12 Healthy Packaged Snacks to Buy

Anytime I see new and interesting healthy packaged snacks at the grocery store, I always love to check the ingredients to see if it qualifies as real food. I mean, cooking from scratch is ideal, but I’m all for shortcuts if one exists! And with two hungry teens, the fewer snacks I have to make (and clean up) myself, the better. There are only so many hours in a day!

Collage of proceeding healthy store-bought snacks.

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Not all of these healthy packaged snacks perfectly contain five or fewer whole ingredients, BUT many are close or include extras that aren’t too offensive. Of course, if you’re looking for perfection, you can cook up a storm and prep all your own snacks yourself. However, the point of this list is for those who want better-for-you alternatives, even if they aren’t perfect! Check out our Healthy Snack Ideas too!

Healthy Packaged Snacks to Buy

The following items are all things we’ve bought and tried ourselves (nothing is sponsored) and the list is ordered from the least number of ingredients to the most to help you decide what’s right for your family.

1. Pistachios

Individually wrapped snacks can be super helpful when you’re in a massive hurry! I agree it’s not the best from a zero waste standpoint, BUT when your child is about to get their third tardy and be sent to Saturday school as a result … it’s nice to have an extra item you can quickly grab and add to their lunch bag to make sure no hunger pains take over during the day!

Three snack sized bags of Pistachios

PISTACHIOS INGREDIENTS: Pistachios, sea salt

2. Dried Apricots

Of course, we can buy bags and bags of dried apricots (both the unappetizing-looking ones without sulfur dioxide and the ones that have been treated). But I got excited about these because the individually packaged sets are so great for travel and last-minute school lunch additions.

Packages of individually wrapped apricots from Trader Joe's

SUN DRIED APRICOTS INGREDIENTS: Dried apricots, sulfur dioxide

3. Whole Cashews

This is another handy individually wrapped snack when you need it for travel or school. I’m a big cashew fan myself and like how these have less salt than most … it’s honestly the perfect amount! If you’re looking for snacks wrapped right off of the shelf, these are a time-saver that you can throw right into a lunch bag or backpack.

Bag of whole cashews from Trader Joe's healthy snack to buy

WHOLE CASHEWS INGREDIENTS: Cashews, rice bran oil, salt

4. Himalayan Pink Salt Popcorn

My oldest daughter is obsessed with this popcorn and takes it in her school lunch every week. We usually buy the big bag with 6 or so individually wrapped bags inside so it’s easy for her to grab and go. For the first time all school year though, I forgot to buy it at the store and thought to myself, it might be good for her to take a break anyway so she doesn’t get tired of it. But no, she was very upset all week to not have it!

Bag of Himalayan Pink Salt Popcorn

HIMALAYAN PINK SALT POPCORN INGREDIENTS: Organic NON-GMO popcorn, organic extra-virgin coconut oil, Himalayan salt

5. Parm Crisps

These are literally just crispy pieces of baked cheese. Dip them in guac and call it a day! These have a crave-able real parmesan taste that goes well with just about anything, but we’d recommend them as one of the healthiest snacks for work for a midday pick-me-up.

Bag of Oven-Baked Parm Crisps

PARM CRISPS INGREDIENTS: Aged Parmesan cheese (part skim milk, cheese cultures, salt & Non-animal rennet).

6. Organic (Brown) Rice Cake Minis

I love how this is whole grain while still offering that satisfying salty crunch! And don’t just eat them plain … they’re great dipped in hummus, finished off with peanut butter and raisins, or covered in avocado and other toppings.

Bag of Organic Brown Rice Cake Minis

ORGANIC (BROWN) RICE CAKE MINIS: Brown rice, oleic sunflower oil, brown rice flour, sea salt

7. Crunchy Sea Salt Chickpeas

The ingredient list on this one is not perfect, but it is pretty short and they are roasted (not deep-fried)—score! I’m always a fan of better-for-you salty, crunchy snacks.

Healthy snack to buy bag of Crunch Seal Salt Chickpeas

INGREDIENTS: Roasted Chickpeas, expeller-pressed safflower oil or sunflower oil, sea salt, tocopherols (vitamin E)

8. Grass-fed Beef Jerky

I’m not personally a beef jerky fan, but the rest of my family is, and this makes a great snack for travel or on the go! There are a lot of jerky options out there, but this is a clean one they all enjoy.

Healthy snack to buy bag of Primal Beef Thins beef jerky

BEEF THINS INGREDIENTS: Grass-fed beef, organic coconut aminos, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt

9. Trail Mix

If you don’t want to make your own little bags of trail mix, this is a pretty decent alternative (minus the little bit of refined oil) where all the work is done for you. And it’s made with raw nuts! This is one of the healthiest snacks for work, since they’re so portable and macro-friendly.

