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Best healthy snacks to buy

Published: March 17, 2022 at 2:31 pm
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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.

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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

Savoury

Love, Corn – smoked BBQ

A purple packet of crunchy corn set against a white backdrop

Super crunchy, these corn kernels have a smoky-sweet barbecue coating that, unlike many barbecue flavoured snacks, aren’t high in sugar or salt.

Available from:
Sainsbury's (£2)
The Vegan Kind (£1.20)
Harvey Nichols (£3.50)

Shore seaweed chips

A packet of seaweed crisps set against a white backdrop

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.

Available from:
Amazon - 12 pack (£24)
The Vegan Kind (£o.99)

Eat Real Veggie Straws

A white bag of vegetable crisps set against a white backdrop

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.

Available from:
Holland &Barrett (£1.89)
Sainsbury's (£2)

Cheesies

A small bag of cheese snacks set against a white backdrop

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.

Available from:
Amazon - six pack (£18)
Holland & Barrett (£2.89)

Mister Free’d blue tortilla chips

A purple bag of blue maize tortilla chips set against a white backdrop

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).

Available from:
Planet Organic (£1.79)
Ocado (£2)

Salted plantain chips

A bag of plantain chips set against a white background

Thick-cut, these plantain chips have a good crunch and light salty seasoning with a high fibre and potassium content.

Available from:
Planet organic (£1.99)
Ocado (£2)

Keto raw rosemary cracker snacks

A purple pack of raw rosemary crackers set against a white backdrop

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.

Available from:
8foods (£2.65)

Itsu crispy seaweed thins – wasabi

A pack of seaweed thins from Itsu set against a white backdrop

Wafer-thin seaweed sheets are dusted in wasabi for a salty, hot snack that's high in B12 and iodine. Ideal for vegans.

Available from:
Holland & Barrett (£2.19)
Amazon (£11.95)
Sainsbury's (£2)

KetoKeto Crunch Puffs Thai sweet chilli

A pink and red bag of keto crunchy puffs against a white backdrop

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.

Available from:
Planet Organic (£2.59)

Brave roasted chickpeas – sea salt

A bag of roasted chickpeas set against a white backdrop

Salty and crunchy, these roasted chickpeas are high in protein and fibre. But they contain less calories than popcorn.

Available from:
Planet Organic (£2.49)
Amazon - 12 pack (£11.99)

Other Foods okra chips

A green pack of okra fingers set against a white backdrop

Paleo-friendly, these unique okra ‘lady fingers’ count as one of your five-a-day and only contain natural ingredients.

Available from:
Ocado (£2.50)
Holland & Barrett (£2.69)

Planet Organic cheezy kale popcorn

A green packet of kale popcorn set against a white backdrop

Keto-friendly and vegan but with a distinct ‘cheesy’ flavour, these kale chips are light and crunchy.

Available from:
Planet organic (£1.99)

Rude Health cornitas – black bean

A pack of black bean cornitas set against a white backdrop

A mix of black bean and corn, these chips are popped rather than fried, keeping them low in saturated fats.

Available from:
Planet organic (£2)
Amazon - pack of 8 (£22.94)

Deliciously Ella – beetroot and multiseed chips

A pink packet of baked veggie chips set against a white backdrop

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.

Available from:
Planet Organic (£2)
Waitrose (£1.99)

Good4u Veggie Protein – salt 'n' pepper multipack

A box of veggie protein snacks set against a white backdrop

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.

Available from:
Ocado (£3.25)

Sweet

Urban Fruit coconut chips

A blue packet of baked coconut chips set against a white backdrop

These crunchy coconut crisps are simply sprinkled with sea salt and some coconut blossom nectar. Plus they're gluten free and vegan.

Available from:
Ocado (£2.75)
Tesco's (£2.75)

Boundless nuts and seeds

Three packs of nuts and seeds set against a white backdrop

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.

Available from:
Holland & Barrett (£4.39)
Amazon - 12 pack (£12.99)

Munchy Seeds – roasted warm cinnamon

A small orange pack of cinnamon-flavoured seeds set against a white backdrop

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.

Available from:
Amazon - pack of 12 (£8.50)
Ocado (£2.50)

Kallo rice and corn cakes blueberry and vanilla

A purple pack of blueberry and vanilla rice cakes

These low-calorie rice cakes are the perfect base for a sweet snack. Top with yogurt and fruit for a substantial but healthy dessert.

