Upgrade Your Snack Game: 25 Healthy Swaps to Add to Your Pantry

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I'm kicking off the new year with a health mindset -- easing back into a workout routine by hiring a trainer for just 30 minutes a week, plus swimming (yes, in winter!) and hot pilates. In terms of food, I'm focusing on less sugar, fewer carbs by eating veggies for breakfast, for one.

Week one, I went food shopping and stocked up on vegetables and proteins and healthier snacks. I work from home so I'm often raiding the fridge for nibbles and treats throughout the day. But with my new health-focused drive I'm looking for snacks that aren't going to literally weigh me down.

If you're packing your lunch for the office or school, or you're working from home too, here are 25 healthy snacks that are better than your go-to variety of chips, puffs, chocolates and jerkies. Have the munchies? Reach for these instead.

Healthy Snacks We Love

Magic Dates Bestsellers Sampler

Your tastebuds and the rest of your body will love this gluten-free, paleo snack. You don't have to worry about any added sugars *and* you can indulge in delicious flavors like Lush Lemon Bar and Coconut Cream Cake.

SkinnyDipped Almonds

Score some healthy fats with these sweet yet low-sugar almonds that are gluten-free and made without artificial ingredients. They're also very delicious!

Real Food From the Ground Up Butternut Squash Crackers

Made with butternut squash and other real veggies like cauliflower, these vegan and gluten-free crackers and chips are a great alternative for your usual salsa dippers.

MadeGood Healthy Snacks Variety Pack

Grab and go these vegan and gluten-free bars in assorted flavors AKA your new between meals go-to.

The Only Bean Crunchy Dry Roasted Edamame Snacks

Craving a salty snack? These keto-friendly snacks are hight in protein, low carb and just 100 calories per pack.

BEAR Real Fruit Snack Rolls

Fruit snacks for kids or adults (why not?), these gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO treats in strawberry flavors will satisfy your sweet tooth any day.

Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers

Healthy snacks like these gluten-free cheddar crackers can prevent energy crashes while keeping you focus and productive (not hungry!).

Perfect Bar Variety Pack

Healthy snacks can also help you avoid overeating at meal time. Keep a steady pace throughout the day with these protein bars that are also gluten and soy free with no added sugar.

GoMacro Macrobar Organic Vegan Protein Bars

Made with blueberry and cashew butter and organic ingredients, these protein bars will keep the hangries at bay.

The Daily Crave Lentil Chips

If you're into spicy in the form of sriracha, then these gluten/non-GMO lentil chips will keep you satiated until dinner.

POSHI Vegetable Snack Variety Pack

Get your veggie serving in with a paleo snack you can grab without waiting for steaming or roasting.

Siete Tortilla Chips

These grain-free chips are so good you won't miss the grain. Snack on them solo or dip them in your favorite dips.

Cascadian Farm Organic Granola

Organic granola makes a great breakfast meal or afternoon snack, especially with no added sugar (this one is sweetened with fruit). This one's made with whole-grain oats, date powder, coconut and cashew.

CHOMPS Grass Fed Beef Jerky Snack Sticks

These jerky sticks are sugar-free and perfect for tossing in your bag for late-day cravings.

SmartSweets Lollipops

Bring back the nostalgia of lollipops with these low sugar, plant-based suckers.

Sheila G's Brownie Brittle

Get a ton of chocolate goodness in a small bite with this chocolate chip brownie brittle. Not only does this snack taste amazing with vegan ice cream or coffee but it's also kosher!

Hippeas Organic Vegan White Cheddar Chickpea Puffs

These baked vegan snacks are full of plant protein and fiber and are perfect when you're craving a cheesy crunch.

GoodSam Foods Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate Bar

Vegan chocolate for the win. Grab one of these keto-friendly bars next time you're in need of a chocolate fix. And for dessert, try their Vegan Miso Chocolate Cake, yum!

Four Sigmatic Mushroom Cacao Mix with Reishi

Reishi mushrooms offer a host of health benefits (like immune- and mood-boosting) and mixed with organic cacao in a gluten/dairy-free hot chocolate, they are a great swap for your morning cup of joe.

Schoolyard Snacks Keto Cheese Puffs

Keto cheese puffs? We're sold. These grain and gluten-free snacks are low carb and tasty to boot!

Country Archer Provisions Grass-Fed Beef Pack

For carnivores, these low-sugar, gluten-free jerkies are made with grass-fed beef, no nitrates or msg, and come in delicious varieties like teriyaki and mango habanero.

