12 Mediterranean Diet Snacks to Kickstart Your Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

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Nutrient-rich hummus and whole-grain crackers are a perfect Med diet snack combo.

Unlike many fad diets (hello, keto), the Mediterranean diet is backed by a substantial body of research that supports its heart-healthy, weight-benefitting claims. In other words, it's not just hype.


Its philosophy is based on nutritious foods like whole grains, nuts and produce. And it's linked to better heart health, lower LDL cholesterol levels and a reduced risk for diseases such as diabetes, per a March 2019 study in the ‌International Journal of Environmental Research.

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Dietitians favor this diet for its proven benefits and for its focus on eating fresh fruits and vegetables regularly. But because fresh produce isn't always available — like during snack time — we've rounded up packaged products that fit nicely within the Mediterranean diet's guidelines that make nutritious noshing simple.

Try these best Mediterranean diet snacks that will come in handy when hunger strikes (and when you don't have time to prep an elaborate Greek salad).

1. HIPPEAS Organic Chickpea Puffs, Vegan White Cheddar

Plant-based protein and fiber make these chickpea-based puffs extra satisfying.
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Per serving (1 bag): 200 calories, 8 grams of fat (0.5 grams of saturated fat), 210 milligrams of sodium, 25 grams of carbs (5 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar), 6 grams of protein


"These chickpea-based puffs are packed with plant protein and fiber, so they keep you fuller for longer," Carissa Galloway, RD, says. "HIPPEAS snacks are also organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan and totally delicious."

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2. Real Food From The Ground Up Pretzels

Sneak some veggies into your diet by way of pretzels.
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Per serving (20 twists/40 sticks): 110 calories, 1.5 grams of fat (0 grams of saturated fat), 330 milligrams of sodium, 23 grams of carbs (3 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar), 1 gram of protein



Galloway recommends grabbing this pretzel duo made with plant-based ingredients such as cauliflower and butternut squash. "Because they are Non-GMO Project-Verified, Gluten-Free Certified and plant-based, they are a great way to sneak in veggie nutrition in a convenient, savory snack."

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3. KIND Almond & Coconut Bars

Kind bars are a super convenient snack to tuck into your bag or even your glove compartment.
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Per serving (1 bar): 180 calories, 12 grams of fat (5 grams of saturated fat), 10 milligrams of sodium, 21 grams of carbs (2 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar), 3 grams of protein


Offering a trio of protein, fiber and healthy fat, Amy Gorin, RD, says these KIND bars are a great go-to when you're running out the door, as they keep you satiated without too much sugar or calories. "The combo of fruit and nuts is so Mediterranean, and this snack bar features that with coconut and almonds," she says.

Buy it‌: Amazon.com; ‌Price‌: $14.22 for a pack of 12

4. Wonderful Pistachios, Roasted & Salted

These little nuts pack in a lot of protein.
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Per serving (1 bag)‌‌: 130 calories, 10 grams of fat (1.5 grams of saturated fat), 110 milligrams of sodium, 6 grams of carbs (2 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar), 5 grams of protein



The Med diet encourages eating plant-based proteins and pistachios are one of the highest protein nuts at 6 grams per 1/4 cup without the shells, Rania Batayneh, MPH, says. "The plant protein, better-for-you fats and fiber is a winning combination that can help to keep you feeling fuller, longer."

And while there are many shell-free pistachio snacks on the market, Batayneh recommends eating them in-shell, as they provide a visual cue for portions, allowing you to curb your intake and keep you full until your next meal.


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5. Natierra Nature’s Organic Freeze-Dried Blueberries

Just as nutritious as fresh blueberries, these freeze-dried berries are available year-round.
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Per serving (1 bag): 140 calories, 1 gram of fat (0 grams of saturated fat), 0 milligrams of sodium, 31 grams of carbs (6 grams of fiber, 23 grams of sugar), 1 gram of protein


Dietitian Lauren Manaker, RD, realizes that getting fresh produce isn't always doable, which is why she recommends freeze-dried fruit.

"Blueberries are a sweet and satisfying heart-healthy treat that can improve cardiovascular health, especially as part of an overall healthy lifestyle," Manaker says. In fact, eating just 1 cup of blueberries a day is linked to better heart health in people with metabolic syndrome, per a May 2019 study in the ‌American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

And while you may think fresh blueberries have a nutritional edge over their frozen counterparts, there's no significant difference in antioxidant levels between fresh, dried and frozen blueberries, according to a 2004 study in the ‌Journal of Biomedical and Biotechnology‌.


