10 Skinny Snacks to Snag on Amazon
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10 Skinny Snacks to Snag on Amazon

Healthy, delicious and delivered right to your door.

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By Taylor Lupo

When hunger strikes, most of us reach for what's convenient, but drive thru menus and vending machines aren't often known for healthy snack choices. Luckily, there are loads of low-calorie options that won't derail your diet, and some that might even help you slim down—and you don't even have to leave home to pick them up.

Amazon, an online marketplace that touts an inventory of items from A to Z, is home to more than phone chargers, trendy sunglasses and smart speakers. In fact, this online vendor has all the skinny snacks you could ever need, some that ship in less than an hour.

With the help of two nutrition experts, we sussed out 10 of the tastiest low-calorie snacks to stash in your pantry, work desk and purse (and nosh on without feeling guilty).

NaturAlmond all natural salt-free almond butter

2 / 11 NaturAlmond all natural salt-free almond butter

Grocery store shelves abound with jars of peanut butter—creamy, crunchy and every texture in between—but other nut and seed butter varieties can be tough to come by. Amazon to the rescue!

A quick search reveals an innumerable list that includes cashew, macadamia, sunflower and almond butters. One jar, with a shockingly short list of ingredients, stood out from the rest—NaturAlmond all natural salt-free almond butter.

This one-ingredient nut butter contains 190 calories, 2 grams of natural sugar and 7 grams of protein per 2-tablespoon serving, making it the perfect choice for an energizing afternoon snack. Almond butter also contains about 15 grams of healthy fat per serving, which can help lower bad cholesterol levels and may keep you feeling satisfied.

Nut butters pair well with apples and bananas, says Susan Kleiner, PhD, a registered dietitian, eight-time author and owner of High Performance Nutrition, a consulting firm in Mercer Island, Washington. A word of caution: Almond and other nut butters can be high in calories, so stick to a single serving.

Think Jerky

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Another protein-packed and portable snack is jerky, which comes in a variety of meats and flavors. Not all jerkies are healthy however, so check the nutrition label and ingredient list before hitting the checkout button.

"I like [Amazon] because I can sit in a chair and read all the nutrition labels, I can read the ingredients," Kleiner says. "You can do side-by-side comparisons, which is sometimes hard to do in the store."

There are a number of healthy jerky companies, but one brand in particular, Think Jerky, prioritizes natural ingredients and great flavor, sans loads of salt and sugar. Their jerkies come in a variety of flavors, like sweet chipotle, ginger orange and classic, and are sold in single-serve packages on Amazon.

Per 1.5-ounce serving, Think Jerky contains about 100 calories, 2 grams of fat, 16 grams of protein and 6 grams of sugar or less. Each bag contains between 380 and 390 milligrams of sodium, which is lower than another leading brand with more than 1,000 milligrams of the salty stuff.

Jerky contains a heathy portion of your daily recommended protein, which can help keep you full between meals.

RxBar Real Food Protein Bars

4 / 11 RxBar Real Food Protein Bars

The internet is saturated with advertisements promoting the latest and greatest protein bars, but one look at the ingredients will reveal they're not as nourishing as they claim to be. Many are packed with excess sugar and unnatural ingredients.

RxBar protein bars, recommended by LeeAnn Weintraub, RD, a nutrition counselor and cookbook author based out of Los Angeles, California, stand out among the rest. They have the wholesome ingredients listed right on the front of the package. Each bar contains 12 grams of protein and eight or fewer all natural ingredients, like egg whites, almonds and dates. They're available in a variety of flavors, too—chocolate sea salt, peanut butter, blueberry and apple cinnamon.  

Each bar contains between 210 and 220 calories, so enjoy alone for a pre-dinner snack, or pair with some fruit and veggie slices for a light afternoon meal.

That's It. fruit bars

5 / 11 That's It. fruit bars

Noshing on pieces of fresh fruit is optimal, but some don't transport well or stay fresh for long periods of time. Snack bars, like That's It. Fruit Bars, make it simple to satisfy a sweet tooth while eating your recommended daily serving of fruit.

"They have two fruit ingredients, like apple with strawberry or apple with pineapple and no added sugar or preservatives," Weintraub says.

Each bar contains about 100 calories and between 2 and 5 grams of fiber, which can help keep digestion normal, control cholesterol levels and promote weight loss. Stow these dietitian-approved bars in your bag for wholesome snacking anywhere, anytime.

