84 Healthy Snack Ideas

84 Healthy Snack Ideas

Snacking is a big part of any healthy eating plan, but it can be fraught with problems. First of all, if you rely on store-bought, pre-packaged snacks, you’re going to be spending an arm and a leg—especially if they’re organic.  But if you’re making your own snacks, it’s easy to fall into a rut.

So I’ve brainstormed a list of 84 different snack ideas: some that are easy to whip together at home or at work, some you can throw in your car or bag, and some that need a little extra prep ahead of time. Most of these ideas are very diet friendly: just sub in reduced fat or fat free dairy as you see fit (or like).

Plus, none of these ideas is likely to break the bank. Even by buying organic and splurging on some nice cheeses and things, you’ll still be saving money over pre-packaged snacks.

84 Healthy Snack Ideas from LaughingLemonPie.com

at home or work: These are pretty easy to whip up if you have a fridge and a microwave or toaster oven available.

  1. veggies and hummus
  2. English muffin broiled with light cheese and tomato sauce
  3. toasted English muffin with nut butter
  4. celery with hot wings dip: 1 Tbsp blue cheese, 1 tsp hot wing sauce, 1/2 tsp reduced-calorie mayonnaise, 2 medium celery ribs, washed and trimmed
  5. apple with 1 melted caramel
  6. banana, sliced lengthwise, with 2 tsp mini chocolate chips, microwave 20-30 sec.
  7. Greek yogurt with unsweetened applesauce
  8. applesauce with 1 tsp caramel sauce
  9. 1 tsp butter spread on rye crackers with sliced radishes and sea salt
  10. smoked salmon on lettuce or endive leaves, topped with dill
  11. feta and watermelon cubes with mint
  12. ants on a log (celery stuffed with nut butter, topped with dried fruit)
  13. other ants on a log: celery stuffed with hummus and sliced olives
  14. endive spears filled with chopped pears, sprinkle of blue cheese and drizzle of balsamic vinegar
  15. blanched asparagus spears with slivers of proscuitto or shreds of romano cheese
  16. peaches (fresh or canned) or nectarines, mashed into cottage cheese, served on ginger snaps
  17. dip or drizzle rice cakes in melted bittersweet chocolate
  18. pineapple and papaya chunks with chunks of fat free angel food cake
  19. crushed cocoa nibs over canned pears
  20. graham crackers dipped in vanilla Greek yogurt with sliced bananas (think banana pudding)
  21. part-skim ricotta with mini chocolate chips and chopped pistachios (think cannolis)
  22. sprinkle fresh berries or stone fruit with low fat granola and microwave until warmed (think cobbler)
  23. mango slices with cayenne and lime juice
  24. halved grapefruit, drizzled with honey, broiled until caramalized
  25. frozen grapes
  26. sliced turkey peperoni wrapped around string cheese
  27. microwave a small sweet potato and then mash a tablespoon or two of orange juice in
  28. cut strawberries in half and spread with soft goat cheese
  29. pepedew peppers (from the supermarket olive bar) stuffed with goat cheese or feta
  30. 1 oz brie, melted and topped with fresh or dried cherries (eat with a fork)
  31. baba ghanoush with whole wheat pita
  32. instant miso soup
  33. split dried figs and stuff with hazelnuts
  34. toss halved cherry tomatoes with low-fat pesto
  35. sardines on whole wheat crackers
  36. heat blueberries (or any berry) in a pan coated with spray olive oil until just about to burst; top with lemon zest and maybe cinnamon and eat warm
  37. spread deli slices of roast beef with prepared horseradish and a sprinkle of blue cheese; roll up and eat
  38. cubes of mixed melon with a dusting of chili powder, sugar, salt and lime juice
  39. chopped strawberries with basalmic vinegar, tarragon and black pepper
  40. melon wedges wrapped with a slice of proscuitto (or thin deli ham)
  41. slices of angel food cake spread with all-fruit jam or compote
  42. top 1 Wasa cracker with 1 tablespoon Nutella and a sliced banana
  43. wrap jicama sticks with thin-sliced deli ham and dip in grainy mustard
  44. whole wheat pretzels dipped in grainy mustard
  45. top half a small whole wheat bagel with part-skim ricotta and sliced strawberries or bananas
  46. top half a small whole wheat bagel with neufchatel, a slice of smoked salmon, red onion and capers
  47. spread a rice cake with nut butter and top with shredded coconut and dried cherries or cranberries
  48. 1 whole grain waffle topped with all-fruit jam or compote
  49. low-fat cottage cheese with salsa and baked chips or a piece of whole grain toast for dipping
  50. fat free Greek yogurt with walnuts and honey

portable: These are easy to toss in a bag or in your car to have on hand all the time.

  1. apple and light string cheese or babybel
  2. apple and nut butter
  3. sliced turkey and pickles
  4. pickled okra—or sour pickles of any kind
  5. air-popped popcorn
  6. 14 almonds
  7. 25 pistachios
  8. 4 tsp mini chocolate chips
  9. 45 mini marshmallows
  10. 1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  11. 1 square dark chocolate
  12. 1 oz turkey jerky
  13. edemame
  14. dark chocolate-covered espresso beans
  15. Lära bar
  16. 1 ounce smoked gouda with 6 dried apricots
  17. 1 Laughing Cow Light Babybel, 1 square dark chocolate, 1 peach
  18. hard boiled egg with black pepper
  19. olives
  20. soy crisps

make ahead: These require a little prep ahead of time, but they are SOOOO worth it.

  1. baked kale chips, beet chips, carrot chips, or other veggie chips
  2. Chickpea Poppers: Thoroughly dry canned chickpeas. Spritz with extra-virgin olive oil, season with dried oregano and garlic salt and roast at 400° until crisp.
  3. Stuff pitted prunes or dates with neufchâtel cheese and chopped almonds, then sprinkle with ground cardamom.
  4. deviled eggs or egg salad made with Greek yogurt and/or mustard instead of mayo
  5. vegetable sushi rolls with brown rice
  6. grate peeled beets in a food processor and dress with orange juice; add chopped pistachios or hazelnuts and a tiny bit of goat cheese
  7. sliced tomatoes and peaches with red onion dressed with lemon juice, salt and pepper
  8. sliced tomatoes and cucumber with reduced feta, oregano and basalmic vinegar
  9. shredded cabbage dressed with lime juice and salt; add cilantro and chopped pickled jalapeno if you like
  10. cooked, cooled quinoa with cooked black beans, diced tomato, cilantro, and pickled jalapenos with lots of the jalapeno juice
  11. cooked kale or other leafy greens dressed with lemon juice and salt
  12. cook corn kernels in a hot frying pan sprayed with olive oil until brown and add chili, garlic, salt and pepper; toss with cilantro and lime juice to serve
  13. roasted cauliflower dusted with curry powder and tossed with raisins
  14. “clean out the fridge” vegetable soup (see my e-book for the recipe)

Like these ideas? I’d love it if you’d share this on Pinterest!

original image by kayepants

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