50 Healthy Snack Ideas

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

50 Healthy Snack Ideas - Whether you're a food prep queen, or just want to grab something at the store, these healthy snack options are a lifesaver!

ENERGY BALLS

If you haven’t heard of energy balls (or bites), then you may not follow any nutrition or healthy living blogs. πŸ˜‰ 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:

50 Healthy Snack Ideas - Whether you're a food prep queen, or just want to grab something at the store, these healthy snack options are a lifesaver!

Image: Banana Bread Energy Bites from Treats With a Twist

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

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Truffle Bites – Vegan, Gluten Free – Leah’s Plate

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.

50 Healthy Snack Ideas - Whether you're a food prep queen, or just want to grab something at the store, these healthy snack options are a lifesaver!

Image: Golden Berry Date Bars from The Fit Cookie

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

SAVORY SNACKS

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.

50 Healthy Snack Ideas - Whether you're a food prep queen, or just want to grab something at the store, these healthy snack options are a lifesaver!

Image: Savory Yogurt Parfait from Food, Pleasure and Health

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

SWEET TREATS

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.

50 Healthy Snack Ideas - Whether you're a food prep queen, or just want to grab something at the store, these healthy snack options are a lifesaver!

Image: DIY Peanut Butter Cups – My Southern Sweet Tooth

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

Chocolate Dream Bars with a Popcorn Crust – RunWiki

Recovery Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins – SuzLyfe

Double Chocolate Oatmeal Snack – Jill Conyers

ANZAC Biscuits – Fine Fit Day

Pistachio Cranberry Almond Flour Cookies (Vegan, Grain Free) – Healthy Helper

No Bake Salted Caramel Latte Cookies (Vegan, Gluten Free) – RunWiki

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.

50 Healthy Snack Ideas - Whether you're a food prep queen, or just want to grab something at the store, these healthy snack options are a lifesaver!

Image: Crunchy Chickpea Trail Mix from Byte Sized Nutrition

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.

50 Healthy Snack Ideas - Whether you're a food prep queen, or just want to grab something at the store, these healthy snack options are a lifesaver!

Image: Customizable Apple Bun Sandwiches – Eat the Gains

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.

50 Healthy Snack Ideas - Whether you're a food prep queen, or just want to grab something at the store, these healthy snack options are a lifesaver!

Image: Protein-Packed Edamame Hummus from FitLiving

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.

50 Healthy Snack Ideas - Whether you're a food prep queen, or just want to grab something at the store, these healthy snack options are a lifesaver!

Image: GoMacro Peanut Butter MacroBar 

String cheese and a piece of fruit 

Banana or apple with a snack size nut butter (like these single packs from Justin’s)

Greek yogurt

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!

 

Comments

  1. Shared but had to stop by and share πŸ™‚ this is unbelievably what I need right now. Summer is right around the corner and Mama is out of ideas…
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  2. Great roundup of snack ideas Carly. Just in time for kids being home for summer break. Kids and friends. Are they ever not hungry?

    Have a wonderful day and thanks for sharing my recipes.

  3. All these snacks sound so tasty. I have never heard of edamame hummus.
    lacey@fairytalesandfitness recently posted…The night before Boston…..My Profile

  4. This is an awesome list! Thanks for including some of my recipes πŸ™‚

  5. Thank you for sharing my recipe! I love this list and I will definitely be pulling recipes from it πŸ™‚

  6. What a round-up! Can’t wait to give some of these a try. Thanks for sharing my trail mix!

  7. Thanks for including some of my recipes! Can’t wait to check out all of the other snacks on the list!

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