The days of shelling your own peanuts at the circus and wolfing them down along with cotton candy are long gone. Today, nut growers are focused on enhancing their products natural flavors without adding any ingredients that would detract from their health benefits. To that end, single-serving bags of nuts are a popular item to throw into lunch boxes and briefcases for a midday snack. Here are four varieties of nut snack packs we recommend.
Planters Nuts Variety Pack
How can you resist Mr. Peanut? A grade-schooler in Virginia named Antonio Gentile submitted a cartoon of the original Mr. Peanut in 1916 as part of a contest to develop the brand’s icon and won $5 for having the winning design. This box of 24 snack-size bags are cholesterol and trans-fat free.
Wonderful grows their nuts on 75,000 acres in California’s San Joaquin Valley, where the warm days and cool nights create the ideal soil. An energy-dense food, pistachios are high in protein and low in fat so they’re a great treat for those trying to incorporate nuts into a healthier diet.
Blue Diamond Almonds
Almonds are also lauded for lowering blood sugar and blood pressure, which means I should probably be wolfing these down every day.
For being so healthy, KIND bars remarkably tasty and addictive. There are a variety of flavors to pick from but we prefer the sea salt and dark chocolate one. They’re also gluten free and kosher so nosh away.
Steve Spears is editor of Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. He is based in Orlando and counts St. Augustine, Key West and the Gulf Beaches among his favorite destinations in the state.