Alter Eco Organic Chocolate Superdark Truffles

These sustainably-made dark chocolate truffles have a coconut oil-based ganache inside that's so rich one is enough to get you through the after-lunch slump.

GimMe Sea Salt Roasted Seaweed

This delicious vegan snack just features three ingredients: seaweed, sunflower oil, and a pinch of sea salt.

opopop Flavor Wrapped Kernels Starter Kit

These popcorn packs come with your kernels and flavoring (like Fancy Butter, Maui Heat, and Cinnalicious) all in one pack which makes things way easier, and more mess-free than ever. Count us in.

Yes Bar Macadamia Chocolate

We have yet to meet a macadamia nut we don't like. These buttery, nutty and chocolatey bars also have tart cherries and a pinch of French sea salt for the perfect salty-sweet treat. They are also low in sugar (sweetened with maple syrup and coconut nectar), paleo-friendly and free of GMOs, gluten, grains, dairy, soy and eggs.

What healthy snack are you munching on these days? Share with us @BritandCo!

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Good bike shorts can be hard to find, and I truly know the struggle. I like to have a reliable lineup of bike shorts for yoga classes and climbing sessions, but I also want to be able to wear the same shorts out and about for running errands and casually hanging out with friends.

For me, the perfect pair of bike shorts must be:

  • Compressive, but not uncomfortable
  • Fitted, but not to the point of having to make consistent awkward adjustments
  • An appropriate length, but still a lil’ cheeky (want to give the butt a good lift!)

Luckily, there are a ton of bike short styles on Amazon that shoppers are loving. The reviews on one particular pair of these bike shorts actually convinced me to give ‘em a try!

Based on thousands of reviews from real shoppers, these are the top 5 biker shorts you can snag on Amazon and begin sporting as soon as they arrive. Let’s dive in!


CRZ Yoga Butterluxe Biker Shorts

4.7/5 stars

These high-waisted biker shorts come in an extremely soft fabric that moves with you with ease. The best part about this pair is they have a small gusset patch along the crotch to prevent a weird fit (IYKYK). They're offered in several different lengths (2.5, 4, 6, and 8 inches), which makes finding the most practical pair for your lifestyle fairly easy.

The CRZ Yoga Butterluxe Biker Shorts are currently available in sizes XXS-XL for $24.

Promising reviews:

"Super soft, the perfect amount of thickness were it’s breathable but NOT see through at all. I got a small, which is my usual size for leggings from this brand, and they’re great. The only thing I would mention is that if you’re a thicker gal and have a butt, I find myself having to pull them up from time to time."

"Love these shorts. The shorts didn’t roll up, even through a running workout and CrossFit. The shorts are a soft material, not slick, but you don’t notice it during a workout. Only downside would be no pockets, but I knew that when I ordered them. Great value for money, feels like a high quality shirt. Will see how they hold up, have worn them 4 times so far. The color looks just like the picture."


Colorfulkoala High Waisted Biker Shorts

4.6/5 stars

These next biker shorts feature none other than side pockets! They're always super helpful for stowing away your phone or other small necessities. These 75% polyester and 25% spandex shorts have a 6-inch inseam, so they provide a good amount of coverage. The brushed, buttery soft fabric stretches with you, plus the waistband sits at the natural waist, so you can move around totally unrestricted.

The Colorfulkoala High Waisted Biker Shorts currently come in tons of colors and sizes XS-XL for $20 (was $25).

Promising reviews:

"I have purchased three pairs in different colors. I use them for both running and circuit training. I do not have to worry about them riding up. They are super soft, stretchy, and durable."

"These shorts are so comfortable! Material is thin enough that they breathe, love the high waist to make me feel snatched. Some biker shorts have thick material that isn’t flexible and these aren’t it! Will def be buying more!"

"These shorts are so cute and comfy! Black is the best because you can dress them up or wear them for working out. I highly recommend!"


CRZ Yoga Naked Feeling Biker Shorts

4.5/5 stars

These shorts from CRZ Yoga are available in 3-inch 4-inch, 6-inch, and 8-inch lengths and plenty of colorways, so landing on your ideal pair won't be that big of a challenge. They're made from a sweat-wicking fabric with decent compression, which is also uniquely fur-resistant! The seamless waistband flaunts a hidden pocket so you can store your phone, keys, cards, or whatever else you tend to carry easily.

The CRZ Yoga Naked Feeling Biker Shorts come in sizes XXS-XL for $18.

