Eating healthy is hard, but snacking healthy is even harder. If you want to step up your snack game and follow your health goals, here are 10 healthy snacks that you can make right now!
1. Peppers and Hummus
This is probably one of the easiest and low effort snacks to make, and it’s one of the most satisfying. Trade chips for raw pepper strips and you have a crunchy, yet savory healthy snack! If you don’t like bell peppers, you can substitute some cucumber slices or baby carrots.
2. Sweet Potato Sausage Hash
This is the perfect thing to eat after a workout or as a mid-morning snack. All you have to do is cut up sweet potato cubes and one chicken sausage and then lightly sauté them in a pan with a tiny bit of olive oil. Add some apple slices at the end for an extra crunch!
3. Veggie Burrito Bowl
This snack takes some extra preparation but you can make it in bulk ahead of time to keep you satisfied throughout the week. The usual burrito bowl has meat, beans, peppers, onions, brown rice, and a little guac, but taking out the meat cuts down on calories and is better for the environment! This is one of the best, most filling healthy snacks, perfect for any time of day.
4. Open-Faced Caprese Sandwich
An open-faced caprese sandwich is incredibly easy to make and another vegetarian option. It’s a play on the traditional caprese salad, which is tomato slices with Mozarella cheese and a drizzling of olive and balsamic oil. Just be careful with how much cheese you add, because moderation is the key with making healthy snacks.
5. Trail Mix
This is the classic on-the-go snack but if you make it at home, you can make it much healthier than any packaged version. Skip the M&M’s and pretzels and replace them with low-calorie pop-corn and a wider variety of nuts like cashews, pistachios, and pecans. If you package them into individual bags yourself, they’re ready whenever you need a snack to bring to class or even to a party in your purse.
6. Sweet Potato and Goat Cheese Rounds
Say hello to sweet potato again! It’s such a good super food that it’s on this list twice and it’s super satisfying. Try this appetizer at a party to impress all your friends; roast sweet potato circles in the oven with some olive oil, then place a dab of goat cheese, some cranberries, and a pecan on top. The combination of flavors is unexpected and will have anyone who tries it talking about it for months afterwards.
7. Beet Hummus with Blue Cheese and Walnuts
Beets are another great superfood and while beet hummus may be harder to find than normal hummus, it’s only a trip to whole foods or your other favorite local health foods store. The walnuts and blue cheese bits satisfy your need to indulge a bit, while also still having the qualities of a healthy snack. Not everyone likes beets, but they’re so good for you that it’s worth giving it a try!
8. Israeli Salad
This snack takes a bit of prep time, but it stays good in the fridge for days and only requires a few ingredients: cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, garlic, parsley and mint. Combine it all in a bowl and drizzle some lemon juice over it. Put in some salt and pepper to taste and you’re good to go! If you want to indulge a little, you can put some feta cheese in there as well.
9. Frozen Banana Bites
This is an incredibly easy and healthy snack to make. Just cut up a banana, put peanut butter between two slices and then throw in the freezer. This is the perfect quick snack to grab when you want ice cream or any other sweet treat. The banana gets in a serving of fruit, while the peanut butter is a good source of protein. If you have a peanut allergy, you can put some fruit jam in as the filling and it’s still just as satisfying.
10. Parmesan Zucchini Crisps
All you need to make this is a zucchini and some parmesan cheese! Slice up the zucchini into thin pieces, put a bit of cheese on each slice, and stick it in the oven until it has reached your desired level of crispiness. If you’re looking for something extra to add, you can dip these chips into some greek yogurt or tzatziki. This is a great snack to eat on the go, or to share with your friends during a movie night instead of going for the popcorn or chips!
Which one of these snacks are you going to try next? Let us know in the comments below!
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