Today is the Autumnal Equinox, meaning that fall has officially begun. Though I love most things that come with the season, I don’t love is how rich, not-so-nutritious cuisine seems to pop up everywhere now, from grocery stores to social gatherings. But since life is all about balance: below are 60 healthy snacks and sips (listed in alphabetical order) to stock up on, so you can stay on track and still indulge from time to time.
Alpha Foods Crispy Chik’n Burgers
One of my favorite things eat, no matter the time or season, are fried chicken sandwiches. But since I’m trying to eat a little more healthfully nowadays, these plant-based patties have come to the rescue. Instead of pan-frying them, though, I spray them with coconut oil and toss them into my air fryer. Within minutes, I have a golden, crispy, and “meaty” patty ready to go.
This innovative and reusable zipper pouch made of flax linen will extend the life of all types of produce. Just wash the items, shake off excess water, place them into your bag, and store in your fridge’s crisper drawer. They’ll stay fresh for days to come, while reducing your impact on the environment.
Aura Bora Lavender Cucumber Herbal Sparkling Water
This new sparkling water company gets everything right. The design, with its whimsical illustrations, is positively pretty. The herb-centric flavors and aromas, like the Lavender Cucumber, are soothing from the first whiff to the last sip. And because they’re calorie-free, you can sip away to your heart’s content.
Austin Eastciders Cranberry Cider
Just in time for fall is this festive limited-edition cider. Because it’s blended with bittersweet apples and fresh cranberries, the flavor is crisp, dry, and subtly sweet. While it’s perfect for solo sipping on its own, it’s equally terrific a base for a holiday punch.
Babe Wines Rosé With Bubbles Cans
Feeling a little low, down, in a funk? Then crack open some Babe Wine sparkling rosé. From the peppy, feel-good packaging to the fizzy, citrusy wine, it’s impossible to not have your spirits lifted after a can (or more).
Barbara’s Jalapeño Cheese Puffs
These crunchy, cheezy snacks provide a lot of nostalgia, while feeling of the moment with their more nutritious ingredients. Two types of cheese, cheddar and blue, lend an extra savory flavor, and jalapeno adds a hint of heat.
Banza Mac & Cheese
What’s better than good old macaroni and cheese? How about a version that stars chewy, tender pasta made of chickpeas for almost double the protein, three times the fiber, and almost a third fewer carbs than traditional noodles? And don’t worry: when prepared, it tastes just as dreamy as the versions we grew up with.
Beanfields Snacks Korean BBQ Vegan Cracklins
There’s no denying it: pork cracklins are flavorful, irresistibly crunchy, and downright addictive. But since plant-based eating is better for our health and environment, try these spicy-sweet snacks the next time a craving hits.
Beauteani Srsly Soak’d Tea
As a tea drinker, I’m always on the lookout for new brands. While this company’s collection – which champions revitalizing your skin from the inside out – is comprised of four teas that target different concerns, Srsly Soak’d is my favorite. The apple pomace, hibiscus, and black currant not only taste fruity and tart, they also help restore moisture to my dry complexion.
Bubbies Peppermint Candy Mochi
Available for a limited time, these mochi treats from the beloved brand only use non-GMO ingredients, from the delicate rice dough to the rich ice cream. They’re also gluten-free and only 90 calories each. This flavor, in particular, feels extra festive with its pink color and refreshing, minty flavor.
California Olive Ranch Sweet Vanilla Extra Virgin Olive Oil Baking Blend
Just in time for all your seasonal baking needs comes this newly-launched product. Blended with olive oils from California, Argentina, and Portugal, and infused with aromatic vanilla, it’s a more nutritious alternative to butter and canola oil. Need inspiration? Then start with this Petite Vanilla Cakes recipe exclusively developed by Rebecca Firth.
Cleveland Kitchen Roasted Garlic Dressing
The Cleveland-based company’s goal is to help Americans embrace fermented foods, as they do in Asia and Europe. And this versatile, garlicky dressing makes it easy to do with a well-balanced flavor that’s tangy and savory, with a hint of sweet. Drizzle it on salad, marinate a protein in it, or use it as a dip.
