Healthy eating continues to be a top food trend with our generation. While your meals and meal prep may be on point for a healthy diet, snack time proves to be a bit more difficult. It’s easy to prepare a healthy snack at home, but what about on the go? We have a few delicious answers just for you. Here are six locally made healthy snacks made right here in Westchester.
If you’re a fan of firefighters, cookies, and firefighters who bake cookies, then you’ll love Cookie Republic. This whole grain cookie packed with protein and pure goodness was born in a New York firehouse out of necessity for a snack. Firefighters are constantly out on alarms for extended periods of time and need a snack that could keep them going all day long. That’s when Westchester Firefighters Sunny Seward, Dominick Lombardo, and Tonin Bucaj, along with his brother Mark, launched Cookie Republic. This healthy but delicious snack is vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO. Choose from peanut butter, chocolate brownie, and chocolate chip cookies on the Cookie Republic website or find a local store selling them near you.
Combining the great outdoors and great food isn’t easy, but Outlawed Jerky found a way. Since 2012, cousins Chris and Jeff have been testing and tasting batches of jerky to find the right flavors with only the freshest and most natural ingredients being sourced. The beef is all natural and antibiotic free, traditionally made “Shoyu” soy sauces used in all marinades, and fresh lime juice, raw jalapenos, and honey are used as an alternative sweetener. Choose from three delicious options: jalapeno lime, sesame beef, and original. You can order directly from the Outlawed Jerky website or use the map to find a place near you to grab a bag.
*Outlawed Beef Jerky is currently filling back orders but has placed new orders on hiatus while the owners raise their families and secure additional funding. You can follow along with updates on the company’s facebook and Instagram pages.
If you want the ultimate snack experience, try BOBBYSUE’S NUTS. The scrumptious hand-roasted nuts are made in small batches with no shortcuts. Each batch is made using only egg whites from cage-free chickens in a secret meringue resulting in a product that is humane, earth-conscious, non-GMO, and delicious. There are several flavors to choose from, including Mocha My Day: A Chocolate Espresso Explosion, and Some Like It Hot: Sweet With A Spicy Kick. Not only are you getting a healthy snack, but you are also supporting animals in need: A portion of every “nut dollar” made is donated to build modern shelters, support legal protection laws, and better educate people.
The snack food business can be cutthroat, but Charles Snack Foods has kept up for over 40 years. The company started out in 1965 as a local Charles Chips distributor conducting home deliveries of Charles Chips Products (the cans were pretty famous). However, things change. Charles Snack Foods now carries a wide variety of delicious snacks like the Fifth Avenue Nut Mix and Broadway Snack Mix. You can even custom blend your own snack or nut mix! Only the highest-grade, freshest ingredients are used for these snacks.
Trying to find the right diet for you can be tricky, and sometimes nothing works until you make something yourself. That’s exactly what Zach and Debbie Schleien, co-founders of LIFT Protein Muffins did. Zach experimented with many diets, but still felt bloated after meals, had fluctuating weight, and felt low in energy. He then started the Paleo Diet, which cuts out processed foods and grains while introducing high-quality foods. After a day of baking with his mother, Debbie, LIFT Protein Muffins were born as a paleo meal replacement. The muffins are gluten-free with 18 to 19 grams of protein. There are 3 delicious flavors to choose from: apple cinnamon, banana chocolate, and chocolate zucchini. You can even order a sampler pack to try each one to find your favorite! Whether you need a quick meal or an after-workout snack, these are your go-to muffins.
When health issues find their way into your family, you try everything to heal the ailments. That’s how Healing Home Foods came to be. Shelley had been a vegetarian for two decades until she dove deeper into healthy food when her son was diagnosed with Autism and her husband with cancer. Both pushed her to find foods that could help and heal her family. Nutrition-plus-taste foods are not always easy to find, so she took to producing her own. Her products fit into gluten-free, vegan, and raw regimen diets that taste great — even to her daughter who has no specific dietary needs or restrictions. Her mission: to create top-quality, flavorful foods that contain real nutrition and no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. All products are made by hand and therefore vary slightly from batch to batch. You will find granola, graham bites, biscotti bites, crackers, trail mix, and various nuts and butters; a little bit of everything for all your snacking needs. Dig in!