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Are you bored with the same 3-5 healthy snacks you’ve been having for weeks or months in a row? Especially if you’re stuck at home right now + you’re feeling all the feels, snacking is at an all-time high.
I am definitely more of a meal person, so I have been eating 4 smaller meals during the day. Usually, I have a small snack an hour before dinner to keep my belly from growling + at night while we watch tv (we just finished Season 3 of Ozarks + are on season 4 of The Sopranos — which we love!).
I’ve been getting questions about what snacks I am eating right now + to give some ideas, especially from mamas! So, I figured I would put some snack inspiration on the blog for you guys.
*A few are recipes I have on my blog or Instagram already. But, many of these you can just figure out how to make [because they’re limited whole ingredients] or you can google/Pinterest search them!
*I don’t give specific ratios of what to include, especially since we all spread out our calories differently. So, just make sure you’re mindful of this. Even if snacks are “healthy,” it doesn’t mean you should have an unlimited amount. Extra calories = extra weight.
*I recommend a snack be 250 calories or less, depending on how much you snack. The more WHOLE + real the foods are, the more full you will feel.
*Feel free to make larger portions + make any of these a meal! Most would make great breakfast or lunch ideas.
Ok, let’s dive into some healthy snack ideas! Scroll below to see.
1 | FRUITS/VEGGIES + HUMMUS
There are so many different flavors of hummus out there to choose from. For veggies, all hummus flavors would work for the most part. But, for fruit I would steer towards plainer hummus since the fruit flavor might not mix well. You can just slice the fruit/veggies + dip them in some hummus!
2 | WHOLE WHEAT CRACKERS + CHEESE
This is one of my go-to snacks [but, also Lunch ideas!]. Be sure to choose 100% whole wheat crackers for the best nutrition + you can get blocks of cheese to slice or simply sliced cheeses you can tear apart even further. I also like to add a touch of mayo or dip them in hummus.
3 | NO-BAKE PROTEIN BALLS
There are so many great no-bake protein ball recipes out there. So, I suggest googling “no-bake protein balls [insert ingredient/flavor you’re craving].” Some ideas are chocolate chip, peanut butter, + cranberry.
4 | PLAIN YOGURT + TOPPINGS
Love love love love plain greek full-fat yogurt with tiny chocolate morsels + granola for dessert many nights! You can also use regular plain yogurt [I don’t recommend flavored yogurt because they add a lot of unnecessary, processed sugars]. Add honey, nut butter, fruit, cocoa powder, granola, etc + mix! Click HERE for a fav recipe.
5 | RICE CAKE + NUT BUTTER
Rice cakes are processed + not the greatest snack ever, but they are low calorie! I suggest getting a plain flavor, apple cinnamon, or chocolate + spreading your favorite organic nut butter. You can also add fruit slices, chocolate morsels, or granola on top!
6 | PAN FRIED CINNAMON HONEY APPLES
For this one, all you need to do is slice up apples into bite-size pieces + pan-fry them with a little it of cinnamon. Then, put them in a small bowl + drizzle a bit of honey!
7 | APPLE SLICE COOKIES
This one is so yummy + hits the spot if you’re craving cookies. Slice up an apple into flat, round pieces. Then, spread nut butter + sprinkle things like granola, honey, raisins, or chocolate chips on top! Or, simply enjoy with cinnamon or nut butter on top.
8 | FRUIT SALSA + WHOLE WHEAT CRACKERS
Choose a few of your favorite fruits, dice them up really small, + use 100% whole wheat crackers to scoop it up + eat it! Some ideas are apples, bananas, melon, kiwi, berries, pineapple, etc.
9 | AVOCADO CHOCOLATE MUFFINS
I make these once every 2-3 weeks + they are an absolute hit for everyone in our house. They seriously taste exactly like chocolate cake, especially if you reheat them in the microwave when you have them as leftovers! Click HERE For the recipe!
10 | CHOCOLATE DIPPED SWEET POTATO CHIPS
I have been meaning to make these because they seem like something that I would love! All you need to do is slice up sweet potatoes into small, very thin slices, bake them, dip them in melted dark chocolate, + sprinkle with some salt.