Promising reviews:

"Love these shorts so much! Buying workout shorts can be scary - will they be too tight? Too short? Not supportive enough? These are perfect. True to size, stretchy, super breathable, comfortable fabric, stayed up the whole time, and flattering. GET THEM. 😉"

"These are my absolute favorite workout shorts. I love the 6 inch length so I bought 5 different colors and only wear this brand to the gym. They are SO soft and buttery smooth and really good quality. I throw them in the wash with everything else (but air dry them bc they dry so fast and I don't want them to shrink). They are really high waisted which I personally like and I find them really flattering. They do have a bit of tummy control but nothing too drastic to the point that they are uncomfortable. I keep coming back to buy more colors because they are all so pretty. Just buy these you won't regret it."


Baleaf Biker Shorts

4.4/5 stars

You can shop these Baleaf shorts in 3-inch, 5-inch, and 8-inch inseam lengths based on the amount of coverage you like. The 87% polyester, 13% spandex material is said to be moisture-wicking, breathable, and squat-proof, also offering plenty of stretch. The wide elastic waistband provides some tummy control, which is nice for any occasion.

There are endless colors to shop in the Baleaf Biker Shorts. They currently come in sizes XS-3X for $20 (was $27).

Promising reviews:

"These are amazing. I love the longer length, they are so soft, love the pockets, Baleaf has continued to win my confidence. Purchased several other products from them and always feel like I get a great value for my money."

"I really like these. They fit as expected. Nice and stretchy. Soft. Not see through. I wanted some compression but not so much that it digs into my skin. These are perfect."

"These shorts are fantastic! I’ve worn them a plenty of times since I purchased them in 2021. They withstood multiple half marathon training cycles and my first marathon. They are very comfortable, don’t ride up, or slide down when running. They are true to size. The pockets are another plus plus to these great shorts!"


Always Workout Yoga Shorts

4.4/5 stars

The waistband on these short shorts measures around 3 inches, holding in your tummy fairly firmly. This way, they're easy to wear for workouts, but also under skirts and dresses for added coverage! The material they're made of is 92% polyester and 8% spandex, which boasts a four-way stretch and good breathability.

You can shop the Always Workout Yoga Shorts in lots of colors and sizes XXXS-3XL for $12 (was $13) right now.

Promising reviews:

"I really like the shorts. They are cute and flattering. They looked small to fit (I did get a size small), but they fit really nice. They are short, but that's all good. So far, I am loving wearing them. I've done house work and worked out in them. I approve/recommend."

"These are sooo comfy and stretchy. I got them to wear under a short dress so you wouldn’t see all my goodies when I bend over, but also used them for a workout. They fit as expected and the length is definitely short, but perfect for under clothes."

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Create your very own culinary getaway right at home with our collection of Mediterranean dietappetizers! These pre-dinner bites set the scene for a lively, healthy, and sun-drenched meal like you’d find along the breezy Mediterranean coast.

Bursting with fresh ingredients and bold flavors, these starters are perfect for any occasion, from casual gatherings to elegant dinner parties. Whether you're craving creamy hummus, tangy tzatziki, or savory stuffed grape leaves, these easy-to-make Mediterranean dietappetizers will transport your taste buds.

Brit + Co

Tomato Basil Orzo

This easy orzo dish could work wonderfully as an appetizer or main dish. It's got all the best crave-able components you'd want: veggies, cheese, and even a sprinkling of crispy prosciutto get added to the mix for a truly well-rounded bite. (via Brit + Co)

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Blueberry Caprese Salad

This caprese salad presents a healthy mix of veggies and fruit for starting out any meal. It'd even be great for a 4th of July party! You wouldn't expect the blueberry + tomato combo to be as good as it is, but dang, is it good! (via Brit + Co)

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Easy Tomato Confit

This 5-ingredient tomato confit is a great contender for meal prep, since you can mix it all together and let it sit in a sealed jar until you've used it all up! It tastes like pure heaven spread on slices of crusty bread, which your dinner guests will gobble up. (via Brit + Co)

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Hummus Recipe

Turns out, making your own hummus at home isn't all that hard. Follow this easy recipe, and you've got yourself a flavorful, foolproof dip to set on the table with some fresh veg and crackers. The best part is you can customize its flavor to taste by adding more (or less) lemon juice, garlic, cumin, and paprika. (via Brit + Co)

