The Foods Nutritionists Always Buy on Amazon
Top registered dietitians, wellness experts, and nutritionists share their picks for the best healthy snacks and foods available on Amazon.
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Nutritionists’ picks for healthy buys on Amazon
If you’re like a lot of people, you may be looking to satisfy your hunger pangs with food that is nutritious, convenient, and budget-friendly. Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or anything in between, there are ways to maximize the nutrition you get in the food you eat, even if it’s packaged food. Luckily, with just a quick tap on your smartphone, your can order and get food delivered from Amazon.
Registered dietitians and other health and wellness experts also use the platform for easy and convenient shopping and as a way to stock up on healthier snacks and other foods. So, what foods do they actually buy on Amazon?
Read more to see their top nutritious picks that won’t break the bank. Plus, check out these healthy meal ideas you can make in 20 minutes or less.
Lorissa’s Kitchen Beef Sticks
“When searching for convenient and nutritious snacks, it’s important to not only look for protein but also low sugar content,” says Christina Meyer-Jax, MS, RDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Area. “One of my favorites is Lorissa’s Kitchen grass-fed beef sticks.”
With six grams of protein but just one to two grams of sugar in each stick, Meyer-Jax says these meat sticks “meet all of my nutrition requirements.”
Buying these on Amazon is ideal for Meyer-Jax because she can get them in bulk—so she always has a snack on hand. Check out 17 nutritionists’ best healthy-eating secrets.
Colavita Premium Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Grocery store shelves are chock-full of extra-virgin olive oil, but biochemist Mike Roussell, PhD, co-founder of Neutein, favors Colavita Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil. A contestant on the television show Master Chef recommended it to him, he says. “I’ve been using it ever since. I get it via Amazon’s Subscribe & Save,” he says.
The ease of repeat purchasing and wide product selection makes Amazon a strong ally in your quest for healthy eating,” Roussell says.
Somersaults Sunflower Seed Bites
Registered dietitians who have to feed their kids in addition to themselves are frequently seeking out healthy snacks their kids will eat. Jessica Levinson, RDN, CDN, New York-based registered dietitian nutritionist and culinary nutrition expert and author of 52-Week Meal Planner, says one of her favorites is Somersaults Sunflower Seed Bites.
“I haven’t been able to find these in many places, and they are a great school snack for my kids because they are nut-free yet a good source of fiber and protein,” she says. “My twin 6 1/2-year-old girls really like the cinnamon flavor.” Don’t miss the 13 so-called healthy things a nutritionist would never buy—and neither should you.
Bone broth is en vogue, as paleo, keto, and gut-health eaters seek out comforting soups and drinks. But instead of keeping cartons of the beverage around, Meyer-Jax seeks out another form: “I am a big fan of powder-based bone broths,” she says. “They are a great source of gut-friendly protein and are more convenient in a non-refrigerated form.
“The single-serve packs are perfect for throwing in my purse or workout bag. I can mix savory flavors with hot water for a soup, or add unflavored varieties into my smoothies,” she says.
Chef’s Cut Tender Beef and Cheddar Cheese Protein Cup
For people seeking low-carb, high-protein snacks, this option recommended by Roussell may soon find its way into your Amazon cart: “This ‘protein cup‘ combines my favorite beef jerky with cheese in a pre-portioned and portable container,” he says, adding it has “great flavor, quality beef, and not a lot of sugar.”
Roussell buys this snack from Amazon because his local grocery store doesn’t carry it. (Here are 12 weight-loss secrets only nutritionists know.)
This product is currently out of stock, but a similar product is available for $38.50
Califia Farms Unsweetened Almondmilk
“Almond milk can be tricky to shop for,” says Kristen Wilk, MS, RDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist, “as many milk alternatives out there are overly sweetened, but Califia boasts no sugar added because there’s no need. This one delivers every time.”
Wilk says she uses Amazon to buy her almond milk and other healthy-eating essentials because some foods are made for online shopping: “the ones that you can depend on for consistency and quality, without needing to examine them firsthand.”
Pack of 8, $67
Meyer-Jax is a registered dietitian who specializes in working with people who have food allergies or an intolerance. For her and her clients, it can sometimes be easier to use online shopping to find foods that are compliant with particular diets.
“I love being able to guide my clients to Amazon to find all their specialized diet needs,” she says. “For those who like to bake, it’s great to have a wide selection of gluten-free flour and bake mix to choose from. There often isn’t a one-size-fits-all flour for every recipe.”
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Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame: Spicy Wasabi
For Charlie Seltzer, MD, DABOM, CEP, a weight-loss, lifestyle, and fitness specialist, snacks have to serve up a pretty hefty dose of nutrition. Empty-calorie snacks need not apply. The Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame fits the bill because ” per 1.58-ounce sleeve, it has 200 calories, 20 grams of protein, and 11 grams of fiber,” he says.
Dr. Seltzer chooses to buy these snack packs online because “getting the 200-calorie packs makes life easier.” Edamame is one of 7 great ways to get more of this healthy fat.
It’s a clever name and a great snack, says Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist and founder of Nutrition StarringYou and author of The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club.
“Moon Cheese has the crunch of a chip and the flavor and nutrition of real cheese because it’s actually 100% cheese,” she says. “It’s available in three delicious varieties: Gouda, Pepper Jack, and Cheddar, and is low-carb, gluten-free, keto-friendly, and a good source of calcium.”
Pack of 6 (2 cheddar, 2 gouda, 2 pepper jack), $26.99
Healing Butterfly Chocolate Matcha Powder
“I purchased this at a spa and fell in love with it,” says Maryann Walsh, MFN, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian in Jupiter, Florida. “It’s only available online or in spas, so to be able to have it in two days [via Amazon] is awesome.”
