Life can get a little hectic and schedules can get a little busy, but that is certainly not a reason to miss a mealtime. Skipping meals can throw the body out of balance affecting blood sugar balance, which can lead to an increase in food cravings later on in the day. It’s at that moment, when your blood sugar is low, that you enter the temporary rage of wanting to eat whatever you can get your hands on. Hello, hangry! Remembering to pack snacks, and keeping them simple, can help keep you out of that danger zone, so here are some 32 simple healthy snack ideas to help keep you on track.
1. Trail Mix
Mixed nuts or trail mix is probably the most common healthy snack. Not only is it easy to buy in stores, but even easier to put together yourself. When opting for trail mix, do your best to ensure there are more nuts and seeds than dried fruit in order to keep the sugar content low. Check out my Mix N’ Match Trail Mix to create your own version.
2. Carrots & Hummus
Hummus is a portable high-protein healthy snack that works well with any vegetable. A few dollops of hummus helps to provide a well-balanced snack of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats and are the ideal vehicle to help get more veggies into your diet.
3. Piece of Fruit
Handheld and highly transportable, fruit makes the perfect grab-and-go snack. Toss an apple, pear, or banana into your bag on your way out the door and you will ensure you have a simple snack that doesn’t require any refrigeration.
4. Tamari Almonds
Almonds are one of the nuts with the highest protein content, however, plain almonds can get rather boring after a while. Tamari almonds are roasted with tamari (a gluten-free soy sauce), adding a world of flavor. A small handful of 8-12 almonds will help keep you fuelled and full until your next meal.
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Smoothies not only make a great breakfast but an ideal snack. A well-balanced smoothie is filling and can easily be transported wherever you need to go.
6. Avocado Toast
Avocado toast is the new “it” snack, and with good reason, it’s delicious! A quarter of an avocado spread onto a slice of sprouted grain or sourdough toast is the way to go. Add a sprinkle of sea salt for extra flavor, or hemp seeds for extra protein.
7. Hard-Boiled Eggs
So simple to prepare, and can be stored in the fridge for a week of snacks. Hard-boiled eggs are rich in protein and lots of healthy fats making them an ideal snack to keep you fuller longer. Toss them into your gym back for a hit of protein post-workout.
These little pods of peas can be found in the frozen section of any grocery store. Edamame pods are high in protein and very easy to prepare and fun to eat! Lightly steamed or sautéed them with a sprinkle of sea salt and away you go.
9. Mary’s Crackers® & Salsa
Store-bought crackers can be a real danger zone of refined oils, salts, and sugars, however, Mary’s Crackers are an incredibly clean and delicious option. Dunk them in homemade or fresh-made salsa, just be sure to read the salsa ingredients to ensure there is no added sugar.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3309″ img_size=”835×557″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
10. Dates with Tahini
The perfect mixture of sweet and salty! Medjool tastes are sweet and creamy making them an ideal alternative to a sweet treat. Dunk them into a little tahini for a salty fix and a little taste of the Middle East.
11. Ants on a Log
A childhood staple, crunchy celery with creamy peanut butter topped with sweet raisins! Peanut butter is the traditional option, but you can also mix things up and use almond butter, cashew butter, or tahini as an alternative.
Second to almonds, pistachios are the nuts with the highest protein content. Not only are they delicious, but incredibly fun to eat! Shell on or shell off, they are a welcome snack to mix up the traditional nuts.
13. Can of Tuna
Although it may seem a little 1999, a little can of “chicken of the sea” goes a long way. A simple healthy snack of half a can of tuna is rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. For added flavor, mix it with a bit of avocado, sea salt, and black pepper.
14. Cucumber & Guacamole
Everyone loves a good nacho, but too many deep-fried chips can pack on the pounds. Try this Super Bowl staple with some crunchy cucumber instead to keep the calories down, while keeping the guacamole up.
15. Energy Balls
A blend of trail mix rolled into a delicious bite-size treat? What’s not to love! Energy balls store in the fridge or freezer for a week and make an ideal pre-workout snack with their balance of carbohydrates and protein. Try my Trail Mix Bites or my No-Bake Carrot Cake Energy Bites, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
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16. Chia Seed Pudding
Ch-ch-ch-chia! Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and fiber, and since they provide a gel-like texture when soaked, make a great pudding. Might sound a little odd, but I promise you it’s delicious. Check out my Perfect Chia Seed Pudding recipe.
