Healthy Snack Foods

Elephants naturally choose nuts and fruits for healthy snack foods.

But humans…they shop in grocery stores where snacks look like cookies. chips, and chocolate.

Read nutrition labels to find healthy snacks:

To boost dietary fiber, choose cookies made with whole grain flour.  Brands that offer whole- or multi-grain options will be the healthier snack choice.

Watch out for sugar — sweets can add calories fast!

Chocolate candies, especially dark chocolates, provide valuable micronutrients like the minerals copper, zinc, and magnesium. Anddark chocolate has flavonoids that add antioxidant protection against cell damage.

Even though healthier cookies and candy can make a good snack,enjoy these treats in moderation.

When in need of fuel, fill your hunger with healthy snack foods like fresh fruits or raw vegetable nibbles for long lasting energy.

Compare Your Snack Foods

Fresh Food
Short Description Amount Dietary Fiber Sugar Protein Calories
RAW APPLE 1 medium 4.4 18.91 0.47 95
NAVEL ORANGE 1 (3-inch dia) 3.1 11.90 1.27 69
CELERY 8-inch stalk 0.6 0.73 0.28 6
CARROT STRIPS 10 (3-inch) 2.9 4.98 0.98 43
CARROTS, BABY 10 medium size 2.9 4.76 0.64 35
Chips
Short Description Amount Dietary Fiber Sugar Protein Calories
CORN CHIPS 7-oz bag 10.5 2.30 11.94 1026
POTATO CHIPS 8-oz bag 10.0 0.84 14.89 1230
TORTILLIA CHIPS (Nacho Flavor) 4 ounces 5.2 4.30 9.24 583
TORTILLIA CHIPS (Baked, Low-Fat) 4 ounces 6.0 0.76 12.47 471
Chocolate
Short Description Amount Dietary Fiber Sugar Protein Calories
DARK CHOCOLATE 45-59% cacao 100 grams 7.0 47.90 4.88 546
DARK CHOCOLATE 70-85% cacao 100 grams 10.9 23.99 7.79 598
SNICKERS 2-oz bar 1.3 28.77 4.29 280
DOVE DARK CHOCOLATE 1.3-oz bar 2.8 17.12 1.92 192
Cookies
Short Description Amount Dietary Fiber Sugar Protein Calories
FIG BARS 1 Figaroo, (2 square halves) 1.98 19.93 1.59 149.64
BROWNIES, COMMERCIAL 1 square, large (2-3/4″ sq x 7/8″) 1.18 20.5 2.69 226.8
CHOCOLATE WAFERS 1 oz 0.96 8.41 1.87 122.76
CHOCOLATE SANDWICH W/CREME FILLING 3 cookies, (1 NLEA serving) 0.95 13.94 1.91 159.46
PILLSBURY, CHOCOLATE CHIP (refrigerated dough) 1 bar, (2″ square) 0.6 10.00 1.82 156.16
GRAHAM CRACKERS, PLN OR HONEY 1 oz 0.79 8.82 1.96 119.92
OATMEAL COOKIES 1 cookie, big (3-1/2″ – 4″ dia) 0.7 6.17 1.55 112.5
OATMEAL, REFR DOUGH, BAKED 1 cookie 0.34 0 0.72 56.52
VANILLA WAFERS, LOWER FAT 1 oz 0.54 10.63 1.42 125.02
PEANUT BUTTER, COMMERCIAL 1 cookie 0.27 4.77 1.44 71.55
SUGAR COOKIE, REFIGERATED DOUGH, BAKED 1 cookie, 1 pre-sliced cookie dough 0.18 5.51 1.08 111.32
GINGERSNAPS 1 cookie 0.15 1.39 0.39 29.12
Source of information: USDA Nutrient Data Library