The 2022 Good Housekeeping Healthy Snack Awards – Good Housekeeping

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Registered dietitians and culinary pros in the Good Housekeeping Institute Nutrition Lab pored over the nutrition facts, ingredient lists and flavor profiles of hundreds of snacks. Then we enlisted nearly 2,000 taste testers to help choose the winners (tough job!), evaluating over 5,300 samples and analyzing 49,495 data points. Read on for our list of top-tested winning picks for all ages, which excel in nutrition and taste.

HOW WE TESTED

Our choices focus on innovative, tasty snacks in the food space that meet the following criteria:

  • Made with real and recognizable ingredients that you can pronounce
  • Prioritize fiber-filled and protein-rich sources
  • Free from trans fat and partially hydrogenated oils
  • 300 calories or less per serving
  • 10 g of added sugar or less per serving
  • 300 mg sodium or less per serving

MEET THE EXPERTS

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Stefani Sassos

MS, RDN, CDN, Deputy Nutrition Director

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Amy Fischer

MS, RDN, CDN, Registered Dietitian

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Lynn Redmile
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Best Apple

Pink Lady Apples

Pink Lady Apples Pink Lady Apples

Pink Lady apples are sweet and tart, bursting with flavor and nutrition. This go-to solution for simple snacking is always the first to blossom and the last to be harvested, so each one soaks up about 200 days of sunshine for that rosy color and delicious flavor.

LAB RESULTS: Testers found the flavor superior to that of other apples, saying it was “crisp, refreshing and incredibly tasty.” Our experts say it holds up well in baking but is perfect on its own too.

Nutrition Facts (1 medium, USDA): 80 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 22 g carb, 5 g fiber, 16 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 0 g protein

Credit: Pink Lady Apple

Best Fruit Chips

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Bare Cinnamon Apple Chips

Fresh apples are baked into delectable crunchy chips and topped with cinnamon for the perfect sweet bite. The naturally gluten-free snack is free of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.

LAB RESULTS: Our experts love that the chips are a source of fiber and contain no added sugar. Testers raved that they were “absolutely outstanding,” saying they were “a pleasant surprise!”

Nutrition Facts (1/2 cup): 110 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 27 g carb, 4 g fiber, 21 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 0 g protein

Credit: Bare

Most Innovative Fruit Snack

Straw-Peary Skin-On Dried Fruit

RIND Snacks Straw-Peary Skin-On Dried Fruit

Overripe and wasted fruit scraps are rescued and upcycled for this unique snack; they’re gently dried into snackable slices that retain the fruits’ nutrient-rich peels.

LAB RESULTS: The Straw-Peary blend boasts an incredibly refreshing flavor and 4 g of fiber per serving sans any added sugar. Testers found the snack to be “very innovative and refreshing.” “Hands down the best of all we tried,” a tester raved.

Nutrition Facts (1.2 ounces): 120 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 28 g carb, 4 g fiber, 13 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 1 g protein

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Best Citrus

Sumo Citrus

Juicy and seedless, these enormous mandarins are known for their perfectly balanced sweetness and for being easy to peel.

LAB RESULTS: Our food and nutrition pros loved that the fruit is an extremely rich source of vitamin C and packs 3 g of fiber. “They’re perfectly sweet, with little of the pith that typically makes citrus fruits bitter,” says GH Kitchen Appliances Lab Director Nicole Papantoniou.

Nutrition Facts (1 Sumo Citrus): 147 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 35 g carb, 3 g fiber, 29 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 3 g protein

Credit: Sumo Citrus

Best Dates

Mini Medjools, Sweet and Salty Almond

Natural Delights Mini Medjools, Sweet and Salty Almond

This unique tasty treat blends premium Medjool dates with sunflower seeds, almonds, chia seeds, shredded coconut and dried cranberries for the perfect bite.

LAB RESULTS: This wholesome snack option stood out to our judges for its fiber and potassium. The naturally sweet option was a hit with testers of all ages, who described it as “flavorsome and totally innovative.”

Nutrition Facts (4 pieces): 150 calories, 5 g total fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 105 mg sodium, 24 g carb, 4 g fiber, 20 g total sugars, 2 g added sugars, 3 g protein

Credit: Natural Delights

Best Cherries

Fresh Sweet Cherries

Northwest Cherry Growers Fresh Sweet Cherries

Known for its juicy burst of flavor and gorgeous red color, this summertime fruit is nutrient-dense and packed with anti-inflammatory compounds.

LAB RESULTS: Our nutrition experts highlight the immense health benefits of sweet cherries, ranging from supporting immunity to helping manage blood pressure. Our culinary pros say to stock up on them in the summer and then preserve them to enjoy year-round.

Nutrition Facts (1 cup, or about 21 cherries): 90 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 19 g carb, 3 g fiber, 16 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 1 g protein

Credit: Northwest Cherry Growers

Best Prunes

Probiotic Prunes

Premium California prunes are boosted with active GanedenBC30 probiotic cultures to provide both digestive and immune health benefits.

LAB RESULTS: Testers said these were “plump and tasty” and loved the single-serving pouches. Our registered dietitians add that prunes are little nutrition powerhouses, with health benefits ranging from improving gastrointestinal health to helping with bone preservation.

Nutrition Facts (1 pouch): 100 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 25 g carb, 4 g fiber, 20 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 1 g protein

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Best Kiwifruit

Sungold Kiwifruit

Deliciously sweet golden kiwi has a smooth, edible skin and juicy yellow flesh packed with nutrients. Bite directly into the kiwifruit or cut and scoop.

LAB RESULTS: Our experts loved that this kiwifruit packs more than 20 vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C and E, fiber, potassium, folate and antioxidants. The Non-GMO Project Verified choice was a hit with testers of all ages, who found it to be, “juicy, bright and tropical.”

Nutrition Facts (2 Kiwifruit): 100 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 26 g carb, 2 g fiber, 20 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 2 g protein

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Best Dried Mango

Dried Organic Mango Pieces

Solely Dried Organic Mango Pieces

These individual bags of dried organic mango pieces are refreshing and free from added sugar, and there are only 90 calories per package.

LAB RESULTS: Our experts highlighted Solely’s patented cold-pressing process that slowly dries the fruit, locking in nutrients, flavor and texture without preservatives or chemicals. Testers of all ages couldn’t get enough of the “vibrant” snack and said each was the “perfect bite size.”

Nutrition Facts (1 package): 90 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 22 g carb, 2 g fiber, 16 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 1 g protein

Credit: Solely
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Best Jerky

Grass Fed Beef Jerky Meat Snack Sticks, Original Beef

Chomps Grass Fed Beef Jerky Meat Snack Sticks, Original Beef

This grass-fed and -finished beef jerky has 9 g of protein per serving. The lower-sodium jerky option is sugar-free and doesn’t compromise on taste.

