We are proud to present the third BeautyMNL Awards: a twelve-part event that celebrates this fabulous year in beauty and wellness. After comprehensive discussion—and a whole lot of road-testing—the girls at the BeautyMNL office have listed the Best Products of 2018.
In the second installment of our 2018 BeautyMNL Awards, we’re serving you the snacks and staples that line our pantries. Some are healthy swaps for familiar fare, while others exist to supply our diets with all the nutrients we need. In between, you get good-for-you treats you’ll always want to tear into after a long day. What they all have in common? Our bellies sure loved ‘em this year!
Due for a grocery run? Let this list of the Best Food & Drink Products be your guide. They’ll leave you stuffed, satisfied, and in seriously high spirits. Have a taste!
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Chocolate (180ml), P40
“If there’s one thing I always feel the need to include in my order, it’s this. I’ve always loved chocolate milk, but because I’ve removed dairy from my diet, I’ve had to find alternatives for it. This one really makes me feel like I’m drinking the real thing without sacrificing taste or quality!” – Claire C.
Coco Dolcé 65% Dark Chocolate (100g), P220
“Super in love with the taste of this chocolate! I like getting a square and leaving it to melt in my mouth. It’s perfect for my chocolate cravings. I also love how each of the ingredients support our local farmers. Personally, I think the quality rivals even that of international brands.” – Claire C.
The Coco Dolcé 65% Dark Chocolate is available in a 45g variant, too.
Cornitos Nacho Crisps Cheese & Herbs (150g), P120
“I can seriously eat the whole bag in one sitting! It’s so addictively flavorful, you wouldn’t be able to tell it’s not actually all that unhealthy.” – Sam K.
The Cornitos Nacho Crisps Cheese & Herbs is available in a 60g variant, too.
Crackle Chips Salted Egg Chips Tub (170g), P280
“This doesn’t skimp that salted egg flavor at all. I can taste all that creamy, salty goodness, with hints of crunchy potato to balance it out—a definite flavor bomb in every bite.” – Sam K.
The Crackle Chips Salted Egg Chips is available in an 80g variant, too.
Founding Farmers Wasabi Roasted Edamame, P80
“I’m a huge fan of wasabi-flavored snacks, so when I saw this I definitely had to try it. I ended up really loving it and I’ve ordered it so many times already. It’s the perfect afternoon snack: it’s crunchy and flavorful, with the wasabi providing that that extra kick. The texture reminds of those green pea snacks that I used to have as a kid. Plus, it’s a healthier alternative to potato chips if you’re looking for something savory. I’ve tried the other flavors and they’re all really good, but my personal favorite has to be the wasabi.” – Kat E.
Healthy Tropics Camote Chips in Sour Cream and BBQ, P100 each
“This is so crunchy and satisfying, I could eat it by the bag. I got this in two flavors: sour cream and BBQ, and I love them both equally!” – Nyra S.
The Healthy Tropics Camote Chips Sour Cream is available in a 150g variant, too.
Honest Junk Oatmeal Raisin Zooper Cookies, P110
“I’m a cookie junkie and this satisfied my sweet tooth. At the same time, it was so yummy, I could hardly tell it was packed with nutrients.” – Ina J.
Jungle Joy Chocolate-Dipped Banana Chips, P120
“I consider this as a snack I can binge on without feeling too guilty. The banana chips aren’t sweet like regular banana chips, but the chocolate coating makes up for it. It’s the perfect balance between healthy and indulgent.” – Kathy A.
Kaffea Healthy Coffee Blend Kaffea Coffee With Coco Sugar (12 Sachets), P220
“I love how this coffee perks me up and gets me through a busy day without giving me crazy acidity. This is a must-try if you like your coffee sweet, light, and creamy, or if you’re trying to cut down on your ridiculous caffeine spending (a 12-pack box costs less than 2 cups of latte from your go-to café—do the math). The fact that it’s proudly local is a major plus!” – Marla M.
“Heaven-sent coffee blend for me! I have a lactose sensitivity, deal with acid reflux, and want to lessen my sugar intake, so this non-dairy, sugar-lite alternative is amazing. Plus, it goes down really smooth: tasty and not acidic at all.” – Dana R.
Lara Bar Cashew Cookie Bar (48g), P70
“Can you believe this only has two ingredients?! Incredibly simple but it tastes SO. GOOD. I wish I had a stash of these at the office, because I’m always looking for something to snack on. At least these won’t make me feel guilty!” – Claire C.
Lifestyle Gourmet Cranberry Trail Mix (42.5g), P55
“Great for serial snackers, this affordable trail mix has all the stuff that’s good for you. The nuts and seeds give you that jolt of energy you need to tide you over until your next meal, while the dried cranberries and apples are excellent substitutes for those unhealthy gummy candies.” – Marla M.
Lorenz Sea Salt & Pepper Potato Chips (100g), P70
“Highly addictive snack! This gives you a bit of heat and plenty of distinctive flavor from the black pepper—something regular spicy potato chips can’t give you.” – Bea C.
“This one’s perfect on its own, with a dip, as a side, or even as pulutan! Love the peppery flavor and I can totally finish a bag in one sitting!” – Sam K.
