When it comes time to reach for a quick snack, you probably want something that's tasty and good for you that is also easy to pack and enjoy on-the-go. When snacking on fruits and vegetables isn't really an option, consider reaching for one of these delicious organic options. As editor for LoveToKnow Organic, I received several organic snacks to sample. The choices appearing here are examples of the tastiest organic snacks that also happen to have a high nutritional content.
Organic yogurt can make a great, healthy snack. In particular, Greek yogurt can provide probiotic cultures and will satisfy hunger for a long period of time.
Packed in a pouch to make this yogurt easily portable and simple to eat without a spoon, Sprout Smash organic yogurt smoothies have high protein content and high antioxidants courtesy of the fruit blends used to make them. Flavors include:
- Carrot & Orange Smoothie
- Banana & Berry Coconut Milk Smoothie
- Acai & Berry Greek Yogurt Smoothie
- Blueberry & Blackcurrant Greek Yogurt Smoothie
Taste: These smoothies have a great taste to them. My favorite was the Acai & Berry Greek Yogurt smoothie, which had a pleasant, tart taste and filled me up. Although these smoothies are marketed toward kids, this is a snack I would eat again.
Reviews: A reviewer on Amazon noted that these snacks are an easy way to eat healthy, adding that these snacks are "not just for kids."
Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt
The organic Greek yogurt offered by Stonyfield is available in a wide variety of flavors. These yogurts are packed with protein and are quite substantial. Eat it as a large snack, or have a serving with breakfast.
Taste: The yogurt tastes quite fresh, as does the accompanying fruit. I particularly liked the superfruit flavor and thought it tasted very smooth and not too sweet.
Lifeway Kefir Smoothie
The organic probiotic smoothies offered by Lifeway feature kefir, which has a high calcium content, contains tryptophan and aids in digestion. These smoothies have a consistency that is appropriate for drinking through a straw, making them a good choice for snacking while working.
Taste: The Wildberries Kefir was my favorite among the samples I tried, although all of them tasted good and had a nice, creamy consistency. This smoothie is on the thicker side, but it works well with the flavor.
Reviews: A Crazy Food Dude review of the blueberry flavor says this smoothie has a good taste to it and is worthy of the Crazy Food Dude's coveted "Buy It" rating.
Fruit is a great option for a low-calorie, quick energy burst. Kids also generally like the sweetness of fruit snacks, making these great options for quick organic snacks that both kids and adults will enjoy. Fruit also manages to retain its nutritional benefits even when not in original form, making fruit-based snacks a good choice.
Natierra Freeze-Dried Fruits
Natierra has a large selection of organic freeze-dried fruits. Offered in a convenient pouch, these snacks begin with a flash-freezing process that helps retain the vitamins and other healthy aspects of the food. These snacks are also vegan and gluten-free.
Taste: I found that the fruit managed to present a vibrant flavor, and the consistency was not as dry as I imagined it might be. In fact, the moisture within my mouth quickly transformed the fruit back to nearly its original consistency. My favorite product was the Dark Chocolate Strawberries, while the Mango product was a close second.
Reviews: Customers on the Vitacost website give these snacks positive reviews. One customer says the banana version is "the perfect snack."
Annie's Homegrown Organic Fruit Snacks
Most people who enjoy organic food are already quite familiar with Annie's Homegrown. These organic fruit gummy snacks are an excellent alternative to other fruit snacks and are tasty enough to make them appropriate for kids and adults alike. These fruit snacks come in convenient pouches, making them easy to toss into a bag and go.
Taste: I sampled the Berry Patch flavor, which did live up to its name by having a distinct strawberry, cherry and raspberry taste. Having tried other types of prepackaged fruit gummies, I could tell that these snacks are made from real fruit juice and do not have artificial flavors or colors.
Reviews: Amazon customers say these snacks are flavorful and like that they are non GMO. However, most agree that the cost is high for what you get.
Simply Balanced Organic Fruit Strips
Target's organic brand Simply Balanced offers strawberry fruit strips. Made with organic apple puree and strawberry juice, these tasty fruit strips are a good option when you want a small, sweet snack that does not have a lot of calories.
Taste: The strawberry taste of these strips is quite powerful; it doesn't take many bites of the strip to feel satisfied. The consistency is appealing. The strips manage to not feel too sticky and definitely do not taste highly processed.
Some snacks take a little preparation time, but in the case of the following organic options, the extra time needed is worth the effort.
Rudi's Organic Bakery Soft Pretzels
Rudi's makes it clear on the packaging of their organic pretzels that there are only five simple ingredients to each pretzel, and "no junk." This is a great option for a snack when you want something warm and have the time to heat the pretzel up (either in the microwave or oven). Each pretzel has six grams of protein and no soy, dairy or high fructose corn syrup.
Taste: Rudi's organic soft pretzel is a nice treat, particularly on a cold day when I want a warm snack. I liked how I was in control of how much salt I added to the pretzel. When I finished the pretzel, I felt satisfied and no longer hungry at all.
Reviews: BakingBusinessOnline says these pretzels are kid-friendly, something that will please parents and children alike. While this particular product is too new for many customer reviews, Rudi's Organic has been a leader in the organic food industry since 1991 and is described as a "customer favorite" by the Wheatsville Food Co-op.
