A Dietitian’s Unique and Yummy Grocery Finds – Part 2: Snacking

by Katy Keogh, MS, RDN, LD

Last Updated: November 16, 2020

Hopefully, you’ve read the first installment of our Dietitian’s food browsing finds and you’re back for more! If not, read it for more food ideas to boost excitement and interest in your meals and snacks. Let’s face it, even in BC times (BC = Before COVID!), food monotony seemed to affect us all, but now with cooking at home more often and reduced lingering in the grocery store, it’s much harder to get out of our food ruts and find refreshing food ideas. As always, though, us “foodie” Dietitians spend more time in the aisles so that you don’t have to, and we are always digging up fresh finds. We’re not into “diet foods,” and you don’t have to settle for sub-par taste either. We always strive to ramp up the taste and nutrition with all our recommendations. After all, food is one of the great pleasures in life!

Here are five of our favorite snack finds and tips for your snacking adventures:
  1. Simple Truth Quark
    This is our new obsession! It’s not only a fun word to say, but quark is an amazing dairy food that is much less tart than traditional yogurt, but it is similar in taste and nutritional benefits to Greek yogurt because it packs in protein, probiotics, and calcium. Some people that don’t like the tart or sour taste of yogurt prefer quark for its milder flavor. Try it to see for yourself! This quark is creamy dreamy with just a hint of sweetness from real sugar, but it is much lower in added sugar than traditional sugar-sweetened yogurts and contains no sugar alternatives.
  2. Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolatey Dreams Peanut Butter
    Move over hazelnut spreads! This chocolatey peanut butter goodness is a great substitute, adding less sugar and much more protein with just as much yum-factor! Use on toast, pancakes, waffles, bananas, or stirred in oatmeal. Kids (or kids-at-heart) will also love pretzels dipped in it.
  3. Hippeas Chickpea Puffs
    If popcorn and Cheetos got married, Hippeas would be their child. Of course, Dietitians LOVE beans, but who knew chickpeas could be this good?! As the name implies, this is a snack for all the hippies out there, the unique seekers, and the vegan adventurers, but we’re confident that they’re so good that even the picky kids and the meat-and-potatoes Joe’s will be pleasantly surprised as well. Aside from great taste and texture, we nutrition nerds relish that the chickpeas donate some extra fiber and protein to make a more satiating snack.
  4. Ritz Multigrain Toasted Chips
    We love Triscuits and Wheat Thins, but we also love variety. These new “toasted chips” from Ritz are really a cracker or a chip, depending on your mood. Both the Veggie and the Multigrain flavors are 100% whole grain, meaning they boast more fiber and nutrients. We feel they are lighter than most whole-grain crackers – making an easier transition for those new to exploring whole grain territories. Thinking beyond snacking? Pair with a can of reduced-sodium soup or a packet of flavored tuna to make part of a lunch on-the-go.
  5. Alter Eco Crisp Mint Superdark Chocolate Bar
    You can’t help but mindfully enjoy this chocolate. The super-premium 90% cacao and the real mint crunch create an intense flavor explosion. A little bit truly goes a long way, and your sweet tooth will be satisfied in no time. There really is no better way to end a meal or curl up in your favorite cozy chair than with this chocolate. We realize 90% cacao is not for everyone. If you love red wine, coffee, and the darkest of chocolates, then you’re sure to love this. If this is a bit extreme for your palate or if you’re not a fan of mint, then try the 70% cacao or 85% dark chocolate from Simple Truth. Skeptical of the health benefits of all this? We’ve got you covered with our article featuring five health benefits of chocolate.

We hope these provide some nutrients for your body but also food for your soul. We could all use a little boost going into this winter. Whether you’re ordering online or buying groceries the old-fashioned way (in the store), try some of these new food ideas to spark some refreshing change and boost the fun with your food. As always, if you’d like more personalized food and meal ideas that fit your needs and preferences, we can do just that in a Telenutrition appointment with any of our talented Dietitians. Cheers to your next food adventure!

Disclaimer: This information is educational only and not providing healthcare recommendations. Please see a healthcare provider.

Katy Keogh, MS, RDN, LD

Katy Keogh, MS, RDN, LD

A mom of 2 little kiddos and over 15 years experience in nutrition, Katy enjoys helping her patients squeeze good nutrition and activity into an already “full” life and find their own balance with nutrition and health while still enjoying food to the fullest. She is an expert in weight management, mindful eating, digestive health, anti-inflammatory nutrition, culinary nutrition, cooking/baking, and any other topic related to food! Outside of work, you’ll find her traveling, walking, jogging, beer tasting, and eating gelato.