LAB RESULTS: GH dietitians highlighted the brand’s sustainably sourced ingredients and that the jerky is free from sugar. Testers found it “satisfying and convenient.”

Nutrition Facts (1 stick): 90 calories, 6 g total fat, 2.5 g sat fat, 25 mg cholesterol, 290 mg sodium, 0 g carb, 0 g fiber, 0 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 9 g protein

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Best Trail Mix

Keto Dark Chocolate Coconut Trail Mix

Gold Emblem Abound Keto Dark Chocolate Coconut Trail Mix

Nuts meet coconut flakes and sweet dark chocolate for a low-carb mix that’s a balanced snacking solution perfect for any time of day.

LAB RESULTS: The low-sugar trail mix, which is free from artificial preservatives, flavors and colors, impressed our experts. “I loved the crunchy texture and the sweet and salty flavors,” one tester said.

Nutrition Facts (1/4 cup): 200 calories, 17 g total fat, 6 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 80 mg sodium, 9 g carb, 3 g fiber, 5 g total sugars, 4 g added sugars, 4 g protein

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Best Spicy Almonds

Nashville Hot Sprouted Almonds

Daily Crunch Nashville Hot Sprouted Almonds

Strong notes of fiery cayenne and smoky paprika give a mega dose of heat and flavor to this crunch-worthy snack.

LAB RESULTS: Our registered dietitians point out the superior nutrition and texture of sprouted almonds, in which vital micronutrients are preserved in the nut. A tester raved they had, “Lots of snap, and a powerhouse of flavor!”

Nutrition Facts (1/4 cup): 150 calories, 13 g total fat, 1 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 180 mg sodium, 6 g carb, 3 g fiber, 1 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 5 g protein

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Best Nut Spread

Power Fuel Crunchy Nut Butter

NuttZo Power Fuel Crunchy Nut Butter

Nut butter gets an upgrade with this blend of seven nutrient-dense nuts and seeds. Free from added sugars and oils, this spread comes in an upside-down jar for easy stirring.

LAB RESULTS: Our nutrition pros love that the organic spread provides a complete source of omega-3s and amino acids. Testers were very impressed, describing it as, “well-blended goodness.”

Nutrition Facts (2 Tbsp): 180 calories, 15 g total fat, 2 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 45 mg sodium, 8 g carb, 3 g fiber, 1 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 5 g protein

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Best Cheese Crisps

Cheese Crisps & Nuts, Garlic & Herb

Whisps Cheese Crisps & Nuts, Garlic & Herb

Artisan Parmesan cheese crisps are combined with a non-GMO blend of almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans and garlic-herb seasoning in this 100% crunchy mix.

LAB RESULTS: Our pros loved that the low-carb snack is a good source of protein. Testers liked the robust flavor and also appreciated the convenient resealable pouches. “Crispy and crunchy. Totally compelling,” a tester raved.

Nutrition Facts (1/4 cup): 170 calories, 14 g total fat, 3.5 g sat fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 170 mg sodium, 5 g carb, 2 g fiber, 1 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 9 g protein

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Best Pistachios

No Shells Chili Roasted and No Shells BBQ

Wonderful Pistachios No Shells Chili Roasted and No Shells BBQ

Boasting 6 g of protein, these no-shell pistachios come in smoky BBQ and bold Chili Roasted flavors.

LAB RESULTS: Packed with 6 grams of protein per serving, Wonderful Pistachios are a favorite in the GH Nutrition Lab for their status as the highest-protein snack nut and their healthy fat profile. Our testers found both flavors “absolutely fantastic,” noting the “consistency in size and freshness” too.

Nutrition Facts (1/4 cup): 170 calories, 13 g total fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 125 to 240 mg sodium, 6 to 7 g carb, 3 g fiber, 2 g total sugars, <1 g added sugars, 6 g protein

Credit: Wonderful Pistachios

Best Coconut Clusters

Organic Coconut Clusters

Woodstock Foods Organic Coconut Clusters

Coconut is combined with pumpkin, quinoa, sunflower seeds, chia and flax seeds for a satisfying bite. Available in a variety of flavors, each convenient option is completely organic and gluten-free.

LAB RESULTS: The clusters impressed our judges, since they contain no hydrogenated fat or preservatives. Testers found them “crave-worthy and satisfying.” One tester raved that they were “unique in the best way, pure heaven.”

Nutrition Facts (1 ounce Dark Chocolate Coconut Clusters): 150 calories, 10 g total fat, 6 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 75 mg sodium, 13 g carb, 0 g fiber, 9 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 4 g protein

Credit: Woodstock Foods

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Best Tortilla Chips

Organic Chickpea Tortilla Chips, Sea Salt & Lime

Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs Organic Chickpea Tortilla Chips, Sea Salt & Lime

Zesty lime kicks up the flavor profile of these gluten-free and vegan sea-salted tortilla chips made from chickpeas.

LAB RESULTS: The USDA Certified Organic choice scored top points with our nutrition pros for its filling combo of 3 g of plant protein and 3 g of fiber per serving. “The chips were tangy, with just the right amount of salt—delicious!” a tester raved. “I would never guess it was made of chickpeas,” said another.

Nutrition Facts (1 oz): 150 calories, 7 g total fat, 0.5 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 140 mg sodium, 17 g carb, 3 g fiber, 1 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 3 g protein

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Best Sweet & Salty Chips

Sweet Potato Chips, Maple and Sea Salt

Pop Bitties Sweet Potato Chips, Maple and Sea Salt

Made from sweet potatoes and brown rice with a hint of maple syrup, these air-popped chips are light and crispy.

LAB RESULTS: Our experts loved that these chips are free from trans fats and artificial ingredients—and only 120 calories per serving. One tester said, “I am telling everybody I know about these chips. They were absolutely delicious and satisfying!”

Nutrition Facts (18 chips): 120 calories, 4 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 140 mg sodium, 19 g carb, 1 g fiber, 3 g total sugars, 3 g added sugars, 2 g protein

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Best Veggie Chips

Sea Salt Cauliflower Chips

Real Food From The Ground Up Sea Salt Cauliflower Chips

Potato chips get an upgrade with this Non-GMO Project Verified version that incorporates cauliflower, beets, carrots, spinach, broccoli, tomato and shiitake mushroom.

LAB RESULTS: Testers devoured these, saying they “couldn’t get enough” and that the texture delivered the “perfect bite.” “Salty and crunchy, just like a potato chip!” one tester raved.

