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These Savory Snacks Will Make You Forget About Sweets
Savory Equals Less Sugar
Take a turn around the grocery store, and you may notice a new trend: Packaged foods that we typically think of as sweet—like cottage cheese, jams, and cereals—sold as savory versions. "Sugar is quickly becoming our greatest food villain, even more so than fat or sodium," says Carlotta Mast, lead author of the NEXT Forecast, an annual food trends report created by New Hope Network and the Sterling-Rice Group. "So it makes sense that we would see an uptick in the launch of new savory versions of popular packaged foods and beverages such as yogurts, snack bars, and even teas." Here, view eight of our favorite (and dietitian-approved) picks!
KIND Healthy Snacks
KIND Strong & Kind Roasted Jalapeño
This nut-and-seed bar from KIND gets its spicy kick from jalapeño, onion powder, and garlic powder. You'll get healthy fat, protein, and fiber from almonds, pumpkin seeds, and hemp seeds—and additional protein from pea protein. The bar contains less sugar than many snack bars, with only 6 grams per bar.
Chobani Sriracha Mango Flip
Yogurt is often sweetly flavored, but this pick from Chobani is a sweet-and-savory combo with a mix of mango Greek yogurt, sriracha-coated brown-rice cereal, salted cashews, and mini sesame sticks that all happen to be non-GMO. A 5.3-ounce serving fuels your day with 12 grams of protein, or 22 percent of the daily need for a 150-pound woman. Plus it has a dose of gut-friendly probiotics.
Numi Golden Tonic Turmeric Tea
Turmeric is a spice known for its anti-inflammatory benefits—and when blended in a savory tea with lemon verbena and dried lime like this one from Numi, it's surprisingly refreshing. Drink as is, or use as stock for soup or for sautéing mushrooms and onions.
Earnest Eats Thrive Turmeric Beans & Greens Detoxifying Hot Cereal
This savory cereal from Earnest Eats contains no sugar. Its base is a mix of oats, quinoa, and amaranth, plus sunflower seeds, flaxseed, black beans, spirulina (a protein-containing algae), and spices (including turmeric, garlic powder, and cinnamon). A 2.1-ounce serving offers 7 grams of fiber—up to 31 percent of a woman's daily need—as well as 10 grams of protein.
Stonewall Kitchen Roasted Garlic Onion Jam
While many jams are fruit-based, this savory option from Stonewall Kitchen combines roasted garlic and onions with balsamic and white vinegars. With 9g sugar per tablespoon, it contains less sugar than many jams, jellies, and preserves out there. Use it to top crackers or as a glaze for roasted or grilled chicken breast.
Good Culture Kalamata Olive Organic Cottage Cheese
While you'll find many cottage cheeses layered with pineapples or berries, Kalamata olives are a delicious addition in this novel creation from Good Culture. One 5.3-ounce container provides 18g protein, or 33 percent of the daily need for a 150-pound woman. Plus is has 15 percent of your daily need for bone-fortifying calcium.
Farmhouse Culture Kimchi Gut Shot
Many probiotic drinks come in the form of sweet drinkable yogurt and kefir. This savory fermented beverage from Farmhouse Culture is like a salad in a bottle. Napa cabbage, daikon radish, carrots, and leeks are fermented and pressed to create a probiotic-containing juice. Just 1 1/2 ounces will give you a quarter of your daily need for immunity-boosting vitamin C, as well as potassium (helps keep blood pressure in check) and several other vitamins and minerals. Drink on its own, add some to a kale smoothie, or mix it into a salad dressing.
Ginger's Healthy Habits
Ginger's Healthy Habits Pepperoni Pizza Veggie Trail Mix
This mix from Ginger's Healthy Habits contains nuts (almonds and cashews) and seeds (sunflower) traditionally found in trail mixes but swaps out dried fruit for surprising ingredients such as tomatoes, zucchini, kale, and olives. The nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and onion powder make it taste like pizza!