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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Per 22 pretzels: 120 calories, 5 g protein, 22 g carbs (4 g fiber), 2 g fat
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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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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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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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This brand has no preservatives.
Per oz: 90 calories, 11 g protein, 6 g carbs, 2 g fat
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Per oz: 170 calories, 6 g protein, 5 g carbs (3 g fiber), 15 g fat
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Per 1/4 cup: 180 calories, 9 g protein, 4 g carbs (3 g fiber), 14 g fat
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Per 5 prunes: 100 calories, 1 g protein, 24 g carbs (3 g fiber)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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