, 1g Fiber

Clif Bar Coffee Collection

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These have as much caffeine as a shot of espresso: 65 mg in every bar. Unlike with a cup of coffee, the blend of protein, fat, fiber, and carbohydrates here will keep your energy steady. The Dark Chocolate Mocha is particularly delicious, with its chocolate drizzle. 250 Calories, 9g Protein, 5g Fat, 4g Fiber

Simple Mills Soft Baked Almond Flour Bars

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Sometimes gluten-free baked goods really make you wish for flour. Not so with these Dark Chocolate Almond bars! Sunflower seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and almond pieces bring a nice crunch—and balance out the tender dough. 170 Calories, 3g Protein, 12g Fat, 2g Fiber

Sheila G's Keto Brownie Brittle

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Those who prefer the crispy edges of brownies already know about "brittle." This brand has been rolling it out since 2011 but has now launched a keto-friendly Chocolate Chip version with zero added sugar and only 2 grams net carbs. 110 Calories, 3g Protein, 9g Fat, 3g Fiber

This article originally appeared in the November 2020 issue of Health Magazine. Click here to subscribe today!

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