Nagi

Wellpicks: Our favourite healthy snacks

When we’re looking to buy pre-packaged snacks, the first thing we always look at is the number of ingredients listed — the fewer the better. From there we try to find products that use mostly (or all when possible) whole, unprocessed food, and don’t contain crazy amounts of sugar. Taste is of course also important; there are lots of products out there that fit the criteria but that taste like chalk. We’re always on the lookout for new snacks and are excited to see more and more healthy options hitting the market, particularly homegrown Canadian products. So to help you navigate the snack aisle, we’ve rounded up some of our go-to healthy snacks that you can feel good about eating and that taste good too.



Nagi

Nagi energy bars & makaroons

It’s fitting that the word “nagi” means naked in Polish, as this Canadian brand of energy bars and “makaroons” use very minimal, clean ingredients in their products. All of their bars and makaroons are organic, non-gmo, vegan, as well as gluten-, soy-, and dairy-free, with no preservatives, additives or artificial flavours. And each ingredient like pea and brown rice protein, fruit, seeds, quinoa and coconut nectar are carefully sourced based on their nutrient density. Nagi offers five energy bar flavours like lemon goji berry coconut and chocolate almond coconut, and offer their makaroons (which we absolutely love) in chocolate almond and vanilla almond.



Rawcology

Rawcology superfood coconut chips

Another Canadian brand we love is Rawcology who offer superfood coconut chips in Smoky Cheeze, Rock’n Ranch, Chocolate Cinnamon and Matcha Latte. A holistic nutritionist, certified raw food teacher and culinary instructor, founder Tara Tomulka created her superfood snack as a better-tasting alternative to what’s currently available on the market. And since cooking food at high temperatures can destroy its enzymes, vitamins and minerals, their coconut chips are dehydrated in small batches at a low temperature to preserve their powerful nutrients and maintain flavour.


PowerPlant

Powerplant energy bars

Looking at the ingredients, you would be as surprised as we were at how good these actually taste. We first tried their Almond butter and Veggies bar (which is of course coated in chocolate and is deliciously chewy), which contains almond butter and a dehydrated veggie blend of carrots, spinach, broccoli, kale and beets, along with pumpkin seed protein, sprouted flax, pumpkin seed, sprouted chia, sprouted quinoa (and only a few more ingredients). Eating this many superfoods at once has never been so easy.


Go Macro

Go Macro energy bars

Okay, so these are not Canadian, but we still love them, particularly as they are a family owned company. Go Macro offers nut butter-based energy bars made from simple, clean ingredients, that are all vegan, gluten-free and organic. Their high protein, high fat bars are the perfect way to stay full and energized between meals without the blood sugar spike conventional, high sugar bars cause. And the flavour options are endless — they have 13 different bars, including banana almond butter, cashew caramel and cherries and berries.


Prana mix

Prana Kilimanjaro mix

When it comes to trail mix, the Kilimanjaro Dark Chocolate Mix is as good as it gets. You still get a little sugar fix from the dried cranberries and chocolate, but this is balanced by the protein, fat and fibre from the nuts. If sweet and salty is more your thing, Prana offers lots of different trail mixes options, and other healthy snacks.

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Kylie McGregor is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, Culinary Nutrition Expert, and editor-in-chief at Well Daily. After four years working in Toronto as a publicist, Kylie’s passion for nutrition, a desire to learn more and share this knowledge with others led her to enroll in Meghan Telpner’s Culinary Nutrition Expert Program, which provides an in-depth education around the healing properties of various foods and how to prepare them. Upon completion of this three-month program, Kylie decided to further her education and enrolled at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Vancouver, where she completed the one-year diploma program. Kylie hopes to share the knowledge she’s gained on her own journey, and encourage others to take control of their own health, wellness and happiness.

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