11 | ROASTED CHICKPEAS
I’ve made these many times before + they’re not only great for a snack, but for adding on top of a salad or dish you make for dinner. Just rinse them, lay them on a cookie sheet, add a bit of salt + olive oil, + roast! You can make a big batch at once to have them on hand.
12 | PAN FRIED CINNAMON BANANAS
These are a lot like the apple recipe I mention above, just for my banana lovers! Slice up bananas, sprinkle with cinnamon, quickly fry them on the stove top, + sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.
13 | HOMEMADE TRAIL MIX
It’s so much better [like any snack] to make your own trail mix so you know exactly what’s going into it! A lot of trail mix has added candy + too much salt/sugar that makes it very unhealthy. You could add pretzel bits, dark chocolate pieces, dried fruit, unsalted nuts, etc.
14 | VEGGIE MUFFINS
We make these almost every other week for Grace because she loves them that much (+ we do, too!). They’re made with mostly almond flour, zucchini + carrots. So good plain or with a little bit of butter. Click HERE for the recipe.
15 | MEAT + CHEESE
This one is simple, but so so so good. Especially if you are hungry, not really wanting a snack, but are in need of some protein! You can get deli meat + cheese + roll them up together. Or, make little sandwiches using the two together. I like to do pepperoni + muenster cheese + maybe a bit of mayo in between.
16 | PB + CHOCOLATE BANANA BITES
Yes yes yes, these are so good. All you need to do is slice up a banana into pieces, sandwich 2 pieces between some nut butter, + dip it in melted chocolate. Then, put them in the fridge for a bit so they harden.
17 | HOMEMADE CHEEZE ITS
Cheeze its are highly processed + really are not a good option when it comes to snacking. But, you can easily make you own by slicing up your favorite block of cheese, adding some salt, + popping them in the oven.
18 | GREEK YOGURT BERRY BARK
These treats only require a layer of greek yogurt + some berries that you love! You just pop them in the freezer, wait a few hours, + break it up so you have some yogurt bark. You can even add other toppings!
19 | HOMEMADE LARA BARS
Bobby is so obsessed with Lara bars + one day decided to make his own because the ingredients are that stupid simple. He blends cashews, dates, + 100% dark chocolate [trust me, that’s the best because the dates are already so sweet] in a food processor, molds them, + you’re ready to enjoy!
20 | CELERY CREAM CHEESE BAGEL STICKS
Slice up some celery, wash it, spread on some organic cream cheese, + sprinkle with some bagel seasoning! This snack is for those who want a bit of salt + good fat for a treat.
21 | CUCUMBER SANDWICHES
These are so super easy + are easy to mix up so they never get boring. Buy a thicker cucumber, take off he skin, slice it up, + sandwich whatever you desire in between. Some ideas: cheese, tuna, deli meat, hummus, etc.
22 | SLICE OF TOAST + TOPPINGS
This is definitely a go-to of mine when I need carbs in my snack. Take a slice of 100% whole wheat or whole grain or Ezekiel bread, toast it, + top it with what you desire. Some ideas: egg whites, cheese, avocado, nut butter, cream cheese, hummus, etc.
23 | COTTAGE CHEESE + HONEY
I randomly decided to add honey into cottage cheese a few weeks ago + I am NOT sure why I waited so long to come up with this idea for a snack! It’s so freakin good, guys. I like small curd cottage cheese + drizzle honey + mix it up! You get lotssss of protein + it satisfies a sweet tooth.
24 | WATERMELON + FETA CHEESE
It’s crazy how much I love watermelon. The best part is, watermelon is only 50 calories per cup since it’s mostly water! Add a bit of feta cheese + you have yourself a new, fancy snack.
25 | HOMEMADE POPSICLES
I love doing this in the summer. But, really you can do this year-round. Buy yourself popsicle molds like these + add what you are craving [yogurt, milk, berries, greens, nut butter, etc]. I suggest blending it as a thick smoothie, first, before freezing for best results.
Looking for some more snack ideas?
Check out my blog post: “100 low-carb snack ideas”