The Collaborative Chocolate Ganache Plant-Based Desserts
Like a lot of people, I’m a bit sensitive to dairy. But I also love most things it’s included in – namely, dessert. These pre-portioned pots of rich pudding brimming with dark chocolate let me indulge my sweet tooth, without compromising my digestion.
Columbine® Vineyards Holiday® Grapes
Available now through the end of the year, these red grapes aren’t just easy on the eyes, they’re deeply delicious, too. The seedless fruit is plump, juicy, and yields a perfectly crisp bite. As for the flavor? It’s sweet, yet not cloyingly so. Snack on them plain, or arrange them on a cheese plate.
Comvita MGO 50+ Multifloral Manuka Honey
Sourced from New Zealand, Manuka Honey has been trending for many reasons. It’s loaded with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits. It’s also deeper in color, and richer in texture than regular honey. And the taste is wonderfully deep and earthy. But since most are expensive, Comvita thoughtfully just released this MGO 50+ Raw Multifloral version.
Daring Foods Cajun Pieces
This pouch makes it easy to incorporate more plant-based foods into your everyday eating, without sacrificing the meaty taste you love. It’s a cinch to prepare – simply heat in a pan with oil –and the bold flavor enhances just about dish you’d use spicy chicken in, from stir fries to sandwiches.
Diamond of California Hickory Smoked Bacon Walnuts
While these walnuts are great for snacking (as the packaging implies), I think they’re even better when sprinkled atop salads and other dishes that require bacon. They impart a hearty crunch, a nice dose of healthy fats, and a meaty, smoky flavor.
Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pie
Born out of Seattle’s legendary Pike Place Market and owned by the Apostolopoulos family, Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt delivers authentic, hand-crafted Greek yogurt – even the whole milk is sourced from a local farmer – right to your door. This limited-edition flavor evokes the cozy vibes of your favorite holiday pie with its pumpkin puree and cinnamon crumble.
Elmhurst 1925 Original Unsweetened Oat Creamer
Most commercial creamers contain hydrogenated oil, sugar, and other artifical ingredients you wouldn’t dream of ingesting. Rather, add a splash of this to your morning coffee or tea. It’s made with 100% whole grain oats, and has a rich, velvety mouthfeel.
Fat Snax Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies
Despite being being free of sugar and grains, these keto and gluten-free cookies are packed with warm, spicy flavor and will have you feeling all the feels this fall. The only catch? They’re officially launching online October 6 and available for a short time, so text FATYEAH to 290-71 for early access and delivery.
Favalicious Wasabi & Ginger Crunchy Roasted Fava Beans
These roasted fava beans are far more than snacks, they’re superfoods. Packed with protein and fiber – and seasonsed with a bit of sweet heat thanks for wasabi and ginger – even a small handful will leave you feeling full for hours. Nosh on them right out of the bag, or add them to soups and salads.
Gelato Boy Dairy-Free Cookies + Cream
Cookies and cream ice cream isn’t anything new, but this product from the Colorado-based stands out with its extra fluffy texture – similar to the versions you’d find in Rome – generous chunks of chocolate wafers, and a punch of salt to balance out the sweetness. Even better? The base is made of coconut and cashew milk, if you’re trying to avoid dairy.
GG Scandinavian Fiber Crispbread Thins
These traditional, slow-baked thin crackers come from Norway, and what makes them a staple in healthy lifestyles is because they’re high in fiber, low in calories, and provide a substantial, hearty crunch. And you can top them in endless ways, from scrambled eggs to chicken salad.
Ghia, a non-alcoholic apéritif, was born out of Mélanie Masarin’s desire to stop drinking – but not stop having fun. This chic bottle contains a thoughtfully-curated blend of herbals and botanicals proven to be good for the mind and body. Enjoy on the rocks, as you would a real apéritif, or incorporate it into a mocktail or cocktail.
gimMe Snacks Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks Teriyaki
As a Korean-American, one of my favorite foods growing up was roasted, seasoned seaweed. The only downside? The time it took basting each sheet with oil, roasting it over fire, then salting it. These convenient, pre-portioned packages make it easy to nosh on seaweed whenever the craving hits.