Annie Chun's Organic potstickers
If you have a little time to prepare your snack and you want to present something to visitors that will impress them, Annie Chun's 0rganic potstickers are a good option. Made with shiitake and vegetables, these potstickers are dairy-free and appropriate for vegetarians. They are also high in fiber and iron.
Taste: I found that these potstickers tasted best when prepared by pan-frying with organic olive oil, but these can also be prepared using the microwave or by boiling. The flavors were complex and I appreciated the mixture of so many different vegetables. These snacks would also make a great appetizer for an Asian-inspired meal.
Reviews: The Girls Just Wanna Go Green blog applauds the potstickers as flavorful and easy to make.
Eating crunchy snacks may actually help reduce stress; couple crunch with some organic food for a snack you'll enjoy while avoiding unnecessary toxins sometimes found in non-organic foods.
Saffron Road Crunchy Chickpeas
Made with organic chickpeas, these organic, gluten-free snacks from Saffron Road are a good source of protein and low in fat. They are available in three flavors:
- Bombay Spice
Taste: The flavors of these snacks are vibrant; Falafel was my favorite among the three, but all of them were good. I also liked the crunchy texture of these dried chickpeas.
Earth's Best Organic Crunchin' Crackers
A great choice for kids, Earth's Best Organic Crunchin' Crackers come in the shape of Sesame Street characters. These crackers are also an excellent source of iron and zinc.
Taste: These crackers have a subtle taste, which many kids will appreciate. Parents will appreciate that the crackers are not too salty.
Reviews: Reviewers on Vitacost give this snack a nearly perfect rating, describing them as handy and delicious.
Available in both white corn and blue corn flaxseed, the Simply Balanced tortilla chips from Target's organic line are a good option for someone who wants to enjoy tortilla chips, but does not want to stray from organic eating. Pair the chips with guacamole made with organic avocados or some organic salsa for a substantial snack.
Taste: Both versions of tortilla chips have a good balance of salt and an appealing crunch. The blue corn flaxseed chips were my favorite, largely because I enjoy the taste of flaxseed. I appreciated how both versions of the chips did not taste greasy and had subtle flavors throughout.
Reviews: A reviewer on the website What's Good at Archer Farms? likes these chips for their clean, simple taste and says these chips are better than their non-organic Archer Farms predecessor.
Organic bars travel nicely and can provide a substantial snack. Many organic bars have a relatively long shelf life and are excellent choices for long car rides or camping trips.
Cascadian Farms Oats & Honey Granola Bar
Cascadian Farms offers a variety of organic granola bars, both crunchy and chewy. Their crunchy oats & honey granola bar is a substantial snack featuring only seven ingredients. With no cholesterol and featuring 10% of the fiber needed daily for an average person, this bar is a good choice for a quick snack.
Taste: I appreciated the crunchiness of the bar and liked the flavor a lot. The honey taste wasn't overpowering, but was enough to where there was a nice sweetness to the bar.
Reviews: Walmart customers give high marks to these granola bars, saying the bars are delicious and healthy. They also like that they are a good option for quick snacks on the go.
Bearded Brothers offers a variety of substantial, organic energy bars made with organic dates and other organic ingredients. Bars come in compostable packaging and are gluten-free and soy-free. These bars are good choices for those who want a dense bar to stave off hunger.
- Bodacious Blueberry Vanilla
- Fabulous Ginger Peach
- Mighty Maca Chocolate
- Colossal Coconut Mango
Taste: Although my favorite bar was the Bodacious Blueberry Vanilla, I found that all of the bars featured delicious, fresh flavors. The moist consistency was just right.
Reviews: Reviewers on the Bearded Brothers website say the Fabulous Ginger Peach bar is perfect for fans of ginger because of its fresh-pressed ginger taste. They also gave high marks to the Mighty Maca Chocolate bar, saying the chocolate taste is subtle.
Tasty Organic Treats
Sometimes you want to grab something a little more decadent for a snack. Luckily, there is no shortage of organic cacao and chocolate bars available.
Made from organic Rainforest Alliance Ecuadorian cacao paste and cacao butter, the Good Cacao bar features organic coconut shreds, giving the bar a nice dose of Omega-3. The bar is also vegan and gluten-free.
Taste: This bar is delicious, especially if you are a fan of dark chocolate and coconut. The coconut taste is subtle, yet pronounced enough to give this bar a good flavor.
Reviews: Vitamin Shoppe customers say these bars are excellent for chocolate lovers who are mindful about what they eat.
Alter Eco Dark Cacao
I received an Alter Eco Dark Cacao bar along with other delightful organic products in a sample box from UrthBox, a monthly subscription service offering healthy snacks. The cacao bar is 100% organic and features both vanilla and cacao beans, making it a good source of magnesium and fiber.
Taste: This is an exceptional bar, in my opinion. All the flavors blend quite well together, and the cacao nibs add a crunch that gives the bar a nice consistency.
Reviews: Amazon reviewers call this bar "stunning" and "easily the best." They also applaud this bar for the relatively low price.
Snacking can be an essential aspect of a healthy diet, especially when the snacks you choose are organic. Try a wide variety of organic snacks to find the ones that best suit your taste and dietary needs.