Snack Smarter in the New Year!

It is that time of the year again when we start to think of ways to improve ourselves in the upcoming year! For most, eating healthier and becoming more fit are high on the list of resolutions. Below are 5 snack-tastic ideas for tasty & nutritious foods to reach for that won’t induce guilt (or pack on the pounds!) in 2011. As always – everything in moderation is a good mantra to live by!

Voskos YoGreek Yogurt

Snack happy with YoGreek! Packaged conveniently, this healthy & delicious new snack from Voskos is just plain fun – one side contains crunchy granola that tips right into the yogurt side for easy snacking, especially on the go! “Mom” is wild about YoGreek, especially the strawberry flavor. Decadent, creamy, and brimming with health benefits, such as calcium, fiber, protein, and live probiotics – who needs ice cream? www.voskos.com

Panda Licorice

Craving something sweet yet natural? Reach for Panda Licorice! Made with fruit puree, this all-natural snack has no artificial colors, artificial flavors, preservatives, hydrogenated fats or salt. In addition, Panda is suitable for vegetarian, vegan, Kosher and Halal diets. Panda Licorice comes in 3 juicy, delicious flavors: Original Black, Raspberry and Cherry! All Panda Licorice come in boxes, re-sealable bags and 100 calorie bars. www.pandalicorice.com

Newman’s Own Organics Chocolate Bars

Stop – that chocolate cake may look tempting, but conquer your lust for chocolate with a square or two of Newman’s Own Organics Chocolate Bars. Rich, satisfying, and made with organic ingredients, a small square savored is sure to please! Plus, the dark chocolate bars pack an additional antioxidant punch! The bars are available in Dark Chocolate, Super Dark Chocolate, Mocha Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Espresso Dark Chocolate, and Orange Dark Chocolate. www.newmansownorganics.com

Nature’s Path Granola Bars

100% USDA Certified Organic – Nature’s Path Granola Bars make a convenient snack at anytime of the day, whether you need a quick yet healthy bite for breakfast as you dash out the door, or an afternoon pick-me-up that won’t break the caloric bank! The best part? Nature’s Path Granola Bars don’t contain artificial preservatives, additives, genetically modified organism (GMOs) or synthetic pesticides, but they are full of great tasting ingredients such as fruit, nuts and real organic yogurt. Plus, they are a great source of whole grains and omega-3’s.

Nature’s Path Granola Bars are available in 8 delicious flavors:

Pumpkin-n-Spice – mineral-rich roasted pumpkin seeds and Omega-3 rich flaxseeds with a dash of cinnamon.

Mmmaple Pecan – made with organic maple syrup, crunchy pecans and a drizzle of sweet, creamy icing.

Berry Strawberry – a mix of organic strawberries and raspberries, topped off with just the right amount of real, creamy yogurt.

Lotta Apricotta – chock full of dried apricots, roasted almonds and drizzled with real yogurt icing.

Sunny Hemp – a blend of hempseed, flaxseed and sunflower seeds with juicy raisins.

Peanut Buddy – peanut butter and whole roasted peanuts for a chewy bar with crunch.

Peanut Choco – two of our favorite flavors, crunchy peanuts drizzled with dark chocolate.

Chococonut – the perfect combination of dark chocolate chips and a hint of sweet, buttery, nutty coconut.

The bars are available nationwide at Whole Foods, or you can order them online at www.naturespath.com.

Resveratrol WineTime Chocolate Raspberry Bar

Chocolate? Check! Antioxidants? Check! Resveratrol? Check! Fruit? Check! Who says you can’t have it all? WineTime has just introduced their newest bar – Chocolate Raspberry! Brimming with flavor and all manner of good things – this is the bar to reach for when snacking that truly does it all. As they say, indulge in longevity…. www.winetimebar.com

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this article.*