GOOD GOOD Sweet Strawberry Jam
Toast isn’t reserved just for breakfast in my home. It’s also a quick snack that’s perfect anytime of day. Salty butter and jam are requisite toppings, but since the latter is filled with added sugar – also because I’m a jam fanatic – I’ve been using this. There’s no added sugar, and contains only five calories per tablespoon.
Gundry MD Chef’s Select Organic Olive Oil
From cardiac surgeon-turned-wellness entrepreneur Dr. Steven Gundry comes this high-end olive oil produced exclusively in Morocco. In addition to have a bracing, slightly spicy flavor, it’s extremely rich in polyphenols – which can lower your risk of heart disesase, while improving brain health.
Health-Ade Plus Chill
Popular kombucha brand decided to make kombucha, the sparkling probiotic drink, even more nutritious by incoporating adaptogens. Chill, for example, incorporates lavender, vanilla, and passionflower to naturally and deliciously soothe even the most frazzled nerves.
Hella Cocktail Co. Bitters & Soda Spritz Aromatic
Summer, the unofficial season of spritzes, may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them for months to come. And these cans, made with Gentian, clove, allspice, and orange peel, are terrific for solo sipping but even better when incorporated into cocktails.
Heywell Energy + Immunity Sparkling Grapefruit
These low-calorie sparkling waters do more than hydrate – they can relax and energize you, too. And one can of the Energy + Immunity Sparkling Grapefruit, infused with Schisandra, L-Theanine, and organic caffeine, is all it takes to help me shake off an afternoon slump (or a bad case of writer’s block).
Hippeas Nacho Vibes Organic Chickpea Puffs
Do you know why Americans are obsessed with junk food? For one reason: it tastes good. But these puffs made with a few, clean ingredients (like chickpea flower and sunflower oil) have the same airy texture and chaseable cheezy flavor of their commercial counterparts you might say goodbye to the processed versions for good.
Hope Foods Thai Coconut Curry Hummus
Loaded with fiber and protein, hummus is a natural choice for healthy snacking. The issue? It can get boring after a while. So reach for this version, when you want to switch up your routine. Laced with coconut flakes, jalapenos, and curry powder, it’s so bold you’ll find plenty of ways to use it beyond the usual crudite.
Humboldt Distillery Organic Vodka
They might be clear and odorless, but that doesn’t mean all vodkas are created equal. Because when you think about the spirit’s base – whether it be corn or potatoes – you also have to consider if the ingredients are GMO or farmed with pesticides. So for peace of mind, from the first to last sip, drink this small-batch vodka that’s made with organic sugarcane and carbon-filtered for a silky finish.
JUSTIN’S® Almond Butter Protein Bar
Just released this month, these bars are packed with, as you’d expect, the company’s famouse almond butter. In addition, they’re sweetened with organic maple syrup for a hint of sweetness, and loaded with healthy fats and ten grams of protein so you’ll feel satisfied long after the bar is done. Enjoy them at room temp, or store in the fridge for a cool, refreshing treat.
Ketel One Botanical Vodka Spritz in Grapefruit & Rose
Unveiled on September 1, these ready-to-drink canned cocktails from Ketel One feature original flavors featuring fruits and herbs, are made from 100% non-GMO grain, and have only 73 calories per serving. The Grapefruit & Rose is an especially sophisticated sipper, balancing juicy, pleasantly bitter grapefruit with soft, creamy notes of rose.
KIND Frozen Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt Bars
These bars bridge the gap between a healthy snack and sweet indulgence. Because almonds are the first ingredient, you’ll feel good about noshing on them. And because they incorporate dark chocolate, you’ll also feel like your treating yourself to a candy bar – a frozen, more nutritious one, no less.
Kitchen Toke Hemp Honey
For Joline Rivera, it made sense to marry two of nature’s most powerful ingredients, honey and hemp, together. And the uses of this deeply healing, full-spectrum product are endless. Stir into a hot beverage, apply to cold sores to alleviate discomfort, or simply enjoy on its own.
Krave Plant-Based Jerky Smoked Chipotle
While many brands have been able to successfully replicate my go-to meat-based products, jerky wasn’t one of them. Then Krave came along earlier this year with a vegan version. From the pouch to the actual jerky pieces – which are smoky and perfectly chewy – there’s nothing about this that doesn’t feel like the real deal.
