It gets really hard to eat healthy when it comes to snacks. Your sugar is low, the next big meal is hours away and you really need something quick, easy and tasty to pick you up.
You don’t want to reach for that candy bar or a bag of chips, but in that moment cravings are high and stakes seem low.
There is a solution. And you don’t have to choose health or taste.
What I love most about these snacks is that they are versatile and easy to change up the flavors and ingredients.
I present to you 12 healthy snacks options that will satisfy your cravings and nourish your body.
12 HEALTHY SNACKS YOU WILL LOVE
If you love falafel, but that deep-fried part always bothers you, then lo and behold. Meet falafel’s healthy cousin – falafel flatbread. It’s thin, it’s green and it is NOT deep-fried. Falafel flatbread is the best substitute for all your white flour breads, pitas, and similar items. Top it with hummus or guacamole, fresh veggies, roasted veggies, eggs, greek salad, tuna salad… possibilities are endless. This is your healthy sandwich bread. Find the recipe here.
Peanut butter and banana sandwich
PB&B is PB&J’s healthy cousin. Two banana slices sandwiched together with 100% peanut butter then dipped in melted dark chocolate and frozen. I will warn you, this snack is highly addictive. You can find detailed instructions here.
Seed crackers are a nutritious and delicious crunchy snack. Seeds are full of healthy fats, proteins, fibers and a variety of vitamins and minerals. Experiment with spices to add more flavor and keep it interesting. Crackers are delicious plain or with salad, spreads and dips.
There are two types of oatmeal cookies. Ones that are pretending to be healthy, but are packed with sugar. And others that actually are healthy. These are the later ones. With honey and applesauce to substitute sugar and fat. And a combination of raisins, cashews and chocolate chips for a burst of flavor. Dough can be made ahead and frozen. This makes it really convenient to bake a last minute fresh batch.
These cookies will satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping you on a healthy path.
Air-popped popcorns are by far the best substitute for unhealthy snacks. It’s low in calories, full of fiber and really filling. And since its air popped it has no fat at all. Add your favorite spices and it won’t even feel like a healthy snack. If you like cheese-flavored snacks, spice up your popcorn with a mix of nutritional yeast, onion powder and garlic powder, yum!
Small poppers like this one are really affordable and fit in any kitchen, dorm room, even office. For a quick and healthy snack.
Or you can get a silicon microwave popper like this one.
Fresh carrot chips
Thinly sliced carrots make an excellent healthy snack. They have a nice crunch and sweetness which will satisfy your need for snacks.
Or if you are not a fan of raw veggies you can toss them with some spices, a tiny bit of olive oil and bake until crispy like these.
Also called energy or protein balls. These little treats are as delicious as candy and as healthy as a bite-size breakfast. They are packed with protein, fiber, healthy fats and carbs.
There are countless recipes to try, flavor combinations are endless. Make a batch once a week and you will always have healthy and delicious snack
I will share with you a simple base recipe which you can easily modify to suit your needs.
1 cup dried fruit
1/3 cup nut butter
1/3 cup nuts
1 tablespoon chia seeds or flax seeds (ground to flour)
1 cup rolled oats (ground to flour)
1/4 cup warm water
1 tablespoon cacao
1 teaspoon spices
1 tablespoon protein powder
Process all ingredients in the food processor. Form balls. Keep in the fridge for up to a week. Or not longer than 3 months in the freezer.
Not every trail mix is created equal. Your best option would be to make your own mix. Good trail mix consists of nuts, seeds and a little bit of dried fruit.
With dried fruit you should really be careful and read the label. Watch for the added sugars and oils. Or you can make your own dried fruit in a dehydrator.
Here is a list of foods you can put in your trail mix.
Nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, brazil nuts, peanuts.
Seeds: sunflower, pumpkin.
Dried fruit: raisins, cranberries, apricots, figs, apple chips, goji berries.
Optional: coconut chips, cocoa nibs.
Cucumber tuna bites
These cucumber tuna bites tick a lot of boxes when it comes to healthy snacks. They are packed with protein and they feature fresh produce – the cucumber. To keep it clean tuna spread is made without the mayo. Change it up by adding grated carrot or chopped onion to tuna. You can also substitute hummus for greek yogurt or avocado. You can find the recipe for these delicious bites here.
Chickpeas are seriously underrated food. They are a rich source of protein, fibers, minerals and vitamins and have low GI. Their mild slightly nutty flavor pairs well with all spices and flavors, even sweet ones. All this makes chickpeas the perfect healthy snack.
You can make crispy savory roasted chickpeas. This recipe is the best one I tried.
Or you can try their sweet side by making chocolate covered chickpea clusters.
You know those sugary, wildly unhealthy fruit roll ups all kids loved and still love. It’s time to leave those buried in the past. And instead enjoy these healthy fruit roll ups. It’s incredibly easy to make them. Simply puree the fruit, mix with a little bit of honey and lemon juice. Then spread it thin on a sheet pan and dry in the oven. Cut in stripes, roll them up and enjoy a healthy sweet snack on the go. Find detailed recipe here.
Oat bars are the healthy version of candy bars. They are a wholesome snack that will give you much needed energy, and help you stay away from high fructose syrup alternatives. This recipe is easy to make, from all readily available ingredients and soo delicious. Again variations are endless. Switch up flavors and experiment with nut butters, sweeteners, seeds, nuts.
What are your favorite healthy snacks?