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Greek Stuffed Mushrooms

Think of this easy Mediterranean diet appetizer as mushrooms filled with only the best ingredients of a classic Greek dip. You've got tomatoes, feta, olives, pepperoncinis, salami, and red onion piled inside some deliciously tender 'shrooms that just so happen to be conveniently bite-sized! (via Brit + Co)

The Real Food Dietitians

Greek Cucumber Salad

This light and refreshing cucumber salad is the perfect starter for a warmer, heavier main course. It's so easy to make, too. Just chop everything up and toss it all together in a big ol' bowl with an olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing! (via The Real Food Dietitians)

Feel Good Foodie

Vegetarian Stuffed Grape Leaves

These stuffed grape leaves (also called dolmas) take quite a bit of focus to roll up, but once you've got the process down, it's not challenging at all. After they're fully assembled, you'll boil these bites with some olive oil and spices to make them all super tender. (via Feel Good Foodie)

The Fast Recipe

Cottage Cheese Toast

Need a quick appetizer trick to impress? Toss some cottage cheese in your food processor to whip it into a smooth consistency, then serve a dollop on some small bruschettas with avocado and tomato slices. Boom. No cooking involved in this easy recipe! (via The Fast Recipe)

Barley & Sage

Zucchini Galette

Zucchini is the star of the summer, so why not start your meals out with this savory galette that features thin slices of the tender squash alongside a herbed ricotta cheese spread and parmesan-infused crust? We're drooling, too. (via Barley & Sage)

Culinary Hill

Mezze Platter

This snack board is simply a cousin to the ever-famous charcuterie, opting for more Mediterranean diet-approved elements like hummus, eggplant dip, tzatziki, olives, pita chips, figs, and the like. Arrange your spread just the way you like it, snap a pic, and get ready to dig in. (via Culinary Hill)

Fancy Peasant

Patatosalata (Greek Potato Salad)

This potato salad is a lot lighter than your average take. Its flavor comes from a bunch of dill and a hearty squeeze of lemon juice, which work wonders together! (via Fancy Peasant)

The Endless Meal

Smoked Salmon Appetizers

Your guests are gonna want to demolish all of these tiny bites in minutes! They are truly so addicting. Little cucumber slices get topped with fresh lox and a dollop of zesty cream cheese. They're expertly balanced in terms of flavor and texture. (via The Endless Meal)

Live Eat Learn

Easy Marinated Olives

You can easily spruce up some store-bought olives by enlisting the help of fresh garlic, bay leaves, rosemary, thyme, fennel, lemon, and olive oil! You'll slowly simmer this mix in a saucepan before drenching the olives (ideally, a ix of black and green) and serving it alongside pieces of fresh bread or crackers. (via Live Eat Learn)

Give Recipe

Feta Stuffed Peppers

These stuffed peppers are as easy as roasted them in the oven, mixing up the 5-ingredient filling, and adding it to the pepps. They make an excellent starter since the filling is based in light Greek yogurt! (via Give Recipe)


Fried Halloumi Mediterranean Salad

This fresh salad has a good mix of everything, but the fried halloumi makes it all the better. It's a great alternative to meat, especially if you don't feel like eating much dense protein before the main course. (via Vikalinka)

The Girl on Bloor

Quinoa & Turkey Stuffed Mini Peppers

Whole grains, lean protein, and fresh vegetables? These stuffed peppers have it all. (via The Girl on Bloor)

Completely Delicious

Fried Zucchini Chips

Having a dippable appetizer on the table before dinner is always a good idea. These zucchini chips provide a nice balance between veg and fried breading, plus, when you add a fresh aioli to the mix, each bite gets even better. (via Completely Delicious)

Kathryn's Kitchen

Easy Mediterranean Dip

This easy dip highlights fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, and onions on top a bed of whipped cream cheese that's flavored generously with lemon juice, garlic, and other seasonings. It tastes just as good alone as it does with pita chips! (via Kathryn's Kitchen)

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I’m so glad to see linen vests making a comeback. They can easily double as chic going out tops that look stunning alone, or as a matching set with the breeziest linen pants! These versatile vests are perfect for summertime, too, since the linen lends itself to a good amount of breathability.

Whether you're dressing up for a cute brunch date or keeping it casual for a stroll in the park, consider these 9 linen vests your new go-to for looking effortlessly stylish.


The Drop Esma Linen Vest

This first linen vest comes in a fun olive green color for standing out! It features most of the classic details a linen vest should, like some trendy vertical seaming and a buttoned front. It's made from a 55% linen and 45% cotton material, which works wonders for breathability alongside the already loose-fitting silhouette.

