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35 Healthy Snacks

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By Christine Ardigo MSRD

Want to know the best snack to eat? That’s easy. One that’s nutritious and you enjoy. I know, you’re thinking, well no duh. But for many of us it’s not that simple. Choking down a dry rice cake or a bag of potato chips seems like the norm. Sure they’re quick and easy but what are you getting out of them? Nothing.

The Problem with Most Snacks

The majority of snacks fool you into thinking they’ll cure your grumbling stomach, but an hour later you’re searching in the fridge again, never really satisfied . Why? Most snacks lack fiber and protein, or any nutrients at all. Fiber and protein take longer to digest, therefore keep you feeling full longer. Plus you’re wasting calories on junk food and leaving little room for the foods your body needs. Snacks are a great way to sneak in the foods you might have missed at your regular meals.                                                              .

 

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What Should you Eat?

                This is a superb time to get those 5-9 fruits and vegetables in that you missed during the day. The night before work or school, you can cut up raw peppers, pop some cherry tomatoes in a bag or toss in a few baby carrots. You can buy small mini fruits like plums, tiny apples, little bananas. Your kids will love when they open their lunch boxes and find cool fruit kabobs. Cook up some Edamame to pop into your mouth as well.

Great Snack Ideas for your Whole Family

Here’s a list to get you started:

  • Fresh strawberries drizzled with chocolate syrup
  • Banana coins and peanut butter skewered onto pretzel sticks
  • Frozen grapes
  • Broccoli and cauliflower with Tzatziki dip
  • Baked pear sprinkled with brown sugar
  • Grilled pineapple
  • Sliced kiwi on top of lime sherbet
  • Carrots and hummus (or Edamumus- see recipe below)
  • Two graham crackers, almond butter and smashed banana Smores
  • Strawberries and a handful of pecans
  • Apples dipped in peanut butter and covered in almonds
  • Cheese stick with raspberries
  • Mango and pineapple smoothie with coconut milk
  • A bowl full of juicy cherries
  • Banana, cut length wise, smeared with peanut butter & mini chocolate chips
  • Goat cheese with blackberries
  • Cucumber coin sandwiches stuffed with feta cheese and walnuts
  • Rainbow fruit parfaits topped with whipped cream
  • Vanilla Greek yogurt with fresh blueberries added
  • Apricot stuffed with blue cheese
  • Orange slices sprinkled with cinnamon
  • Make your favorite fruit smoothie but freeze it into ice-pops instead
  • Dried cranberries and walnuts with a glass of milk
  • Chopped fresh tomato topped with feta cheese and a little lemon juice
  • Toasted pumpkin seeds with a small Bosc pear
  • Assorted melon balls over cottage cheese
  • A plum tomato halved, and sprinkled with parmesan cheese and bread crumbs
  • Figs stuffed with ricotta and sprinkled with cinnamon
  • Red, orange and green peppers sliced long ways
  • Whole wheat English muffin topped with avocado and tomatoes
  • A handful of air-popped popcorn sprinkled with cinnamon and a small apple
  • Fruit kebobs with red grapes and tiny cheese wedges
  • Walnuts and bananas added to your Greek yogurt
  • Celery stuffed with almond butter
  • Clementines

EDAMAMUS RECIPE                               (more nutritious than hummus!)

Like hummus? Like Edamame? Try homemade Edamamus!

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1 1/2 cups cooked, shelled Edamame cooled
2 TBSP fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 medium cloves fresh garlic chopped
1 TBSP fresh flat leaf parsley chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
3 TBSP fat free plain Greek yogurt
In a food processor combine Edamame, lemon juice, garlic, parsley and salt. Process til mixture is paste like and Edamame is finely chopped. Drizzle olive oil and blend until well mixed. Add yogurt and mix. Serve immediately or refridge for up to 3 days. Makes 2 1/2 cups.

 

For additional snacks specifically for kids CLICK HERE

 

So what do you think? Have enough ideas to get you started? Which are your favorite? Or better yet, tell me your favorite healthy snack! I love hearing from you. Please share your ideas below.

CHRISTINE ARDIGO – Author of Cheating to SurviveEvery Five Years & The Bridges Before Us

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37 Thoughts on “35 Healthy Snacks

  1. Great snack ideas!

  2. rama rajagopalan on September 4, 2013 at 4:16 am said:

    Great choices and lots of variety too!!

  3. Cute snack ideas 🙂

  4. Wow, this is a gold mine, thank you! I’m excited to give my girls the Banana with peanut butter & mini chocolate chips, they’ll think they are getting candy for a snack 😉

  5. This is a great list of healthy snacks. I have been trying to make sure that I buy some healthy snacks for my kids. I am thankful that my kids will eat veggies and fruit for the most part.

    • Christine on September 11, 2013 at 9:11 am said:

      Thank you Christy. It is so important but sometimes difficult for us all to do! I try to tell people, if they eat 5-6 small meals a day, and sneak a fruit or veggie in at each meal, there is 5-6 right there! Thanks for your input.

  6. I was raised on fruit and veggie snacks and continued the tradition with my sons, now 21 and 17. It is a must have when shopping. Hopped over from Bloggy Moms

  7. Marci Arnold on October 29, 2013 at 10:55 pm said:

    This is a great list of snack ideas! I’m always looking for healthy things the kids can eat when they come home from school. I love the combinations of fruits/cheeses/nuts – this will keep them satisfied til dinnertime!

  8. What a fantastic list of healthy snacks. I love the peanut butter and banana one. It’s a favorite of mine.

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  9. Wow, amazing list! I need to give the smoothie ice pops a try. My kids are soooo picky.

  10. I have an edamame hummus recipe that is like crack! Better than ordinary hummus and addicting!

  11. I’m a teacher so I see a TON of unhealthy choices come in and out of my classroom for snack time and lunch. This is a great list!

  12. Oh I love these ideas! We are really making a push to eat more healthily and these suggestions are great!

  13. So creative! I just pinned this. My daughter and I love edamame so I am looking forward to trying this. Found you through the SITS favorite link up.

  14. Hi visiting from the SITS girls FB group.
    I started a “clean” lifestyle in Jan. Always looking for new ideas, I’ll give this dip a try.

  15. Love the dip! My favorites, combined 🙂

  16. Robin Blumstein on February 27, 2014 at 5:08 am said:

    Already saved my list in my phone for when I go food shopping. Excellent list!

  17. Now I’m hungry and want to try them all!

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