The grocery store is a confusing place: Deciphering food labels is tricky and low-fat snacks can sometimes taste like cardboard. To help, we put a series of new edibles to a taste test. Here's what MTV.com's staff of discerning eaters had to say:
FOR A SALT CRAVING
Annie Chun's Roasted Seaweed Snacks
Placing these next to the cookies at first made them a hard sell, but once we relocated them, they became a huge hit. "I would eat these every day," said senior editor Tamar Anitai. "They're salty and have a nice texture." At only 30 calories a serving (which is 10 sheets), they're a great snack that satiates a salt craving.
FOR A SODA CRAVING
Metromint Peppermint, Spearmint and Goodberrymint Water
Most people were already familiar with this unsweetened water brand but hadn't actually tried their all-natural flavors. Here's what staffers had to say: "Wow, this tastes refreshingly good," said production assistant Whitney Little. "Are you sure there's no sugar in it?" Nope! Here's another: "The spearmint wakes you up; it's like aromatherapy, without tasting chemically," said senior editor/producer Lisa Chudnofsky. It's not loaded in artificial sweeteners the way many flavored waters are, so if you're looking for a little more from your H20, this is a great alternative.
FOR A CANDY CRAVING
Stretch Island Fruit Co. All-Natural Fruit Strip
The next time you need a little sugary chew, tear open one of these tangy snacks. "It has better texture than a Fruit Roll-Up, but not as flavorful," said supervising producer Tom Akel. That seems like a fair assessment, considering Fruit Roll-Ups are made with corn syrup and sugar.
FOR A SWEET TOOTH
Bear Naked 100% Pure And Natural Soft-Baked Granola Cookies
They use raisins, walnuts, cranberries and almonds in lieu of chocolate yet still manage to be yummy! "They're actually much bigger than cookies I normally snack on, so I could see myself just needing to eat one of these," production assistant Craig Nadler commented.
+ Do you have any favorite healthy snacks? Let's hear what you have in your pantry!