The Esma Linen Vest from The Drop is also shoppable in black and white and sizes XXS-5X for $50.


Madewell Single Breasted Linen Vest

This 100% linen number is super smooth, so there's no added distractions to your look. The button closure up the front is totally concealed, and there's three pretty discreet pockets for practical purposes. The v-neck shape is scooped in the back, making for modest coverage. This piece is lightly lined to keep things completely comfortable.

The Madewell Single Breasted Linen Vest is also available in a natural white linen coloration and sizes 00-16 for $50 (was $78).


A New Day Tailored Suit Vest

This Target linen vest is all about the buttons, baby! It's super on-trend with a subtly cropped length and contrasting brown buttons. The v-shaped notches at the front hem elevate things a bit, so you could easily wear this to the office. This pick is crafted from a lightweight fabric with full lining.

The Tailored Suit Vest from A New Day is also available in 4 other colorways and sizes XS-4X for $25.


J.Crew Collection Suit Vest in Italian Linen Blend

This boxy-fit vest is the perfect party top since it's sprinkled with sparkly metallic threads throughout the fabric! I love how seamless it looks, even styled on its own. This piece has a 5-button design down the front and an adjustable belt on the back, which can cinch your waistline a bit for an ultra-flattering look.

The J.Crew Collection Suit Vest in Italian Linen Blend is now available in sizes 2-24 for $160 (was $178).

Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch Premium Linen Vest Set Top

The squared-off scoopneck on this vest shakes things up a bit, as opposed to the traditional v-neck shape you see on most linen vests. This style also boasts tailored, curved seaming along the bust and midsection, which smooth out your bod for flattering effect. You'll feel the ultimate breathability from the 100% linen fabric and 100% cotton lining!

The Abercrombie & Fitch Premium Linen Vest Set Top is also shoppable in white and black and sizes XXS-XL for $70.


Scoop Tailored Linen Vest

The wider pinstripes on this pick give it a very polished look that you can take with you just about anywhere! It's cut from 55% linen and 45% rayon, so it may not feel as soft as a vest that's 100% linen. This piece does have a fairly deep v-neck, so you might want to make sure you have a layer underneath if coverage is a concern. This vest flaunts an easy three-button closure up at the front.

The Scoop Tailored Linen Vest is also available in black and sizes XS-XXL for $26.


J.Crew Scoopneck Linen-Blend Vest

The color-matching buttons on this linen-blend vest make things look extremely smooth and polished. The material it's made from is subtly textured and soft to the touch, which makes wearing it even better. This pick is meant to be more fitted, as it hugs your curves comfortably. It boasts a trendy squared-off, scooped neckline that lets you show some collarbone.

The J.Crew Scoopneck Linen-Blend Vest is now available in 4 other colors and sizes 00-24 for $63 (was $90).


Steve Madden Selene Linen Blend Vest

This color is very peachy and perfect for summertime! This 55% linen, 45% viscose vest exhibits a classic v-neck, three buttons, and two pockets with welted seams at the front. Additionally, there's some flattering vertical seaming that guides your silhouette without being too restricting.

The Steve Madden Selene Linen Blend Vest is currently shoppable in sizes S-M for $69.


Faithfull the Brand Stanze Linen Vest

The curved hem on this 100% linen vest almost gives a peplum effect, but it's a touch chicer and more unique. The piece features a bowtie around the back for pulling it all together and defining your waistline. You'll find 4 buttons up front and a lined layer throughout this vest.

The Stanze Linen Vest from Faithfull the Brand is currently available in sizes XS-XL for $149.

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With the continued rise of BookTok, Holly Jackson seems to grow in popularity more and more every year. Her Good Girl's Guide to Murder mystery series took off, and it's now set to debut as a TV show slated to come out in the UK this July with a Netflix drop to follow. The storyline follows Pip, a young high schooler as she starts to investigate a murder that happened in her town 5 years ago. She starts to uncover that things aren't always what they seem, and to always look for the truth; even when some people don't want you to.

In preparation for this iconic murder-mystery series making it to the small screen, we thought we'd break down Holly Jackson's whole catalogue for you, book by book! There's still time left, so get to reading now!


A Good Girl's Guide To Murder

Everyone in the town of Fairview knows how Sal killed his girlfriend in cold blood, then killed himself. It's all anyone can talk about. But even 5 years later, Pip can't seem to ignore the feeling that maybe this murder-suicide isn't what it seems... And the more Pip looks into it, the more it seems like she's right. Except, there's someone who doesn't want her snooping around. Who could it be? And more importantly, was Sal innocent? Follow Pip in this action-packed mystery that is sure to have you hooked from the first page!