Nutrition Facts (16 chips): 130 calories, 6 g total fat, 1 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 240 mg sodium, 19 g carb, 2 g fiber, 1 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 2 g protein

Credit: Real Food From The Ground Up

Best Vegan Puffs

Sour Cream and Onion Sun Poppers

Lesserevil Sour Cream and Onion Sun Poppers

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Made with upcycled watermelon and pumpkin seeds, these crispy poppers are seasoned with a delicious dairy-free sour cream and onion blend.

LAB RESULTS: Testers and experts loved the generous portion size of 45 poppers for 130 calories and the use of high-quality organic ingredients and heart-healthy avocado oil. Many raved about the satisfying crunch.

Nutrition Facts (45 poppers): 130 calories, 6 g total fat, 1 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 190 mg sodium, 16 g carb, 1 g fiber, 0 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 3 g protein

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Best Seed Crackers

6 Seed Crackers

Top Seedz 6 Seed Crackers

These light and crispy artisan crackers come from a women-owned brand and are packed with nutrients from a blend of six seeds: pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, flax, chia and hemp.

LAB RESULTS: Our nutrition pros were impressed with the best-in-class organic ingredient list and the nutritious seed blend that offers 3 g of fiber and 4 g of plant-based protein per serving as well as a dose of omega-3 fatty acids.

Nutrition Facts (6 crackers): 170 calories, 14 g total fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 90 mg sodium, 10 g carb, 3 g fiber, 0 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 4 g protein

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Best Sustainable Cracker

Breadfruit Crackers

Patagonia Provisions Breadfruit Crackers

These crispy crackers are made with breadfruit, a naturally gluten-free crop that helps enrich soil, along with turmeric and organic sesame and chia.

LAB RESULTS: Our experts love that the brand is aiming to help solve the environmental crisis, using regenerative practices to help restore depleted oceans and soils. Testers said they were “super satisfying” and “uniquely delicious.”

Nutrition Facts (10 crackers): 150 calories, 8 g total fat, 1 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 280 mg sodium, 17 g carb, 4 g fiber, 1 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 3 g protein

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Best Crisps

Dipper Crisps

Back to Nature Dipper Crisps

These Non-GMO Project Verified crisps are made with nutrient-dense yellow pea and chickpea flour plus vegan white Cheddar and savory rosemary garlic flavors.

LAB RESULTS: Our registered dietitians point out that the Non-GMO Project Verified choice offers 17 crisps for only 110 calories. Testers said these sturdy crisps were perfect for dipping.

Nutrition Facts (17 crackers, White Cheddar): 110 calories, 4 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 270 mg sodium, 17 g carb, 1 g fiber, 1 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 3 g protein

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Best Pasta Snack

Penne Straws, Marinara

PASTA SNACKS Penne Straws, Marinara

Made in the shape of penne pasta but crafted from lentils and white beans, this chip alternative is crispy and light. They are gently baked, gluten-free and seasoned with zesty marinara flavor.

LAB RESULTS: Experts and testers both loved that a generous 33-piece serving is only 140 calories. “Delicious, bite-size, super flavorful,” a tester raved.

Nutrition Facts (33 pieces): 130 calories, 6 g total fat, 0.5 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 170 mg sodium, 15 g carb, 1 g fiber, 1 g total sugars, 1 g added sugars, 3 g protein

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Best Mini Cookies

Grain Free Mexican Shortbread Cookies

Siete Grain Free Mexican Shortbread Cookies

This grain-free version of Mexican shortbread cookies marries lightly sweetened almond flour with pecan pieces and cinnamon.

LAB RESULTS: Our food and nutrition experts loved that the cookies are low in sugar but big on flavor and created with simple ingredients. Testers found them “absolutely delicious,” noting that they were “perfectly bite-size.” One tester said, “These are some of the best store-bought cookies I’ve ever had!”

Nutrition Facts (5 cookies): 150 calories, 9 g total fat, 5 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 120 mg sodium, 17 g carb, 1 g fiber, 5 g total sugars, 5 g added sugars, 1 g protein

Credit: Siete

Best Graham Cracker Sandwich

Sunflower Butter Graham Cracker Sandwiches

Once Again Sunflower Butter Graham Cracker Sandwiches

Smooth sunflower seed butter is sandwiched between crunchy graham crackers for a tasty choice that’s certified organic and gluten-free.

LAB RESULTS: Our dietitians appreciated the allergy-friendly use of sunflower seed butter and the wholesome ingredient list, making it a great choice for both kids and adults. Testers loved the “perfect balance of graham cracker and seed butter.”

Nutrition Facts (1 package): 240 calories, 16 g total fat, 5 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 105 mg sodium, 20 g carb, 2 g fiber, 6 g total sugars, 6 g added sugars, 3 g protein

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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Crispy Cookies

Maxine’s Heavenly Chocolate Chip Crispy Cookies

Made from oat flour and naturally sweetened with organic coconut sugar, each two-cookie serving is a lower-carb treat with a satisfying snap.

LAB RESULTS: The high-quality ingredients stood out to our judges, and testers loved that the cookies seemed decadent but offered great nutrition. “I would buy these again. Hands down, they were good cookies!” a tester raved.

Nutrition Facts (2 cookies): 150 calories, 8 g total fat, 6 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 140 mg sodium, 18 g carb, 1 g fiber, 10 g total sugars, 10 g added sugars, 2 g protein

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Best Grain Free Cookies

Lemon Blueberry Cookies

real Lemon Blueberry Cookies

A hint of lemon complements bright blueberries in this grain-free cookie that’s made with top-notch ingredients and lightly sweetened with maple syrup and vanilla.

LAB RESULTS: Our food and nutrition experts love that the cookies are a delicious, satiating treat that also boasts impressive nutrition facts. Testers loved the “fresh flavor” and found them to be very filling.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie): 120 calories, 9 g total fat, 2.5 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 60 mg sodium, 11 g carb, 2 g fiber, 8 g total sugars, 7 g added sugars, 3 g protein

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Best Cookie Thins

Sweet Thins, Honey Cinnamon

Simple Mills Sweet Thins, Honey Cinnamon

This smartly sweetened snack is made from nutritious ingredients including a seed- and-nut-flour blend made of watermelon seed, cashew, sunflower seed and flaxseed.

LAB RESULTS: Our nutrition pros loved the use of watermelon seed, which creates a light and deliciously crispy texture while adding a nutrient-dense punch of protein, good fats and micronutrients.

Nutrition Facts (12 thins): 140 calories, 6 g total fat, 3.5 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 100 mg sodium, 20 g carb, 1 g fiber, 7 g total sugars, 7 g added sugars, 2 g protein

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Best Chocolate Coconut Bars

Dark Chocolate Coconut Bars

UNREAL Dark Chocolate Coconut Bars

This better-for-you take on a classic candy has just three ingredients: organic coconut, organic cassava syrup and Fair Trade–certified dark chocolate.

