First, the bad news: Many commercially sold crackers just aren’t that good for you. They’re loaded with salt and additives, which means that your go-to afternoon snack is anything but virtuous. The good news? Not all crackers are created equal. We chatted with registered dietitian and nutritionist Olivia Wagner about her top picks—specifically ones that pack a healthy punch and don’t taste like cardboard. Pass the cheese, please.
These Are the Only Crackers You Should Eat, According to a Nutritionist
Simple Mills Fine Ground Sea Salt Almond Flour Crackers
“These gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO crackers are made up of only whole-food ingredients both you and your body can recognize,” Wagner tells us. They also contain three grams of protein per serving, making them an excellent snack to tide you over until dinnertime.
Simple Mills ($5)
Flackers Sea Salt Flaxseed Crackers
Wagner rates these crackers, made with just flaxseeds, apple cider vinegar and sea salt, as highly nutritious as well as hearty enough for scooping. “With four grams of protein and six grams of fiber per serving, these crackers are also a great base for a blood-sugar balancing snack.” Extra bonus? The re-sealable bag makes them fab for munching on the go.
Simple Mills Everything Sprouted Seed Crackers
“Ideal for those with allergies or intolerances, these gluten-, dairy- and nut-free sprouted crackers use only real ingredients,” says Wagner. What’s so great about sprouting, you ask? Well, sprouting removes the seed’s outer layer, which makes nutrients easier to absorb, creating less work for your digestive system. Her favorite combo? Smoked salmon, cheese (try vegan cheese if you’re avoiding dairy) and dill for a healthy twist on the everything bagel.
Simple Mills ($5)