Next time hunger strikes and the temptation to run to the candy stash to satisfy that afternoon sugar craving sets in, think again. It turns out there are plenty of healthy snack options that are not only lower in calories and sugar but are also nutrient-dense. Plus, these healthier options will not only hit the spot, but they’ll also make you feel fuller for longer and won’t leave you with a dreaded sugar crash. Whether you’re doing your snack shopping IRL or online, CVS has your back with plenty of delicious and nutritious treats to stock up on — whether you’re a savory snacker or have a sweet tooth.
Besides, let’s be honest — it doesn’t matter how packed with kale and plant-based protein powder your morning smoothie is if you’re going to slip up between meals all throughout the day, and the best way to ensure you won’t succumb to cravings is to be prepared with healthy options before you’re starving. To help keep your snacking habits under control and your energy levels sustained all day long, we’re shortlisting some under-$10 healthy snack options you can snag at CVS whenever you’re desperate for a snack and pressed for time.
From cheese-flavored quinoa puffs to sweet treats like low-sugar chocolate-dipped almonds, we’ve rounded up the best guilt-free snacks to stockpile before the urge to resort to the vending machine strikes. Best of all, as a part of CVS’s current Women’s Wellness week promo, you can get an extra $10 in Extra Bucks when you spend $30 on select products, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to refresh your snack lineup — no excuses!
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1. Gold Emblem Abound Heart Healthy Trail Mix
This tasty trail mix contains a blend of roasted almonds and walnuts, which contain omega-3 fatty acids, as well as antioxidant-rich dried cranberries and raisins for a solid serving of antioxidants and vitamin E. Of course, this heart-healthy snack also contains unsweetened chocolate to help satisfy afternoon sugar cravings so you won’t feel the urge to take a trip to the vending machine.
2. Gold Emblem Abound Fuji Apple Crisps
This fiber-rich snack will help you conquer your cravings without opting for a calorie-laden dessert. With just twenty calories and three grams of sugar per serving, it’s a healthy treat you won’t feel guilty about giving into later.
3. Blue Diamond Nut-Things Almond & Rice Cracker Snacks
If you’re like me and tend to be more of a savory snack person, these cheddar-flavored crackers are a great guilt-free alternative to potato chips. Instead of flour, they’re made with almonds and rice, so they also give you a serving of heart-healthy fats too.
4. Gold Emblem Abound Jalapeno Cheddar Style Corn & Quinoa Puffs
Forget about reaching for those Cheetos. You won’t miss the real deal once you get a taste of these deliciously cheesy corn and quinoa puffs. They’re also gluten-free and cholesterol-free, so they’re a solid option for a wide range of diets.
5. Smart Sweets Sweet Fish Candy
If you’re a fruity candy type of snacker, prepare to meet these game-changing and guilt-free gummies that taste just like the real deal without excess sugar. These gluten-free and non-GMO fish candies not only contain just three grams of sugar for the entire bag, but they also serve up fourteen grams of plant-based fiber in each serving.
6. Jack Link’s Original Turkey Jerky
If you’re a carnivore looking for a high-protein, low-carb snack to tide you over until dinner, Jack Link’s low-fat turkey jerky is a tasty and hunger-banishing choice to keep on hand. It’s only eighty calories and twelve grams of protein per serving. Not bad, right?
7. Gold Emblem Abound Strawberry Crisps
These delicious freeze-dried fruit crisps are another sweet option to kick sugar cravings to the curb but also add some nutrients to your daily fruit and veggie intake.
8. Nora Crispy Seaweed Snacks
These delicious, low-calorie snacks are vegan-friendly, gluten-free and non-GMO, so they’re a suitable choice for just about any diet. These seaweed strips will only set you back 110 calories per serving (which is half of the bag).
9. Mary’s Super Seed Everything Crackers
Everything bagel seasoning is all the rage right now (and for good reason — it’s delicious), and these whole grain and gluten-free crisps give you the same flavor, but are a bit more nutrient-dense.
10. GFB Gluten-Free Protein Bites
If you’re the type of person who tends to reach for cookies when hunger strikes, these gluten-free and vegan treats are an awesome replacement. Each bite has a satisfying crispy-chewy texture and they’re available in three different flavors.
11. Gold Emblem Abound Kale & Spinach Tortilla Chips
If you love classic tortilla chips but are looking for an alternative that still hits the spot with a little bit more nutritional value, you’re going to love these low-sodium kale and spinach chips. They’re delicious with guac or salsa or on their own for a quick snack.
12. Skinny Dipped Dark Chocolate Cocoa Almonds
These chocolate-dipped almonds are a serious game changer if you’re known to grab a candy bar at snack time. These tasty little treats deliver five grams of plant-based protein per serving and they don’t contain any alternative sugars (which are known to be tough on the stomach).
13. Siete Grain-Free Tortilla Chips
Available in a variety of drool-worthy flavors like Lime, Nacho and Ranch, these grain-free, vegan and Paleo-approved tortilla chips really do taste just as good as the real deal, but without the guilt and empty calories.
15. Brad’s Plant-Based Organic Crunchy Kale Chips
These plant-based crunchy kale chips exceed my expectations every time. Not only are they a delicious alternative to potato chips and crackers, but they’re also nutrient-dense and full of gut-healthy probiotics. I’ve never been a fan of kale, but these crunchy snacks have changed the game for me.
16. RXBar Protein Bar
Many protein bars are hardly better than your average chocolate bar, but RXBar’s tasty and wholesome snacks are made with real ingredients (egg whites, nuts and dates) and no fillers. They’re chewy and naturally sweet, so they feel like a super satisfying snack, especially if you tend to reach for brownies or cookies (RXbars have a similar texture.)
17. Made in Nature Organic ‘Nana Pops Unbaked Energy Balls
These delicious salty-and-sweet energy balls are seriously delicious, guys. Each banana ball is filled with a generous portion of creamy nut butter that gives you the same satisfaction of eating a chocolate truffle.
18. The Daily Crave Himalayan Pink Salt Lentil Chips
These plant-powdered lentil chips are not only certified gluten-free and organic, but they’re also kosher, non-GMO, and free of artificial fillers and flavors. The ridged shape and larger size also make them perfect for dipping.
19. Quest Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Protein Cookie
If you’re tempted to reach for a plain old chocolate chip cookie, try replacing it with a protein-packed alternative, which helps keep you fuller for longer and has fewer net carbs.
20. Gold Emblem Abound 100% Fruit Strips Variety Pack
Made with 100 percent fruit-based ingredients, these sweet strips are basically a healthier, grown-up version of the fruit rollups you loved when you were a kid. At just 45 calories per serving, you can pop a couple to satisfy a sweet tooth without feeling guilty about it.