LAB RESULTS: Our judges liked that these have about half the sugar of leading brands, without any sugar alcohols, stevia or artificial sweeteners. A tester praised the “absolutely delicious, delightful and flavorful coconut center!”

Nutrition Facts (1 bar): 70 calories, 5 g total fat, 4.5 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 8 g carb, 1 g fiber, 3 g total sugars, 3 g added sugars, <1 g protein

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Best Sour “Candy”

Sour Blue Raspberry Golden Raisins

SUN-MAID Sour Blue Raspberry Golden Raisins

Juicy golden raisins and tart blue-raspberry flavor are paired for a delicious sweet-yet-sour combo.

LAB RESULTS: The non-GMO choice impressed our judges, delivering bold flavor without added sugars; it’s a great pick for parents in search of healthier snacks for kids. One parent said, “This snack was surprisingly delicious and would be a good substitute for sour gummy candies.”

Nutrition Facts (1 pouch): 60 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 10 mg sodium, 15 g carb, 1 g fiber, 13 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 1 g protein

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Best Cacao Snack

Cacao Fruit Bites Cherry Almond Cocoa

CaPao Fruit Cacao Fruit Bites Cherry Almond Cocoa

Made from whole cacaofruit, these nutrient-rich bites pack nuts, seeds and fruits for a snackable treat.

LAB RESULTS: Our experts appreciated how the brand upcycles the underutilized fruit pulp, which contains potassium, magnesium and fiber. Testers found them “very fresh, tasty and satisfying.”

Nutrition Facts (1 ball): 90 calories, 5 g total fat, 2 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 10 g carb, 3 g fiber, 5 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 2 g protein

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Best Chocolate Nut Butter Cups

70% Dark Chocolate Nut Butter Cups

ChocXO 70% Dark Chocolate Nut Butter Cups

Heavenly rich dark chocolate is paired with a creamy nut butter filling in these perfectly portioned cups available in peanut butter and coconut almond butter varieties.

LAB RESULTS: Our dietitians liked the high cacao content of these chocolates, which contain more of the healthy antioxidants and flavanols than others. Testers described them as “rich and flavorful.”

Nutrition Facts (1 cup, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups): 80 calories, 6 g total fat, 3 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 25 mg sodium, 4 g carb, 1 g fiber, 3 g total sugars, 3 g added sugars, 2 g protein

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Best Protein Bites

Chewy Protein Bites, Peanut Butter & Jelly

365 by Whole Foods Market Chewy Protein Bites, Peanut Butter & Jelly

These poppers are sweetened with dates and offer perfect PB&J flavor. The non-GMO choice is bite-size and a convenient grab-and-go choice.

LAB RESULTS: One six-piece serving boasts 10 g of protein and 4 g of fiber. Whole Foods Market’s Food Ingredient Quality Standards ban more than 230 ingredients from food products sold in its stores too, so you will not find any of those ingredients in this snack.

Nutrition Facts (6 pieces): 180 calories, 6 g total fat, 1 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 75 mg sodium, 21 g carb, 4 g fiber, 15 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 10 g protein

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Best Chocolate Covered Almonds

Dark Chocolate Cocoa Covered Almonds

SKINNYDIPPED Dark Chocolate Cocoa Covered Almonds

Chocolate covered almonds get a makeover with a thin, rich layer of dark chocolate and a hint of organic maple sugar and sea salt complemented by a dusting of real cocoa.

LAB RESULTS: Our registered dietitians love how the snack only has 6 grams of added sugar but is packed with 5 grams of plant-based protein. Testers praised the ”high-quality almonds” and “real cocoa goodness!”

Nutrition Facts (1o oz/16 almonds): 140 calories, 10 g total fat, 3 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 80 mg sodium, 11 g carb, 2 g fiber, 6 g total sugars, 6 g added sugars, 5 g protein

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Most Innovative Nut Butter Cups

Organic Super Dark Chocolate Espresso Almond Butter Cups

Justin’s Nut Butter Organic Super Dark Chocolate Espresso Almond Butter Cups

Almond butter, real high-quality espresso and premium 80% cacao come together in this super delicious nut butter cup. Each bag contains six individually wrapped cups.

LAB RESULTS: Our nutrition pros point out that the cups are free from stevia and sugar alcohols but still low in added sugar. Testers couldn’t get enough of the “rich and perfectly enjoyable flavor.” One said, “I love the snappiness of the dark chocolate with the gooey, thick, rich center.”

Nutrition Facts (1 piece): 120 calories, 9 g total fat, 4 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 75 mg sodium, 8 g carb, 1 g fiber, 5 g total sugars, 5 g added sugars, 2 g protein

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Best Sweet Spread

Organic Tahini and Medjool Date Spread

Datehini Organic Tahini and Medjool Date Spread

This spread made from just 100% certified organic California Medjool dates and organic sesame tahini is a sweet and savory alternative to peanut butter and jelly.

LAB RESULTS: Our registered dietitians highlight that the spread provides vitamin B6, omega-3 fatty acids and essential minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. Testers loved how naturally sweet this was, saying it was “decadent and satisfying.”

Nutrition Facts (2 Tbsp): 160 calories, 11 g total fat, 1.6 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 15 g carb, 3 g fiber, 11 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 4 g protein

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Best Coconut Spread

The Original Coconut Spread

Kokada The Original Coconut Spread

Made from only two organic ingredients, this coconut-based spread is spoonable and snackable. It’s great for slathering on toast, mixing into yogurt, blending into a smoothie and more.

LAB RESULTS: Our nutrition experts pointed out that the spread is vegan and free from refined or added sugar. Testers described it as “heavenly perfection,” with one tester saying, “I used this spread in place of my almond butter and found it to be just as versatile.”

Nutrition Facts (2 Tbsp): 140 calories, 9 g total fat, 8 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 20 mg sodium, 15 g carb, 2 g fiber, 13 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 1 g protein

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Best Hummus

Ithaca Squeeze

Ithaca Hummus Ithaca Squeeze

A cold-pressing process creates this incredibly fresh-tasting hummus, in a portable package for easy snacking.

LAB RESULTS: Our registered dietitians highlighted that each pouch boasts 8 g of plant-based protein and 5 g of chickpea-fueled fiber, making it a filling and energizing snack. Both kid and parent testers enjoyed it. The convenient packaging was deemed “good for little hands to hold.”

Nutrition Facts (1 pouch): 200 calories, 12 g total fat, 0.1 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 170 mg sodium, 14 g carb, 5 g fiber, 3 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 8 g protein

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Most Innovative Dip

Organic Thai Coconut Curry Hummus

Hope Foods Organic Thai Coconut Curry Hummus

This unique take on hummus combines organic garbanzo beans with organic yellow curry, organic coconut and organic jalapeños.

