Finding healthy snacks to sustain your body throughout the day can be a difficult task. While pre-packaged snacks can be tasty and easy, they usually lack protein and are heavy in sugars and fat. Other snacks, such as fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, and nuts are healthy, but can get tiresome when you eat them day after day. Are you in a snack rut? Check out these 19 healthy snacks that will keep your tummy full and your tastebuds happy!
Pro tip: Make 2 or 3 recipes each week for a steady supply of fresh and healthy snacks so that you have them on hand when you need them!
19 Banana avocado pudding
Do you love the creamy texture of decadent chocolate pudding but hate all of the refined sugar? This recipe has got you covered! Gluten free, dairy free, and vegan, this recipe gets its creaminess from avocados and its sweetness from bananas and a touch of honey! Not only is this pudding delicious, it's loaded with essential vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats.
18 Kale chips
I'm going to be straight with you guys – I don't like kale, at least not in its original form. But kale chips? I could eat a whole tray! These are so simple to make and extremely yummy. You could season them with just salt, but this recipe with freshly cracked pepper and parmesan cheese will bring the tasty factor up to 100. So, eat your greens in chip form! You won't regret it.
17 Spicy Roasted chickpeas
Chickpeas are loaded with protein and fibre, both of which help keep you full longer. Better yet, when baked, they become crunchy little morsels of pure hunger-satisfying yumminess. For a satisfying and spicy, crave-quenching snack, check out this recipe. Keep them in your purse, at your desk, or in the car for on-the-go snacking.
16 Coconut milk ice cream
Searching for an ice cream alternative? This recipe uses coconut milk as its base for maximum creaminess! Choose from natural sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup if you don't want to use refined sugars. While coconut milk contains a lot of saturated fat (more than regular milk), it is a higher in Vitamin B-3 which aids in metabolism, and is full of iron, an essential nutrient that many of us are deficient in. This ice cream is a great alternative to store-bought, dairy ice cream as it is all natural, lactose free, vegan and paleo.
15 Energy balls
These energy balls are genius! Not only do they contain loads of protein and healthy fibres, they contain COFFEE, making these the ultimate mid-afternoon snack. You can literally eat your snack and get your caffeine fix at the same time. These are also no-bake; simply mix, chill and shape into balls! They keep in the fridge for up to a week so you can make them ahead of time.
14 Chia Seed Pudding
Chia seeds are hot right now – and not for no reason! These little seeds are brimming with protein, fibre, and omega 3's. Chia seeds are also great because they absorb liquid, creating a really fun texture and acting as a grain free/dairy free thickener. Check out this recipe for some delicious variations of chia pudding that will add a little sweetness to your day.
13 Corn and black bean salad
I love the fresh, zingy taste of this Black Bean and Corn salad. Loaded with protein and fibre thanks to the black beans, this salad is also full of colourful veggies containing a variety of vitamins and antioxidants. I like it mixed in with rice or quinoa, in scrambled eggs, or simply on its own. You can even use it as a salsa! Make up a batch of this and use it throughout the week!
12 Oatmeal banana muffins
These muffins are easy to make and super delicious! Using oats instead of flour, and greek yogurt as a substitute for milk and butter, these muffins are low fat and contain lots of protein and fibre. To make them even healthier, substitute the brown sugar for apple sauce and the chocolate chips for chopped nuts – walnuts pair nicely with the rich banana flavour. Don't forget to blend the mixture, either with an emersion blender or regular blender. This will break down the oats and give your muffins an appealing texture.
11 Peanut butter banana wrap
Bananas and peanut butter are one of my favourite duos. Bananas, high in potassium and vitamin B-6, pair so nicely with the nutty flavour of protein-rich peanut butter. These peanut butter banana wraps are a triple threat: easy, healthy, and delicious! For maximum cuteness and share-ability, cut into bite-sized medallions!
10 Protein Packed Greek Salad Jars
Full of in-season colourful produce, greek salad is one of my favourite summertime foods. Brimming with healthy fats and antioxidants, the only thing this classic is missing is protein. Well, this recipe has you covered! Along with everything you know and love in your Greek Salad, this recipe adds protein and fibre rich chickpeas to the mix! For ultimate portability (and trendiness) this recipe is served à la mason jar. Make several jars up ahead of time for on-the-go snacks!
