Snacks

Ips Chips - May 23, 2016

Varieties: Sea salt and black pepper, cinnamon, barbeque, white cheddar
Details: $1.79 per 1-ounce bag $3.99 per 3-ounce bag
Availability: Nationwide and online
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Ips chips are corn chips made with whey, adding protein to the snack. These chips have 6 grams protein per serving compared to potato and tortilla chips’ 2. They come in four varieties: Sea Salt & Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Barbeque, and White Cheddar. They are gluten-free.

Each 1-ounce serving contains 130 calories, 0 to 1 gram saturated fat (of 3.5 to 4.5 grams total), 110 to 270 milligrams sodium and are a good source of protein with 6 grams. They are also a good source of iron.

Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: ips chips are similar in texture to popchips, light and crunchy, and have the same great taste as potato chips. I like the fact that they are lower in fat with ~4 grams compared to tortilla’s 6 and potato chip’s 9 grams per serving.

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Crunchies - December 12, 2015

Details: $4.99 to 5.99 per 1 to 1.2-ounce pouch $1.25 for single-serve pouch
Availability: Nationwide
Categories: Strawberries, mango, pineapple, blueberries, raspberries, grapes, cinnamon apple, strawberry banana, mixed fruit
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Crunchies Natural Food Company introduced these freeze-dried fruit snacks in nine different flavors. They contain no added sugar, no artificial flavors or coloring and are non-GMO, vegan and kosher certified.

Each 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup serving contains 40 calories, 3 to 8 grams sugar and 1 to 3 grams of fiber. The blueberry and raspberry are a good source of fiber, each with 3 grams per serving.

Kristine James, intern at Bite of the Best: I like the crunchy texture of the sweet and healthy freeze-dried fruits, with no added sugar. My favorite is strawberry. Great on cereal or oatmeal or as a snack.

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Goodnessknows Dark Chocolate - October 24, 2015

Varieties: Cranberry almond dark chocolate, apple almond & peanut dark chocolate, peach & cherry almond dark chocolate
Details: 1.59-$1.99 per 1.2-ounce bar, $4.99-$6.99 per 5, 1.2-ounce bars
Availability: Publix, CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens, Walmart, Sam's Club, Costco
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Goodnessknows Dark Chocolate snack squares are made with real fruit, whole nuts and dark chocolate. They are made from hand selected cocoa beans, processed to retain more of the natural occurring phytonutrients with antioxidant properties. These contain no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners.

Each 4-square serving contains 15o calories, 1.5 to 2 grams saturated fat (of 7 grams total), 40 to 45 milligrams sodium and 12 grams sugar.

 

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Honey Maid Birthday Cake Teddy Grahams - August 7, 2015

Details: $3.19 per 10-ounce box
Availability: Nationwide
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Honey Maid introduced Birthday Cake Teddy Grahams with colorful sprinkles. These teddy-shaped cookies, made without high fructose corn syrup, provide 8 grams of whole grains per serving or 15% of the recommended daily value for children.

Each 24-piece serving contains 140 calories, 1 gram saturated fat (of 4.5 grams total) and 7 grams sugar.

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Health Warrior Chia Protein Bar - June 14, 2015

Varieties: Dark chocolate coconut sea salt, lemon goldenberry, peanut butter cacao, honey almond
Details: $1.75-$2.50 per 1.76-ounce bar, $24.50 per 21.2-ounce box
Availability: Wholefoods and online
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Health Warrior’s Chia Protein Bar are rich in omega-3s and provide 10 grams of plant protein from chia, oats, quinoa, and peas. These bars are dairy, gluten and soy free, and non-GMO and Kosher certified.

Each bar contains 190 to 210 calories, 1 to 2.5 grams saturated fat (of 7 to 9 grams total), 10 to 11 grams sugar and an excellent source of fiber and good sources of calcium, iron and magnesium.

 

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Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps Gluten Free Minis - May 13, 2015

Varieties: Gluten free original minis, gluten free salted caramel minis
Details: $2.99 - $4.99 per 5-ounce bag
Availability: Safeway, Fairway, Nationwide in May
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Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps introduced Gluten Free Minis featuring both original and salted caramel varieties. The bite-size pretzel crackers are made with potato starch and rice flour, instead of wheat flour.

Each 30 to 35-cracker serving has 110 to 120 calories, 1.5 grams saturated fat (of 3 to 4 grams total) and 390 to 410 milligrams sodium.