Good Girl, Bad Blood

This sequel to the Holly Jackson series that we saw in our first bout of BookTok love last year. It follows Pip after deciding to not be a detective anymore. However, after getting close with a true-crime podcaster, Ravi, and a disappearance occurring that the police aren't doing anything about... Pip might have to step in and save the day once more.


Kill Joy: Novella

In this Good Girl's Guide to Murder novella, Pip is back at it once again with her detective work. Although this time, it's at her friend's 1920's themed murder mystery party! This may seem fun at first, but Pip is distracted with other murders on her mind. This continuation of the hit series is just as good as the last 2!


As Good As Dead

Pip is almost off to college, but she's troubled by her last case and the tragic way it ended. Now, the death threats and remarks are starting to get to her more than usual; especially considering she thinks that someone's following her. She starts to notice eery similarities between her stalker and a suspect in one of her investigations years ago. And now she has to face the terrifying question: did she put the wrong person in jail? This finale to the series is one to won't want to miss!


Five Survive

6 friends all go on an 8 hour road trip together. Except the big twist... only 5 of them will survive. When they get lost in the middle of nowhere without cell service, they have to face the truth: That a killer might be among them. Who will they trust? How do they figure out who the killer actually is. Find out who will survive and who the killer is in this murder-mystery full of twists.


The Reappearance of Rachel

In Jackson's newest novel, she writes the story of Bel whose Mom disappeared when she was young. It's always cast a shadow over her life, and been the one thing to stick with her and haunt her. When a documentary crew brings up the past, thus also bringing her mom out of hiding too, what will become of Bel? And does she believe her mom's elaborate story of her disappearance? Find out in this murder mystery that will keep you up all night waiting to finish it!

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There are few celebrity breakups as infamous as those of the 2000s — just looks at Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, and Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck! But when Ben and Jen (or Bennifer, as fans like to call them) got back together in 2021, it felt like a literal movie. In Jennifer Lopez' new documentary The Greatest Love Story Never Told, the couple finally reveals why they actually broke up in the first place: "the massive amount of scrutiny around our private life." Here's everything you need to know about Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, in the 2000s and now.

Jennifer Lopez And Ben Affleck's Relationship Timeline

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Winter 2002 — Jennifer Lopez And Ben Affleck Meet On The Set Of Gigli

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck first met while filming their 2003 movie Gigli. "The first time meeting him on that film was at the read-through," Jennifer tells Variety. "I remember kind of just walking in and I think he was outside, smoking a cigarette...I don't remember a whole bunch more about it, but I remember being on the set with him every day and loving it."

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November 2002 — Jennifer Lopez And Ben Affleck Announce Their Engagement

During an interview with Diane Sawyer at the end of 2002, Jennifer Lopez showed off the engagement ring from Ben Affleck. The platinum band + pink diamond combo is absolutely beautiful, just like the proposal itself. "[It was] traditional, but also in a very spectacular way, as of course Ben would do it," Jennifer says, via ABC News.

"He is brilliantly smart, loving, charming, affectionate," she continues. "And I just admire him in every way. I respect him. I feel like he teaches me things."

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Early 2003 — Jennifer Lopez And Ben Affleck Experience The Tabloids Firsthand

Before the age of iPhones and TikTok, celebs constantly dealt with the tabloids — even more than they do now. And as one of the hottest couples in the world, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez constantly faced paparazzi and tabloids. “We didn’t try to have a public relationship,” Jennifer Lopez tells PEOPLE in 2016. “We just happened to be together at the birth of the tabloids, and it was like ‘Oh my God.’ It was just a lot of pressure.”

"People were so f*cking mean about her," Ben Affleck says on The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcastin 2021. "Sexist, racist. Ugly, vicious sh*t was written about her in ways that if you wrote it now you would literally be fired for saying those things you said...Now it's like, she's lionized and respected for the work she did, where she came from, what she accomplished — as well she f*cking should be!"

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September 10, 2003 — Jennifer Lopez And Ben Affleck Call Off Their Wedding

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were supposed to be married on September 14, 2003, but four days before their wedding, they postponed the ceremony. "Due to the excessive media attention surrounding our wedding, we have decided to postpone the date," the couple says in their official statement, via PEOPLE. "When we found ourselves seriously contemplating hiring three separate 'decoy brides' at three different locations, we realized that something was awry."

