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Dietitians Share Their Favorite Snacks to Order on Amazon

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When hunger strikes, most of us reach for what's convenient. Unfortunately fast food restaurants and vending machines don’t tend to have a wide variety of healthy snack choices. Luckily, there are many great options that fit into a healthy eating plan—and you don't even have to leave home to pick them up. 

Amazon has all the snacks you could ever need and, depending on your chosen delivery method and location, can be delivered in two days—or as quickly as two hours.

With the help of a pair of nutrition experts, we selected 10 of the tastiest low-calorie snacks to stash in your pantry, work desk and purse.

Medically reviewed in March 2018. Updated in February 2019.

NaturAlmond all natural salt-free almond butter

2 / 11 NaturAlmond all natural salt-free almond butter

While almost any type of nut butter is available on Amazon, it can be tough to find one without oils or added sugars. Fortunately, Whole Food’s 365 Everyday Value Almond Butter is readily available. Whether you choose creamy or crunchy, this nut butter has a short ingredient list: just dry roasted almonds.

This almond butter contains 190 calories, 2 grams of natural sugar and 7 grams of protein per two tablespoon serving, making it the perfect choice for an energizing afternoon snack. Almond butter also contains about 10 grams of healthy monosaturated fat per serving, which can help lower 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. They also work well mixed into yogurt and oatmeal.

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. However, it’s important to check the label to make sure your pick is free of nitrates, nitrites and artificial ingredients.

Fortunately, it can be just easy to read nutritional labels online as it is in-store. "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."

There are a number of healthy jerky companies, but one brand in particular, Think Jerky, prioritizes natural ingredients and great flavor, without lots 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 many other brands. Plus, 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 stand out among the rest. Recommended by LeeAnn Weintraub, RD, a nutrition counselor and cookbook author based in Los Angeles, California, these bars list the wholesome ingredients listed right on the front of the package. Each one contains 12 grams of protein and a short list of ingredients, like egg whites, almonds and dates. They're available in a variety of flavors, too—chocolate sea salt, peanut butter, blueberry and mixed berry are just a few of the options. They make a great protein-packed snack, especially before or after exercise.

That's It. fruit bars

5 / 11 That's It. fruit bars

Noshing on pieces of fresh fruit is can be a very delicious snack. But if you're in a rush, a snack bar, like That's It. Fruit Bars, make it simple to satisfy a sweet tooth while eating your recommended daily serving of fruit. What makes these bars special is that they don't have any other additives.

"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 aid in digestion, control cholesterol levels and promote weight loss. Stow these dietitian-approved bars in your bag for wholesome snacking anywhere, anytime.

Bare Snacks apple chips

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Dried fruit is delicious and portable, but many brands sweeten their products with added sugars. 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.

Bare also has other dried fruit varieties, such as coconut, banana and strawberry. Take them beyond a snack and sprinkle them in your salad. Or create a trail mix with a variety of nuts.

The Good Bean chickpea snacks

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Chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein, with about 7 grams per half-cup serving. They also make a great snack when you’re craving something crunchy.

The Good Bean roasted chickpea snacks, a treat recommended by Kleiner, are great when you crave a crunchy snack. 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 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.

If you’re looking to control your salt intake, crispy chickpeas are also easy to make at home. Drain and rinse a 15 ounce can of chickpeas, spread on towels and allow chickpeas to dry completely. Transfer to a baking sheet and sprinkle with a little olive oil, a pinch of salt and any other spices you like—cumin and lime work well together. Roast until crispy, about 30 minutes.

Skinny Pop

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Popcorn can be a fiber-filled whole grain snack—just hold the butter. "Just don’t get ones that are doused in all kinds of things,” says Kleiner.

Many bags of pre-popped or microwave popcorn typically contain more than one serving and a lot of added sodium or sugar. If you're not careful to measure the proper portion, it can be too easy to overeat. "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," says Weintraub.

She 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, such as 100-calorie bags of Skinny Pop popcorn. Each 100-calorie serving contains only a handful of ingredients, a bit of fiber and minimal sodium, between 48 and 61 milligrams.

Even better—make your own popcorn. You can pop on your stovetop using ½ cup of popcorn and 1 tablespoon of the oil of your choice. Dress it up with spices and herbs.

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. This type of fat 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 truly, olives don't keep well 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 most of us don’t carry around a can opener. 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 to a leafy salad, whole grain sandwich roll or multi-grain cracker. Another option—dig right in with your fork.

Green & Black's organic dark chocolate

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Every healthy eater needs a treat—and dark chocolate could be a way to fill a craving for sweets. Cacao in dark chocolate 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 70 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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