Registered dietitians and culinary pros in the Good Housekeeping Institute Nutrition Lab pored over the nutrition facts, ingredient lists and flavor profiles of hundreds of snacks. Then we enlisted nearly 2,000 taste testers to help choose the winners (tough job!), evaluating over 5,300 samples and analyzing 49,495 data points. Read on for our list of top-tested winning picks for all ages, which excel in nutrition and taste.


Our choices focus on innovative, tasty snacks in the food space that meet the following criteria:

  • Made with real and recognizable ingredients that you can pronounce
  • Prioritize fiber-filled and protein-rich sources
  • Free from trans fat and partially hydrogenated oils
  • 300 calories or less per serving
  • 10 g of added sugar or less per serving
  • 300 mg sodium or less per serving


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