Editors' ChoiceApril 19, 2016

Best Salty Snacks For Golfers

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When it comes to nutrition, the 80-20 rule is not a bad way to live. Eat healthy and smart 80 percent of the time, and eat "fun" foods the other 20. If you've been chowing down on your fruits and veggies off the course, there's no harm in a salty snack while you play. But here we give you the best of both worlds. Our choices are snacks we consider in the fun-foods category, and they're somewhat nutritional.

But let's put the healthy talk aside for a second and discuss the other reasons we selected these salty snacks. For starters, they're portable enough to stick in a golf bag or glove compartment of your cart and are easy to eat while you play. They're relatively inexpensive. They provide a good dose of crunch. And they give you that salty taste you're craving without overdoing it. Sodium is an essential part of your diet, but we tend to get too much of it unless we consciously keep it in check.

To understand the deciding factor in why these snacks were named Editors' Choices, you need not go beyond the nutrition labels. We looked for ones that are made from natural sources, include a decent amount of protein and fiber, and lack the amount of sugar and salt in typical junk food. We also liked products that include healthy fats—yup, there is such a thing! In short, these are snacks you'll think you should feel a little guilty about eating, but you could do much, much worse.


Chips: Kettle Brand Potato Chips Organic Sea Salt, $3, five-ounce bag
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Crackers: Lance Whole Grain Peanut Butter Crackers, $4.50, eight six-cracker packages
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Nuts: Emerald 100-Calorie Packs Dry Roasted Almonds, $1, 0.6-ounce bags
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Pretzels: Newman's Own High-Protein Pretzels, $2.50, seven-ounce bag
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Seeds: Eden Dry Roasted Salted Pumpkin Seeds, $3, four-ounce bag
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