You’ve probably heard of the Mediterranean diet by now. If you’re one of many who have joined this health fad you may have meals covered but what about snacks?
Trust us: If you want to help improve your health, the effort to eat like a Greek is worth it. According to a review published in November 2015 in Nutrients, the Mediterranean diet — inspired by the eating habits of those who live along the Mediterranean Sea — can help your heart, boost your cognition, and ward off chronic disease. (No wonder U.S. News & World Report rated the eating plan one of its top diets of 2018!)
1. Mediterra Kale, Pomegranate, Quinoa and Almonds Nutrition Bar
Mediterra set out to change the idea of the on-the-go nutrition by creating a Mediterranean-inspired bar. Their Kale, Pomegranate, Quinoa & Almonds bar is one of eight flavorful options that are gluten-free and non-GMO. It’s a blend of pea crisps, almonds, and quinoa with just a hint of extra-virgin olive oil.
Mediterra Kale, Pomegranate, Quinoa & Almonds Nutrition Bars (Pack of 12), $23.95, Mediterranutrition.com
2. Thrive Market Organic Roasted and Salted Mixed Nuts
Nuts are a key element in Mediterranean-style eating because of their levels of protein, fiber, and healthy fats like omega-3s. This savory, not-too-salty mix is organic certified and consists of Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews and pecans. Try toasting them in the oven with your favorite seasoning and drizzling with olive oil for a warm snack.
Organic Roasted & Salted Mixed Nuts, $8.99, Thrivemarket.com
3. Plentils Garlic and Parmesan Lentil Chips
These chips are made from lentils, a high-protein bean-like plant that is a big part of Mediterranean eating. For those avoiding gluten, this crunchy snack is gluten-free and is also free of wheat and dairy. For a heartier mid-day snack, try pairing them with hummus.
Plentils Garlic & Parmesan Lentil Chips, $2.69, Thrivemarket.com
4. Peeled Snacks Gently Dried Organic Apple
No fresh fruit available? Enjoy the benefits and naturally sweet taste of apples with these snack-size dried bites. And we mean that literally: The only ingredient is apples, so you don’t have to worry about the added sugars or preservatives typically found in dried fruit. Have them on their own, or add them to your Greek yogurt or trail mix.
Peeled Snacks Gently Dried Organic Apple (Pack of 10), $18.30, Amazon.com
5. Nature’s Bakery Blueberry Fig Bars
If you’re looking for a sweeter snack, go for these gluten-free fig bars. Nature’s Bakery strives to make snacks with only organic ingredients, such as dried cane sugar for sweetness instead of high fructose corn syrup. That makes them a top candidate for the coastal diet. Free of chemicals and additives, these blueberry fig bars are prepared from whole-wheat flour — a staple in the Mediterranean diet. And they’re also Kosher and vegan.
Nature’s Bakery Blueberry Fig Bars, $10.99, Thrivemarket.com
6. Terrasoul Superfoods Organic Hulled Sunflower Seeds
Seeds are another key element to the Mediterranean diet because they offer a wide range of essential nutrients, such as magnesium and potassium, and are an excellent source of protein. Terrasoul’s hulled sunflower seeds are not only organic, but they are also raw and unsalted, enhancing their nutritional value. To add more of an exciting twist, toss them in the oven with your favorite seasoning or simple sea salt.
Terrasoul Superfoods Organic Hulled Sunflower Seeds (2 pounds), $11.99, Amazon.com
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