Every once in a while, a new treat comes around that actually tastes good and is wholesome. For example, Halo Top blessed us with low-calorie ice cream high in protein and calcium. Zevia brought us zero-calorie sodas in every flavor.
But in most cases, combining flavor and functionality is a very difficult task many food entrepreneurs struggle to accomplish; usually products are more of one than the other - extremely healthy, but have unpleasant aftertastes, or amazing-tasting but have exaggerated health benefits.
So I’ve tried dozens of different products so you don’t have to. Enjoy this list of the five products that measured up to their health claims and passed my rigorous taste test..
One Prize - Chocolate Bar Alternative
At 62 to 75 calories, One Prize chocolate bars are the perfect substitute for traditional high-sugar, high-calorie chocolate bars. The Original flavor tastes just like a Crunch bar – chocolatey and crispy, but lighter and not overly sweet. One Prize recently debuted two more flavors: White Chocolate with Coffee and Dark Chocolate with Chia.
The key ingredient in One Prize chocolate bars is Amaranth, a super-food grain. Amaranth is naturally gluten free and rich in protein, fiber, magnesium, iron and antioxidants. It’s associated with lowering cholesterol levels, reducing inflammation and aiding in weight loss.
Despite its impressive nutritional value, One Prize still manages to taste like an indulgent treat. Their bars are currently sold in retail outlets in Mexico, but are now available to buy online for everyone on the other side of the border. A box of 12 bars normally retails for $15.99, or $29.90 for a box of 24.
Magic Spoon - Sugary Cereal Alternative
When you think of low carb cereal, Fruit Loops, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Frosted Flakes probably don’t come to mind. However, with 3 grams of net carbs, 12 grams of protein, and merely 110 calories, Magic Spoon has somehow recreated all the cereals reminiscent of childhood.
All four of their flavors (fruity, frosted, cocoa, and cinnamon) hit. So how do they manage to do this? Well, Magic Spoon is made with a unique protein blend, and devoid of GMO’s and high sugar contents that most cereals in the grocery aisle have.
Right now, the cereals are sold in cases of four exclusively on Magic Spoon's website for $39.
Smart Sweets - Gummy Candy Alternative
Smart Sweets’ five-product line of gummy candy boast just three grams of sugar per bag. Their current lineup is: gummy bears, peach rings, sour gummy bears, sour blast buddies (their take on Sour Patch Kids), and sweet fish (a Swedish Fish taste-a-like).
Most impressively, Smart Sweets created these versions candies without adding any sugar or artificial sweeteners. It’s no surprise that in just the few years that It’s been around, sales have already topped $40 million.
Keep your eye out for them at any Whole Foods, Kroger, GNC, Target or on the Smart Sweets website here!
HighKey - Chocolate Chip Cookies Alternative
If someone would have told me I could eat an entire bag of chocolate chip cookies and it would’ve only cost me four grams of net carbs, I’d have thought they were on something. But as it turns out, HighKey actually makes Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies that are naturally sweetened, gluten free, high in protein, and – oh yeah – low in carbs!
The cookies are tiny, crunchy and portable like those bags of Mini Chips Ahoy they used to pass out at summer camp. These cookies come in a three-pack that retail for $13.97 on Amazon or on their website here.
Rebbl - Milkshake Alternative
Rebbl has mastered the art of crafting yummy and good-for-you beverages, with their organic coconut milkshakes that are sweetened with coconut sugar and stevia. They have over a dozen flavors and my personal favorite is the Vanilla Chai (pictured in the foreground on the right).
You can’t go wrong with any Rebbl product. All of their drinks are high in protein and low in carbs. The Vanilla Chai, for example, only has 16 grams of carbs, while, my favorite Frappuccino at Starbucks has like 50 grams and hard-to-pronounce ingredients that I’m too scared to look up.
You can grab a Rebbl at Whole Foods, Sprouts or Target!