Kick-Start Your Nutrition Resolutions with these Healthy Local Snacks

These new Northwest products will keep you nourished and energized all winter long.

By Tuck Woodstock November 30, 2015

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We're crushin' hard on Beet Apple Kraut this winter.

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 Elemental Cacao by Sacred Summit

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We know what you’re thinking—“Wait, you’re starting your healthy snacks list with chocolate?” But wait, we can explain. These herbal chocolates by Portland’s Sacred Summit are made with organic, raw, fair-trade Ecuadorean cacao and filled with a host of superfoods—think goji berries and (totally tasteless) mushroom powder, coconut meat and maca, or bee pollen and Klamath blue-green algae. These tasty treats are sweetened with Oregon honey (no sugar!), creating a satisfyingly snappy bar that melts in your mouth instantly.

Find It: People’s Co-op, Alberta Co-op, Food Front Co-op, online 

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Maqui Berry Powder by Wilderness Poets

We adore all of Wilderness Poet’s raw nut butters and sprouted trail mixes, but we’re especially wild about its new superfood powders. The Oregon-based company freeze-dries organic Maqui berries—an antioxidant-rich superfood similar to blueberries—into a majestic purple powder perfect for boosting your smoothies, sundaes, muffins, and more.

Find It: People’s Co-op, online 

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Tuscan White Beans by Better Bean

We’re big fans of this Wilsonville-based B-Corporation for creating some of the healthiest eats anywhere. The company’s refrigerated, ready-to-eat beans are gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, packed with fiber and protein, and made with legumes grown on sustainable Northwest family farms. You can’t go wrong with any Better Bean flavor, from Three Sisters Chili to kale-spiked Southwestern Pinto, but our money’s on the new Tuscan White Bean with rosemary and fennel. Mix it with pesto pasta for a deluxe treat, or spoon it straight out of the container for a quick, nutritious snack.

Find It: New Seasons, Whole Foods, People’s, Alberta, Food Front

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Gingerbread Peanut Butter by Wild Friends

You’ll have to hurry to catch Wild Friends’ seasonal line of peanut butters. Indulgent limited-edition flavors include a cinnamon-sprinkled Pumpkin Spice, creamy Sugar Cookie, and, our favorite, a rich, dark, molasses-y Gingerbread. Need another reason to love these next level nut butters? The company was founded in 2011 by two UO sophomores—we hope they got extra credit!—and is now HQ'd on Northeast MLK in Portland.

Find It: New Seasons, Whole Foods, Fred Meyer

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Beet Apple Kraut by Oregon Brineworks

It’s hard to imagine any food more healthful than Oregon Brinework’s raw, organic, probiotic, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, GMO-free, vegan ferments. (Phew!) The Hood River-based company’s zingy Beet Apple Kraut is made with five simple ingredients, but evokes delightfully complex flavors—think borscht, Reubens, and Waldorf salad. Not a kraut fan? Oregon Brineworks also offers probiotic products from sweet beet kvass to crunchy ginger roots; keep an eye out for its brand new vegan kimchi!

Find It: New Seasons, Green Zebra, Food Front, People’s 

Tikka Masala Popcorn by Masala Pop

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We assume you're already addicted to Masala Pop's sweet and spicy snacks, and we're excited to add new flavors to the mix. Dig into a bag of the local company's delightfully savory Tikka Masala popcorn, made with nutritious Willamette Valley pumpkin seeds and more than a dozen secret spices. (For dessert, we recommend switching to a bag of the divinely sweet Coconut Curry.)

Find It: The "Pop Shop" at 1640 SE 3rd Avenue, retailers throughout the city

Bacony Chipotle Cultured Cashew Spread by NuCulture

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NuCulture creator Jenny Hogan developed Sweet Earth seitan bacon and Tofurky’s famous franks before striking out to create her own product line. NuCulture blends cashews into creamy probiotic spreads that taste like cheese while sidestepping dairy, gluten, soy, and cholesterol. Spread the Garden Herbs flavor on your morning bagel, or go whole-hog with the spicy (and veg-friendly) Bacony Chipotle.

Find It: New Seasons, Alberta, People’s, Food Fight

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