Packaged Food with Less Than 5 Ingredients for Healthy Snacking
Have you heard of choosing food with five ingredients or less?
It comes from Michael Pollen’s Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual . Here’s what it says:
“Don’t eat anything with more than five ingredients, or ingredients you can’t pronounce.”
That rule is very simple when it comes to eating whole foods.
Apples, almonds, apricots, artichokes…. you know the whole foods I’m talking about. Single ingredient, unprocessed.
The rule becomes more complicated as you look at all the snack food out there.
So many tempting, delicious choices.
Can you really buy packaged food with less than 5 ingredients?
A whole food or homemade whole food snack is always going to be the dietary gold standard.
I strive to get there 90% of the time. The other 10% of the time, well, life is getting lived, and a packaged snack is awfully handy.
After all, sometimes we just don’t remember to grab an apple before we leave the house.
Having a Larabar in the car or in your purse can keep you on the whole foods track.
Use this list to think about how you can substitute whole food pre-packaged snacks for some of your favorite processed foods.
For example, replace Doritos with a healthier snack choice like Eden Spicy Pumpkin Seeds.
Doritos contain ultra processed ingredients such as monosodium glutamate, maltodextrin, and artificial colors.
Eden Spicy Pumpkin Seeds contain only organic dry roasted pumpkin seeds, organic tamari, organic garlic, and organic cayenne pepper.
I spent a LOT of time looking at labels and looking for snacks that meet the 5 ingredient or less standard.
Those 5 ingredients had to be ingredients that were instantly recognizable.
Some of these you’ll be able to find at your local grocers.
Some of these healthy snacks may require a trip to the natural grocers.
If you’re looking to stock your pantry quickly, I’ve linked to everything on Amazon.
PACKAGED FOOD WITH LESS THAN 5 INGREDIENTS
Envirokidz Organic Gorilla Munch (good in trail mixes!)
Larabars ~ There are quite a few to choose from, so I just picked out those with the least ingredients
- Cherry Pie
- Apple Pie (has 6 ingredients but all whole food)
- Coconut Cream Pie
- Cashew Cookie
- Peanut Butter Cookie
- Banana Bread
Nature’s Path Organic Whole O’s (another great addition to trail mixes!)
Nutty Bean White and Yellow Naked Chickpeas
Once you have your stock of healthy snacks, why not set up a DIY Snack Station for the kids?
If you choose to order at Amazon.com – where I know all of these snacks are available – make sure you never overpay by reading this:
PS ~ I would love to add to this list, so if you have a product that belongs on this list, please leave it in the comments.