LAB RESULTS: The brand’s use of high-pressure processing eliminates the need for unnatural fillers and preservatives. Testers appreciated the bold flavor, with one saying it was “different than other hummus, but in the best way!”

Nutrition Facts (2 Tbsp): 50 calories, 3 g total fat, 0.5 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 120 mg sodium, 5 g carb, 1 g fiber, 2 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 2 g protein

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Best Creamy Dip

Caramelized Onion Party Dip

Field + Farmer Caramelized Onion Party Dip

Creamy and tangy, this decadent-tasting dip is made with simple ingredients and completely plant-based. The roasted, caramelized onion flavor is bold and rich.

LAB RESULTS: Our registered dietitians love that cannellini beans are the base of this dip, providing a dose of filling fiber and protein. “This was absolutely delicious,” a tester said, noting that it was a charcuterie board crowd-pleaser.

Nutrition Facts (1 ounce): 90 calories, 7 g total fat, 0.5 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 95 mg sodium, 5 g carb, 1 g fiber, <1 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 2 g protein

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Best Cheese Spread

The Laughing Cow Blends

The Laughing Cow The Laughing Cow Blends

Laughing Cow’s classic creamy cheese wedges get blended with tasty herbs and plant-based ingredients like chickpeas, lentils and red beans for a nutritious twist.

LAB RESULTS: Testers described it as “smooth, flavorful and unique,” with one saying the Red Bean & Cheese with Paprika variety tasted like a “cheesy bean dip.” Our food and nutrition pros love the innovation behind this new spread.

Nutrition Facts (1 wedge): 35 calories, 2.5 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 125 mg sodium, 1 g carb, 0 g fiber, 0 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 2 g protein

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Best Vegan Cream Cheese

Soft Spreadable Cheese Alternative

Kite Hill Soft Spreadable Cheese Alternative

Made from fresh cultured almond milk, this tangy plant-based cheese has an easy-to-spread texture.

LAB RESULTS: Our registered dietitians appreciated that this vegan offering has a great nutritional profile. “Taste was terrific,” said one tester. “It was identical to what I would have expected from a natural dairy product.”

Nutrition Facts (2 Tbsp): 60 calories, 5 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 115 mg sodium, 4 g carb, 1 g fiber, 1 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 2 g protein

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Best Greek Yogurt

Lower Sugar Premium Greek Yogurt, Strawberry

Meltemi Lower Sugar Premium Greek Yogurt, Strawberry

Made with authentic yogurt cultures from Greece and a traditional straining method, this yogurt is ultra-creamy, low in sugar, high in protein and less tart than others.

LAB RESULTS: Our food and nutrition experts highlight the superior taste and rich variety of vitamins and minerals to support immunity and overall health. One tester said, “This is the best Greek yogurt I’ve had in a while!”

Nutrition Facts (1 container): 100 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 50 mg sodium, 7 g carb, 1 g fiber, 4 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 13 g protein

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Best Yogurt Smoothie

Fruit & Yogurt Smoothie Pouches

Outshine Smoothie Fruit & Yogurt Smoothie Pouches

Real fruit is blended with nonfat yogurt for a perfectly portable high-quality snack. The convenient shelf-stable smoothie pouches come in four fruity flavors.

LAB RESULTS: Both experts and testers praised the innovation behind these convenient smoothie pouches that do not need to be refrigerated and are perfect for all ages. Our registered dietitians like that each pouch is free from added sugar.

Nutrition Facts (1 pouch, Blueberry Pear): 60 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 15 mg sodium, 14 g carb, 2 g fiber, 9 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 1 g protein

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Most Innovative Yogurt

A2 Organic Whole Milk Yogurt

Bellwether Farms A2 Organic Whole Milk Yogurt

Grass-fed Jersey cows naturally produce the milk containing only the easier-to-digest A2 protein that is used in this organic yogurt, which has a sweet-tart taste and rich creamy texture.

LAB RESULTS: One tester described it as “wonderfully creamy with a full-bodied silken texture.” Our experts highlight that the high quality milk from Jersey cows yields a richer and creamier yogurt without adding thickeners or straining.

Nutrition Facts (1 5-oz. container): 110 calories, 7 g total fat, 5 g sat fat, 25 mg cholesterol, 70 mg sodium, 5 g carb, 0 g fiber, 2 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 6 g protein

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Best Vegan Yogurt

Plant-Based Coconut Blend

Siggi’s Plant-Based Coconut Blend

This exceptional nondairy plant-based blend from Siggi’s has a blissfully short ingredient list and more protein than sugar per cup.

LAB RESULTS: Our pros loved that it has significantly more protein and less sugar than many leading yogurt alternatives. Testers described it as “smooth, creamy, tasty and satisfying,” with one saying, “I loved it from the first bite to the last.”

Nutrition Facts (1 container): 190 calories, 11 g total fat, 7 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 5 mg sodium, 13 g carb, 1 g fiber, 9 g total sugars, 8 g added sugars, 10 g protein

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Best Gluten-Free Granola

Ancient Grain Granola, Vanilla Chocolate Chip (3 pack)

Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Granola, Vanilla Chocolate Chip (3 pack)

The newest flavor from gluten-free granola brand Purely Elizabeth features organic oats, organic Fair Trade dark chocolate chunks and delicate hints of vanilla.

LAB RESULTS: Testers loved the “perfectly sweet” flavor and that they could snack on clusters of granola. “This is my favorite snack I’ve tested!” raved one. Our nutrition pros appreciated the inclusion of nutritious ancient grains and superfood seeds.

Nutrition Facts (1/3 cup): 130 calories, 6 g total fat, 4 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 110 mg sodium, 19 g carb, 2 g fiber, 7 g total sugars, 7 g added sugars, 3 g protein

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Best Cashew Granola

Cashew Butter Granola

Alter Eco Cashew Butter Granola

Crunchy whole cashews add a twist to this organic granola made with regeneratively farmed oats and naturally sweetened with fruit.

LAB RESULTS: Our dietitians were impressed that the great-tasting granola is free from added sugar and is one of the only granolas on the market that does not contain sugar alcohols.

Nutrition Facts (1/3 cup): 160 calories, 8 g total fat, 5 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 75 mg sodium, 17 g carb, 0 g fiber, 3 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 3 g protein

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Best Cereal

Cinnamon Protein Cereal

Three Wishes Cinnamon Protein Cereal

Your childhood-favorite cinnamon cereal gets a major upgrade with an ingredient list featuring plant-based all-stars like chickpeas, tapioca and pea protein.

LAB RESULTS: Our nutrition pros pointed out that this gluten-free and grain-free cereal has a fraction of the sugar of leading cereal brands while maintaining great flavor. Testers gave this cereal top scores for its sweet cinnamon taste and perfect crunch.

