The Best Snacks for Men

Restock your kitchen with foods that taste as good as they are good for you

November 27, 2012
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For our list of the 125 Best Foods for Men, we created your ultimate shopping list, one filled with great-tasting foods that can fight fat, build muscle, and boost your health. Our methodology: We analyzed more than 1,000 supermarket foods and awarded points for products that are low in calories and high in protein and fiber, and made with whole ingredients. Then we pared down our selections and held taste tests to determine the final winners. In the case of a tie, the item with the shortest ingredient list won. 

Here are our picks for the healthiest snacks. To see the complete supermarket guide, read 125 Best Foods for Men

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Newman's Own Organics High Protein Pretzels The Best Snacks for Men
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Best Pretzel: Newman's Own Organics High Protein Pretzels

Flour made from peas cranks up the protein content. (Search: What are the health benefits of protein?)

Per 22 pretzels: 120 calories, 5 g protein, 22 g carbs (4 g fiber), 2 g fat

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UTZ Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips Best Snacks for Men
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Best Tortilla Chip: UTZ Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

Our tasters said these chips had just the right levels of salt and crunch.

Per oz: 140 calories, 21 g protein, 19 g carbs (1 g fiber), 3 g fat

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Back to Nature Organic Stone-Ground Wheat Crackers
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Best Cracker: Back to Nature Organic Stone-Ground Wheat Crackers

Great for scooping dips.

Per 1/2 oz: 70 calories, 2.5 g protein, 21 g carbs (2 g fiber), 4 g fat

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Newman's Own Organics Pop's Corn, Light Butter Best Snacks for Men
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Best Popcorn: Newman's Own Organics Pop's Corn, Light Butter

It has a great flavor, without chemicals.

Per 3 1/2 cups: 112 calories, 3 g protein, 19 g carbs (3.5 g fiber), 3 g fat

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Perky Jerky Ultra Premium Beef Jerky The Best Snacks for Men
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Mitch Mandel
Best Jerky: Perky Jerky Ultra Premium Beef Jerky

This brand has no preservatives.

Per oz: 90 calories, 11 g protein, 6 g carbs, 2 g fat

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Planter's Men's Health NUT-rition Mix The Best Snacks for Men
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Mitch Mandel
Best Nut: Planter's Men's Health NUT-rition Mix

Did you think any other kind would win? We helped make this stuff!

Per oz: 170 calories, 6 g protein, 5 g carbs (3 g fiber), 15 g fat

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Woodstock Foods Organic Pumpkin Seeds The Best Snacks for Men
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Mitch Mandel
Best Nut Alternative: Woodstock Foods Organic Pumpkin Seeds

Store a bag in your desk at work for a healthy midday snack.

Per 1/4 cup: 180 calories, 9 g protein, 4 g carbs (3 g fiber), 14 g fat

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Sunsweet D'Noir Preservative Free Prunes The Best Snacks for Men
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Best Dried Fruit: Sunsweet D'Noir Preservative Free Prunes

If you need to snack on something sweet, you might as well take in some antioxidants too.

Per 5 prunes: 100 calories, 1 g protein, 24 g carbs (3 g fiber)

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Kopali Organics Super Food Mix The Best Snacks for Men
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Mitch Mandel
Best Trail Mix: Kopali Organics Super Food Mix

Lots of fiber and packed with mulberries, pistachios, cacao nibs, and goji berries.

Per 1/4 cup: 120 calories, 4 g protein, 13 g carbs (4 g fiber), 6 g fat

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Larabar Peanut Butter Cookie The Best Snacks for Men
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Mitch Mandel
Best Snack Bar: Larabar Peanut Butter Cookie

Just three simple ingredients: dates, peanuts, and sea salt.

Per bar: 220 calories, 7 g protein, 23 g carbs (4 g fiber), 12 g fat

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Green & Black's Organic Dark Chocolate 85% The Best Snacks for Men
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Mitch Mandel
Best Chocolate Bar: Green & Black's Organic Dark Chocolate 85%

Organic vanilla extract mellows the dark-chocolate bite of this bar.

Per 1.4 oz: 250 calories, 4 g protein, 15 g carbs (4 g fiber), 20 g fat

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Kashi Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies The Best Snacks for Men
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Mitch Mandel
Best Cookie: Kashi Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies

They contain whole grains and just the right amount of sweet.

Per cookie: 130 calories, 3 g protein, 19 g carbs (4 g fiber), 5 g fat

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Boulder Canyon 60% Reduced Sodium Totally Natural Kettle Chips Best Snacks
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Mitch Mandel
Best Potato Chip: Boulder Canyon 60% Reduced Sodium Totally Natural Kettle Chips

You won't miss the salt.

Per 14 chips: 140 calories, 2 g protein, 17 g carbs (2 g fiber), 7 g fat

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Hapi Sriracha Peas The Best Snacks for Men
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Mitch Mandel
Best Spicy Snack: Hapi Sriracha Peas

Eat them straight up, or crush them and use as a spicy coating for baked chicken.

Per 28 g: 120 calories, 4 g protein, 19 g carbs (1 g fiber), 3 g fat

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