It’s hard to push through the day when your tank is on empty by noon. But, before you reach for that bag of chips or candy bar, check out these healthy, locally made snacks you can find in Hudson Valley. These high protein, non-processed options are sure to increase your energy for those days when you need it most.
There are tons of energy bars you could by in a grocery store, but how healthy are they, really? The Bakery has been making energy bars for more than 40 years, and one look at their list of ingredients should give you reassurance enough. The savory recipe includes tahini, honey for sweetness, as well as nuts and seeds for a protein boost. They are great for refueling after a workout or simply satisfying a hungry belly at snack time. Every ingredient is naturally gluten-free, and you can even make them yourself without feeling like you need to substitute ingredients. The Bakery shapes each bar individually, so it might not look like your average energy bar. Stop by The Bakery in New Paltz for a taste.
Granola is the perfect healthy snack to keep your belly full and energy high. What makes Upstate Granola even better is that it started in a Hudson Valley kitchen. Each batch is baked with local, high-quality, and mostly organic ingredients that have family approval. There are plenty of tasty flavors to choose from whether you like fruity, chocolaty, or nutty. There is even a gluten-free, perfectly paleo option.
If you are craving a delightful treat without all the added sugar or artificial flavor, try one of Raji’s Devine Delights. The product is both nutritious and delicious, gluten-free, vegan, organic, sweet (without processed or refined sugar), and energy boosting, rather than depleting. Does it all sound too good to be true? It’s not! All snacks are hand made and use pure maple syrup as a sweetener. For a sweet treat, try the Cacao Coconut Confection or one of the fruity flavors. If you’re into nuts, grab the Cashew Coconut Confections. Are you into spicy flavors? Then the Spicy Sunflower Seeds are for you. There’s a little bit of something for everyone.
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There is nothing like the taste of handcrafted food, which is exactly what Raspberry Fields Farm has to offer. Since its first batch of granola, Raspberry Fields Farm has received the highest product validation expanding to stores across America. The granola is made with high quality and freshness in mind so consumers receive the freshest products possible. Choose between raspberry granola and French apple pie granola for your next snack. Want healthy and delicious? Grab a bag of Raspberry Fields Farm Granola, or use it for a really good granola muffin recipe.
Looking for a bite-sized snack you can eat on the go? Grok bites can be your new favorite go-to. Choose from a selection of gourmet raw fruit and nut bites for a quick pick-me-up snack. Grok bites are made using the finest natural ingredients with no added sugars or artificial anything. Each batch of bites is handmade in the Hudson Valley. They are the perfect snack for boosting energy and taste delicious. Grok bites were created from the desire to eat healthier: Creators Peter and Heidi wanted an alternative to the sugar-laden snacks that are so prevalent for them and their children. You can choose from flavors like Chocowork Orange, Nutty Expressor, Verry Berry, and more.
Eat better meat. It’s as simple as that for Highland Farm. In the heart of the Hudson Valley, Highland Farm supplies the northeast with all natural, farm-raised venison. The deer are pasture raised and fed locally grown hay and grain. This means free range, no antibiotics, no growth hormones, and no animal meals. If you’re a person who likes a little savory in their snack, grab some of Highland Farm’s snack sticks. With flavors like teriyaki, cracked black pepper, hot, cheddar, boar BBQ, and original, you’re sure to find a flavor your taste buds will love.
Buying healthy nuts at the grocery store is often much harder than it should be. This one has too much sugar, that one is loaded with salt, and all of them have far too many ingredients. That’s where Papa’s Best Batch comes in to save the day. The brand, which retails online and at Greig Farm in Red Hook, serves up highly addictive flavor combinations, like chipotle lime smoked pistachios, Asian smoked almonds, and roasted garlic smoked pistachios. If you stop by the Greig location, keep an eye out for the smoked jerky too. The smoked garlic variety is perfect for powering up during a long weekend hike.