9 Delicious and Healthy Snack Ideas

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Image by: Jenn from North Carolina
By Tallulah Ray

If you’re looking for some healthy snack ideas, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve scoured my recipe books, my fridge, and the internet to find some great treats that everyone should love: you, your friends, and your family. Let’s dig in!

#1) Beet Chips

When you and your man are home watching TV or relaxing with a good book, sometimes a potato chip craving sneaks up on you like a hungry snake. While store bought baked chips are healthier than its deep-fried, greasy cousin, I’ve got a better option for you: beet chips.

You can buy Terra Chips at your local grocery or health food store but sometimes it’s just cheaper to make your own (normally these things run up to about $7 a bag). So here’s my secret recipe that I’ve adapted from the different trails in the kitchen.

Peel beets (around two golden or red beets) and slice them up thin. Toss them in a spoonful of extra virgin olive oil and place them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Sprinkle some seasoning on them. My boyfriend is fond of Johnny’s but I just like regular sea salt. Cover your baking sheet (with foil or another baking sheet), bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Uncover, turn pan, then bake for another 15 minutes.

#2) Crackers with Fruit

When your kids come home from school and their digging through your cupboards for some chocolate chip cookies, why not offer them some crackers with Nutella and fruit. Dried fruit often has some sugar added to them and canned fruit sits in preservatives and/or sugary syrup so fresh or frozen fruit is often healthier.

#3) Mozzerella and Ham

If your man (or kids) are chomping at the bit for dinner and dinner isn’t quite ready yet, try this little appetizer. Wrap some slices or chunks of mozzarella and slices of tomato in some ham.

#4) ”Fancy” Hors D’oeuvres

Want some easy hors d’oeuvres ideas for when the book club comes over? Cut some cherry tomatoes in half, spread on some goat cheese or sprinkle on some feta, and garnish with some fresh parsley on top.

Want something sweeter? Give them an antioxidant boost with some dark chocolate nut clusters. Melt some dark chocolate in the microwave. After it’s melted, toss in some roasted, unsalted nuts. Spread it out on some wax paper and let it cool and harden.

#5) Ricotta With Strawberries

If your husband is late for work (again) and doesn’t have time to sit for a healthy breakfast, just fix him up a bagel with ricotta and strawberries. Drizzle a little agave nectar on it and you’ve got a delectable breakfast treat that’s easy and quick.

#6) Counting Calories?

If you’re counting calories, try these healthy snack ideas on for size:

    2 oz Applegate Honey and Maple Turkey Breast wrapped around 2 bread-and-butter pickles (80 calories)

    2 tbsp Better ‘n Peanut Butter, 4 stalks celery (124 calories)

    1/4 cup Trader Joe’s Chili con Queso, 18 baked tortilla chips (140 calories)

    Half of a 1-oz container of M&M’s Minis mixed with 1/3 cup lowfat granola (145 calories)

I know that some of these snack are over 100 calories but that’s around the caloric intake that you want for a snack. Remember that most of your calories should come from the food that you eat during a meal.

#7) A “Pick-Me-Up” While You Run Your Errands

If you need a pick-me-up while you are picking up some groceries or the dry-cleaning, why not head over to Starbucks for a tall, skinny latte? It has a shot of calcium and protein without the added sugar. Not to mention, the caffeine will give you a refreshing boost.

#8) Air-Popped Popcorn

If you’re looking for a snack to eat with your family after dinner, try some air-popped popcorn. If you buy a bag of kernels instead of a box of microwave popcorn, you won’t get the nasty preservatives and fat content that comes in those processed bags.

When you are distracted while you eat (like when you are watching TV or a movie) you are more likely to eat more. So measure out around 3 cups of air-popped popcorn and pour it in a bowl for yourself. If we’re talking “mindless snacking,” this is a lot healthier than a bag of chips.

#9) Fruits And Veggies

If you want to be even healthier, try a cup of baby carrots with about 2 tablespoons of hummus.

If you’re craving sweet, melons can be a great snack. Melons are mostly water so you won’t be eating a lot of calories plus you’ll get some extra beta-carotene (from cantaloupe). Another great fruit mixture is 1 cup of raspberries, 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt, and 1 teaspoon of honey (for some added sweetness).

These healthy snack ideas are great if you’re on the go. Prepackage the veggies or fruit in portion-sized baggies and place them in your crisper drawer for when your kids get home from school, or if you’re running out the door for soccer practice.

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