La Brea Bakery Country White Sourdough Loaf
While I’m for the sourdough baking craze that swept the country, it’s not my thing. (Cooking, on the other hand, is a different story.) Instead, I’ll grab a loaf of this at my local grocery store. It bears all the hallmarks of a perfect sourdough: the crust is brown and crackly, and the crumb is slightly custardy, tangy, and open.
LesserEvil Organic Popcorn Pumpkin Spice
Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks. Fall is my favorite time of year. So why not marry the two? Thankfully, LesserEvil was thinking the same thing when it announced it’d be unveiling a limited-edition Pumpkin Spice popcorn. It’s lightly salty and sweet, and laced with warm, seasonal spices.
Little Northern Bakehouse Original Artisan Style Pizza Crust
Pizza fantatics understand the foundation of a noteworthy pie is the crust. And with these, gluten-free eaters can finally enjoy great-tasting pies without feeling they’re missing out. Thanks to a proprietary blend of white rice flour, tapioca starch, and chickpea flour, each bite balances crisp and chew.
Little Secrets Cookie Bars Milk Chocolate With Caramel
Despite the name, these treats should not be kept secret. In fact, the world should know how mind-blowingly delicious these are – even though they’re made with fair trade certified chocolate, and no high fructose corn syrup or artifical anything. Just one bite, and you’ll want to spread the word, too.
Love Grown Honey Nut Grain Free Cereal
Breakfast is now something I look forward to, thanks to this cereal. It’s subtly sweet – and reminds me of a childhood favorite – crunchy, and free of gluten and added sugar. Satisfying with a splash of almond or oak milk, it also makes for a great snack right out of the box.
Maker 2019 Viognier Can
Maker is elevating the world of canned wines by exclusively teaming up with independent wine makers and canning their products in small batches. The 2019 Viognier, for example, is made with organic, biodynamic fruit and has delicate, fruity-floral notes. Even better? Each can has less than one gram of carbs, and low residual sugars.
Maple Craft Honey-Infused Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup
Sometimes, more is better. And that’s definitely the case with this product combining two of nature’s best sweeteners, honey and organic maple syrup – which has been aged in bourbon barrels, no less. While using it at breakfast is a no brainer, also try swirling it into tea, and drizzling it into vanilla ice cream.
Mother Raw Vegan Queso
Despite being made with uncooked ingredients (think hemp seeds, cold-pressed olive oil, and nutritional yeast) – as the name implies – this cheeseless sauce packs a serious umami punch. Use it any dish that needs a zesty flavor and melty texture, like pizza and nachos.
Nutiva Organic Vegan Ghee
If you adore ghee (the clarified butter that’s a staple in Indian cooking), but are trying to avoid dairy, then reach for this newly-launched item. Blended with coconut and avocado oils, and turmeric for a golden color, it spreads easily and cooks at a high smoke point just like real ghee.
Outstanding Foods Pig Out Pigless Pork Rinds Salt and Vinegar
The plant-based snack food company c0-founded by chef Dave Anderson and CEO Bill Glaser lets you snack away to your heart’s content, but with none of the guilt. And this flavor, which just launched, provides equal parts salt and tang – along with a ton of satisfying crunch.
Otamot Essential Tomato Sauce
Tomato sauce is a pantry staple, but lots of versions add soybean oil and sugar. This one, instead, with the clever name (“tomato” spelled backwards), relies on olive oil and a medley of vegetables for added nutrition, and a vibrant flavor that’s not too acidic. Use it anywhere you’d use tomato sauce, from soup to pastas.
Reed’s Zero Sugar Real Ginger Ale
Loaded with antioxidants, ginger is a powerhouse that can help with a number of health issues from poor digestion to nausea. To enjoy its benefits in a crisp, refreshing, and guilt-free form, reach for this. It contains real ginger and zero sugar, unlike most conventional ginger ales, and tastes crisp and clean.
RightRice Garlic Herb
Finally, you can enjoy fluffy, flavorful rice with fewer carbs. On top of that, each package boasts more protein and fiber, is made with real vegetables, and a breeze to cook. The garlic herb flavor is just savory enough, and a perfect complement to roasted proteins and vegetables.