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6. Perfect Bar, Peanut Butter

This bar provides lots of antioxidants and plenty of protein in a convenient package.
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Per serving (1 bar): 330 calories, 18 grams of fat (3 grams of saturated fat), 60 milligrams of sodium, 26 grams of carbs (4 grams of fiber, 18 grams of sugar), 17 grams of protein

Because the Med diet emphasizes eating whole foods, Tracy Lockwood-Beckerman, RD, says this portable bar comes in handy when munchies creep on, as it's made with almonds, peanuts and other standout ingredients.

"This bar is made from nuts and packs more than 20 superfoods, like kale and spinach," she explains. "One bar will give you a boost of antioxidants alongside a dose of plant-based protein."

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7. Enlightened Bada Bean Bada Boom Crunchy Broad Beans

These come in some great flavors, including Sriracha, which adds a kick to everything.
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Per serving (1 oz): 100 calories, 3 grams of fat (0 grams of saturated fat), 130 milligrams of sodium, 15 grams of carbs (5 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar), 7 grams of protein

Beans and legumes are plant-based proteins linked to weight loss, decreased inflammation and diabetes prevention, Lockwood-Beckerman says.


While you can certainly enjoy these fiber- and protein-rich beans on their own, Lockwood-Beckerman suggests pairing them with meals to add a flavorful crunch. "I recommend replacing salty and non-nutritious croutons with these crunchy beans as a healthy and improved salad topper," she says.

Buy it‌: Amazon.com; ‌Price‌: $17.99 for 6 bags

8. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cup With Flax and Chia

When you're in a pinch, these pre-made cups sure do the trick.
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Per serving (1 container): 210 calories, 1 gram of fat (0 grams of saturated fat), 160 milligrams of sodium, 34 grams of carbs (7 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar), 7 grams of protein

This classic breakfast staple can also serve as a hearty snack, as oats contain a unique fiber called beta-glucan, which helps stabilize blood sugar levels and keep you satiated, Lockwood-Beckerman says.

This oatmeal cup gets bonus points for including flaxseed. "These seeds douse the body with anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, which have been associated with longevity, improved brain health and positive mood," Lockwood-Beckerman says. "I like to have one of these oatmeal cups between meals, so I have enough energy to organize and prepare dinner."

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9. Angelic Bakehouse Harissa Green Chile & Sweet Potato Crisps

These crisps make it easy to get your spicy chip fix.
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Per serving (14 crisps): 120 calories, 5 grams of fat (0 grams of saturated fat), 280 milligrams of sodium, 15 grams of carbs (3 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar), 4 grams of protein

These whole-grain crackers are made with fiber-filled ingredients including wheat berries, quinoa, millet and barley, Gorin says.

"Whole grains are a big part of the Mediterranean diet," Gorin says. "Per 14 crisps, you get a good source of fiber as well as 4 grams of protein — both nutrients that will help keep you full."

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10. Divina Green Olives Stuffed With Sundried Tomatoes

These olives are salty, hearty and packed with goodness.
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Per serving (2 olives): 30 calories, 2.5 grams of fat (0 grams of saturated fat), 220 milligrams of sodium, 2 grams of carbs (1 gram of fiber, 0 gram of sugar), 0 grams of protein

Olives are king when it comes to providing heart-healthy unsaturated fats along with vitamin E, which is known to have antioxidant powers, Rachel Fine, RD, says.

"Sun-dried tomatoes boost the overall load of antioxidants in this snack. They're high in lycopene, an antioxidant associated with a lowered risk of certain cancers," she says.

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11. Hilo Life Crispy Cheddar Cheese and Almonds

Typical snack mixes rarely deliver in terms of protein, leading you to feel hungry as soon as you finish a serving. This is not the case with Hilo's variety.
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Per serving (1 package): 250 calories, 21 grams of fat (8 grams of saturated fat), 260 milligrams of sodium, 5 grams of carbs (2 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar), 12 grams of protein

Snack mix can definitely hit the spot when that potato chip temptation comes on strong. This one is brimming with protein and complex carbs, keeping you full until your next meal, Fine says.

"This snack offers a great balance of unsaturated fats and complex carbs from the nuts," Fine says. "The addition of cheese adds a dose of protein to help keep blood sugar at bay until your next meal."

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12. Three Bridges Spinach and Bell Peper Egg Bites

This clever snack makes it easy to fuel up and feel full by offering 17 grams of protein per serving.
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Per serving (2 egg bites): 220 calories, 16 grams of fat (9 grams of saturated fat), 420 milligrams of sodium, 7 grams of carbs (1 gram of fiber, 2 gram of sugar), 15 grams of protein

When it comes to following the Mediterranean diet, getting your fill of veggies is key. And because these egg bites contain bell peppers and cheese to fill you up, Gorin says it's a good grab-and-go snack to reach for when you're on a time crunch.

"On the Mediterranean diet, you can have eggs and low-fat cheese in moderation," she says.

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