There’s nothing like the satisfying crunch of a freshly opened packet of biscuits, especially when you have a nice dip or buttery, salty cheese to pair with it.
What I’m looking for in crackers:
Taste comes first and the majority of consumers agree. Taste is and will always be the #1 purchase driver for food and drink. There are plenty of “healthy” crackers that boast elite ingredients but taste like the cardboard that sits by the trash can at your local Walgreens. Yes, I see you, cauliflower. If it doesn’t taste good, I won’t eat it.
My next parameter is the quality of the ingredients. I want my food to be made of food, not a bunch of stuff I’ve never heard of. I also looked at the macronutrient content. If crackers offer a healthy balance of protein and fat along with carbs, that’s a huge advantage as far as maintaining the power to keep you full and satisfied.
Disclaimer: this is a snack. Yes, they come in a box or bag and no, nothing is perfect. I am a dietitian who lives in the real world and know that people love to eat crackers and these are your best bet, in my opinion.
Here are the 5 best crackers I recommend to my clients looking for a healthy snack:
Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers
Phenomenal crunch and perfect saltiness. Stick with the original. I don’t like the flavored versions like garlic cheese because of the “dust” taste. It’s not necessary, especially if you pair it with other foods (which you should). Add a little hummus, some cherry tomatoes, and a Babybel cheese or 2 and you’re on your way to healthy snack heaven. They also have a higher protein version made with garbanzo flour and brown rice protein.
Mary’s Gone Crackers
The best out there in terms of ingredients. Since it’s mostly grain, you don’t get your standard salty or Townhouse texture, but its smoothness lasts as a cheese and charcuterie base, as well as sliding through the boursin cheese.
Simple Almond Mills Flour with Rosemary and Sea Salt
Huge fan of these guys. Its simplicity, as its brand name implies, makes it the perfect base for making something delicious. I like to dip it straight into ripe avocado, toss the shaved deli turkey on top and call it lunch. My 2 year old would say this is the most kid friendly option on the list. Try Farmhouse Cheddar for a Cheese-It vibe.
Late July Chia and Quinoa Crackers
Late July has been on top of the healthy tortilla chip game for a while, so it makes sense for them to enter the cracker arena. This is the closest you can get to a classic buttery biscuit. They skip all the artificial ingredients but not much in the way of complex carbohydrates, protein or healthy fats. You should balance this with a handful of nuts and some grapes or other fruit to make it a complete snack.
Back to Nature Whole Lotta Love Hemp Heart Crackers
I know I’m throwing out a real wild card here, but try whipping it up with fun brie and jam for an uncomplicated appetizer your guests will love.
And my final parting piece of advice… wheat thinners and water crackers aren’t any better for you than salty foods.
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About the Author: Megan Poczekaj, RDN, LD, is a registered dietitian nutritionist in Orlando, FL. He has a private practice, Nutrition Awareness, where he teaches other entrepreneurs how to maximize their productivity and performance with nutrition. He is the author of The Optimized Life: A Nutrition Guide for Entrepreneurs and co-host of the Nutrition Awareness Podcast.
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