Needing a refresh in the healthy snack department? These are my 20 favourite healthy snacks! They are all either incredibly easy to make, or if they are store bought, they are very easy to get ahold of. Most are high in protein, healthy fats and fibre, to keep you full and satisfied, as well as are portioned to help prevent that snack from turning into a meal, calorie-wise.
Raw or roasted are fine, with so many varieties and flavours to choose from, but avoid the salted options. Nuts are packed full of healthy fats and beneficial nutrients, but are also high in calories, therefore be mindful of the quantity you are consuming and try to stick to a portion that will fit within the palm of your hand and to eat them slowly, one at a time, to avoid overeating.
2. Trail Mix
Either homemade of store bought, whatever suits your preference. However if it is store bought, be mindful of the portion you are having as well as avoid salted nuts, since they are high incredibly high in sodium. These mixes below are soooooo delicious!!
High in protein and zinc, you can find this snack in just about every grocery store or convenient store.
Salty, crunchy and perfectly portable. A great substitute for if you are craving something salty, such chips or store bought popcorn.
5. Fruit Chips
Some of these you will need to be careful with…since there is lots of added sugar, therefore making your own is the best option. You can make delicious, sweet chips out of so may fruits, including: apples, plantains, pears, pineapple and mangos.
6. Veggie Chips
You can make chips with way more veggies than you think. Give, beets, kale, carrots, sweet potato, parsnips, kohlrabi, zucchini and butternut squash a try! I’m sure you will love them…and bonus, if you make them yourself you can flavour them any way you like!
Simple, portable and delicious, yet usually overlooked by more popular/flashier options. A single banana can provide you with Vitamin B6, C, A, potassium, fiber, protein and sugars.
8. Apple & Peanut Butter
Slice up an apple and dip it into 1 tbsp of natural peanut butter. This is a vitamin rich and high protein snack that travels very well.
9. Baby Carrots, Cucumber & Hummus
The perfect trio! Opting for baby carrots, mini cucumbers and a small packet of hummus will eliminate having to chop anything up, which therefore eliminates all potentials for something to leak in your bag as well.
10. Jam & Yoghurt
Mix 1 tbsp of jam with 1 portion (small cup) of plain greek yoghurt. This is super delicious and you can easily switch up flavours/create more variety through changing the jam that you use!
11. Yoghurt with Chocolate Covered Quinoa
Mix 1-2tbsp of chocolate covered puffed quinoa with 1 portion (small cup) of plain greek yoghurt. Such a tasty option if you are craving something rich and sweet!
There are endless options to choose from with regards to bars, you could opt for anything from really high protein to gluten free to all natural ingredient bars.
My favourites include: Bounce, Clif Bars, Lärabars and KIND bars.
13. Roasted Chickpeas
High in protein and fibre, this crunchy snack comes in a large variety of flavours (PS. these are one of my favourite flight snacks, since they travel so well and are super tasty).
14. Chia Pods
Super easy to make and full of protein and fibre. All that you need to do is take 5 minutes to prep the night before and voila, zero effort is needed for you ready-to-go snack that next day.
- 2 cups Coconut Milk
- 1/2 cup Chia Seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 cup (or less) Maple Syrup or Raw Honey
- Optional: 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon Powder
- Whisk all of the ingredients together in a bowl.
- Pour the mixture into a jar/glass container and refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight to let it form into a gel. Stir or whisk a few times within the first hour to help it gel evenly.
- Remove from the refrigerator, top with whatever you like and enjoy! (I love putting mangoes, chocolate covered quinoa or banana on top).
15. Edamame with Salt
Warm edamame with a small sprinkle of himalayan sea salt is insanely delicious!
16. Homemade Popcorn
Made on the stovetop or in a popcorn maker is by far the best and healthiest way to go! Plus, this way you can top/ coat the popcorn with whatever you like, from himalayan sea salt to dark chocolate. Also, popcorn can be used in a homemade trail mix (snack #2 on the list).
17. Rice Cakes
These can be topped with just about everything from avocado slices with salt and pepper to a thin layer of peanut butter with half of a banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
18. Canned Fish & Crackers
High in omega-3s and protein, this is a delicious and super easy option! There are more options than just tuna with regards to canned fish, such as salmon, lobster, trout and sardines. Try to opt for rice crackers, since these are gluten free and will will crave your hunger, yet won’t weight you down or make you feel bloated!
Do you have a go-to healthy snack that didn’t make the list?
Let me know in the comments below!
If you have any comments or questions I would LOVE to hear from you!
The Fit Hive