Let's rewind for a second: What actually qualifies as a "healthy cracker" in the first place? As Maggie Moon, R.D., perfectly puts it: "I'm a fan of crackers that feel like real food. I know that may sound nebulous, but you know it when you see it and when you taste it. They feel substantial. You know there's good stuff inside. You might even imagine making some yourself."
For ingredients, Frances Largeman-Roth, R.D., suggests looking for nutritious options with whole grains (where the main ingredient is whole wheat, whole oats, whole brown rice, etc.), nuts, fruits, and seeds.
"Crackers are a simple food, and the ingredient list should reflect that. There's no reason for store-bought crackers to have artificial ingredients," says Moon. "In fact, there are plenty of options available today that are made with simple ingredients you'd find in a well-stocked pantry."
A healthier alternative to the cheesy crackers I used to love as a kid, these white cheddar baked squares are delicious on their own or as part of a snack tray. Again these little crackers do include sunflower oil, but we appreciate that it's expeller-pressed and organic like every other ingredient on the list.
Oh WOW! These are lovely! You get 11 crackers for just 3 SmartPoints. They are crispy, savoury & sweet crackers and are perfect for using with low fat cheese spread. You can buy them in store at Trader Joes or here from Amazon.
You can buy a pack of 6 boxes of these Blue Diamond Almond Nut Thins from Amazon here. They are flavoured with a hint of sea salt and are made with nuts and rice and are gluten free. The Hint of Sea Salt Almond Nut Thins are 4 SmartPoints for 19 crackers.
These Cracked Pepper 34 degrees Crisps are just 1 SmartPoints per 9 crackers. They are available in a number of different flavours including, rosemary, toasted onion and sesame. They are available from Amazon or from stores such as Walmart & Target.
These Ak-Mak Sesame Crackers are made with organically grown 'whole of the wheat' flour. They are 3 SmartPoints per 5 crackers. A pack of 3 boxes of Ak-Mak crackers can be brought on Amazon here or in all major stores.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle 1 cup of sugar free chocolate chips over the top. Allow the chips to sit for a couple of minutes so that they will start to melt. Then using a spoon or spatula, spread the chocolate over the top of the toffee Wasa crackers.
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Available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last starting Nov. 1 at 8AM CT at wasafriendsgiving.com, the overalls feature a fun, seasonal design, a little stretch to accommodate a full, happy belly, and pockets to hold all your Friendsgiving culinary necessities. The design includes a custom pocket to fit your favorite Wasa crispbread flavors, an insulated compartment for some tasty toppings, two canned beverage pockets, and a holster for a topping spreader (fig jam or goat cheese, anyone?!).
Most commercial brands of crackers that appear on store shelves have rather long lists of ingredients, and contain hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils (trans-fat alert!), little to no fiber, high fat, sugar, and salt contents, and very little nutrition overall.
Do you know Wasa crackers? These crunchy, whole-grain crispbreads are a mild yet sturdy cracker with a touch of earthy flavor. And that is precisely what makes them the perfect base for lunch. Think of these cracker combos like an open-faced sandwich, or tartine, ready in two minutes.
Crackers can seem so innocent. You crumble them into soup, nibble on them with ginger ale when you're sick, or top 'em with cheese when sipping a little vino. But when it comes to wholesome ingredients and reasonable nutritional information, healthy crackers can seem nowhere in sight.
Plus, crackers can be a part of a healthy diet by encouraging you to eat other healthy foods as toppings, such as peanut butter, cheese, olives, smoked salmon, and hummus. Of course, with most nutrition advice, moderation is key: "Be mindful of your cracker toppings as what you consume with your crackers can lead to excess calorie, fat, or sodium consumption," says Appel.
You can't beat the purity of this recipe: whole wheat, oil, and salt. Period. It's what led to many dietitians recommending Triscuit as one of the healthiest crackers you can buy. "I recommend Triscuit crackers because they offer lots of different bold flavors," says Kostro Miller. "Even their flavored crackers like the cracked pepper and olive oil only has 140 milligrams of sodium per serving. Their other flavors as well are very satisfying, and whole-grain wheat tends to be the first ingredient!"
For a crispbread-like texture in cracker form, Mary's Gone Crackers are a classic. You'll almost always see Mary's Gone Crackers on lists of the healthiest crackers because they taste great, are made with simple ingredients, and check a lot of dietary boxes: gluten-free, organic, vegan, and non-GMO. Dietitian Rachel Fine, MS, RD, CSSD, CDN, owner of To The Pointe Nutrition says these crackers "are another favorite high-fiber option with a mix of fibrous grains and seeds."
Along with the natural fiber and protein found in the four seeds (flax, chia, poppy, and hemp), Back to Nature boost the muscle-building, satiating protein count in these crackers by adding plant-based pea protein powder. A serving of these crackers will fill you up with more protein than an egg!
If you're on a low-carb or keto diet, these almond flour-based crackers are your best bet with just 3 grams of net carbs per serving. They're low in sodium and get their protein punch from almonds and egg whites and extra fiber from flaxseeds.
"These crackers are low in calories and pack in a good amount of dietary fiber to keep you feeling full. Due to the size and shape of these crackers, you can use them as an alternative to bread giving you a satisfying crunch!" says Appel. The wheat germ, bran, and whole-grain rye in these crackers really amp up the fiber content here, while the sesame seeds add in healthy fat. While Wasa is our favorite high-fiber cracker, it can also be used for weight loss. Soloff also recommends Wasa for clients who don't like the graininess of GG's.
Although it doesn't meet our fiber requirements, Rustic Bakery is a dietitian-approved cracker when you're whipping up a fancy cheese plate. "Hands down the best store-bought crackers are from Rustic Bakery. The sourdough option is my favorite because the baking involves fermentation, which attracts yeast and bacteria. These live organisms digest the complex starches in the dough. The length of time that the dough ferments is directly related to the break-down of gluten in a process called hydrolysis," says Laura Lagano, MD, RDN, CDN, integrative & functional nutritionist with an in-person & virtual private practice. Lagano notes that fermented crackers like this can be helpful for people who are sensitive to gluten, but they're still not best for individuals with Celiac disease.
Made with whole grain wheat, rye, yellow corn, barley, spelt, whole grain amaranth, and whole grain quinoa, super thin Wasa crackers provide all the crunch customers desire. The calorie count is called out right on the package, attracting attention. 2b1af7f3a8