We all know that we should stay away from processed foods. But, occasionally, I really crave one of those terrible treats. Below is a list of snack food items that, while not good for you, aren't too terrible.
Please add your favorites to the list!!!

    • Beanitos Black Bean Chips (http://www.beanitos.com)
      • Unlike most chips, Beanitos are made primarily from black beans. Here's the entire ingredients list: whole black beans, whole grain rice (brown and/or long grain white), pure sunflower oil, guar bean gum, sea salt
      • Per 1 oz., there are 55 mg sodium, 140 calories, and 5 g fiber
      • Available at Nob Hill grocery in Monterey, CA, and online (http://www.beanitos.com)
    • Coco-Roons (http://mycocoroons.com/)
      • Similar to cookies, but more like cookie balls (it's the healthiest processed cookie-like snack I've found)
      • Contains maple syrup as a sweetener, which isn't Fuhrman-approved, but I figure it's better than processed white sugar
      • All raw, organic ingredients and a variety of flavors -- I recommend Brownie
      • Available at some Whole Foods stores and online
    • Date Sugar
      • Fuhrman recommends grinding up dates in a food processor to add sweetness to desserts. This method works sometimes, but dates are really difficult to grind up, in large part because they're so sticky. Date sugar contains only one ingredient: dehydrated, ground up dates. Yes, dehydrated fruit isn't great because it's so high in sugar but, hey, date sugar is better than using processed white sugar. Don't fool yourself into believing this is good for you. But, if you're going to cheat, cheat with this.
      • Available online (via Amazon)
    • Hummus
      • Hummus is the perfect snack food -- it's healthy and filling, and you can eat it on just about anything, including celery, carrots and bell peppers.
      • But be careful --- most hummus is LOADED with oil. So be sure to either make your own hummus or buy brands that are oil-free. In California, Whole Foods carries Haig's brand hummus, which contains no oil at all.
    • Snack Bars
      • Lara Bars (http://www.larabar.com/products/larabar) contain only fruit and nut ingredients, with dates being the only sweetener used in most bars. The bars come in a variety of flavors, including apple pie and carrot cake, but be careful -- a couple of the chocolate flavors contain added sweeteners.
      • That's It fruit bars (http://www.thatsitfruit.com/) are made using ONLY ground up fruit. Here's a sample ingredient list: 1 whole apple and 1 whole pear. That's it.
      • Lara Bars are pretty easy to find at most grocery stores (at least in California); That's It bars are less common -- I found them at a gas station in L.A. But both are available for bulk purchase online.
    • Sunspire Grain Sweetened Chocolate Chips
      • These grain-sweetened chocolate chips contain malted barley and corn, rather than refined sugars, as sweeteners. Not healthy (per 2 TBS, 80 calories and 4g of fat, 2.5g of which is saturated), but not as terrible as they could be.
      • Sunspire has an entire line of chocolates made without refined sugars or hydrogenated oils. These aren't exactly healthy and some aren't vegan, but if you're going to eat chocolate, I figure this is better than M&Ms.
      • Available at Whole Foods and online (http://www.sunspire.com/products/grain-sweetened-dark-chocolate-baking-chips)