September 2016

Ask Melissa: Healthy Snacks

I’m always out on the run and sometimes I’m tempted to pick up a candy bar or a bag of chips. What are your suggestions for healthy snacks while on the run?

There’s no need to ignore your sweet and salty cravings if you know your (healthy) options! I’m loving Marcona Almonds –a sweeter take on the classic nut, these Spanish imports are a softer variety, roasted in olive oil topped with sea salt. Ten nuts should hold you over between meals. Calbee’s Snapea Crisps are unbelievably delicious and have the crunch of potato chips without the grease! They are made from fresh peas that are grinded and baked. Another favorite of mine are the Wonderful Pistachios’ 100-calorie packs of pistachios—perfect for tucking in your purse while out on the go. Snooki’s already a fan!

If you’re looking for a chocolate fix, I like TCHO Nibs (cacao beans drenched in dark chocolate) for their bite-sized accessibility and richness. Another great way to satisfy your sweet tooth is with Calcium bites Chocolate Covered Caramels. Celebrity nutritionist Tanya Zuckerbrot turned me on to them, and I promise they taste like Rolos. Each piece is 30 calories, contains 500 mg of calcium, and has 6 grams of fiber. I eat one after lunch and dinner every day!

Buy Now, Marcona Almonds, $11.95

Buy Now, Calbee’s Snapea Crisps, $15.39

Buy Now, TCHO Nibs, $9

Buy Now, Calcium bites Chocolate Covered Caramels, $16.39

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4 Responses to “Ask Melissa: Healthy Snacks”
  1. maxine scheinert says:

    love the health snacks

  2. maxine scheinert says:

    where can i purchase these snacks in nyc other than on line..????maxine

  3. Melissa Meyers says:

    Try Citarella for the Marcona almonds. Tanya Zuckerbrot’s office on 57th St. has the pistachios. You can find the Calbee Snapeas at Gristedes. I have spotted the Tcho chocolates in the Hamptons. Try specialty or health food stores for some of the others. Happy snacking!

  4. Lisa says:

    I will be interested to see how Leslie makes bialsmac glaze, but the way I do it is just pour a bunch of bialsmac vinegar into a saucepan and simmer until it reduces. You have to be careful not to overdo! Trader Joes has a white bialsmac also that makes excellent bialsmac glaze slighly amber colored when done and really sweet. Nice over fruit!