In honor of spring, we are all about eating our greens. Here are some of our favorites.
The crunchy pop of edamame (aka soy beans) is a nutritional powerhouse of a snack. Half a cup of shelled edamame (or just over 1 cup of the pods) has 9 grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein, all for just 120 calories. Look for edamame in the freezer section. I like to steam or microwave the bright green pods and toss with sea salt for a post-run recovery treat.
—Allison Pattillo, contributing gear editor
I grew up eating veggie sticks like Whole Foods 365 Veggie Straws ($2.29, wholefoods.com), thanks to my mom’s belief in healthy snack alternatives. Offering the same crunch as those greasy chips she would never buy, the sticks still satisfy that salty craving without the added junk. And I will admit—they are kind of fun to eat too, even for a kid surrounded by potato-chip-chewing classmates.
—Caitlyn Pilkington, web editor
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If you love the papery thin seaweed squares that melt in your mouth, you should try this new variation: Annie Chun’s Seaweed Crisps ($3.49, anniechun.com). Those familiar pieces of seaweed are melded with a rice chip, for a little extra crunch and, let’s be frank, substance. Fair warning: The package will be empty before you know it!
—Nicki Miller, managing editor
Some people remember where they were when they ate their first oyster or truly great steak. My most salient epicurean memory was biting into a Cool Ranch Dorito while sitting in the back of a Honda on the way home from kindergarten. The crispy leaves of Alive & Radiant Southwest Ranch Kale Crunch ($6, iherb.com) bring me back to that seminal moment, but with kale instead of chemicals.
—Jessie Sebor, editor in chief
Growing up in a house with a brother who had a number of allergies, I never ate a lot of processed snack foods, thus never acquiring a taste for them (lucky me!). Instead, healthy options were available and I loved apples, especially Granny Smiths with their crisp tartness. And if I need a little something extra, I add a scoop of peanut butter. I think it’s the perfect post-workout snack and it’s good for you!
—Erin Douglas, art director