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Mediterra Nutrition Bars - April 28, 2015

Varieties: Tomato basil capers, olive walnut chives, sesame seed pistachio Greek honey, sesame seed orange Greek honey, yogurt oat cherry pistachio, yogurt oat apricot pistachio
Details: $1.99 per bar, $9.49 per 5-bar box, $23.95 per12-bar box
Availability: Select retailers nationwide, online
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Mediterra Nutrition Bars are filled with nuts or seeds that are inspired by the Mediterranean diet and come in three different styles (Savory, Yogurt & Oat and Sesame Honey Energy) with two varieties of each. They contain non-GMO ingredients and are naturally gluten free.

Each bar varies from 160 to 200 calories, 1 to 3 grams saturated fat (of 6 to 12 grams total), 14 to 15 grams sugar and 5 to 7 grams protein.

Olivia Ostunio, intern at Bite of the Best: My favorite, the sweet and nutty Yogurt & Oat Bar with Apricot & Pistachio, contains more protein and fiber compared to the other varieties and makes a great snack. 

 

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Nestle Crunch - March 26, 2015

Varieties: Snoopy, sharable medallion, creamy caramel Nesteggs
Details: $3.49 per 4.5-ounce Snoopy, $0.49 per 1.2-ounce medallion, $2.99 per 10-ounce caramel Nesteggs bag
Availability: Nationwide, online
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Nestle Crunch has partnered with Peanuts for their Easter chocolate collection featuring certified, sustainable cocoa. Nestle has expanded their commitment to sourcing sustainable cocoa by using UTZ certified cocoa for the Easter chocolate collection, marking a first for a major U.S. candy manufacturer.

Each variety varies from 170 to 220 calories, 5 to 8 grams saturated (of 9 to 11 grams total) and 19 to 24 grams sugar.

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Snack Factory Sriracha & Lime Pretzel Crisps - March 17, 2015

Details: $2.99-$4.99 per 7.2-ounce bag
Availability: Safeway, Fairway, Nationwide in May
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Snack Factory Pretzel Crips introduced new variety Sriracha & Lime. These pretzel-shaped crackers are perfect for dipping or eating alone.

Each 10-cracker serving contains 110 calories, 0 grams saturated fat (of 1.5 grams total) and 430 milligrams sodium.

 

 

- bonnie: These have just enough heat from the Sriracha to titillate your palate. 

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Late July Clásico Tortilla Chips - March 15, 2015

Varieties: Bacon habanero, jalapeno lime, crispy yellow corn, nacho chipotle
Details: $3.69 per 5.5-ounce bag
Availability: Select retailers nationwide
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Late July Clásico Tortilla Chips introduces four flavors inspired by taco trucks – bacon habanero, jalapeño lime, nacho chipotle and crispy yellow corn. The chips are made with certified organic, non-GMO stone ground corn.

A one-ounce about 12 chip serving contains 130 calories, 0.5 grams saturated fat (of 7 grams total) and 65 to 210 milligrams sodium.

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Nature Valley Nut Crisp Bars - March 12, 2015

Varieties: Salted caramel peanut, almond dark chocolate
Details: $4.19 per 6-bar box
Availability: Nationwide at select retailers
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Nature Valley introduced two Nut Crisp Bars containing mainly roasted peanuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkins seeds or almonds. One flavor has salted caramel, the other dark chocolate.

Each bar varies from 130 to 140 calories, 2 grams saturated fat (of 9 grams total), 160 to 170 milligrams sodium and 3 to 4 grams protein.

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Bobo’s Bites - January 27, 2015

Varieties: Original, apple pie, pb&j
Details: $5.69 per box of five bites
Availability: Select grocery stores nationwide and online
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Bobo’s launched Bites, a smaller portion snack, in original, pb&j and apple pie gluten-free Oat Bars, made with organic and non- GMO certified ingredients.

One 1.3-ounce bar  contains 160 to 150 calories, 1.5 gram saturated fat (of 5 grams total), 15 milligrams of sodium and 8 grams sugar.

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Nibblr Snack Box - January 24, 2015

Varieties: 78 different varieties
Details: $23 per 4-box subscription, $66 per 12-box subscription, including shipping
Availability: Online
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Nibblr is a subscription snack box that is delivered to your home or office. Each snack box contains four portions that come individually sealed with 78 options to choose from with over 55 of them under 150 calories.

