Best healthy snacks to buy
On the hunt for budget-friendly, healthy snacks? We've curated a list of the best nutritious snacks for grazing on-the-go, all tried and tested by the BBC Good Food team
Gone are the days when the only snacks available were crisps and biscuits. Now, more and more brands are focusing on nutritious, portable food made with natural ingredients. Whether sweet or savoury, they're a good option for keeping you sustained between meal times.
We've tried and tested an array of snacks for on-the-go eating, perfect for everything from park trips with the kids to an after-gym pick-me-up or elevenses at home. Included in our round-up are vegan, gluten free, low carb, low sugar, ketogenic and nut-free options, and all are available either online or in selected supermarkets.
For more inspiration, check out our homemade healthy snacks where you'll find recipes such as melon & crunchy bran pots and lighter scotch eggs. To inspire your diet generally, browse our list of healthy recipes for dairy-free, 5:2 diet or gluten-free recipes. For a more holistic approach to your diet, we have recipes that are brain-boosting, cholesterol-friendly or incorporate more whole foods.
38 healthy snacks to buy in 2022
Love, Corn – smoked BBQ
Super crunchy, these corn kernels have a smoky-sweet barbecue coating that, unlike many barbecue flavoured snacks, aren’t high in sugar or salt.
Shore seaweed chips
With a prawn cracker texture and deep flavour, these 'seaweed chips' are a great source of iodine. It's an important nutrient for vegans and also supports thyroid health, which helps keep cells healthy and regulates metabolic rate.
Eat Real Veggie Straws
These veg sticks are great for those with allergies – they're free from all detectable allergens and are also suitable for vegans. Expect a good snap and a salty flavour.
100% cheese, Cheesies are like a ketogenic popcorn alternative. Available in different cheese varieties, they are baked until crunchy and have a very low carb count. Handily, the rennet used is vegetarian.
Mister Free’d blue tortilla chips
Strikingly purple-blue in colour, these corn tortilla chips are gluten free and completely natural. They have a slightly sweeter flavour than their yellow counterparts, but are just as good for dipping. Check out our collection of healthy dips to accompany them (though they are perfectly good on their own).
Salted plantain chips
Thick-cut, these plantain chips have a good crunch and light salty seasoning with a high fibre and potassium content.
Keto raw rosemary cracker snacks
A keto-friendly alternative to crackers, these rosemary chips have a good snap and a sturdy structure that holds up with cheese or dips. Packed with linseed, they also have a high protein count. Want to find more foods suitable for the ketogenic diet? Read our top 10 foods to try on a ketogenic diet.
Itsu crispy seaweed thins – wasabi
Wafer-thin seaweed sheets are dusted in wasabi for a salty, hot snack that's high in B12 and iodine. Ideal for vegans.
KetoKeto Crunch Puffs – Thai sweet chilli
Enjoy an easy keto snack with these puffs that have a sweet chilli coating. They are low in carbs but high in protein, and are gluten free.
Planet Organic (£2.59)
Brave roasted chickpeas – sea salt
Salty and crunchy, these roasted chickpeas are high in protein and fibre. But they contain less calories than popcorn.
Other Foods okra chips
Paleo-friendly, these unique okra ‘lady fingers’ count as one of your five-a-day and only contain natural ingredients.
Planet Organic cheezy kale popcorn
Keto-friendly and vegan but with a distinct ‘cheesy’ flavour, these kale chips are light and crunchy.
Planet organic (£1.99)
Rude Health cornitas – black bean
A mix of black bean and corn, these chips are popped rather than fried, keeping them low in saturated fats.
Deliciously Ella – beetroot and multiseed chips
Coloured pink from the beetroot, these chips are packed with crunchy nigella, chia and poppy seeds. They are vegan friendly and a great source of fibre.
Good4u Veggie Protein – salt 'n' pepper multipack
These super shots are made from three types of beans: fava, edamame and yellow pea, which have all been roasted and seasoned with salt and pepper. Good for on the go, they are also gluten free and vegan.
Urban Fruit coconut chips
These crunchy coconut crisps are simply sprinkled with sea salt and some coconut blossom nectar. Plus they're gluten free and vegan.
Boundless nuts and seeds
Contains pecan nuts, almonds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds with an orange, ginger and maple flavour. They are naturally gluten free and contain no soya or dairy.