17. Apple with Cinnamon
An apple on its own certainly makes a healthy snack, but a little sprinkle of cinnamon goes a long way. Cinnamon is not only a warming spices that help to support inflammation but provides an added natural sweetness to the apples, reminiscent of apple pie.
18. Pumpkin Seeds
These little numbers are so much more than a decorative topping for a Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. Pumpkin seeds are the richest source of zinc: a powerful antioxidant that supports the immune system. Eat them raw or toast them up with a sprinkle of sea salt for added flavor and crunch.
19. Toast, Almond Butter & Banana
There is something so simple but so delicious about this combination. Crunchy toast, salty almond butter, and sweet banana are incredibly satisfying snacks. Grab a slice mid-afternoon to keep you going for the rest of the day.
20. Deli Roll-Ups
Deli meats have got a bit of a bad wrap, but in small quantities are absolutely acceptable. Be sure to choose nitrate-free deli meats whenever you can, and forgo the bologna and opt for turkey, chicken, roast beef, or ham. Add a squeeze of your favorite mustard for extra flavor.
21. Apple Chips
The best of both worlds; where delicious fruit meets crunchy chips. You can make your own apple chips at home by dehydrating thin apple slices, however, there are a lot of healthy store-bought brands available. These Bare Apple Chips are my absolute favorite.
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22. Roasted Chickpeas
Chickpeas not only make great hummus but an unreal crispy and crunchy snack. Grab some roasted chickpeas instead of your standard salted peanuts for a snack that is higher in protein and lower in sodium. These Spicy Roasted Chickpeas are so easy to make at home.
23. KIND® Bar
There are lots of granola bars on the market, however many of them are loaded with added sugars. KIND Bars are sweetened naturally with honey or a little brown rice syrup, and their mixture of nuts and seeds makes them a healthy snack choice. The Cashew & Ginger Spice and the Chocolate Sea Salt are the best options.
24. Plain Yogourt & Fruit
A little cup of yogurt makes a great snack, but only when you opt for the plain unflavoured kind. Fruit or vanilla-flavored yogurts are often over 50% sugar, so you are always much better off opting for the plain versions and sweetening them naturally yourself with some berries.
25. Square of Dark Chocolate
This list would not be complete without a little bit of chocolate! A square of chocolate has a welcome home in this list, but only when you opt for the dark stuff. Look for brands that are over 70% cocoa to ensure they are low in added sugar.
26. Mixed Olives
This snack might not be for everyone, but Mediterranean food lovers will certainly appreciate it. A few olives make a great afternoon snack and can help to satisfy a salty craving. Fear not of the high-fat content in olives, these healthy fats will help keep you fuller longer.
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27. Sweet Potato Toast
Although it might sound a little odd, it absolutely works. Sweet potato toast (exactly as the name implies) is made by simply toasting thin slices of sweet potato and adding any desired toppings you like. Check out my post on Sweet Potato Toast for some inspiring recipe ideas.
28. Beef Jerky Beef
Jerky is no longer just for grown men, astronauts, and camping trips, a few little slices of beef jerky can make an ideal snack for anyone. If possible, opt for grass-fed beef jerky and chemical nitrate-free. Keep a few slices in your bag as an emergency high-protein snack.
29. Kale Chips
Just another way to get more greens into your diet, kale chips can be made at home or found in stores. Making your own is simple, and merely requires an oven, oil, salt, and a baking sheet. Plus they can keep in the cupboard for a few days.
30. Banana & Walnuts
Everyone seems to go for a banana and almonds, but walnuts are not to be forgotten. Walnuts are the highest nut source of omega-3 fatty acids, an essential fatty acid that is incredibly important in brain function and concentration.
31. Plain Popcorn
Although the movie theatre stuff is delicious, it’s unfortunately really high in calories and sodium with all of the added artificial butter and salt. Making your own popcorn at home, on the stovetop is always best, and add a little flavor yourself with coconut oil, paprika, and sea salt.
32. Figs & Goat Cheese
Sometimes found as a fancy appetizer or dessert, a fresh dried fig with a spread of goat cheese is not to be outdone as a healthy snack. The natural sweetness of the fig and the creaminess of the goat cheese can help to satisfy any sweet tooth.