Nutrition Facts (3/4 cup): 120 calories, 2 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 100 mg sodium, 18 g carb, 3 g fiber, 3 g total sugars, 3 g added sugars, 8 g protein

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Best Overnight Oats

Mush Mixed Berry

Think overnight oats without the prep! This ready-to-eat option is made with nourishing ingredients including a blend of real berries and fresh coconut milk.

LAB RESULTS: Our pros said the flavor had the perfect balance of tart and sweet, sans artificial flavors or added sugar. Testers gave the oats top scores for flavor, calling them “surprisingly delicious” and “satisfyingly sweet.”

Nutrition Facts (1 container): 200 calories, 7 g total fat, 5 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 100 mg sodium, 29 g carb, 4 g fiber, 9 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 4 g protein

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Best Organic Granola

Simply Nature Granola Cereal

Simply Nature Simply Nature Granola Cereal

These ALDI-exclusive granolas are USDA Organic and serve as a good source of fiber. Available in Coconut Chia and Pumpkin Seed & Flax, they incorporate seeds for a dose of healthy fats.

LAB RESULTS: Our analysis confirmed that the high-quality granola packs 5 g of plant-based protein per serving and comes at an affordable price. Testers described the blends as “flavorful, crunchy and satisfying!”

Nutrition Facts (1/2 cup): 230 calories, 9 g total fat, 1 – 6 g sat fat, 0mg cholesterol, 45 to 50 mg sodium, 34 to 35 g carb, 3 to 4 g fiber, 9 to 11 g total sugars, 8 to 10 g added sugars, 5 g protein

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Best Seed Bar

Zesty N Tart Blueberry Lemon Seed + Oat Bar

88 Acres Zesty N Tart Blueberry Lemon Seed + Oat Bar

This refreshing and chewy oat bar features the perfect pairing of tart lemon and sweet blueberries for just under 200 calories.

LAB RESULTS: Our dietitians noted the trifecta of seeds in this bar, including pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and flax seeds, making it a nutritional powerhouse. Testers said these were “tasty, fresh and filling.”

Nutrition Facts (1 bar): 190 calories, 9 g total fat, 1 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 110 mg sodium, 23 g carb, 1 g fiber, 10 g total sugars, 7 g added sugars, 6 g protein

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Best Protein Bar

Organic Plant Based Protein Bar, Peanut Butter Cup

ALOHA Organic Plant Based Protein Bar, Peanut Butter Cup

These delicious, decadent-tasting bars boast 14 g of protein and 10 g of fiber, making them the ultimate satisfying snack.

LAB RESULTS: Our experts appreciated that the organic bars hit the ideal macronutrient balance to keep you fueled. “We thought this was the best protein bar we’d tasted in a long time!” one tester said.

Nutrition Facts (1 bar): 230 calories, 10 g total fat, 3 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 135 mg sodium, 26 g carb, 10 g fiber, 5 g total sugars, 4 g added sugars, 14 g protein

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Best Protein Thins

CLIF Thins, Chocolate Chip

Clif Bar CLIF Thins, Chocolate Chip

Each grab-and-go pack holds two delightfully thin and crisp bars made with organic rolled oats.

LAB RESULTS: Testers and pros found the bars quite satisfying for only 100 calories per pack, raving about the crunch. One described them as “sweet but not too sweet—just right!” Another said it was the perfect snack to take on a hike.

Nutrition Facts (2 bars): 100 calories, 3 g total fat, 0.5 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 95 mg sodium, 16 g carb, 1 g fiber, 5 g total sugar, 5 g added sugars, 2 g protein

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Best Granola Bar

Chewy Granola Bars, Chocolate Chip

Kodiak Cakes Chewy Granola Bars, Chocolate Chip

Crafted with 100% whole grains, these chewy and delicious granola bars are great for all ages. Each individually wrapped bar is perfectly portioned at 140 calories.

LAB RESULTS: Boasting 7 g of protein per serving, the “family-friendly” bars garnered rave reviews, with testers saying they were “tasty, enjoyable and delicious!”

Nutrition Facts (1 bar): 140 calories, 3.5 g total fat, 1 g sat fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 85 mg sodium, 20 g carb, 2 g fiber, 8 g total sugars, 8 g added sugars, 7 g protein

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Best Nutritional Bar

The Gut Balancing Strawberry Almond Bar

Supergut The Gut Balancing Strawberry Almond Bar

Packed with 10 grams of both prebiotic fiber and protein, this convenient nutritional bar will keep you fueled and satisfied sans any added sugar.

LAB RESULTS: Our nutrition pros confirmed that the prebiotic fiber in these bars can help improve glycemic control and digestion. Testers gave them top scores for their bright “nostalgic, strawberry shortcake” flavor.

Nutrition Facts (1 bars): 180 calories, 8 g total fat, 3.5 g sat fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 120 mg sodium, 31 g carb, 10 g fiber, 2 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 7 g sugar alcohol, 10 g protein

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Best Frozen Yogurt Bars

Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars

Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars

At only 100 calories or fewer per bar, these creamy frozen Greek yogurt treats in Mint Chocolate Chip and Birthday Cake pack in protein with lower sugar counts than other frozen desserts.

LAB RESULTS: Testers deemed them “delicious, smooth and balanced.” One said, “The texture was nice and creamy—completely forgot it was frozen yogurt and not just an ice cream bar.”

Nutrition Facts (1 bar, Mint Chocolate Chip): 100 calories, 2 g total fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 45 mg sodium, 16 g carb, 0 g fiber, 13 g total sugars, 9 g added sugars, 5 g protein

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Best Frozen Dessert

Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt Poppables

Yasso Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt Poppables

Creamy vanilla frozen Greek yogurt is surrounded by a crunchy, chocolatey shell with quinoa crisps for a satisfying sweet treat at just 50 calories each.

LAB RESULTS: Our pros love that each of these low-calorie frozen treats has only 3 grams of added sugar. Testers said it was a “total crowd pleaser,” describing it as “delicious, satisfying and crispy.”

Nutrition Facts (per poppable): 50 calories, 2.5 g total fat, 2 g sat fat, <5 mg cholesterol, 10 mg sodium, 6 g carb, 0 g fiber, 5 g total sugars, 3 g added sugars, 1 g protein

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Best Frozen Fruit Snack

Just Fruit Bites

These adorable individual cups combine varieties of tiny frozen fruit, some with Greek yogurt, for a balanced cold treat.

LAB RESULTS: Our nutrition pros loved that the portion-controlled snacks have 45 calories or fewer per cup, and they noted the premium quality of Wyman’s berries. Testers described them as “refreshing, cute and fun.”

