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2016 provided an important learning opportunity, which was: what goes into your body has a significant effect on the way you feel. In order to feel your best, it helps to fill up on foods that provide the essential nutrients and vitamins your body thrives on.

One foolproof way to accomplish this is simple: perform a swap. Replace your junk food and processed snacks with options full of fruits, vegetables, or… why not both?

Let 2017 be your year for a snacking revolution. People are more aware of food labels today than ever before and care deeply about the ingredients they put into their bodies.

Does this sound familiar? Keep reading to further inspire your fruit and vegetable consumption.

Enticing Fruit and Vegetable-Based Snacks

It can take a considerable amount of effort to find snacks that provide what you’re looking for: nutritious ingredients, vitamins, no added sugars, and no preservatives.

What makes a snack better than average? When it’s made from real ingredients!

These seven snacks will help you start off 2017 on the right foot.

1) Artisan Tropic – Plantain Strips

It’s no longer inconvenient to find a snack that resembles the taste, texture, and consistency of chips without the unwanted elements. Artisan Tropic Plantain Strips are what chips should be—simple and tasty!

Plantains contain many important feel-good nutrients: fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium. This makes Plantain Strips a satisfying, guilt-free, nutrient-rich “chip” that comes in a variety of flavors, both sweet and savory.

Available in the following flavors:

  • Naturally Sweet
  • Naturally Sweet with Cinnamon
  • Sea Salt
  • Natural Chili Pepper

2) The New Primal – Meat Sticks & Snack Mates

The effects of low-protein intake on the body are hardly enjoyable. Thankfully, getting your daily dose of protein no longer has to be a chore.

The New Primal’s Meat Sticks offer a classic, hearty treat that will help you feel satisfied longer, while the Snack Mates take care of your little one’s hunger pangs.

The New Primal prides themselves on offering products made with grass-fed beef, no artificial preservatives, no gluten, no added sugars, no antibiotics, and no hormones. You’ll appreciate the simple ingredient list, especially if additives are necessary to avoid.

3) That’s it. Fruit Bars

Fruit-based snacks are a phenomenal way to indulge your sweet tooth without thinking twice.

That’s it. bars are made from 100% real fruit and come in a wide range of flavors. You’re getting the real taste, great nutrients, and expertly crafted combinations in every single bar.

How much fruit is in each bar? You’re going to love this. The Apple + Mango bar, for example, contains one apple and one mango—a spectacular amount of fruit packed into a single snack bar.

Available in the following flavors:

  • Apple + Mango
  • Apple + Cherries
  • Apple + Apricot
  • Apple + Pear
  • Apple + Banana
  • Apple + Blueberries
  • Apple + Pineapple
  • Apple + Strawberries
  • Apple + Coconut

4) Pressed by KIND™

Do you daydream about life’s more complex flavors? Pressed by KIND™ knows how you feel. These power-packed bars combine fruits and vegetables into something scrumptious without adding sugar. And some bars even incorporate another fan favorite: chia seeds!

Whether you’re looking to expand your “favorites” list, add a dash of complexity to your routine, or incorporate fruits and vegetables in the same bite, Pressed is for you.

Available in the following flavors:

  • Apple Pear Carrot Beet
  • Pineapple Coconut Chia
  • Pineapple Banana Kale Spinach
  • Mango Apple Chia
  • Cherry Apple Chia
  • Strawberry Apple Chia

5) Forager Project Organic Vegetable Chips

All Forager chip varieties are crafted using fresh-pressed vegetables, the perfect amount of sea salt, and their secret grain mixture. They’ve made a chip that is 100% organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, kosher, vegan, corn-free—and addictive. It’s exciting to see a new outlook on both chips and vegetables.

In 2017, adding vegetables to your diet is easier and more rewarding than ever. Snack on!

Available in the following flavors:

  • Greens
  • Roots
  • Beets

6) Homegrown Organic Farms Freeze-Dried Fruit

Imagine a world where you’re not bound by a fruit’s seasonality. Well, you’re already living in it.

Freeze-dried fruit is perfect for all ages; it doesn’t matter if you’re 2 or 92, crunchy, bite-sized organic fruit shines brightly.

Freeze-dried fruit is made from premium, organic apples, blueberries, and grapes. That’s the true beauty of these crunchy, bite-sized, organic freeze-dried fruit pieces: there’s no smoke and mirrors—just fruit. What you see is what you get. A delicious bite of fruit with an impressive 18-month shelf life, allowing you to enjoy your three favorite fruits whether they’re in-season or not.

Available in the following flavors:

  • Blueberries
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Apples & Blueberries (snack size!)
  • Grapes & Blueberries (snack size!)

7) Alive & Radiant – Kale Krunch

It’s not hard to imagine why Alive & Radiant’s Kale Krunch is so intriguing. They’ve taken your favorite greens and transformed them with nostalgic flavors. You know the kind: so tasty it’s probably safe to assume they’re unhealthy (but Kale Krunch isn’t!)

Kale Krunch provides shameless satisfaction while encouraging good food choices. Not only are they vegan and gluten-free, but they also provide fiber, vitamins A, C, and K, as well as protein.

Your daily nutritional milestones are that much easier to achieve.

Available in the following flavors:

  • Quite Cheesy
  • Superfood
  • Cheezy Chipotle
  • Spicy Superfood
  • Tarragon Dijon
  • Ranch
  • Perfectly Plain
  • Sriracha Lime

Each additional year on this beautiful planet brings new and exciting ways to improve lives through food. It’s inspiring to see so many people embracing plant-based products, and our bodies have never been more thankful.

As more great minds come together to bring real snacks made with real ingredients to life, you’ll find that your ability to incorporate healthy, fruit and vegetable-based foods into your diet will become a normal way of life rather than a scavenger hunt.

What will 2018 bring?

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