Target has won over our hearts when it comes to home décor, but the retail giant's food section is now running a close second. While Target may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of grocery shopping, it actually stocks an impressive array of food and beverages, including healthy packaged snacks and fresh produce like fruits and vegetables. Besides, what could be better than finishing your grocery, home, and beauty shopping all in one afternoon? Rather than reaching for the Cheeto Puffs, Self reached out to registered dietitians about their favorite healthy snacks to shop at Target.
Whether you stash these in your purse to tame that growl in your tummy or bring them to work to fight the mid-morning slump, these healthy snacks will make giving up junk food that much easier. Shop their five picks below.
Made with organic blue corn, sunflower oil, sea salt, and lime, these irresistible tortilla chips "pair well with fresh salsa, hummus, or simple guacamole, and they satisfy my craving for something salty," said registered dietitian Cara Harbstreet to Self. Plus they're gluten-free with zero preservatives, making snacking guilt-free.
"My favorite new snacks to carry around in my purse are these roasted chickpeas," said dietitian Lindsey Pine, owner of Tasty Balance Nutrition. "The combination of protein and fiber does a great job keeping me full and happy when I need a little something between meals." The nut-free and grain-free snack is packed with protein and fiber and pairs well with yogurt and berries or can be simply enjoyed straight out of the bag.
A great alternative to greasy chips, edamame is a naturally gluten-free snack packed with protein, iron, and calcium. "With 12 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per serving, these freeze-dried edamame help regulate appetite and energy levels," said registered dietitian Edwina Clark.
If you find yourself constantly craving sugar and starchy-foods, opt for solid, dark chocolate as a healthier snack alternative. Dark chocolate contains more cocoa and less sugar, that satiates your craving without stirring new ones. "These squares are perfect because they come individually wrapped to help with portion control," said dietitian Chelsea Elkin. You can never go wrong with cacao.
Dietitian Edwina Clark also swears by Target's light tuna as a healthy snack. Tuna is packed with protein, essential nutrients and omega-3 fatty acids that help boost overall health and well-being while also helping you to get fit. The flavored versions from Target pair well with crackers for a fuss-free snack. Or if you're feeling extra, top some tuna on a scooped-out avocado and drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper, garnished with fresh chives.