Bare Snacks apple chips

6 / 11 Bare Snacks apple chips

Dried fruit makes a good snack in a pinch, but many brands sweeten their products with added sugars. Most fruits are sweet enough on their own, making the excess sugar and additional calories unnecessary.

Bare Snacks keeps their products simple. In fact, most varieties of their apple chips are made with one ingredient: apples. Per half-cup serving, this snack contains 110 calories and about 4 grams of fiber.

The Good Bean chickpea snacks

7 / 11 The Good Bean chickpea snacks

Chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein, with about 7 grams per half-cup serving. But transporting and snacking on fresh garbanzo beans isn't easy or practical.

The solution: The Good Bean roasted chickpea snacks, a treat recommended by Kleiner. A handful of these crispy beans makes a wholesome snack or a great salad topping. Each 1-ounce service contains 5 grams of protein, 120 calories and 5 grams of dietary fiber. Most of the fiber in this snack is insoluble, which helps add bulk to stool and may speed digestion.

These roasted chickpeas come in a variety of flavors, like barbeque and sweet cinnamon. Watch your portions though—each serving contains between 100 and 185 milligrams of sodium, so don't overdo it.

Skinny Pop

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When popcorn is not drenched in butter and served in an oversized tub, it can actually be a weight-conscious snack. "I'm still a fan, even though it might not have the best fats in the world, of popcorn," Kleiner says. "Not to get ones that are doused in all kinds of things, but regular, old popcorn."

Bags of microwave popcorn, even the all-natural kind, typically contain more than one serving. If you're not careful to measure the proper portion, it can be too easy to overeat.

Weintraub has a solution: Instead of eating out of a large container, measure one serving into a separate bag or bowl. You can also buy single-serve packages. "Snacking can help [stop] overeating at meals, but it can also lead to extra calories when the amount, or type of snack isn't controlled," she adds.

Amazon carries 100-calorie bags of Skinny Pop popcorn in a variety of flavors, like original and white cheddar. Each 100-calorie serving contains only a handful of ingredients, a bit of fiber and minimal sodium, between 48 and 61 milligrams.

Veggicopia olives

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Olives are a good source of healthy fats. Per 1-ounce serving, they contain about 4 grams of fat, most of which are monounsaturated. Unsaturated fats, found in olive and canola oils, nuts, seeds, salmon and avocados, can help lower bad cholesterol levels and promote a healthy heart.

They are also easy enough to transport in a small bag or airtight container, but don't keep for very long outside of the refrigerator. Thankfully Amazon sells Veggicopia Olives, a brand of shelf-stable and individually packaged olives.

Each 1-ounce pouch, a combination of pitted green olives, a touch of olive oil and sprinkle of salt, contains 50 calories and 3.5 grams of good-for-you fats. The sodium content is on the higher side, 390 milligrams per packet, so stick to just a serving.

Starkist Tuna Creations

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Canned tuna makes a convenient, high-protein meal or snack option, but without mayonnaise, the fish can be bland. And even small cans of tuna fish typically contain more than a single serving, meaning you must munch the excess or store it for later.

Starkist Tuna Creations pouches might be the perfect solution. These single-serving packets come pre-flavored, with seasonings like lemon pepper and garlic and herb. Best of all—they don't need to be drained.

Most flavors contain between 70 and 110 calories and 14 to 19 grams of protein. Snag a variety pack and add the tender tuna to a leafy salad, whole grain sandwich roll or rice cake (which can also be purchased on Amazon). Another option—dig right in with your fork.

Green & Black's organic dark chocolate

11 / 11 Green & Black's organic dark chocolate

It's been well established that chocolate tastes good. If you pick up the rich, dark kind, it may be good for your heart too. Cacao contains flavanols, compounds that may improve blood flow and lower blood pressure levels. The higher the cacao percentage, the more powerful the benefits.

Buying the good stuff is as simple as adding a bar of Green & Black's dark chocolate with 85 percent cacao to your cart. This treat contains five simple (and organic) ingredients and about 180 calories per ounce.

Dark chocolate is high in fat—both good and bad—so it's best to stick to one serving. Break off just eight or nine small squares and save the rest in your pantry, or better yet, your fridge.

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