Suncoast View: Best Snacks

Snacking can be lighter and healthier, not only for school children but for adults if you get rid of the chemical-laced snacks in cans and frosted cupcakes that never get stale. Sorry, but it is true.

Just buying things like skinny pop will save you fat and calories, but tastes better than junk food.

Try Noosa yogurt instead of ice cream and hummus with carrots.

Smoked fish spreads that are fresh-made are satisfying with whole-grain crackers and taro chips or celery. Roots chips are a much better choice for a quick crunch.  Stop by the Fresh Market and Whole Foods for some snacks to nibble on.

Hail Merry Dark Chocolate Macaroon Merry Bites $3.49/each. Paleo, dairy free and vegan

Terra Celery Root Chips $4.99/each. Aged Cheese flavor perfect alternate chip.

Tropical Fruit Salad $6.99/lb. Fresh Pineapple, papaya, mango, kiwi and blackberries. Comes in 3 different sizes. 

Wild Caught Smoked Salmon Salad $5.99/each. Fresh Salmon paired with the perfect cracker or bed of greens. 

Back to Nature Organic Stoneground Wheat Crackers $3.29/each

Go Raw Sunflower Seed Sprouted Flax Snax $4.99/each

Upfront Granola 3 flavors $1.49/each. Perfect size for on the go

Mediterranean Lunch Box $6.99/each.  Features 5 delicious items for the perfect snack/lunch

Culinary Director

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