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Healthy Snacks Taste Test

Molly (my best blogging buddy) and I reviewed 12 “healthy” packaged snacks on their taste and nutrition. As a nutrition student (Molly) and a business student (Lauren) both with a love of snacks, we figured we were the most capable people in all of the Whole Foods dining area (where we literally spent 3 hours) to conduct this very scientific study. Here is what we found:

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Lauren: “I really like these. The flavour and crunch is good plus they were on sale.”

Molly: “This flavour is better than the regular flavour but they are a bit greasy.”

Health Notes: Baked not fried, high in fibre and protein, low in fat and sodium, gluten free

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Lauren: “The cheese flavour is good, like bean Doritos. However the texture is kind of grainy, couldn’t eat too many of these without feeling sick.”

Molly: “They taste healthy.”

Health Notes: No trans fat, no artificial ingredients, less fat/sodium and more fibre/protein than Doritos

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Lauren: “Reminds me of eating sushi, not too salty.”

Molly: “I like the beginning crispiness but it gets chewy. Also the package has only 10g in it which is hardly anything.”

Health Notes: Seaweed has a lot of vitamins and minerals

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Lauren: “Good texture at first but I like it less the more I eat them, the flavour is similar to traditional BBQ potato chips.”

Molly: “Taste lighter and less greasy than regular chips.”

Health Notes: Gluten free, non-GMO, no trans fats

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Lauren: “Good crunch but I don’t really like the taste.”

Molly: “Crunchy but dry out your mouth. Very earthy taste.”

Health Notes: Dry roasted not fried, literally just edamame and salt, lots of protein

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Lauren: “Crunchy. Salty. Better than the edamame.”

Molly: “Good mouth feel, very filling”

Health: Aren’t too high in sodium, only contain soybeans and salt

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Lauren: “Surprisingly crispy texture. Taste healthy in a good way.”

Molly: “Sweet but not too sweet.”

Health Notes: Whole grain, vegan, peanut free, non-GMO, gluten free, but lots of added/not natural ingredients

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Lauren: “These are delicious.”

Molly: “Rich, creamy, not too sweet.”

Health Notes: THESE ARE NOT A HEALTHY SNACK.

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Lauren: “Good crunch and coconut taste. Would eat again.”

Molly: “Not overwhelmingly sweet.”

Health Notes: Vegan and gluten free, fat occurs naturally in coconut, has some added sugar

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Lauren: “It’s cool that they are in the shapes of the vegetables but they don’t taste that good”.

Molly: “Some of the vegetables are better than others, taste earthy but a little bland.”

Health Notes: All ingredients are recognizable, vegan and gluten free, better for you than Veggie Straws

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Lauren: “I like the taste more than the texture. They’re pretty dry when you chew them.”

Molly: “A nice sweetness of cinnamon and sugar, light but filling.”

Health Notes: Great alternative to nuts for those with allergies, does have additional sweeteners

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Lauren: “Tastes a bit burnt. Good crisp/crunch.”

Molly: “Not salty but definitely sweet, does taste burnt at some points. Huge serving size (3.5 cups)”

Health Notes: No trans fat, dairy, gluten, or peanuts. For popcorn it has a lot of sugar and fat.

Things We Learned:

  • Snacks advertised as ‘healthy’ and ‘natural’ may not actually be- Look at the nutrition facts and ingredients list!
  • Look at where the macro nutrients are coming from (for example, fat from coconut is good fat)
  • Serving sizes vary greatly (on a scale of dried seaweed to popcorn)
  • These snacks may be better than typical packaged foods (Bean chips > Doritos) but there are much healthier options (carrots and hummus, apples and nut butter etc.)

Our Favourite ACTUALLY Healthy Snack Ideas:

  • Frozen grapes
  • Homemade muffins
  • Carrots and hummus
  • Apples and nut butter
  • Crackers and light Laughing Cow cheese
  • Lightly flavoured air-popped popcorn
  • Fruit (apples, bananas, apricots, nectarines, kiwis)
  • Almonds and dark chocolate
  • Yogurt, granola, and berries
  • Dried fruit and nuts

Other resources to check out:

We had a lot of fun buying, portioning, photographing, and reviewing these snacks! We hope that this post was helpful and eye opening about the ‘healthy’ snack foods on the market. Happy snacking,

-Molly and Lauren ✌︎❤︎❁

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3 thoughts on “Healthy Snacks Taste Test

  1. Love it 🙂 Actually, I believe Apples and Hummus are the BEST snack invented! I had so much fun taste testing with you, and researching the nutrition information. Thanks for scaling back my thoughts. Great post Lau! I liked that you were able to give a winning title to each snack – even if it won for least healthy/ most sugar! Now where are those Joseph’s Nutless Clusters at?

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