Munchy Seeds – roasted warm cinnamon
Tossed in sugar and cinnamon, these pumpkin and sunflower seeds make a more substantial alternative to popcorn, but also top porridge and smoothie bowls nicely. These seeds are a good source of vitamin E, are gluten free and are suitable for vegans.
Kallo rice and corn cakes – blueberry and vanilla
These low-calorie rice cakes are the perfect base for a sweet snack. Top with yogurt and fruit for a substantial but healthy dessert.
Nairn's oat biscuits – coconut & chia
Made from coconut and chia, these low-sugar oat biscuits are vegan and high in fibre with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. A more nutritious alternative to your average digestive biscuit.
Planet Organic salted caramel popcorn
For an organic treat, this salted caramel popcorn is made using coconut sugar, oil and Himalayan pink salt.
Planet Organic (£0.99)
Brave dark chocolate chickpeas
Roasted chickpeas turn sweet with a layer of velvety dark chocolate. They contain 4g of fibre and protein per portion and are perfect for on-the-go snacking.
KetoKeto biscuit bar – cocoa hazelnut
A keto treat, this biscuit bar is low in net carbs but high in fat. It has a sweetness from the hazelnuts and cocoa powder but it contains no sugar. It still has a good amount of carbohydrates (11g per 50g bar).
Planet Organic (£2.09)
Brave roasted peas – chocolate & salted caramel
British-grown peas are roasted and coated in chocolate and salted caramel for a travel-friendly dessert.
Cocos organic coconut milk kefir – strawberry
Naturally high in saturated fat, this coconut kefir (a fermented milk drink) mixed with sweet strawberry has billions of live active kefir cultures, which are immune supporting. Read more about kefir in our article on the top 4 health benefits of kefir.
Nush almond yogurt – raspberry
Made from almonds and raspberry purée, this yogurt is thick and dairy free. Eat on its own or add to granola. It also has live vegan cultures, which are good for the gut.
Nourish mini coconut macaroons – raspberry
Combining freeze-dried raspberries and cacao butter for a white chocolate flavour, these macaroons are hand-made with all-natural ingredients.
Rude Health ginger and turmeric oaty biscuits
The earthiness of turmeric and brightness of ginger combine with oats to make golden, wheat-free biscuits.
BEAR Yo Yos – super sour strawberry & apple
A great alternative to sour sweets, these super sour BEAR Yo Yos have naturally occurring sugars and zing from the strawberry, apple purée and lemon juice. Perfect for kids and adults alike.
Enriched with 12 key vitamins, a 40g portion of this dark chocolate gives you 50% of your recommended daily intake of key vitamins including vitamin A, D, B12, E and C, which all contribute to the normal functioning of the immune system. Luckily, the overall feel and taste is not affected – it's a dark, smooth chocolate.
Keeping their cacao un-roasted preserves the healthy plant compounds (polyphenols) and ensures their chocolate stays nutrient-rich and flavourful. This dairy-free chocolate bar has floral, jasmine-like notes as well as added gut-friendly live cultures.
Pulsin Keto Bar – orange chocolate and peanut
Pulsin’s orange chocolate bar is full of crunchy peanuts and pea protein, providing 13g of protein per bar. There is also added MCT (a ketone-boosting fat), great for those on a low-carb diet.
Keto8 raw cacao morsels
With a strong chocolate taste and soft texture, these cacao morsels are both keto and paleo friendly, as well as being free from grains, gluten, yeast and dairy.
Planet Organic (£6.99)
Urban Fruit gently baked raspberries
100% waste free, these raspberry fruits are gently baked at low temperatures to maintain nutrients and flavour. They are high in fibre, gluten free, vegan, kosher and count as one of your five-a-day.
Scrapples apple crisps
Eat one of your five-a-day in crisp form with these apple crisps made with whole apples and no added sugar.
Urban Fruit immune fruit bites
A good source of vitamin A, these bites are made from blended bits of mango, baobab and ginger.
Deliciously Ella salted almond caramel cups
Mimicking peanut butter cups, these salted almond caramel cups have a gooey caramel centre, a thin chocolate layer and an oat cup base. They are a natural source of fibre and are totally vegan. Expect all-natural ingredients, too.
Nakd raw fruit & nut bars – cocoa orange
Mashing together dates, cashews, raisins, cocoa and orange, these Nakd bars are a sweet chocolaty bite.