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The Best Grocery Store Snack Foods
Best Baked Potato Chip
Kettle Brand Baked Lightly Salted
A baked chip that's all potato (not reconstituted potato bits), this brand won for keeping the crunch and heft of a regular chip with about half the fat.
Per ounce: 120 calories, 3g protein, 21g carbohydrate, 3g fat (0.5g saturated), 2g fiber
Newman's Own Organics Hi-Protein
These super-crunchy pretzels have 5 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per serving, giving this snack some staying power.
Per 22 pretzels: 120 calories, 5g protein, 22g carbohydrate, 1.5g fat (0g saturated), 4g fiber
Best Dried Fruit
Sun-Maid Mixed Fruit
A delicious blend of dried apples, pears, apricots, and plums, this mix makes a good topping for oatmeal. Or munch it straight from the bag for an instant energy boost.
Per 1/4 cup: 100 calories, 1g protein, 26g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 3g fiber
Best Fruit Cup
Del Monte SuperFruit Mixed Fruit Chunks
A yummy blend of pears, peaches, and more in 100 percent fruit juice. Stash a few in the fridge for easy snacking.
Per 1/2 cup: 70 calories, 1g protein, 17g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 2g fiber
Best Pita Chip
Athenos Baked Whole Wheat
Tasty enough to snack on straight from the bag, these chips are also delish with hummus and other dips and spreads.
Per 11 chips: 120 calories, 4g protein, 18g carbohydrate, 4g fat (0g saturated), 2g fiber
This chickpea spread is so supremely creamy that testers gobbled it up. We love it with veggies or as a sandwich spread in place of mayo.
Per 2 tablespoons: 70 calories, 2g protein, 4g carbohydrate, 6g fat (1g saturated), 1g fiber
Best Tortilla Chip
Food Should Taste Good Multigrain
This chip is just as delicious with salsa and guac as it is with cheese or hummus. Immerse in your favorite dip and enjoy.
Per ounce: 140 calories, 3g protein, 18g carbohydrate, 6g fat (0.5g saturated), 3g fiber
Wholly Salsa Medium
You'll find this fresh new salsa in the refrigerated section. A blend of onions, peppers, and garlic gives it "a spicy kick," one tester told us.
Per 2 tablespoons: 10 calories, 0g protein, 2g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 0g fiber
Best Granola Bar
Kashi TLC Trail Mix
A combination of oats, dried cranberries, and whole almonds, this bar is chewy, moist, and just a tad sweet thanks to a drizzle of honey.
Per bar: 140 calories, 6g protein, 20g carbohydrate, 5g fat (0.5g saturated), 4g fiber
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July/August 2009.