April 11, 2016

The best part about working at Cooking Light? Tasting new healthy snacks before they hit the grocery shelves. With our help, you'll choose the best store-bought products in both taste and nutrition. Snack smarter with these new winning picks.

Curate Nutrition Bars: Available in six fresh and bright combos, these snack bars boast unexpected, yet delightful flavors like balsamic vinegar, pistachios and Marcona almonds. It's also packed with protein, plant-based fiber, and natural, wholesome ingredients without any artificial preservatives, flavors or colors. (Target.com, $6/4 bars)

Editors' Notes:"Man! They're killing it! Not too sweet with a great combination of textures.""Balsamic is so unusual, but it actually works well!""I love that bitter chocolate flavor so much—it's how you know you're getting real food."

Nutrition:Bars range from 190 calories to 200 calories, with 9 grams of fat to 12 grams of fat, 4 grams of protein to 7 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber to 4 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of sugars to 12 grams of sugars.

Baobites: If you're not familiar with baobab, it's a superfruit with a higher count of fiber and antioxidants than açai and goji berries. The powder from the baobab fruit is used to make a delicious gluten-free, vegan snack. These mini poppers are perfect for mixing in cereal or eating by the handful. Every purchase supports the African women harvesting the fruit and protects the tree. (Amazon.com, $12)

Editors' Notes:"These are way better than any fruit snack!""I can eat these for days on end. They have a beautiful bright flavor—feels like eating candy!""Great for the kids and perfect for topping salads."

Nutrition:Thirty Boabites pieces are 90 calories, with no fat and sugars ranging from 16 to 19 grams.

Late July Buffalo Queso and Sriracha Fresca: Now that's a chip bursting with hot and savory spices! Late July added these two new flavors to its popular Clásico line, appealing to a larger gluten-free, nut-free, and Kosher audience. We just can't get enough of these wholesome 100% whole-grain chips, but we did choose a winner: Sriracha Fresca. (Available at selected stores, $3.69 for a 5.5-oz. bag)

Editors' Notes:"Crumble over my eggs right now, please!""Surprisingly flavorful without the constant heat you usually find in so many other Sriracha-flavored snacks.""Whoa! Not hot, but spicy. I like!"

Nutrition:Twelve chips are 130 calories, with 7 grams fat (0.5 grams saturated fat, 1 gram polyunsaturated fat, and 5 grams monounsaturated fat) and sodium ranging from 160 to 180 milligrams.

Lance Gluten-Free Bite Size Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies: Here, two baked, crispy cookies sandwich real peanut butter for a mini snack. These certainly prove that portions can be small and still satisfy. (Walmart.com, $3)

Editors' Notes:"Yum! Just the right amount of salty and sweet!""Sweet and the perfect size—just as good as Ritz's, if not better.""I love that they're the PERFECT portion. You can eat 3 and feel satisfied.

Nutrition:Twelve crackers are 150 calories, with 8 grams fat (2 grams saturated fat), 3 grams of sugar, and 260 grams of sodium.

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