Available from:
Amazon (£1.19)
Sainsburys (£1.50)

Nairn's oat biscuits – coconut & chia 

A blue pack of coconut oat biscuits set against a white backdrop

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.

Available from:
Holland & Barrett (£1.65)
Waitrose (£1.40)

Planet Organic salted caramel popcorn

An orange bag of salted caramel popcorn against a white backdrop

For an organic treat, this salted caramel popcorn is made using coconut sugar, oil and Himalayan pink salt.

Available from:
Planet Organic (£0.99)

Brave dark chocolate chickpeas

A large bag of dark chocolate roasted chickpeas against a white backdrop

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.

Available from:
Ocado (£2.99)
Planet Organic (£2.99)

KetoKeto biscuit bar cocoa hazelnut

A single KetoKeto bar set against a white backdrop

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).

Available from:
Planet Organic (£2.09)

Brave roasted peas – chocolate & salted caramel 

A sachet of roasted peas set against a white backdrop

British-grown peas are roasted and coated in chocolate and salted caramel for a travel-friendly dessert.

Available from:
Planet Organic (£1.19)
Ocado (£1.25)
Amazon - pack of 12 (£11.69)

Cocos organic coconut milk kefir – strawberry

A bottle of strawberry-flavoured coconut milk against a white backdrop

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.

Available from:
Abel & Cole (£2.80)
Planet Organic (£3.25)
Ocado (£2.60)

Nush almond yogurt raspberry

A dairy-free yogurt pot set against a white backgrop

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.

Available from:
Planet Organic (£3.09)
Waitrose (£3)

Nourish mini coconut macaroons – raspberry

A red packet of mini macaroons set against a white backdrop

Combining freeze-dried raspberries and cacao butter for a white chocolate flavour, these macaroons are hand-made with all-natural ingredients.

Available from:
Planet Organic (£4.31)
Natures healthbox (£4.99)

Rude Health ginger and turmeric oaty biscuits

An orange box of ginger oat biscuits set against a white backdrop

The earthiness of turmeric and brightness of ginger combine with oats to make golden, wheat-free biscuits.

Available from:
Planet Organic (£2.75)
Amazon - pack of 4 (£9.99)

BEAR Yo Yos super sour strawberry & apple

A box of fruit laces set against a white backdrop

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.

Available from:
Amazon - pack of 18 (£16.48)
Waitrose (£2.45)
Morrissons (£2.40)

Benefit chocolate

A yellow bar of dark chocolate set against a white backdrop

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.

Available from:
Ocado (£3)
The benefit brand (£3.50)

Ombar

An orange bar of 72% chocolate set against a white backdrop

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.

Available from:
Ocado (£2.10)
Ethical Superstore (£1.99)
Planet Organic (£1.99)

Pulsin Keto Bar – orange chocolate and peanut

An orange and peanut keto chocolate bar set against a white backdrop

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.

Available from:
Holland & Barrett (£1.99)
Planet Organic (£2)

Keto8 raw cacao morsels

A purple bag of raw cacao macaroons set against a white background

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.

Available from:
Planet Organic (£6.99)

Urban Fruit gently baked raspberries

A pink packet of baked raspberries set against a white backdrop

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.

Available from:
Ocado (£1.75)

Scrapples apple crisps

A small green bag of apple crisps set against a white backdrop

Eat one of your five-a-day in crisp form with these apple crisps made with whole apples and no added sugar.

Available from:
Amazon - 30 pack (£19.99)
Ocado (£0.65)

Urban Fruit immune fruit bites

A small pack of fruit bites set against a white backdrop

A good source of vitamin A, these bites are made from blended bits of mango, baobab and ginger.

Available from:
Tesco (£3)
Waitrose (£3.10)
Ocado (£2.80)

Deliciously Ella salted almond caramel cups

A small pack of caramel cups set against a white backdrop

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.

Available from:
Ocado (£1.50)
Holland & Barrett (£1.69)
Tesco (£1.50)

Nakd raw fruit & nut bars – cocoa orange 

Cocoa-orange-nakd-bar

Mashing together dates, cashews, raisins, cocoa and orange, these Nakd bars are a sweet chocolaty bite.

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