Eating healthy can be challenging, especially if you’re on the go. Trying to plan nutritious breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks day-in and day-out is exhausting. It’s enough to make you want to throw in the towel on the whole healthy eating thing.
Not so fast. There is a better way. With the help of several Boston-area companies dedicated to making healthy food accessible to even the busiest among us, you can eat well no matter your schedule.
Like us, you’ve likely been burned in the past by a supposedly good-for-you granola bar that was full of not-so-great ingredients. That’s why we’re so excited about 88 Acres, a Dorchester-based granola bar company that’s committed to using only the best ingredients. The company makes its bars in a facility that’s free from peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, gluten, soy, fish, and shellfish, so everyone can enjoy one of 88 Acres’ three addictive flavors by either ordering on the website or picking up at local grocery stores.
Just like with granola bars, granola itself can be a total sugar bomb. Not so with Golden Girl Granola, which is produced in Shirley and sold all over Greater Boston. What started as a small family business at farmers markets has blossomed into a major operation with extensive retail reach. Along the way, Golden Girl has remained committed to making whole grain, gluten-free, non-GMO, and absolutely delicious granola.
There’s almost nothing better than the satisfying crunch that comes from biting into a fresh, crisp pickle. Grillo’s got its start when founder Travis Grillo began selling pickles made with his family’s 100-year-old recipe from a wooden cart on the Boston Common. Now the vegan, kosher, gluten-free pickles are available at grocery stores throughout the Boston area and beyond.
This juice and smoothie company started with a few guys making healthy snacks after work hours at a local cafe and delivering them around Boston. Now Jubali has a full line of dairy-free, paleo-friendly, USDA certified organic fresh juices and smoothies as well as nut-milks and infused teas. Find the beverages in stores around Boston or visit Jubali’s Farmacy in the Seaport District for offerings that are mostly vegan and gluten-free.
Healthy chocolate bars and cookies? Sign us up! Not Your Sugar Mamas sells USDA certified organic, gluten-free, vegan, kosher, non-GMO chocolate bars, and cookies made with only the highest quality ingredients with an eye to nutrition and ethical sourcing. The Martha’s Vineyard company has infiltrated the Boston market and you can find their sweet treats at shops and restaurants throughout the area.
The Cambridge-based Nussli 118° is committed to offering a variety of savory and sweet raw snacks to folks who want to be healthy on the go. The company sprouts the nuts and seeds it uses in its products for maximum nutrition and never heats anything above 118°, hence the name. Pick up a bag of clusters, rounds, or crisps, which are all free from wheat, grains, dairy, eggs, and refined sugars (and mostly gluten-free) for a quick, healthy snack.
Local yogurt-lovers can’t get enough of the thick, creamy yogurt found at Sophia’s Greek Pantry in Belmont and at local cafes around Boston. The Greek-style yogurt is made from a mix of milk from Vermont sheep and goats (not cows), mixed with an active culture, and allowed to sit for 12 hours to get its ultra-thick texture. You’ll never guess it’s low-fat.
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