There are so many healthy options for snacks that it should be impossible to resort to raiding the vending machine, or picking whatever looks good at the store when you’re already starving. Already starving = unhealthy choice, usually. I’ve rounded up some great easy recipes and healthy snack ideas from healthy living bloggers so you can prep snacks for a week or more, plus I’m sharing the best choices you can make if you need to grab something quickly from the store.
50 Healthy Snack Ideas
If you haven’t heard of energy balls (or bites), then you may not follow any nutrition or healthy living blogs. 😉 There’s a reason these are a popular recipe – they’re easy to make in a food processor or a blender (I can confirm the blender works for most recipes); they’re small enough to be snack or treat size; you can make them in bulk and keep them in the freezer or fridge for easy snack packing. These lemon energy balls were the first I ever tried making and are still a favorite of mine. Here are lots more options to keep you snacking happy:
Mint Chocolate Sunflower Bites – Strength and Sunshine
Strawberry Cacao Energy Balls – Maria Makes
Banana Bread Energy Bites – Treats With a Twist
Blueberry Sunbutter Bites – Fitful Focus
Hemp Power Balls – Vegan, Gluten Free – The Happy Health Freak
HOMEMADE GRANOLA BARS
Granola bars are so easy to grab and throw in your bag or car so you know you have a healthy snack handy. But making your own is less expensive, plus you can make them in bulk and always have one for a kid’s lunchbox, or to grab when you’re heading out.
6 Ingredient Paleo Granola Bars – Balanced Life Leslie
Nourishing Nut and Seed Bars – Jill Conyers
Golden Berry Date Bars – The Fit Cookie
No Bake Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars – Happy Fit Mama
Easy Oatmeal Nut Butter Granola Bars – RunWiki
Copycat Chocolate Coffee RX Bars – Fitful Focus
Coconut Chocolate Chip Quinoa Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free) – Healthy Helper
Sunflower Chocolate Chip Chickpea Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free) – Bucket List Tummy
Sometimes you’re just craving something savory. If you lean toward chips over chocolate, these are the snacks you’re going to want to try.
Roasted Smoked Paprika Cinnamon Chickpeas – Strength and Sunshine
Garlic Tumeric Crackers – Holistic Rendezvous
Healthy Butternut Squash Chips – The Clean Eating Couple
Healthy Egg Muffins With Lean Turkey Bacon – TheFitBlog
Savory Yogurt Parfait – Food, Pleasure and Health
Crispy Cauliflower Nuggets (Vegan, Gluten Free) – Let’s Get Living
Nine times out of ten, if I suddenly realize I’m hungry and it’s a long time til dinner, chocolate springs to mind. Keep your sweet tooth happy in a healthier way with these yummy snacks that are actually healthy.
Mini No Bake Vegan Blueberry Cheesecakes – Positively Amanda
3 Ingredient Raw Chocolate Granola Cups – Balanced Life Leslie
Healthy Nut and Seed Brittle (Vegan, Paleo) – Let’s Get Living
DIY Peanut Butter Cups – My Southern Sweet Tooth
Double Chocolate Oatmeal Snack – Jill Conyers
ANZAC Biscuits – Fine Fit Day
Pistachio Cranberry Almond Flour Cookies (Vegan, Grain Free) – Healthy Helper
POPCORN AND TRAIL MIX
If you want something crunchy, or to actually take hiking with you, these popcorn and trail mix snacks are for you. These are so easy to put together and ration out into snack size bags so you know exactly how much you’re eating when you just want to graze.
Garlic and Herb Popcorn – a traveling Wife
Back to School Pipcorn Snack Mix – All Roads Lead to Healthy
Homemade Chex Mix – Masala Girl Travels
Crunchy Chickpea Trail Mix – Byte Sized Nutrition
Circus Popcorn – Strength and Sunshine
SNACKS THAT DOUBLE AS APPETIZERS
Let’s face it, a party with appetizers is basically just a shrine to snacking. These snacks can be made for in between meals, but easily become hors douevres for a get together with friends.
Cucumber Salad with Feta and Dill – Little Chef Big Appetite
Chickpea Pepper Poppers – Bucket List Tummy
Three Ingredient Snack (Grain Free) – a traveling Wife
Customizable Apple Bun Sandwiches – Eat the Gains
Prosciutto Wrapped Apricot and Pecan Bites – Maria Makes
DIPS AND SPREADS
Get your baby carrots and pepper strips ready, because these dips and spreads look delicious.
Muhammara (Roasted Red Pepper Dip) – Little Chef Big Appetite
Protein-Packed Edamame Hummus – FitLiving
Artisan Nut Thins with Basil Yogurt Dip – Positively Amanda
SNACKS AT THE STORE
Even the most diligent food-prepper finds themselves hungry and trying to find an option on the run. These are my favorite choices for when your only option is buying something to snack on.
String cheese and a piece of fruit
Banana or apple with a snack size nut butter (like these single packs from Justin’s)
Snack bar – I like the Pressed by Kind bars and I’m a huge fan of the GoMacro MacroBars. Also, GoMacro is donating 10% of their net sales of their Peanut Butter MacroBars to Farm Sanctuary during May! You can read about Farm Sanctuary here and buy the bars here.
Trail mix – most delis will have trail mix in big bags, so just pay attention to the serving size and this is a healthy and filling snack.
Avocado – half an avocado eaten with a spoon is filling and delicious.
Smoothie drink – if you’re the kind of person who can feel satiated with a drink rather than a food snack, these can be a good choice. Just check the label to make sure it’s not loaded with added sugar.
For more awesome snack ideas, check out my Pinterest board for snacks below!