Nutrition Facts (1 cup, Just Fruit & Banana Bites): 40 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 10 mg sodium, 11 g carb, 2 g fiber, 8 g total sugars, 4 g added sugars, 0 g protein

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Best Frozen Pops

Organic Junior Pops

Goodpop Organic Junior Pops

This nostalgic treat comes in three bright and fruity flavors and is made from 100% juice. The USDA Organic pick doesn’t have any high- fructose corn syrup or artificial colors or flavors.

LAB RESULTS: Experts and testers were impressed with the flavor these pops achieved without added sugar, and that they were free from sugar alcohols as well. The refreshing treat was beloved by testers of all ages.

Nutrition Facts (1 pop): 25 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 6 g carb, 0 g fiber, 5 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 0 g protein

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Best Muffins

Cinnamon Roll and Chocolate Raspberry Keto Muffins

Veggies Made Great Cinnamon Roll and Chocolate Raspberry Keto Muffins

Veggies are the first ingredient in these low-carb and low-sugar muffins. The Cinnamon Roll variety is made with a delicious blend of zucchini, carrots, and cinnamon, and the Chocolate Raspberry flavor features superstar ingredients like zucchini and red beets.

LAB RESULTS: Our dietitians appreciated that these veggie-first muffins are made with simple ingredients and fit into a low-sugar diet. Testers praised the yummy flavors and moist texture, with one saying, “I loved this! I cannot believe it has so many vegetables in it! The taste is great!”

Nutrition Facts (1 muffin, cinnamon roll): 90 calories, 4.5 g total fat, 2 g sat fat, 45 mg cholesterol, 270 mg sodium, 16 g carb, 5 g fiber, 1 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 5 g protein

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Best Donuts

Birthday Cake Donuts

Soozy’s Grain-Free Birthday Cake Donuts

This soft vanilla birthday cake donut is grain-free and packed with all-star ingredients like cassava flour, blanched almond flour, tapioca flour and coconut flour.

LAB RESULTS: Our registered dietitians loved that the Certified Gluten-Free choice has only 4 g of added sugar per donut, a fraction of the amount in traditional options. The donut “has the dense consistency of a muffin, with a taste reminiscent of birthday cake with hints of coconut,” says Registered Dietitian Amy Fischer.

Nutrition Facts (1 donut): 150 calories, 8 g total fat, 5 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 140 mg sodium, 18 g carb, 2 g fiber, 8 g total sugars, 4 g added sugars, 3 g protein

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Best Smoothie Blend

Crafted Smoothie Blends, Mixed Berry Oatmeal

Dole Crafted Smoothie Blends, Mixed Berry Oatmeal

Conveniently divided into five preportioned bags, this artisan smoothie blends premium fruit with wholesome oatmeal cubes for a balanced treat.

LAB RESULTS: Our registered dietitians love the addition of steel-cut oats for a more filling and nutrient-dense smoothie solution. Testers found it “refreshing and satisfying,” with one adding, “I love the convenience of pre-bagged with no guesswork.”

Nutrition Facts (1 bag): 170 calories, 1.5 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 38 g carb, 6 g fiber, 23 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 2 g protein

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Best Frozen Smoothie

Passion Fruit + Pineapple Smoothie

Daily Harvest Passion Fruit + Pineapple Smoothie

Crafted by chefs and nutritionists, this refreshing frozen smoothie features high-quality ingredients, including soursop, passion fruit, banana, ripe pineapple and camu camu.

LAB RESULTS: Our nutrition pros loved the use of soursop, which is rich in vitamin C, in this smoothie. Testers described it as “tasty, flavorful and refreshing.” “One of the best homemade smoothies I’ve ever had,” a tester said.

Nutrition Facts (1 container): 210 calories, 12 g total fat, 10 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 30 mg sodium, 27 g carb, 5 g fiber, 17 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 3 g protein

In June 2022, Daily Harvest issued a recall on its French Lentil + Leek Crumbles product after consumer reports of gastrointestinal illness and potential liver function issues. For the latest updates on the recall, visit daily-harvest.com.

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Best Premade Smoothie

Koia Smoothie

This ready-to-drink smoothie contains a healthy blend of tropical fruit, coconut water and plant protein. You’ll also get a dose of prebiotic fiber from baobab powder and chicory root in each bottle.

LAB RESULTS: The drink has a fraction of the sugar of leading smoothie brands, and testers praised the piña colada–style flavor. Both experts and testers loved the creamy texture even though the beverage is dairy-free. “This was so yummy! I can’t wait to buy some for our family!” a tester shared.

Nutrition Facts (1 bottle): 120 calories, 4 g total fat, 3.5 g sat fat, 90 mg sodium, 17 g carb, 4 g fiber, 9 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 4 g protein

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Best Sparkling Water

Blood Orange Tangerine Sparkling Water

Spindrift Blood Orange Tangerine Sparkling Water

The newest offering from Spindrift features a refreshing blend of real squeezed tart blood oranges and sweet tangerines. The sparkling beverage uses a hint of fresh fruit for a burst of flavor.

LAB RESULTS: Our judges raved about the unique citrus flavor profile and the perfect amount of fizz, with no artificial flavors. Testers noted the bright flavor, with one saying this offering replaced her old grapefruit seltzer staple.

Nutrition Facts (1 can): 12 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 3 g carb, 0g fiber, 2g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 0 g protein

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Best Banana Milk

Chocolate Plant-Based Bananamilk

Mooala Chocolate Plant-Based Bananamilk

Crafted from real organic bananas, organic fair trade cocoa, and organic sunflower seeds, this chocolatey plant-based milk is simply delectable. The beverage is nut-free, dairy-free and USDA organic too.

LAB RESULTS: Our nutrition experts love that a glass is a good source of calcium and potassium. Testers of all ages enjoyed the beverage, noting the perfect combo of sweet banana and rich chocolate flavor.

Nutrition Facts (1 bottle): 90 calories, 3 g total fat, 0.5 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 15 mg sodium, 17 g carb, 2 g fiber, 10 g total sugars, 5 g added sugars, 2 g protein

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Best Dairy Beverage

Blue Moon Milk

Clover Sonoma Blue Moon Milk

Organic 2% milk is blended with herbs and spices in this functional beverage aimed at helping the body respond to physical and emotional stressors.

LAB RESULTS: Testers loved the fun natural color, smooth consistency and flavor profile. Our registered dietitians highlight that each serving is packed with 11 naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, providing 25% of your daily value of calcium.

