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Snack Ideas: 25 Healthy Snack Ideas

These healthy snack ideas will quickly become your best friends in the battle against afternoon cravings. There are numerous sweet and savory snack recipes that you can plan and meal prep ahead of time. Plus some no-cook snacks for when you only have 5 minutes.

Do you ever get hungry at 4 p.m. and reach for the first thing you can get your hands on? When afternoon cravings strike, be prepared with something wholesome and nutritious nearby.
There are various schools of thought when it comes to snacking.

So, in my opinion, you should do what works best for you.
Although we can all agree on one point: regardless of how much or how little you like to snack, everything you put in your mouth should be made with whole, unprocessed ingredients.

I know there are a lot of convenient foods available, and everything these days seems to be labeled organic, natural, and healthy. However, if you read the labels, you’ll often find ingredients that aren’t meant to be consumed.

This is why I compiled this list of healthy snack recipes that are simple to plan and prepare in order to keep you from reaching for unhealthy options.

There are also plenty of tips to help you choose the best snack for you.

25 Amazing Snack Ideas

I have healthy options for you whether you prefer sweet or savory snacks. I prefer sweet snacks in the afternoon or after a workout and save salty snacks for days when I get hungry close to dinner time and need to grab something quick before I go hungry!

Here are two types of Snacks:

  • Sweet Healthy Snacks
  • Savory Healthy Snacks

Sweet Healthy Snacks

These are, indeed, sweet snacks. However, sweet does not imply sugar. When it comes to sweet snack options, remember that fruit (fresh or dried) is your best friend.

Snack Ideas

A few of the recipes here use maple syrup or brown sugar to add a touch of sweetness. To keep your snacks healthy, you should avoid having added sugar every day. However, a little fun now and then can help you stay on track!

1. Apple Nachos

These apple nachos are the ideal healthy snack! Fresh apples with all of their juiciness and fiber are topped with protein-rich peanut butter, chopped nuts rich in healthy fats to keep you fuller for longer, and cacao nibs for extra crunch.

SNACK TIP: You can quickly prepare this snack ahead of time by simply spritzing the apples with lemon juice to keep them from browning.

2. Green Smoothie

Smoothies are a simple way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. And this green smoothie is a great example of a nutritious, healthy snack that you can whip up in no time with wholesome ingredients to keep you energized. It’s packed with vitamins and is made with spinach, oranges, apples, and bananas.

SNACK TIP: Prep the fruit and vegetables ahead of time and freeze them in containers, ready to blend when you need a snack.

3. Almond Butter

Yes, almond butter (or any nut butter) is extremely healthy. Some of you might think it’s high in fat. And you’d be correct. However, the fat in nuts is very different from the processed fat found in pre-packaged snacks, and it can actually help you.

SNACK TIP: Spread almond butter on wholegrain bread and top with banana slices, blueberries, and chia seeds for a delicious snack. Alternatively, you can simply dip some fruit in it (like apple slices).

4. Berry Smoothie – Snack Ideas

Snack Ideas

This creamy and rich berry smoothie comes together in less than 5 minutes, is naturally sweet, and is high in omega-3, fiber, and fruit. It tastes almost like berry ice cream because it is so thick and delicious. One of my personal favorites!

SNACK TIP: Use frozen berries to save money while still getting all of the nutrients from the fruit.

5. No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls

These peanut butter balls are quick to make, require few ingredients, and make an excellent pick-me-up snack. They are naturally sweetened with dates and are high in protein, fiber, and healthy fats.

SNACK TIP: These peanut butter balls can be frozen for up to 3 months, making them the ideal healthy snack.

6. Stuffed Dates

These stuffed dates come in handy when I’m craving something really sweet. They could not be simpler to make. Simply cut a few Medjool dates in half, remove the pit, and fill with peanut, almond, or cashew nut butter. Add some crunchy toppings and you’ve created a super nutritious little healthy snack.

SNACK TIP: Store these in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.

7. Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are typically served for breakfast, but they can also serve as a filling snack if you had a light lunch or had to skip it entirely. I appreciate how versatile they are. As long as the base recipe is correct, you can pretty much top them with anything and they will be delicious.

SNACK TIP: If you put the toppings on at the last minute, you can keep these in the fridge for up to a week.

8. Vanilla Chia Pudding

I love how chia puddings can be eaten as a snack or turned into a meal. You’ll only need four ingredients for this simple recipe.

SNACK TIP: These, like overnight oats, can be stored in the fridge for 5-6 days.

9. Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips – Snack Ideas

Sweet potato chips as a healthy snack? Please include me! These delicious baked cinnamon apple chips are made with only two ingredients: cinnamon and apples. Any variety will do, but sweeter apples like Fuji and Pink Lady work best.

SNACK TIP: Store these in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. However, I’ve discovered that the sooner you eat them, the crispier they are.

10. Yogurt Parfait

Creamy yogurt topped with berries and a sprinkle of is ideal for a guilt-free indulgence.

SNACK TIP: Yogurt parfaits can be stored in the fridge, a, or an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. To keep the crunchiness, sprinkle the granola on top right before serving.

11. Breakfast cookies

They’re called breakfast cookies, after all. But these cookies aren’t just good for. They’re also a great mid-morning or afternoon snack. They’re crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, and they’re not too sweet to eat the whole batch in one sitting (which I do!).

SNACK TIP: If you don’t like bananas, you can substitute apples.

12. Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

And if you like chocolate hazelnut cookies, you’ll love these. They are so delicious that you won’t believe they are healthy because they are made with no flour and no added sugar.

SNACK TIP: Store them in an airtight container for up to a week (but they won’t last that long!).