Rudi’s Organic Bakery Bagels
Rudi’s Organic Bakery offers organic, delicious pre-packaged breads and baked goods, and are a smart alternative to what you find in grocery stores. And these bagels are no exception. Generously-sized and pillowy soft out of the bag, they’re even better toasted with a smear of cream cheese.
Saltverk Hand Harvested Seaweed Salt
Sourced from Iceland’s Westfjords region, this artisanal salt is processed with geothermal energy, and thereby sustainable as well. As for the taste? It’s crisp, well-rounded, and the addition of several types of seaweed lends extra savory, umami notes.
Sheila G’s Caramel Apple Blondie Brownie Brittle
It’s a good thing these are available for a limited time this fall, because putting them down is downright impossible. The squares are super light and crispy, rich and buttery, and studded with lots of caramel chips. And thankfully, they only clock 130 calories per serving.
Spindrift Pineapple Sparkling Water
Though summer might be officially over, keep those easygoing, sun-drenched vibes going for months to come with Sundrift’s latest flavor. The pineapple flavor is zippy, juicy and fruit-forward, and because each thirst-quenching can clocks a mere 15 calories – you can sip away to your heart’s content.
Stonyfield Organic 100% Grassfed Greek Yogurt
Did you know that yogurt made with milk from grassfed cows is far superior than conventional ones? In addition to having a more balanced ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids (our body’s building blocks), the higher concentration of conjugated linoleic acid may help reduce heart disease as well.
This officially has replaced ketchup as my go-to condiment these days. Just thick enough and perfectly balanced, it’s infused with real French black truffles – which instead of dominating, effortlesly elevate everything you drizzle it on, from eggs to pizza.
Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Bites For Dogs
If you’re anything like me: dogs aren’t just pets, they’re family. So I’m mindful of how my pooch eats, especially now that’s he a senior. Unlike other overly-processed treats, these are made with just freeze-dried raw bison liver for a taste my Buster goes bonkers for, along with plenty of vitamins and minerals.
United Sodas of America Toasted Coconut
The mission of the Brooklyn-based beverage company is simple: to get everyone enjoying sodas once again. There’s a twist, of course. United Sodas clock just 30 calories per can, come in a range of original, natural flavors, and are packaged in vibrant, colorful cans. My favorite flavor is Toasted Coconut, which sips like sunshine.
Utopihen Farms Pasture-Raised Duck Eggs
While there’s many varieties of eggs available, from conventional to cage-free, pastured is the gold standard for its superior health, and humane treatment of animals. (The birds roam free on pastures, as nature intended.) And family-owned Utopihen Farms produces some of the best duck eggs money can buy. They boast more protein and fat, and sport strikingly orange yolks.
Verve Culture Pad Thai for Two Cooking Kit
For many New Yorkers, Pad Thai is on regular delivery rotation. But if you want to try making the classic noodle dish at home, get this kit, which contains everything you need – just add your favorite protein and veggies – to have it ready in under ten minutes.
Vervet Angelicano Canned Cocktail
Canned cocktails are ubiquitous, but many are syrupy sweet, diluted, and a far cry from what you’d get at your local bar. To remedy that, Vervet launched this year with four original libations. While they’re all thoughtfully composed of artisinal spirits and small-batch ingredients, the Angelicano stands out with its complex, gently bitter, and subtly fizzy profile.
Virgil’s Zero Sugar Root Beer
With these cans, you’ll find the quintessential root beer. There’s great, lively effervescence. And its flavor, color, and aroma are wonderfully decadent, creamy, and complex – thanks to a proprietary blend of roots and spices. Even better? There’s zero sugar, meaning there’s zero guilt.
Waterloo Grape Sparkling Water
By far and away, sparkling water is my favorite thing to drink. (Next to champagne, you’ll always find it in my fridge.) But if I had to pick just one brand, it’d be Waterloo Grape. The bubbles are bracing and large, and the concord grape flavor is pronounced and bold – reminding me of the candies I grew up with, in the best way possible.
Wonderful No Shell Pistachios Chili Roasted
I’m on team pistachio because of the exceptionally rich, subtly sweet flavor each nut packs. The only issue? Working through those shells. These handy bags resolve that issue altogether, and make the nuts even more addictive with a savory, subtly spicy flavor.