The many varieties of snacks range from 17 grams per serving size (1-package) containing 80 calories, 0 grams saturated fat (of 3 grams total fat) and 190 milligrams sodium to 24 grams per serving (1-package) to contain 180 calories, 2 grams saturated fat (of 12 grams total fat) and 115 milligrams sodium.

Olivia Ostunio, Bite of the Rest intern: The portion-conscious snacks make it convenient to consume on the go. My favorite is the savory Quinoa Twist with a hint of pepper on the quinoa and almonds. 

Bonnie: These calorie and portion-controlled snacks are way overpriced for what you get!

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Balance Bare Bars - January 9, 2015

Varieties: Sea salt carmel nut, mixed berry nut, sweet & spicy nut
Details: $1.59 per-bar, $16.99 per 15-pack box
Availability: Online
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Balance Bare Bars introduced three new flavors that include sea salt caramel, mixed berry nut and sweet and spicy nut. The bars are made with whole nuts, fruits, seeds and other simple ingredients that are non-GMO, gluten free, soy free, vegetarian and certified kosher dairy.

Each bar contains 160 calories, 1.5 to 2 grams saturated fat (of 9 to 10 grams total), 4 to 5 grams protein and 6 to 8 grams sugar.

 

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Karma Wrapped Cashews - December 30, 2014

Varieties: Wrapped cashews, roasted cashews, raw jumbo cashews
Details: $12.49 per 10-ounce jar
Availability: Specialty retailers and online
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Karma Wrapped Cashews are air roasted to retain the natural skin providing a bolder nut flavor with more antioxidants than skinless cashews. They contain no added oils, GMO free and Kosher.

One 1/4 cup contains 160 calories, 2.5 grams saturated fat (of 13 grams total), 11o milligrams sodium, 4 grams protein with an excellent source of magnesium, copper and manganese.

Olivia Ostunio, intern at Bite of the Best: Analysis conducted at North Carolina State University found that the natural occurring polyphenols (antioxidants) found in the skin of these wrapped cashews contained almost ten times more antioxidants  than plain roasted cashews without skin. That research also indicated that 1/4 cup of Karma Wrapped Cashews contained 11% more antioxidants than a 1/2 cup of blueberries. 

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Dove Fruit Dipped in Dark Chocolate - December 18, 2014

Varieties: Blueberries, cranberries and cherries dipped in dark chocolate
Details: $1.99-$2.59 per 2.83-ounce bag, $3.59-$4.79 per 6-ounce bag, $10.86 per 26-ounce bag
Availability: Nationwide
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The three varieties (cranberry, blueberry and cherry) of Dove Fruit Dipped in Dark Chocolate are made with 100% pure cocoa butter. Dove dark chocolate is Rainforest Alliance Certified by sustainably sourcing 100% of their cocoa beans.

About 1/4 cup contains 200 calories, 6 grams saturated fat (of 10 grams total), 10 milligrams sodium and 25 grams sugar.

 

- bonnie: Be careful. These decadent dark-chocolate covered fruit can be addicting. 

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Health Warrior Chia Bars - December 13, 2014

Varieties: Chocolate peanut butter, mango, dark chocolate cherry, coconut, banana nut, acai berry, apple cinnamon, coffee
Details: $1.29-$1.89 per 0.88-ounce bar, $23.50 per 13.2-ounce box (15 bars)
Availability: Nationwide and online at the BiteoftheBest.com shop
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Health Warrior Chia Bars in chocolate peanut butter, mango and dark chocolate cherry are three new flavors of the chia bars. They provide an excellent source of omega-3, good source of fiber and are kosher certified and gluten and GMO free.

Each 0.88-ounce bar varies from 100 to 110 calories, 0.5 to 2 grams saturated fat (of 5 to 6 grams total), 45 milligrams sodium, 4 to 5 grams sugar and 3 grams protein.

 

Olivia Ostunio, intern at Bite of the Best: My favorite, the sweet-tart Dark Chocolate Cherry, provides 1ooo milligrams omega-3, 580 milligrams omega-6 with only 5 grams sugar and 100 calories. 

 

 

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Gold Emblem Abound Snack Bars - December 3, 2014

Varieties: Red fruit & chia, blueberry & pomegranate superfruit, pomegranate & cranberry, mango & raspberry, mango & strawberry, fruit & veggie
Details: $4.49 per 5-bars
Availability: CVS Pharmacy
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Gold Emblem Abound snack bars, exclusively sold at CVS pharmacies, contain no artificial flavors or preservatives.