9 Bone broth
Bone broth is super popular right now in the Paleo community. Easy to make, delicious and cheap, it's really no wonder why. The health benefits of this drink seem to be endless! Boiling the bones for long periods of time releases nutrient rich marrow and breaks down the bones, filling the broth with calcium, phosphorous, potassium, and magnesium. Additionally, this broth contains the amino acids proline and glycine, as well as several anti-inflammatory compounds. While some people prefer to just simmer the bones, I think the best bone broths are made with aromatics such as onions, garlic, and carrots, like in this tried and true recipe. Sipping on broth is a calorie wise way to reduce savoury cravings and curb your hunger, all the while filling your body with essential nutrients. Can't find bones at the grocery store? Try your local butcher shop! Try to pick bones with lots of cartilage and marrow for the ultimate broth.
8 Savoury Skyr
Yogurt should always be sweet right? Wrong. This recipe uses Skyr along with toasted nuts, herbs, spices, and olive oil to create a savoury, protein packed snack. Skyr is a dairy product of Icelandic origin, made with cultured skim milk. It is very similar in taste and texture to greek yogurt (though it's technically a cheese), however, it is naturally fat free and has slightly more protein, while still containing all of the beneficial bacterial cultures of regular yogurt. Of course, if you can't find Skyr at your local grocery store, fat-free greek yogurt is a great substitute.
7 Wakame and Cucumber Salad
Does the idea of eating seaweed, that slimy vegetation that ruined your beach day last week, freak you out a little? I used to feel the same way. But in reality, this stuff is delicious and mega good for your health. Packed with essential trace minerals from the sea, seaweed can help support your thyroid and also has anti-inflammatory properties. This recipe combines wakame, a type of seaweed, with refreshing cucumber and ginger, as well as probiotic rich miso paste for some funky umami flavours.
6 Smoked Salmon and Avocado Toast
Avocado toast is quickly gaining popularity, and for a good reason! Mild and creamy, avocado is full of healthy fats. Could it get any better? Try adding some smoked salmon for extra protein and flavour! This recipe does just that – combining whole grain bread with avocado and lox to create the perfect combination of healthy carbs, fats and protein that your body needs from a snack.
5 Fresh Summer Rolls
Fresh spring rolls or "summer rolls" are seriously beautiful. Full of colourful produce and fresh proteins, these babies make for some Instagram worthy snaps. Don't let their beauty fool you – these summer rolls are actually super easy to make. Antioxidant and vitamin rich, this recipe also makes use of avocados for healthy fats, and fresh shrimp for protein. Plus, as an added bonus, they include a recipe for a tasty peanut sauce that will blow your mind!
4 Greek yogurt popsicles
With summer right around the corner, I like to have some frozen snacks on hand to cool off with. I love popsicles, but the ones at the grocery store are usually a) crazy expensive and b) super high in sugar. These homemade popsicles solve both aforementioned problems. Made with Greek yogurt, these popsicles have a super creamy texture, and are rich in protein. Because the sweetness is derived from the strawberries and a touch of honey or agave nectar, you can feel good about scarfing down one (or 10) of these popsicles on a hot day. Feeling rebellious? Eat one for breakfast! It's essentially a fruit and yogurt parfait, right?
3 Carrot Cake Smoothie
Step aside, green smoothie, there's a new drink in town! Are you a carrot cake fan? Then this recipe is for you! Combining all of the sweet, sweet goodness of carrot cake into an actually healthy smoothie is no simple task... but alas it's been done. Carrots, coconut, walnuts, and vanilla... in a smoothie? Yeah, get ready to have your mind blown. Crush your cravings for cake and drink this beautiful, healthy concoction to your heart's content.
2 Homemade Beef Jerky
Though somewhat high in sodium, beef jerky is low in fat and very high in protein and iron. It also doesn't require refrigeration making it a great snack for long hikes or road trips. While store-bought jerky can be expensive and sometimes contain preservatives and MSG, you can easily make your own at home – even without a food dehydrator! This recipe walks you through the process. Oh, and there's a super tasty marinade!
1 Pumpkin Pie Spiced Trail Mix
Trail mix is a classic family snack. It satisfies hunger with its protein rich nut base, while also satisfying cravings for sweets with its dried fruit add ins. Buying trail mix at the store can get expensive, and you don't even get to choose what you want to put in it. Luckily, it's extremely easy to make at home. Tired of traditional trail mix? Try this pumpkin pie spiced trail mix for a delicious/healthy treat!