This matcha makes “a warm, soothing cup of chocolaty goodness, and with only 15 calories and the bonus of probiotics,” Walsh adds.
This product is currently out of stock, but a similar product is available for $9.99
Enlightened Broad Bean Crisps
“These are an amazing protein- and fiber-packed snack that’s vegan and gluten-free,” says Harris-Pincus. “The crisps come in savory and sweet options like sriracha, wasabi, sea salt, onion and garlic, BBQ, sweet cinnamon, and cocoa dusted.” At the grocery store, she was only able to find two or three flavors, which is why she turned to Amazon.
Harris-Pincus takes these crisps beyond the snack realm, however, buy adding them to some of her recipes. “They are amazing add-ins to salads, soups, trail mix, or chili. You can crush them and use them for breading chicken,” she says. “The sweeter flavors are fabulous with Greek yogurt and fruit for a protein- and fiber-rich breakfast, snack, or dessert.”
Sunsweet Dried Prunes Fruit Packs
Like most registered dietitians and nutritionists, Erin Palinski-Wade, author of Belly Fat for Dummies and Swisse Wellness consultant, wants her snacks to count a bit extra toward her daily healthy-eating goals.
“I am always looking to increase my daily fiber intake, so I rely on bringing high-fiber, filling snacks with me on the go,” she says. “That’s why I can’t get enough of the prunes fruit packs. They are so portable and easy to carry with me no matter where the day takes me.”
Palinski-Wade adds the individual packs of dried fruit have only 60 calories but pack two grams of fiber per serving. “It’s a great way to curb my sweet tooth while filling up with fiber as well,” she says.
Spindrift Sparkling Water
You might think you can only order snacks and pantry basics on Amazon but they also deliver beverages.
“I love Spindrift because it has the extra little squeeze of fresh-fruit flavor, which really makes it so refreshing and a treat beyond the standard sparkling waters, which are everywhere right now,” Walsh says. “I buy it by the case on Amazon. It’s usually slightly cheaper per can, and I never have to worry about running out of it.” Check out 7 clever ways to stay hydrated.
Great Lakes Collagen Protein Powder
“I love adding this protein powder to my breakfast or post-workout snacks,” Harris-Pincus says. “It’s unflavored and dissolves easily in anything from coffee to overnight oats and smoothies.” (Read more about the benefits of collagen powder.)
She recommends using Amazon’s Subscribe & Save—”It’s so convenient and even more economical.”
“Larabars are the perfect snack when you are on the go or the perfect breakfast when paired with a piece of fruit if you’re running out the door,” says Samantha Bartholomew, MS, RDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist and manager of nutrition communications at FRESH Communications. The grocery store nearby may have them, but “Amazon has a variety of flavors, so I know I can always find one I like,” she says.
“As a vegetarian, I eat beans as the protein in my meals all the time,” says Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD, New York-based registered dietitian who blogs at Nutrition à la Natalie. “But as a New Yorker, I hate buying heavy cans of beans and carrying them home.”
That’s why Rizzo turns to Amazon to buy this pantry staple in bulk and never runs out. “This way, I know I always have black beans on hand for a heaping dose of fiber, protein, and iron to add to any meal,” she says.
Viva Naturals Cacao Nibs
These aren’t just Instagram stars; they’re nutrition powerhouses and a mainstay on many healthy-eating grocery lists. “I am loving Cacao Nibs right now,” Walsh says, “and use them in my smoothies and in Greek yogurt or for baking.”
On Amazon, a two-pound bag is around 20 dollars. “That is a great price, as other brands are usually around $10 for just a 1/2 lb bag. Score!” Here’s what you need to know about the health benefits of cacao.
This product is currently out of stock, but a similar product is available for $9.99
RXBAR Whole Food Protein Bars
Registered dietitian and nutrition expert, Toby Amidor, MS, RD, is a best-selling cookbook author—and a mom, so her plate is very full. She’s always looking for quality food that doesn’t take hours to make or require special preparation when she’s not at home.
“I pick up these RXBARs for the few ingredients listed on the label,” she says. “They provide 200 calories, 4 grams of fiber, and 12 grams of protein.” On Amazon, says Amidor, she can buy a variety and keep them coming.
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
Collagen peptides are promoted in many healthy-eating circles because of their benefits to bones, skin, and other building blocks of the body. “Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides are sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hides, which are digested and absorbed by the body quickly,” says chef Julie Harrington, RD, a registered dietitian and culinary nutrition consultant. “They dissolve instantly into liquids, making them easy to incorporate into anything.”
Harrington says she puts Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides in her coffee every morning, which easily adds 18 grams of high-quality protein to her first cup of joe. Check out 12 foods that provide collagen.
- Christina Meyer-Jax, MS, RDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
- Mike Roussell, PhD, biochemist and co-founder of Neutein
- Jessica Levinson, RDN, CDN, New York-based registered dietitian and culinary nutrition expert and author of 52-Week Meal Planner
- Kristen Wilk, MS, RDN, registered dietitian nutritionist, Los Angeles
- Charlie Seltzer, MD, DABOM, CEP, a weight-loss, lifestyle, and fitness specialist
- Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist and founder of Nutrition StarringYou and author of The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club
- Maryann Walsh, MFN, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian in Jupiter, Florida
- Erin Palinski-Wade, author of Belly Fat for Dummies and Swisse Wellness consultant
- Samantha Bartholomew, MS, RDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist and manager of nutrition communications at FRESH Communications
- Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD, New York-based registered dietitian who blogs at Nutrition à la Natalie
- Toby Amidor, MS, RD, a registered dietitian ad best-selling cookbook author
- Julie Harrington, RD, a registered dietitian and culinary nutrition consultant