It’s almost Christmas! While we’re hitting the road for Ohio, we thought we might share a roundup of some of our favorite packaged snack-type products (proof that we don’t make everything we eat). When we’re road-tripping like we are this weekend, when we’re out for the night and want a snack, when we’re stuffing stockings, when we’re looking for a special treat that we don’t want to spend an hour making, it’s usually one of these products we reach for, and, while none of these companies has sent us their products free, paid us to promote them or in any other way requested that we mention them here, we’re sharing them because we think they’re just that good*. All made of whole foods, with short ingredients lists you can pronounce and easily recognize, they’re also the kind of snack foods you don’t have to feel any guilt about choosing.
A. Kit’s Organic Bars: These organic snack bars are great for keeping in your car or purse for snacks on the go. Made of whole fruits and nuts, they’re gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free. In the chocolate almond coconut version pictured, the name is almost longer than the number of ingredients, which are just dates, almonds, unsweetened chocolate and coconut. (Sources: Haggen, Fairway Market, New Season’s, PCC, REI, Sprouts, Sunflower, Wegman’s, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage and Whole Foods; or, online)
B. LARABAR: An oldie but a goodie, the LARABAR is practically an on-the-go snack staple. Made of pure ingredients and in a variety of flavors, LARABAR products can be found almost anywhere food is sold—here in Nashville, we’ve bought them at Whole Foods, Wal-Mart and Kroger.
C. Coconut Secret Coconut Bars: You may remember our finding these bars over Thanksgiving. They’re such a treat—and in four different flavors (we’ve yet to try the mint)! I like the chocolate-covered (chocolate sweetened with coconut crystals!) coconut version best; Tim prefers the coconut macaroon bar. They are organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, GMO-free and low on the glycemic index. (Sources: Coconut Secret Store Locator)
D. Hail Merry Chocolate Tart: We’re all but addicted to these tarts, which come in chocolate, chocolate mint and almond butter, among other flavors. We stay away from agave nectar, which the non-chocolate versions all seem to have, but we love maple syrup, which is what the chocolate ones are sweetened with. (Sources: Hail Merry Store Locator)
E. Jovial Einkorn Cookies: The box above is the first we’ve ever purchased of Jovial einkorn cookies, but it probably won’t be the last. Made of the same flour we’ve been using predominantly lately, these cookies are a little more of a splurge, treat-wise, with a longer ingredient list. But the chocolate cookies taste like creamless oreos and are great for dunking in a hot drink. (Sources: We’ve only ever seen these at Whole Foods, but they’re also available online.)
F. GT’s Kombucha: We should buy stock in this stuff. High in probiotics, fizzy like pop, available in a variety of flavors, GT’s kombucha has our hearts. (Sources: GT’s Store Locator)
G. Harmless Harvest Raw Coconut Water: 100% raw coconut water with nothing added, never heated, wonderfully sweet and delicious. We’ll also add that Harmless Harvest has good customer service—when we contacted them about a fluke bad bottle, they were more than helpful. (Sources: Store Locator)
H. Fearless Chocolate: They’re not cheap, but when you want to celebrate, these raw chocolate bars are as good as it gets. (Sources: Fearless Store Locator)
I. Tulsi Tea: You will need hot water for this one, but it’s one of our favorite teas, so we are including it anyway. Did you know Tulsi tea is an adaptogenic herb, which means it helps balance the body’s functions (i.e., good for stress and hormones)? Plus, it’s high in antioxidants, which help to neutralize free radicals and reverse oxidative damage. (Sources: Available online and in various grocers. I’ve even seen this tea at TJ Maxx.)
Now it’s your turn—favorite snacks to buy? Go!
*Disclaimer: We are aware of and respect those who choose not to buy from one or more of these companies because of concern about other products their parent companies sell (such as products with GMOs). While we are not there yet, we think there’s a valid case to be made. Nonetheless, this post should be taken strictly as an endorsement of the products listed, rather than unqualified endorsement of the companies they come from.