“You get what you pay for.” That cliche is pretty accurate when it comes to food—most of the time, high-quality ingredients like organic heirloom tomatoes and fair-trade coffee beans don’t come cheap.
Of course, Thrive Market is the big exception to that rule. Take these twelve snacks, for example—not only are they all-natural and non-GMO, they’re also incredibly tasty and all cost less than $5. With a pantry full of treats this awesome, you may never be tempted to go back to uber-processed junk again.
Roasted Seaweed Snacks: $1.75
(Paleo, vegan, gluten-free)
Crisp, savory sheets of dried seaweed are oh-so-satisfying—and ring in at just 50 calories per package! What’s not to love?
Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips: $2.75
This riff on classic tortilla chips tastes even better than the original. Striking the right balance between sweet and salty, they’re great on their own or served with fresh mango salsa.
Exotic Vegetable Chips: $2.85
Why stick with plain old potato when you could have taro, yuca, batata, and sweet potato chips? Expand your horizons with this mixed bag of different colors and flavors.
Roasted Giant Corn: $2.95 for a two-pack
Think of these enormous kernels as the grown-up version of corn nuts. Made from an ancient variety of Peruvian corn, they have the same satisfying crunch as the classic gas station snack—without any questionable additives.
Cajun Sesame Sticks: $2.95
Cajun spices and sesame make a surprisingly good team in these savory, slightly spicy snacks. Good luck trying to eat just a few.
Dried Organic Apples: $2.95
(vegan, Paleo, gluten-free)
When you’re in the mood for something sweet and chewy, there’s nothing better. Keep a bag in your desk drawer for snacking on demand, or sprinkle a handful on top of oatmeal or Greek yogurt.
Wasabi Pea Snacks: $3.15
The natural sweetness of dried peas pairs perfectly with fiery wasabi. Whoever invented this snack should get a medal—we’re that obsessed.
Chocolate Bunny Grahams: $3.25
Kids of all ages will love these adorable chocolatey cookies. And since they’re made with whole grains, they even pack in a couple of grams of fiber per serving.
Zesty Nacho Kale Chips: $3.95
(vegan, raw, gluten-free)
Creamy tahini and chipotle seasoning give these raw, vegan kale chips the flavor of nachos—without the cheese.
Chocolate Chip Cookies: $3.95
Stressed about work? Worried about finals? Just had a bad day? These crisp-on-the-outside, chewy-in-the-middle chocolate chip cookies will solve all your problems. Yes, they’re really that good. Bonus: Tate's also makes a gluten-free version!
Beef Jerky Trail Mix: $3.95
Attention carnivores: this one’s for you. The combination of smoky grass-fed beef jerky with a salty trail mix might sound a little odd, but really, it’s just the best of both worlds.
Photo credit: Alicia Cho