June 25, 2013

Top 4 Online Sources for Buying Healthy Snacks

Remember when your mom suddenly started a diet? Everyone in the house was forced to eat celery sticks and rice cakes (which really tasted more like dental floss and Styrofoam). Smearing the top with peanut butter and chocolate chips helped it go down the hatch a little better, but soon those delicacies were also banned from the house. You quickly found reasons to go visit your friends, especially the ones who kept plenty of junk food in the pantry.

Is it a snack or a piece of Styrofoam?
Now you're a bit older, and it's time you started eating healthy as well. Your clothes are getting snug. Your energy is decreasing. Your metabolism just isn't what it used to be. But don't agonize over shopping for snacks. Believe it or not, you won't be destined to eat tasteless food for the rest of your life.

Healthy snacks have come a long way since the days of celery and rice cakes. They taste better, are readily available, and are becoming less expensive as they gain popularity. Most grocery stores, drug stores, and super centers have a variety of healthy snacks available. But to find the best variety and prices available, it's best to go online.

Amazon, which has been around since the mid-1990s, has an extensive selection of healthy snacks. Discounts are offered for various memberships and subscriptions. Amazon also permits third-party sellers, so you have even more variety at your fingertips. Products are rated by customers, so take time to read the reviews before you purchase.

Element Bars allows you to custom-make your own endurance or protein bar. First, you create the core of your bar, such as chewy or crispy. Then, you select which fruits, nuts, and sweets you would like included in your bar. Finally, you select which boosts you would like, such as protein or fiber.
A warning will pop up if you select ingredients that won’t blend well. If organic ingredients are available, you have the option to select them. Nutritional information changes on the screen as you change the ingredients in the bar. You even get to name your custom-made bar!

Browse online for the best variety of healthy snacks

Vine.com offers natural and organic goods. In the grocery section you can find snacks that are gluten-free, Fair Trade, or GMO-free. Vine.com is part of a larger family of websites owned by Quidsi. Customers can shop across all Quidsi websites with just one shopping cart, allowing for greater discounts and reduced shipping costs.

Vitamin Shoppe began as a single store in 1977 and now has over 500 locations, as well as a complete online store. Customers can choose from a wide selection of snacks, as well as protein and meal replacement bars. Vitamin Shoppe offers their own brand of snacks and supplements, as well as popular brands like Atkins, BSN, and Met-Rx.

Before you make your healthy snack purchase, search the web for a coupon. Many online stores will offer a discount for first-time customers. Now you can enjoy healthy and great-tasting snacks, with the added convenience of shopping in your pajamas. Who wouldn’t love that?

Amy Kirkegaard is a freelance writer who writes on a variety of current topics, including money-saving ideas and small businesses. She recently enjoyed reading an article about David Kiger and his support of small businesses.

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