peanuts, pistachios, almonds and chia seeds—and even the sweet
versions contain just 3 grams of sugar.
WHAT’S NOT: Pumpkin seeds fill the void for people with nut
allergies. They’re gluten-free, non-GMO, peanut-free and tree
WHERE TO GET THEM: Safeway, Vons, Whole Foods, Costco,
CVS, Kroger, the occasional Starbucks and online at Amazon.com.
The cost: $4.99 for a 5-ounce bag.
Oat My Goodness
Granola is a beloved breakfast item, but Rockville, Maryland-based Oat My Goodness (OMG) craft granola is redefining the
genre with around-the-clock options featuring ingredients from
chocolate chips to cardamom.
Frustrated by the lack of nutritious granola options on the
market, Shohreh Vojdani started whipping up her own. When
her daughter’s college friends gobbled it up, they encouraged
her to sell it. “I was studying business, and I always dreamed of
owning my own company,” says daughter Yasaman Vojdani.
When she graduated, they sold granola and gradually
started expanding the line, creating unique flavor combinations
such as coffee and orange.
WHAT’S IN IT: Coffee and oranges; sour cherries and cardamom;
bananas and chocolate. Each of OMG’s four signature recipes—
Vintage, Sunrise, Bad Monkey and Starshine—features a
smattering of specialty ingredients, including Bob’s Red Mill
organic oats, Let’s Go organic coconut chips, Ghirardelli chocolate chips, Virginia peanuts, Nespresso coffee and California
raisins and almonds.
WHAT’S NOT: Additives, preservatives, trans fats, added salt,
WHERE TO GET THEM: Whole Foods, specialty grocers and online
at OMGcraftgranola.com. The cost: $10 for an 8-ounce bag.
SuperThins by Cissé
Diana Lovett, founder of Cissé Cocoa Co., Mamaroneck, New
York, traveled the world from West Africa to Central America
to find the perfect cocoa beans. She discovered FUNDOPO, an
organic, fair trade cooperative in the Dominican Republic. Its
USDA organic, single-origin, signature cocoa powder is now the
base of all Cissé products.
“We wanted to create a great-tasting bite of something
sweet that doesn’t break the calorie bank the way a candy bar
would,” says Lovett.
She and her team started experimenting with Cissé brownies,
spreading them out really thin. The end result was a brownie thin
that eats more like a thick chip than a brownie. They topped the
brownie thins with superfoods (coconut, cherries, pepita) and
created an indulgent portion-controlled treat. The idea was to
hit that sweet spot without derailing a healthy diet.
WHAT’S IN IT: Lovett uses real ingredients and superfood toppings
to create four tasty SuperThins varieties: double chocolate;
cranberry/pepita (with cranberries sourced from Wisconsin);
coconut/cashew; and cherry/sea salt (with cherries sourced from
Michigan). The crux of the thins is pure FUNDOPO cocoa, real
butter sourced from a co-op in Wisconsin and ground vanilla
bean courtesy of small-scale farmers in Madagascar.
WHAT’S NOT: Additives, preservatives, trans fats, genetically
modified ingredients and high fructose corn syrup.
WHERE TO GET THEM: Whole Foods, Stop & Shop and online
at Amazon.com. The cost: $4.99 per bag.
Frontier Bites, San Jose, California, began as a baking challenge
between brothers Matt and Nate Oscamou, who had been subsisting on highly processed energy bars to navigate their busy
lifestyles. Their goal was to create a convenient, great-tasting
snack with fewer than 10 ingredients.
dayParT snack attack
above, leFT: maple sugar & sea salt, one of the nine varieties of pumpkin seeds
snacks from superseedz.
above, riGh T: Quinn’s vermont maple Kettle Corn microwave popcorn in a Pure
Pop bag free of all chemical coatings.
The maKiNG oF KiNd
Unless you subsist solely on three meals a day, chances are you know KIND. A
model of integrity in the snack world, KIND launched in 2004 in New York, years
ahead of the transparency trend. What began with just eight bar varieties in 2004
has grown to more than 22 bars and six Healthy Grains snackable clusters, and
myriad innovative recipes currently being refined in the KIND® kitchen.
The company uses high-quality, nutrient-rich whole ingredients—such as whole
nuts, whole grains, fruit and spices. The goal is to provide snack-lovers with
healthier options to fuel their lives.
KIND founder Daniel Lubetzky’s mission to make the world a little kinder one
snack and one act at a time has paid off. From writing a thank-you letter to
someone deserving to making a large donation to a charitable organization, the
company inspires random benevolent acts through its KIND movement. In that
way, it’s more than just a snack—it’s an organization that gives back.