Manila Superfoods Chia Seeds (100g), P135
“I love how well these blend into my smoothie, not only giving it a nutritional boost, but an interesting texture, too. I also love that they keep me feeling full for a lot longer.” – Charmaine L.
Moon Cheese Cheddar, P295
“If you’re someone who loves cheese and savory snacks, this is the snack for you. It reminds me of a tastier, crunchier version of toasted cheese slices. Be warned, though: you could easily keep eating these without noticing that you’ve finished the whole bag.” – Kathy A.
One Bar Maple Glazed Donut (60g), P159
“I tend not to like protein bars, because they usually taste pretty bland. This one’s my favorite exception so far: it really captures the taste of a classic donut without being as bad for you. Would definitely recommend!” – Mikah M.
Peckish Rice Crisps Sour Cream & Onion Rice Crisps, P45
“Because it’s a healthy snack, I expected it to be flavorless, but it wasn’t. I love how light and flavorful this is, and it’s really hard to eat just one. Thank god it’s made with natural ingredients, so at least I feel less bad about snacking!” – Maia M.
Roarganics Maca Root Powder (250g), P800
“I add this to my smoothies and/or my matcha to help me keep my stress levels down and keep me calm but alert throughout the day. A little goes a long way—I normally just use 1/4 tsp. daily, and then I double this up for the days that I know will be a bit crazier than usual.” – Joanna T.
Snack Box Triple Chocolate Brownie Crunch, P85
“It’s just so good! It’s the perfect snack for people who have an insatiable sweet tooth, like me. I love how intensely chocolate-y it is, and that added crunch factor can’t be beat!” – Lianne S.
Snack Box Roasted Cacao Nibs With Chia and Flaxseeds Brownie Crunch, P85
“The best thing I’ve discovered on site! I’m not a fan of snacking, but I absolutely love these. It’s my favorite thing to munch on, as it’s not too sweet at all. Although it is a dessert, I love how simple the ingredients are.” – Ilyanna O.
“A better-tasting dupe for the super popular Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle! A healthier snack that doesn’t compromise on taste, perfect for those who just have to have their sweets fix.” – Patty G.
Snack Box Salted Caramel Brownie Crunch, P85
“What’s not to love about this? It’s lightly salted, incredibly chocolate-y, and super indulgent even though it’s on the healthier side. Oh, and major plus points because it’s locally made!” – Dionne O.
Stip’s Chips Salted Egg Potato Chips (Original), P295
“For me, this can easily compete with the super popular Irvin’s Salted Egg Chips. Not only is it the more affordable option, it’s also just as flavorful.” – Celine A.
The Stip’s Chips Salted Egg Potato Chips (Original) is available in a 60g variant, too.
Stip’s Chips Salted Egg Fish Skin (Original), P295
“I’m not the biggest fan of fish skin or salted egg, but this snack was a game-changer for me! I love (and hate) how I can’t stop eating this when it’s sitting in front of me. The salted egg flavor is just right, not as overwhelming as other brands, and the fish skin is perfectly crunchy!” – Jem C.
The Stip’s Chips Salted Egg Fish Skin (Original) is available in a 45g variant, too.
Take Root Dark Chocolate Brownie Bliss Balls, P130
“This has become one of my go-to snacks if I’m craving something chocolate-y. It tastes just like the real thing! I was surprised with how much it really satisfied my chocolate cravings. It’s made of dates but I can barely tell and it’s not too sweet. There’s a bit of a textural difference but I don’t mind it. I always find myself adding this to my cart when I go shopping on BeautyMNL. It’s the perfect snack!” – Kat E.
Take Root Kale Chips Vegan Cheeze Flavor, P220
“These are the BOMB. It’s always a struggle not to finish the entire bag right away, because it’s just so good and savory, and it’s hard to regret eating it when it’s quite nutritious!” – Trish R.
Teaconcept Happy Tea (Regular: 15 Teabags), P1,350
“A cup of this gives me the energy boost I need without the acid reflux that comes with coffee. Love the faint kick of caffeine that isn’t overpowering at all.” – Sam K.
The Teaconcept Happy Tea is available in a Small: 7 Teabags variant, too.
The Superfood Grocer Chia Seeds 1/2 lb. (227g), P350
“I sneak chia seeds into my snacks and meals almost everyday to get that dose of skin-boosting healthy fats. So this pack is definitely the most sulit for me!” – Ayana T.
The Superfood Grocer Coconola Vegan Granola Clusters Chocolate Crunch (200g), P249
“I love munching on anything sweet when I’m working or watching shows on Netflix, and I’m so happy I found this! It’s easily one of my favorite snacks, because it’s healthy and tastes really good. I love how every bite has just the right amount of crunchiness and sweetness.” – Carli D.
Ultra Green Coffee® CollagenPlus, P850
“Rarely do I feel guiltless when I drink coffee, but with this one, I’m put at ease knowing that I get both the kick of caffeine and the benefits of collagen. It’s also convenient that the pack has multiple mini-packs inside, making it easy to just pick up and take with you wherever you go!” – Pam C.
Vegetari Healthy Bites Seacharon, P225
“If you’re a seaweed lover like me, I’d highly recommend this. It’s so addictive that I finished a whole bag in one sitting. Thankfully, the ingredients are all clean!” – Angie G.
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