Easy Healthy Snacks
With the new year comes new resolutions to bounce back from the holiday indulgence and eat healthier. One of the ways that I have found to jump start my healthy eating resolutions is to keep a good supply of easy healthy snacks on hand. If it’s easy to reach for the healthy stuff when hunger strikes, then I know I’m less likely to reach for the junk I shouldn’t be eating. (Even though I might be craving it!)
Smart Snacking Tip #1
An important thing to remember when it comes to snacking is to really think about what you’re putting into your body. Including some protein and fiber in your snack will fill you up faster and keep you feeling full longer. Having some natural sugars in your snack will help perk you up right away.
Stay away from snacks that are all sugar (natural or not) or lacking nutrients. These only do your body (and your healthy goals) a disservice.
Easy Healthy Snacks: Crunchy Craving
Mixed Nuts – I always keep a stash of many types of nuts in our pantry. Almonds, walnuts, cashews, peanuts: there are so many health benefits of nuts. Grabbing a small handful is a great way to stave off those hunger pains. If plain nuts are just a bit too plain, try these Herb Roasted Almonds for a bit of extra flavor.
Kale Chips – I have yet to try making my own kale chips, but I know many people who swear by these nutrient dense, crunchy snacks. And making kale chips seems pretty easy to do. It’s a great way to snack on a superfood!
Black Bean Salsa with Tortilla Chips – What I love about snacking on homemade black bean salsa is that the beans give a nice boost of nutrients and fiber, filling you up faster with calories that will sustain you.
Hummus with Carrots and Celery – Speaking of nutrition from beans, homemade hummus is another great bean-based snack that will keep you going. Pair it with some veggies rather than chips for fewer calories and more nutrients.
Baked Sweet Potato Chips – It’s easier to make homemade potato chips than you might think, and you can control the amount of oil and salt that goes into them. If I’m going to make potato chips at home, I prefer to make them sweet potato chips, because, lets face it, sweet potato chips rock! And the extra nutrients from the sweet potatoes are a reason to feel extra good about these chips!
Popcorn – Stove top popcorn is another super easy snack that satisfies the desire to crunch without adding a ton of extra calories. There are so many ways to season your homemade popcorn too – just open your pantry! Chili powder, Italian herbs, curry, chipotle, salt and vinegar, ranch seasoning, taco seasoning. The list goes on!
Easy Healthy Snacks: Sweet Craving
Smoothies – Blending whole fruit and protein-rich yogurt (and maybe a few nuts or seeds) gives you a healthy snack (or breakfast) that is filling you up with nutrients. Check out these breakfast smoothies, this chocolate banana smoothie, and this fun beetroot smoothie for something different.
Frozen Yogurt – If you’re craving ice cream, this super simple homemade frozen yogurt, made from only yogurt and fruit, is for you!
Apple Slices (or a Banana) with Natural Peanut Butter – This really is my go-to snack. A little protein for sustenance, a little natural sugar for a quick boost, and I’m ready to go! Grab your favorite natural peanut butter (or other nut butter) or whip up a quick batch of homemade peanut butter.
Fruit and yogurt – Make your own yogurt parfaits with some fruit and homemade plain yogurt. Add a swirl of honey for sweetness and sprinkle some nuts over top to give it a little extra protein boost!
Homemade Fruit Leather – Seriously, this stuff will have you feeling like a kid again. Making homemade fruit leather means that it’s only full of the good stuff!
Easy Healthy Snacks: On-the-Go Snacking
Healthy Muffins – Make a big batch of healthy muffins and keep them in the freezer. That way you always have some available when you need a bite.
Homemade Crackers and Cheese – Homemade crackers are not complicated, and you can make them whole wheat or even gluten free. Add some cheese for protein and you’ll have a super satisfying crunchy and creamy snack! (Or, skip the cheese and make your own homemade cheese crackers!)
Hard Boiled Eggs – Another protein packed, easy-to-eat snack. It’s simple to keep hard boiled eggs in the fridge for when you need a snack that will really sustain you. Check out these tips for how to perfectly hard boil eggs.
Do you have a favorite healthy snack that isn’t listed here? If so, share it below!