Bags of Go Raw Trek Mix from Trader Joe's

GO RAW TREK MIX INGREDIENTS: Raisins (raisins, canola oil), cashews, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts

10. Whole Wheat Pita Chips

I was legit very excited when I first saw these in the store. I turned the bag around and was expecting the ingredient list to be LONG and yucky, but it was a handful of ingredients that we mostly cook with at home. It’s always fun to find something new to keep things interesting at home and in school lunches. My 14-year-old loves these dipped in hummus.

Bag of Baked Whole Wheat Pita Chips

WHOLE WHEAT PITA CHIPS INGREDIENTS: Whole wheat flour, water, sesame seeds, oat fiber, sunflower oil, sugar (1 gram per serving), yeast, salt vinegar

11. Whole Grain Sea Salt Pretzels

I do wish this ingredient list was shorter/better, but why is it so hard to find good whole-grain pretzels?? I do still love the Unique brand whole grain pretzels (and their ingredients), but sometimes your child just wants a normal looking skinny pretzel stick instead of a big honking twist as big as their hand.

Bag of Whole Grain Sea Salt Pretzels
WHOLE GRAIN SEA SALT PRETZEL INGREDIENTS: Whole grain sorghum flour, brown rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, cassava flour, high oleic sunflower oil, organic cane sugar, apple cider vinegar, salt, xanthan gum, sea salt, sunflower lecithin, baking soda, vitamin E (for freshness)

12. Charcuterie Plate or Salami Wrapped Cheese

These perishable snacks are currently our obsession. My daughters especially love the charcuterie plates with some whole-grain crackers in their school lunch! It’s also great for last-minute picnics or lunches on the go. If you try the salami-wrapped cheese while at home do me a favor and fry it in a pan for a few minutes before eating … to die for!

Packages of Charcuterie Plate and Salami Wrapped Cheese snacks

CHARCUTERIE PLATE INGREDIENTS: Felino uncured salami ingredients: pork, sea salt, natural flavors (celery powder), organic spices, sugars, organic garlic, lactic acid starter cultures. Manchego cheese ingredients: Pasteurized sheep’s milk, salt, rennet, cheese cultures.

SALAMI WRAPPED CHEESE INGREDIENTS: Mozzarella cheese ingredients: Pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes. Hard salami ingredients: Pork, sea salt, contains less than 2% of the following: turbinado sugar, natural flavoring, wine, natural smoke flavor, garlic, celery powder, lactic acid starter culture.

What new better-for-you, store-bought, healthy packaged snacks have you come across lately? If you have any good ones to share please tell us in the comments! :)

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  1. I have always had this perception that packaged foods are not healthy. But now I’m gonna try these healthy snacks. Thank you so much.

  2. I’m always confused about whole wheat on labels. If they state “whole wheat” in the ingredients, such as the Pita chips in this list, are those acceptable when following the 100 day plan, or does it need to say “100% whole wheat?” I am never sure whether “whole wheat” and “100% whole wheat” are the same. Thank you!

  3. The title of your website “100 days of real food” is deceiving and the posts contain many food items that are not real food. Many of your picks are highly processed organic junk food. When this site first began years ago it was a great reference for families new to what real, nourishing food is and isn’t. Unfortunately you haven’t stuck to featuring nourishing, real food. You have sold out to sponsorship. The foods featured in this list and many of your other lists are no where near real, nutritious food. So disappointed.

    1. Hi Tamara,
      We did mention at the beginning of this post that some of these do not follow the “real food rules” but are good alternatives for those who are looking for store-bought snacks. We understand that not everyone is able to or has the time to always make everything from scratch, so we have provided them with a list of ideas that don’t contain too many unwanted ingredients. – Nicole

  4. I know you stated the items on this list aren’t perfect. Most of them don’t even qualify as healthy. Especially if consumed on a regular basis. The oils used in several of them are not healthy oils. The sulphur dioxide in the apricots can cause inflammation issues to those that are sensitive to it.Natural flavors and natural smoke flavor can cause migraines because of hidden MSG.
    Disappointed that you deem those items on your list healthy for those who are conscious of consuming real food for health.

  5. Agree with Anne about the nuts. We have a tree nut allergy in my house and –even if we didn’t– neither kid would be able to eat those on the way to school or at school. Wouldn’t want to risk it for others with nut allergies.

  6. In the salami wrapped ingredients it has Natural Flavors. I have been avoiding food with this ingredient because of what you have posted about it. Is it ok to eat?

  7. Love this list and buy some of these myself! Don’t forget about Truvani’s Only Bar! :) they are delicious and organic!!

  8. Great list – always tricky to find quick and easy snacks in a house w a nut and sesame allergy, but there are some new ideas here for us! At what store did you find the chickpeas and whole wheat pita chips?

  9. The average American already consumes more sodium than recommended and high blood pressure is one of the top killers. I would recommend unsalted versions of these snacks to be healthier as almost everything here is sea salt.