We’ve all been there. You eat a great breakfast, pack a super healthy lunch, and even order the salad instead of the fries with dinner. But then…those cravings hit. Maybe you’re working late, and the vending machine is looking awfully tempting. Or you go to pick up a prescription and spot the candy bar display by the register at the drugstore. And then there is that bag of chips the kids are inevitably digging into in front of the TV.
No matter how virtuous your meals have been, just a couple unhealthy snacks can easily add up and derail a day’s worth of good eating. Beyond the added calories, snacks that are high in sugar, empty carbs, and processed fats can leave you feeling sluggish, and often even hungrier than you were before you started snacking! But that doesn’t mean you have to stick with just three meals a day. When done right, snacking can actually be a great way to regulate your blood sugar and give you steady energy to get you through a long day.
So what’s the trick? Simply be prepared! Stock up on healthy, flavorful snacks to keep in your car, office, and fridge for the next time the cravings hit. We’ve even made it easier for you by scouring the grocery store shelves and picking out 7 healthy snacks that are low in calories, high in nutrition, and (of course!) packed with great Latin flavors. Here are our top picks.
Calories: 60 per serving
You’ve probably already heard of kale chips, but get ready because there is a new veggie snack in town. Brussel Bytes are an addictively crunchy new snack made from dehydrated Brussels sprouts. Totally vegan and gluten-free, these delicious veggie chips are packed with fiber and healthy fats that will keep you satisfied. Try the spicy Mexican-inspired Chile Pumpkin Seed Crunch flavor if you love heat or reach for the Tamarind Apple Crunch if you prefer something with a touch of sweetness.
Calories: 65 per serving
High in iron, potassium, and powerful antioxidants, we all know that sweet, earthy beets have earned a solid spot on the superfoods list. The only problem? They can be a (messy!) pain to peel and prep. Enter Love Beets, a great little company that sells freshly cooked and marinated beets in conveniently portable snack packs. Toss your favorite flavor into your bag in the morning (the spicy chile-marinated Sweetfire flavor is incredible!), then enjoy in the afternoon with a bit of cheese and whole grain crackers or sliced over a simple salad.
Calories: 100 per serving
When it comes to avocados, it is way too easy to have too much of a good thing! After all, those healthy fats still contain calories that add up quickly if you’re not paying attention. Enter Wholly Guacamole Minis! These convenient 100-calorie cups make portion control a breeze. Made with ripe avocados and other real, unprocessed ingredients, the minis can be stored in your freezer for up to three months. Grab one in the AM, and let it thaw in the work fridge until that afternoon craving hits. And don’t forget to dip responsibly! That means skip the high-carb chips and enjoy the spicy dip with crunchy cucumber or red bell pepper slices instead.
Calories: 110 per serving
You may have grown up eating garbanzos for dinner, but did you know they also make an amazing crunchy snack? No, we don’t mean hummus; we’re talking about Roasted Chickpeas! The chickpeas are baked at high heat until toasted, then seasoned to perfection. The result is a crispy, salty, and totally addictive snack that’s also unbelievably good for you. Rich with protein and fiber, they make a perfect high-energy treat to get you through your day.
Calories: 75-99 per serving
Growing up, besitos de coco or coconut macaroons, were a favorite cookie in my house. The sweet coconut treats were delightful, but so sugary! Coco-Roons are an updated, healthy version of that childhood favorite, made with raw coconut, almonds, and just a touch of unfiltered maple syrup for sweetness. They come in a variety of flavors, but I love the Vanilla Maple, which reminds me a little bit of a sweet coconut rice pudding. At less than 100 calories per serving they’re a sweet indulgence you can feel really good about
Calories: 5 per serving
If you usually reach for a soda when you need a refreshing break, why not try a bottle of KeVita instead? It’s a slightly fizzy beverage made from coconut water, fruit juices, and other natural flavorings. Low in carbs and calories (just 5 per serving!), they also contain natural probiotics, which are wonderful for your digestive health. The drinks can be found in the refrigerated section of major grocery stores, and come in a variety of great Latin-inspired flavors like Mango-Coconut, spicy Lemon Cayenne, and the “KeVita Mojita”—which has hints of mint and lime.
Calories: 150 per 1oz serving
Skip the cheap vending machine chocolate, and instead pick out a luxurious bar of high quality dark chocolate, like a bar from Cacao Prieto. These elegant chocolate bars are made in Brooklyn, NY, from cacao grown on the owner’s family farm in the Dominican Republic. At $10 each, the beautifully packaged bars are best savored and enjoyed in small portions. Keep one in your purse or desk drawer, for when a sweet craving hits. One rich square is just enough to satisfy without sending you crashing later on.