"It was so painful after we broke up," Jennifer tells Apple Music's Zane Lowe in 2024. "Once we called off that wedding 20 years ago, it was the biggest heartbreak of my life. I honestly felt like I was going to die. It sent me on a spiral for the next 18 years where I just couldn't get it right. But now, 20 years later, it does have a happy ending. It has the most would-never-happen-in-Hollywood ending."

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February 18, 2020 — Ben Affleck Supports Jennifer Lopez In Hustlers

At the beginning of 2020, in an interview with The New York Times, Ben Affleck voiced his support for Jennifer Lopez. "She should have been nominated [for Hustlers]," he says. "She's the real thing. I keep in touch periodically with her and have a lot of respect for her. How awesome is it that she had her biggest hit movie at 50? That's f*cking baller."

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May 10, 2021 — Jennifer Lopez And Ben Affleck Take A Trip Together

After Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez broke up in the spring of 2021, J.Lo was seen hanging out with Ben Affleck around Los Angeles. "[Jennifer] spent several days with Ben out of town," a source tells PEOPLE. "They have a strong connection. It's all been quick and intense, but Jennifer is happy."

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July 24, 2021 — Jennifer Lopez And Ben Affleck Make Their Relationship Instagram Official

Hidden at the end of an Instagram carousel, Jennifer Lopez posted a photo of her kissing Ben Affleck. "5 2 … what it do …" the caption reads.

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September 10, 2021 — Jennifer Lopez And Ben Affleck Walk The Red Carpet

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck attended the premiere of his film The Last Duel at the 2021 Venice Film Festival. They both looked amazing in old school glam!

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April 8, 2022 — Jennifer Lopez And Ben Affleck Announce Their Second Engagement

PEOPLE confirmed that Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were engaged again in the spring of 2022. Jennifer also revealed the news via email and on social media. "So I have a really exciting and special story to share," she said on Twitter.

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July 16, 2022 — Jennifer Lopez And Ben Affleck Finally Get Married!

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck finally tied the knot in July of 2022. Jennifer shared the details about the "best night ever" via On The JLo newsletter (via PEOPLE) the next day. The couple later had a larger ceremony in Georgia.

"It's a beautiful outcome that this has happened in this way at this time in our lives where we can really appreciate and celebrate each other and respect each other," she says. "We always did, but we have even more of an appreciation because we know that life can take you in different directions."

"[Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck] were attentive only to each other, didn't have eyes for anything else," a PEOPLE source said after spotting the couple on their honeymoon in Lake Como, Italy.

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February 14, 2023 — Jennifer Lopez Reveals Her Tattoo With Ben Affleck

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck showed off their coordinating tattoos on J.Lo's Instagram. The tattoos (hers of an arrow through an infinity sign on her ribcage and his of two arrows tied to one another) are super cute together!

"Commitment," Jennifer says in her Instagram post. "Happy Valentine’s Day my love."

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May 3, 2023 — Jennifer Lopez Calls Ben Affleck A "Wonderful Father"

When she was on the Today Show (via Twitter) at the beginning of May 2023, Jennifer Lopez had high praise for Ben Affleck's relationship with all their kids. Jennifer has twins, Max and Emme, with Marc Anthony, while Ben Affleck shares three kids, Samuel, Seraphina, and Violet, with Jennifer Garner.

"He's a wonderful, wonderful father," J.Lo says in the interview. "And a father figure to [Max and Emme] as well, because he has his own three beautiful children, and then there's us...They love him. And they appreciate him, and so do I."

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August 21, 2023 — Jennifer Lopez Celebrates Her One Year Anniversary With Ben Affleck

In honor of their first wedding anniversary, Jennifer Lopez shared some photos, and some lyrics from "Dear Ben, Pt II", to Instagram. "One year ago today," she says in the caption. "Dear Ben, Sitting here alone / Looking at my ring ring / Feeling overwhelmed / It makes me wanna sing sing / How did we end up here / Without a rewind / Oh my / This is my life...Jennifer"

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February 11, 2024 — Ben Affleck And Jennifer Lopez Star In A Super Bowl Commercial

Following Ben Affleck's iconic, viral photos with his Dunkin' coffee, the couple starred in Dunkin' Donuts' 2024 Super Bowl ad — in addition to Matt Damon, Jack Harlow, and Tom Brady. The commercial features Ben and his friends coming into the studio while Jennifer records her newest album This Is Me Now... — a move that is not well received.