Nutrition Facts (1 cup): 150 calories, 4.5 g total fat, 3 g sat fat, 20 mg cholesterol, 260 mg sodium, 17 g carb, 0 g fiber, 16 g total sugars, 3 g added sugars, 9 g protein

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Best Kids Applesauce

Brain Squeezers Applesauce, Apple Strawberry

Brainiac Brain Squeezers Applesauce, Apple Strawberry

Each applesauce pouch delivers 160 mg of omega-3 DHA/EPA (the same amount as in a child-size serving of salmon) and 120 mg of choline (the same amount as in 2 cups of broccoli).

LAB RESULTS: Our dietitians loved the addition of nutrients that support brain development and that these squeezers have no added sugar or artificial flavors. Kids praised the flavor combo too.

Nutrition Facts (1 pouch, Apple Strawberry): 45 calories, 0.5 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 1 g carb, 1 g fiber, 11 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 0 g protein

Best Baby Pouches

Pear, Purple Carrot and Blueberry Organic Baby Food Pouch

Plum Organics Pear, Purple Carrot and Blueberry Organic Baby Food Pouch

Designed for infants ages 6 months and up, this organic blend of fresh fruit and vibrant veggies is nutrient-dense and naturally preserved with organic lemon juice.

LAB RESULTS: Our experts appreciated that the pouches have a clear window so you can see exactly what’s inside. Littles devoured them and loved the flavor combination. “I really liked how simple the ingredients are,” a parent said.

Nutrition Facts (1 pouch): 60 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 15 mg sodium, 15 g carb, 3 g fiber, 7 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, <1 g protein

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Best Kids Jerky

Snack Mates Mini Meat Sticks

The New Primal Snack Mates Mini Meat Sticks

Perfectly portioned mini meat sticks are made with all-natural chicken or turkey and other best-in-class ingredients.

LAB RESULTS: Our nutrition pros noted that many kids’ snacks tend to be devoid of protein and high in sugar, but this one is packed with 7 to 8 g of high-quality protein and has only 1 to 2 g of sugar per 2-stick serving. Parents loved that the packaging was easy for their littles to open.

Nutrition Facts (Chicken & Maple, 2 sticks): 50 calories, 1.5 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 30 mg cholesterol, 200 mg sodium, 3 g total carb, 0 g fiber, 2 g total sugar, 2 g added sugar, 7 g protein

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Best Fruit Bars

Mini Fruit Bars

That’s it. Mini Fruit Bars

Made from only 100% real fruit, these plant-based and gluten-free snacks pack a full serving of fruit in each mini kid-friendly bar. The perfect snacking solution for everything from kids’ lunchboxes to office snacks.

LAB RESULTS: Our registered dietitians emphasize that the bars are made without juices, purees, concentrates or added sugars. Testers of all ages found the product to be “convenient, fruity and tasty.”

Nutrition Facts (1 bar, Apple + Strawberry): 60 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 15 mg sodium, 12 g carb, 2 g fiber, 10 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 1 g protein

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Best Toddler Pouches

Plant-tastic Organic Pouches, Banana Berry & Veggie Smash

Gerber Plant-tastic Organic Pouches, Banana Berry & Veggie Smash

These easy-to-use pouches feature an all-star ingredient lineup including bananas, blueberries, chickpeas, purple carrots and oats.

LAB RESULTS: Our registered dietitians said the inclusion of plant-based protein sources in this blend makes it a nutritionally superior and well-rounded option. Both kid and adult testers loved it.

Nutrition Facts (1 pouch): 70 calories, 1 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 20 mg sodium, 14 g carb, 1 g fiber, 8 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 2 g protein

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Best Kids Yogurt

Organic Kids Cashewmilk Yogurt

Forager Project Organic Kids Cashewmilk Yogurt

Packed with probiotics, calcium and essential vitamins, the 100% organic vegan yogurt for kids comes in convenient pouches that are perfect when on the go.

LAB RESULTS: Our experts appreciated that the cashews used in the cashewmilk yogurt are organic and sustainably farmed. Kids and parents gave it top scores across the board, describing it as “a total 10 out of 10!” One parent said, “My daughter raved about the taste! And it’s not obvious that it’s dairy-free.”

Nutrition Facts (1 pouch): 80 calories, 3.5 g total fat, 0.5 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 11 g carb, 2 g fiber, 7 g total sugars, 5 g added sugars, 2 g protein

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Most Innovative Baby Food

Organic Baby Purees

Cerebelly Organic Baby Purees

Created by a practicing neurosurgeon, these six packs of nutrient-rich baby food pouches contain 16 essential nutrients critical for healthy brain development. The Spinach, Apple and Sweet Potato pouches are thoughtfully crafted, and the Butternut Squash Chicken Broth are full of warm flavors.

LAB RESULTS: Our experts confirmed that the pouches are certified by the Clean Label Project, which tests for over 400 different contaminants, including heavy metals. Tiny testers enjoyed the purees, and parents felt good about feeding them to their babies.

Nutrition Facts (1 pouch, Spinach Apple Sweet Potato): 60 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 40 mg sodium, 14 g carb, 5 g fiber, 6 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 2 g protein

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Best Kids Smoothies

Strawberry Banana Shake with Coconut Milk

Little Spoon Strawberry Banana Shake with Coconut Milk

This smoothie includes organic plant-based ingredients like coconut milk, vanilla bean, strawberries and butternut squash.

LAB RESULTS: The brand’s use of cold-pressing to lock in nutrients and color without the need for heat pasteurization wowed our judges. Both parents and baby testers loved it; parents called it “refreshing and convenient.”

Nutrition Facts (1 smoothie): 80 calories, 2.5 g total fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 5 mg sodium, 14 g carb, 2 g fiber, 8 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 1 g protein

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Best Fruit Leathers

Fruit & Veggie Leathers

Yumi Fruit & Veggie Leathers

A full serving of fruits and veggies is in every strip of this lunchbox-friendly snack made from real whole foods. Each strip is free from added sugar as well.

LAB RESULTS: Our dietitians appreciate that Yumi sources local and organic ingredients. Testers of all ages raved about these, with one saying, “It’s a chewy, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth fruit leather!” Parents appreciated the wholesome ingredients catering to their kids’ development.

Nutrition Facts (1 leather): 25 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 7 g carb, 0 g fiber, 5 g total sugars, 0 g added sugars, 0 g protein

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Best Kids Bars

Brain Bars

This soft whole-grain snack bar features a nutritious blend of premium organic ingredients including oats, puffed quinoa, chia seeds and pea crisps.

LAB RESULTS: Our registered dietitians point out that the bars are Clean Label Project Certified and pack in 150 mg of omega-3s, 55 mg of choline, 2 mg of lutein and prebiotics to support brain and gut health. Kid testers devoured them.

Nutrition Facts (1 bar, Chocolate Chip): 130 calories, 4 g total fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 15 mg sodium, 23 g carb, 3 g fiber, 8 g total sugars, 7 g added sugars, 2 g protein

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