13. Healthy Blueberry Muffins

Muffins aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when we think of healthy snack ideas. Let’s face it: they’re not as healthy as other snacks. But if you want a little treat without feeling guilty, these oil-free muffins are perfect. When I baked them, I cut the sugar in half and they were still perfectly sweet and much healthier.

SNACK TIP: Make ahead of time. You can freeze them in an airtight container or bag for up to 2 months.

14. Chewy Granola Bars

Oh boy! These no-bake granola bars are far superior to store-bought granola bars! They only take 15 minutes to make and are ideal for transporting.

SNACK TIP: They can be kept in the fridge for up to a week, but they are best kept in the freezer for up to three months. They are also excellent.

Savory Healthy Snack Ideas

Okay, savory snack camp! I’ve compiled a list of the best healthy snack ideas for you. Just remember not to add too much salt to your snacks. Yes, salt can enhance flavors, but it can also.

Snack Ideas

So watch how much you sprinkle on your snacks!

15. Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

I have an issue with this snack. Sure, it’s high in protein and extremely healthy, but every time I bake these crunchy roasted chickpeas, I end up eating the entire batch! And who can blame me? They are delectable. The trick here is to roast them for about 50 minutes at a slightly lower temperature. It takes some time, but it is well worth it. Furthermore, the oven will do the majority of the work, not you!

SNACK TIP: Keep them at room temperature for up to three days.

16. Air-Popped Popcorn

Air-popped popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks available. In fact, it’s what Dan and I have most evenings while watching TV (or shall I say, laptop, lol). You can pop them on the stove or use a cheap air-popping machine from Amazon.

Avoid using oil and instead, rely on natural flavorings such as a pinch of salt and spices (I love adding some sweet smoked paprika to mine).

SNACK TIP: Get a cheap popcorn maker to make delicious crunchy popcorn in no time!

17. Hummus And Veggies – Snack Ideas

Dips and spreads are ideal for spreading on crackers or dipping vegetables in. One of my favorite homemade hummus recipes. However, you can add other ingredients to it to make it more interesting, such as this or.

SNACK TIP: You can make this ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You may be surprised to learn that you can freeze hummus for up to 4 months.

18. Healthy Rosemary Oatcakes

Simple, natural, and wholesome ingredients are used to make these oatcakes. The ideal gluten- and dairy-free snack! You can eat them on their own or as a base for a healthy spread like the hummus mentioned above or a delectable.

SNACK TIP: For the best crispy and crumbly result, use medium oatmeal or rolled oats.

19. Edamame

Okay, this is a 5-minute snack. Simply defrost the edamame (shelled or not), add salt or soy sauce, and a sprinkle of chili, and you’ve got yourself a protein-packed snack in no time.

SNACK TIP: Keep a bag of frozen edamame on hand. In 5 minutes, you can make one of the simplest healthy snack ideas!

20. Multi-Seed Crackers

Multi-seed crackers can be quite expensive to purchase. Why not create your own? These crackers are simple to make and can be made without using any oil. They’re great for dipping in hummus, but they’re also tasty on their own.

SNACK TIP: Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

21. Baked Falafels – Snack Ideas

I adore falafel. The real thing is deep-fried and is not the healthiest snack available. However, this baked version is simply ideal for satisfying your savory cravings. As a snack, I usually grab 4 or 5 falafels and dip them in tahini sauce. Delicious!

SNACK TIP: Falafels can be stored in the freezer. To reheat, place them in a 400°F oven for 10 minutes, or until crisp and heated through.

22. Avocado Toast

Isn’t there much to say about avo toast? It’s filling, flavorful, and high in good fats. I added chickpeas to this version for added protein.

SNACK TIP: If you prefer a crunchier texture, top this avocado toast with crispy roasted chickpeas.

23. Baked Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes have a high antioxidant, vitamin A, and fiber content. To keep them as healthy as possible, avoid using butter (however much you want) and instead season with sea salt and pepper. They’re delectable!

SNACK TIP: Roast your sweet potatoes ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator. When it’s time for a snack, reheat them in the microwave for 30-40 seconds and you’re good to go.

24. Simple Kale Chips

I have a confession to make: kale chips aren’t really my thing. I find them chewy and not very crispy. They are, however, unquestionably healthy. And if you enjoy them, nothing beats making them yourself. This is one of the best recipes I’ve tried.

SNACK TIP: Store in an airtight container and consume within 5 – 6 days. However, they become crisper after baking.

25. 10-Minute Mediterranean Tostadas

These tostadas are also ideal for a quick lunch or dinner. However, if you are hungry enough, they can be a great healthy snack because they only take 10 minutes to prepare.

SNACK TIP: Make the filling ahead of time and store it in the fridge. Simply assemble the tostadas when ready to eat.

What Are the Best healthy Snacks To Eat?

Choose one of these healthy snack ideas to ensure you eat the best wholesome snacks:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Dried fruit
  • Raw veggies (either on their own or dipped in hummus)
  • Air-popped popcorn with some sea salt flakes (no oil)
  • Mixed nuts
  • Olives
  • Any kind of nut butter
  • Edamame
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Roasted chickpeas or spicy cashews
  • Overnight oats
  • Energy balls
  • Smoothies
  • Chia pudding

What Snacks Are Easy To Make?

These are my favorite healthy snack ideas that take less than 5 minutes to prepare:

  •  (or simply slice some apples and dunk them in peanut butter)
  • Rice cakes with almond butter or smashed avocado on top
  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Veggies and hummus
  • Peanut butter or almond butter on wholegrain toast (with any toppings you like, like blueberries or banana slices)
  • Yogurt with berries
  • Smoothies
  • Dark chocolate and almonds

Hassan

I'm a content writer and writing for 5 years for multinational companies.

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