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February 26, 2024 — Jennifer Lopez And Ben Affleck Reveal Why They Originally Split Up

"Ben and I, we broke up three days before our wedding," J.Lo recalled in her new documentary The Greatest Love Story Never Told. "We had a big wedding planned—14 ushers and bridesmaids—and three days before, we just crumbled under the pressure."

"For all those years, it was really hard because I didn't just feel like I lost the love of my life, I felt like I lost the best friend that I ever had," Jennifer continues. "I've made it through. I've made something good of my life. I'm proud of that."

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May 15, 2024 — Rumors Swirl About Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck's Alleged Divorce

Though Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have reconnected, there have rumors that their marriage may be in trouble. A source alerted InTouch Weekly that there have been obvious signs that something is wrong for a while.

"The writing is on the wall – it’s over," the source claims before saying, "They’re headed for a divorce – and for once, [Ben’s] not to blame!" The source believes the two have a lot of love for each other, but that they're jus too different to be together.

TMZ has also reported that Ben seems like he hasn't been living at home — yikes! He was photographed leaving going to and coming from a L.A. home without Jennifer. It's also being reported that he's been allegedly spending the night there.

But, TMZ also pointed out that the pair are still wearing their wedding rings so it's hard to say if there's any merit to the breakup rumors. Until Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck actually give a statement, I'm going to cross my fingers and hope for the best! And we're not the only ones — 13 Going on 30's Jennifer Garner (who was married to Ben Affleck from 2005-2015) “is encouraging Ben to work on his marriage to Jen,” according to an Us Weeklysource. “She fully supports their relationship and wants nothing more than for him to be happy.”

Also, Jennifer Lopez wants us to really mind our business. People reported than an actress was not feeling a pushy reporter's question about her marriage and didn't have a problem letting them know. She was promoting Atlas with her co-stars when said reporter asked, "Is your divorce with Ben Affleck real? These rumors?"

Though her co-star Simu Liu expressed his disdain for the questions first, Jennifer quickly said," You know better than that." This lets us know that Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are well aware that people are talking about their marriage.

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Still, this hasn't stopped insiders from talking about what's going on behind closed doors. One even reached out to People to say, "They’re still living separately," and "She’s back in L.A. for tour rehearsals. She seems okay. She’s very focused on work." The outlet even reported that the couple are in fact living apart and have been seen on several occasions without each other.

While I know some people could care less, I remember when Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck first started dating so to see them struggling again feels a little painful. I'm trying to keep hope alive, but they ultimately know what's going on in their relationship. If they do choose to separate, that's a choice we'll all have to respect.

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May 31, 2024 — Jennifer Lopez Cancels Her "This Is Me" Tour

At the end of May, Jennifer Lopez revealed she was cancelling her summer tour to spend time with family. Her newsletter (via Variety) reveals that “Jennifer is taking time off to be with her children, family and close friends." (Refunds will be distributed through Ticketmaster automatically; third party purchase sites need to be contacted).

“I am completely heartsick and devastated about letting you down," Jennifer continues in the newsletter. “Please know that I wouldn’t do this if I didn’t feel that it was absolutely necessary. I promise I will make it up to you and we will all be together again. I love you all so much. Until next time…”

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June 21, 2024 — Ben Affleck Discusses Family Life With Jennifer Lopez

In a newly released interview with Kevin Hart, Ben Affleck showed a rare vulnerability that we don't often see. The two chatted about several things during the Season 4 premiere of Hart to Heart, but it was Ben's admission that he has "resting hard face" (via Entertainment Tonight) that caught our attention.

Though there have been theories about why Ben often looks like he'd rather be somewhere else than dealing with paparazzi, he made it clear why he's not always smiling when the cameras are on him. "I also don't like a lot of attention...people see me [and] they're like, ‘Well, this dude always mad…’ Because somebody has their camera and sticking to my face.”

Ben even mentioned a time when he, Jennifer, and their kids were trying to make it to a play while walking through Times Square. Though he knows fans are going to be excited to see them, it's obvious he's not thrilled when their kids are subject to that kind of pandemonium.

"We get out with her, all the kids, through Times Square, and the s--- was like f---in’ bananas...it feels like hundreds of people and now screaming," Ben explained (via People).

What's your favorite Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck moment? Check out The Latest On Taylor Swift And Travis Kelce's Relationship and The Latest News On Blake Lively And Ryan Reynold's Kids for more of your favorite celebrity couples!

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