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Gluten-free (and soy-free) Curate Bars are a brilliant combination of wholesome, nutrient-dense, surprisingly sophisticated ingredients such as Mission figs, balsamic vinegar, quinoa, chia seeds, lavender, pistachios, dark chocolate, almonds, and hazelnuts. They’re filled with protein (up to 6 grams per bar) and are a good source of plant-based fiber—12 percent of your daily value. They’re only lightly sweetened using all natural ingredients, plus there are no GMOs or artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors. You can also find kid-friendly versions with apple, cinnamon, chocolate, banana, and oats.
Alive and Radiant Kale Krunch
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Alive and Radiant Kale Krunch is a great brand of kale chip in part because they have no sugar, according to Sarah Otazo, principal nutritional therapist with NutriFoundations. They’re made with, you guessed it, kale, a superfood that’s loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber, and antioxidants. These particular kale chips, which happen to also be vegan, are crisped under low heat, so they’re technically a raw food. This is important because raw vegetables maintain their natural enzymes, making them even healthier than when you cook the fresh vegetable at high heat. Choose from seven flavors, including fan favorites Quite Cheezy, Ranch, Tarragon Dijon, and Sriracha Lime. Here are 9 canned foods nutritionists actually buy.
Bare Apple Snacks
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What’s better than eating an apple? Eating an apple that’s been dried to an awesome crunch and comes in an easy-to-open pouch. I highly recommend Bare Apple Snacks, especially for young children, because they have an entire apple in every bag, they’re only 50 calories, and they’re gluten- and fat-free with no added sugars. The apples, which come in Fuji & Reds, Granny Smith, and Cinnamon (and organic versions of all three), are sweet because they’re baked in a special oven that caramelizes their natural sugars. If you have any left from your snack, add them to dishes like salads, oatmeal, and other dishes that could use fruit or a crunchy topper. (Also check out the brand’s banana and coconut snacks.)