One 1.3 to 1.4-ounce snack bar contains 120 to 150 calories, 0 to 2 grams saturated fat (of 0 to 5 grams total), 10 to 90 milligrams sodium, 8 to 29 grams sugar and 0 to 5 grams protein.

Olivia Ostunio, intern at Bite of the Best: My favorite, the sweet- tart Pomegranate & Cranberry, with one bar  an excellent source of fiber with 5 grams protein and only 8 grams sugar.

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Gratify Gluten Free Holiday Pretzels - November 19, 2014

Varieties: White Chocolate Peppermint Twists, Peanut Butter Twists, Dark Chocolate Peppermint Twists, Dark Chocolate Twists, Everything Thins.
Details: $4.99 per 5.5-ounce package
Availability: Nationwide during the 2014 holiday season.
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The gluten free company, Gratify Foods, introduced holiday pretzels. The varieties include White Chocolate Peppermint Twists, Peanut Butter Twists, Dark Chocolate Peppermint Twists, Dark Chocolate Twists and Everything Thins.

Eight pretzels contain: 150-210 calories, 5-7 grams saturated fat (of 10-12 grams total), and 13-17 grams sugar.

 Kristina Day, special gluten-free correspondent — The flavored pretzel variations are rich and tasty — perfect for entertaining. Recommend  are the Everything Thins  for a cool new spin on the classical pretzel. Perfect for snacking on the run.

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Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bar - November 1, 2014

Varieties: Chocolate peanut butter with sea salt, banana oatmeal dark chocolate, and dark chocolate pretzel
Details: $2.49 per bar, $12.99 per 5-pack, $29.99 per 12-pack
Availability: Nationwide and online
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Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars are gluten free, Kosher and contain no artificial sweeteners.

One 1.34-ounce bar contains 150 to 170 calories, 2 to 2.5 grams saturated fat (of 5 to 7 grams total), 7 to 11 grams sugar and 6 to 7 grams protein

 

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GimMe Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks - October 7, 2014

Details: $1.19 per 5 grams; $1.99 per 10 grams
Availability: Nationwide
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GimMe Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks offers two new flavors: Teriyaki and Wasabi that are gluten free, vegan, organic and non-GMO.  Seaweed is high in folate, magnesium, iron and calcium.

One 5 gram package contains: 25 calories, 2 grams total fat and 30 milligrams sodium.

 

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Chuao Chocolatier - October 5, 2014

Details: $4.99 for 2.8 ounces
Availability: Nationwide
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Chuao Chocolatier  introduced four new flavored bars: Oh My S’mores, Ooh Ahh Almond, Pretzel Toffee Twirl and Sweet and Salty.

Sweet and Salty contains milk chocolate and sea salt; Pretzel Toffee Twirl, pretzels covered in dark chocolate with a caramel twist; Ooh Ahh Almond, whole almonds, dark chocolate and kettle cooked sea salt; and Oh My S’mores, mini marshmallows, crushed graham crackers with milk chocolate.

Two bars contain 190 to 210 calories, 6 to 9 grams saturated fat (of 11 to 15 grams total) and 15 to 21 grams sugar.

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G.H. Cretors Popped Corn - September 19, 2014

Details: $3.99 per 4.4-ounce bag
Availability: Nationwide
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G.H. Cretors offers two new flavors of popcorn, Simply Salted and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Both flavors are non-GMO, free of preservatives, artificial colors and artificial flavors.

Three-quarters cup contains 140-150 calories, 1 gram saturated fat (of 9 grams total), 135 milligrams sodium and 3 grams protein.

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Jif To Go Dippers - September 17, 2014

Details: $1.30 per individual pack; $3.79 per 3-pack
Availability: Nationwide
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Are you a peanut butter lover? Jif introduced peanut butter on the go in two varieties:  Jif To Go Dippers in Creamy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Silk — each packed with pretzels for dipping that are convenient for snacking.

A 1. 5 ounce portion contains 250 calories, 3.5 grams saturated fat (of 18-20 grams total) and 5-9 grams protein.

 

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Larabar Renola - September 6, 2014

Varieties: Cinnamon Nut, Cocoa Coconut, Berry
Details: $1.79 per pouch
Availability: Nationwide Target stores and select grocery stores.
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Larabar has released Renola, a grain-free granola bar that is non-GMO, gluten free, soy free and dairy free in three flavors: Cinnamon Nut, Cocoa Coconut and Berry.

One pouch contains 200 calories, 1.5-6 grams saturated fat (of 14 -16 grams total) and 5-6 grams protein.

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