10 Best Packaged Superfoods

Rhythm Kale Chips Kale could be the trendiest vegetable on the planet right now. However, this nutritional darling is no Kardashian—the leafy green has actually earned its celebrity. A one-ounce serving of kale chips delivers a whopping three days’ worth of vitamin K (which helps blood clot and might boost bone strength in elderly folks), as well as ample doses of antioxidants vitamins A and C. And despite packing less than half the fat of regular potato chips, Rhythm Kale Chips’ array of savory flavors (honey mustard, mango habanero, Texas BBQ) keep your taste buds engaged. $8 at rhythmsuperfoods.com

Ips Egg White Chips A little nutrition primer: Protein is made up of 22 amino acids, nine of which our bodies don’t produce, making it necessary to get them from food. In addition to containing all nine, egg whites are especially high in leucine, an amino acid linked to improved muscle endurance. Ips (rhymes with chips, short for Intelligent Protein Snacks) uses pressure to puff up a mixture of egg whites and corn, which is then toasted (not fried) and doctored with flavors like aged white cheddar and sea salt and black pepper. The result? A tasty snack that hits you with as much protein as two egg whites (7 grams) and half the fat as potato chip.$12 for 8 bags at ipsanatural.com

Navita Naturals Citrus Chia Snacks In addition to sprouting maybe the world’s greatest novelty gift (at least until the Snuggie came along), ch-ch-chia seeds are dietary powerhouses. The little guys are probably the best source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, which may prevent your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. To boot, they’re full of fiber and antioxidants. Navita Naturals chewy Citrus Chia nuggets load you up with a hearty helping of chia seeds as well as sprouted chia powder to give you more nutritional bang for your buck. $10 at navitasnaturals.com

i heart keenwah snacks Sure, quinoa sounds like part of a Portlandia punch line, but the ancient grain shouldn’t be relegated to hipster cuisine. With all nine amino acids, it’s one of the best muscle-builders around. Made with toasted quinoa, these sweet snacks carry 3 grams of protein per ounce. Plus they have the texture of peanut brittle and come in indulgent flavors (chocolate sea salt, cranberry cashew) so you can treat yo’ self without tacking a bunch of fat and calories onto your gut. $5 at abesmarket.com

Lifeway Kefir Kefir, a fermented milk (think yogurt in beverage form), harbors good-for-your-gut probiotics that help your gastrointestinal tract run smoothly and boosts your immune system. Also rich in calcium and vitamin D, both of which strengthen bones and help with weight management, the nutritional stud is almost too good to pass up. However, if the thought of drinkable yogurt doesn’t whet your appetite, ice cream probably does. Lifeway Frozen Kefir promises the same probiotic benefits as the liquid version (though less vitamin D and calcium and more sugar) while sweetening the deal with flavors including chocolate, dulce de leche, and pumpkin. More info at lifeway.net

Sunny Hemp Hemp Plus Granola Bars These bars sound like something you’d find in Snoop Dog’s pantry, but hulled hemp seeds won’t get you high (sorry). They could, however, help you bulk up. Hemp seeds are another complete protein, carrying all nine essential amino acids. Bonus: They serve up heart-healthy omega-3s. Flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, and rolled oats round out the snack—and help fill you up—with fiber and protein. More info at naturespath.com

Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips Good news for junk food lovers: When potato chips are made from nutrient-dense sweet potatoes and cooked in sunflower oil (which comprises “healthy” unsaturated fats rather than artery-clogging saturated ones), they can actually be reasonably healthy. One serving (about 15 chips) offers as much potassium as a banana—helpful for preventing muscle cramps and lowering blood pressure--and three times your daily intake of peeper-protecting vitamin A. But good luck sticking to a single serving. True to their moniker, these crisps won’t just do your body good—they taste amazing too.$4 at foodshouldtastegood.com

Annie Chun’s Roasted Seaweed Snacks The unsung hero of sushi joints might be the stuff that holds everything together. Seaweed contains a high level of antioxidants, which reduce inflammation in the body and have been linked to preventing a whole host of diseases, from arthritis to cancer. These snacks preserve those perks, while satisfying your urge for something salty and crispy—for 30 calories or less a pack (so, step away from the Doritos). $1.50 at anniechun.com

NuttZo Nut Butter A real overachiever, NuttZo contains almonds (a superfood in its own right), as well as six other nutrient-laden nuts and seeds. Almonds supply a healthy dose of vitamin E, which studies suggest may prevent memory loss, and are close to 25 percent protein by weight. Flaxseeds and chia seeds chip in to give you 50 percent of the heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids you need a day in each two-tablespoon serving. You can spread it on bread or crackers, but we don’t see anything wrong with eating it straight from the jar. $13-$20 at gonuttzo.com

Somersault Snacks Some trivia: Which popular ballpark snack possesses the anti-aging powers of vitamin E and slimming fiber? (Sadly, it’s not beer). Sunflower seeds are potent sources of both, but when you’re at the office or in your home, you probably don’t want to spit shells all over your floor. Keep the floors clean by turning to Somersault Snacks. The crunchy sunflower seed clusters come in flavors ranging from Dutch chocolate to Pacific sea salt, have a fraction of the carbs and sugar of an energy bar, and won’t shortchange you on vitamins and minerals.$4 at somersaultsnackco.com

 

 

 

 

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