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[Wellness Wednesday] 15 Healthy Snack Ideas

What do you do when you get those afternoon munchies? Do you head for the nearest vending machine or raid the cookie jar, or do you reach for something a little more substantial?

Many people try not to snack between meals at all because they’re afraid they’ll derail the progress they’re making toward their wellness goals. That can definitely happen if the snacks are empty calories with no nutritional value. However, if we choose them carefully, snacks can help us make progress.

Healthy snacks can help us in several different ways: they can help keep our blood sugar steady – no wild swings up and down; they can keep us from getting so hungry that we overeat at our next meal; and they can even help us make sure we get all our servings of fruits and vegetables.

When we prepare our snacks ourselves, we have much better control over what and how much we’re eating, and we can eat combinations of foods that are going to keep us satiated until the next meal time.

One good rule of thumb to follow with snacks is to try to eat combinations that provide some carbohydrates, protein, and fat. This helps ensure that the snack gives us some of those benefits we talked about earlier.

I thought I’d share a few of my favorite snack ideas with you.

Healthy Snack Ideas:

  1. Vegetables with hummus
  2. Veggies with ranch dip – you can make your own healthier version by mixing 1 Tablespoon of ranch dressing mix (such as Hidden Valley Ranch) into 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt.
  3. Green smoothie
  4. Apple slices with peanut butter
  5. Chocolate milk
  6. Greek yogurt with granola (click here for an easy granola recipe) and/or fruit; or with fruit and nutsPhoto of granola with dried cherries
  7. Mixed nuts
  8. Trail mix – Trail mix is great if you’re careful about what’s in it and how much you eat. Remember that nuts, although very healthy, are also very calorie-dense, which means we have to watch serving sizes. It’s easy to make your own so you can control the amount of sugar you get – just mix your choice of nuts with your choice of dried fruit, and if you need a little chocolate, you could throw in a few dark chocolate chips or M&Ms (just make sure there are a lot more nuts than M&Ms).
  9. Cheese and fruit (about an ounce of cheese is considered a serving). You can also add a few multi-grain crackers to give you some whole grains.
  10. Celery and peanut butter
  11. Hard-boiled egg
  12. Layered Mediterranean Dip with whole-grain pita and/or veggiesPhoto of Layered Mediterranean Dip
  13. Kale chips with the ranch dip mentioned above
  14. Cottage cheese and fruit
  15. Dark chocolate fruit and nut clusters – If you just need to have that ‘chocolate fix’ sometimes, these are a great way to have a little chocolate and give it a nutritional boost. They’re really easy to make – just melt dark chocolate chips (in the microwave or using the double-boiler method – I use a stainless-steel bowl over a pan of water). Once your chips are melted, stir in 1 cup of dried fruit (chopped if you’re using larger pieces of fruit) and 2 cups of nuts. Drop this mixture by the Tablespoonful onto parchment paper and let them cool. Again, serving size is important, but one cluster can satisfy your sweet tooth and give you some nutritional value as well.

These are just a few ideas for snacks that can help us feel full, keep that ‘afternoon slump’ at bay, and move us closer to our wellness goals.

I’m sure you have lots more ideas – what are your favorite healthy snacks? Please share!

Blessings,

~Terri

14 comments

  1. Perfect timing. I enjoy snacks but tend to binge on one (ie microwaved popcorn) then after a f w weeks get tired of popcorn and move to another. Now I have ideas for every day. Thank you !

  2. Terri these are great! Did you know that peanuts are inflammatory to the immune system and the body? They can trigger flare-ups! I myself used to love peanut butter and celery/apples until I had learn to eat differently. A good book to read is The Plant Paradox by Dr.Steven Gundry who is a heart surgeon but has done a lot of research into healing the body and different diseases through the correct plant based nutrition.<3

  3. Hey Terrie, I keep single serve popcorn at work, for my afternoon munchies. I’m not sure if it is a no-no for abdominal issues or not. I love all your suggestions.

    1. Thanks so much Wanda, and thanks for sharing! I love popcorn, and it’s a great source of whole grains. I don’t know about how it is for some abdominal issues; I think it probably depends on the person and their particular issues. Sending hugs your way!

  4. I’m a fan of snacks, so it’s a shame they often get a bad rep. They can actually be really good for you, regulating blood sugar, keeping your digestion ticking over. It’s always good to get a little inspiration for other things to try. I actually bought some chocolate milk last week as I haven’t had it in years, looking forward to that! I’d also add cereal bars to the list, as those are great for when you’re either on-the-go or too exhausted to do much with preparing/cleaning afterwards. Yum, this has made me hungry!
    Caz xx

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Caz! I hope you enjoy your chocolate milk. It’s especially great as an after-workout snack. What kind of cereal bars do you like? It’s always good to hear which ones people have tried and enjoy. Sending hugs!

  5. Loved this post Terri. I eat about maybe half of what you listed but was getting tired of them. Such a timely post. I’m now trying to get my son to eat a little more healthy in between his classes so that way he’ll be more energized for his after school practice.

    1. Thanks so much Mark! I hope you found some new ideas. I know I can’t eat the same things all the time. I like having different options, so I’m always on the lookout for new things to try. It’s great that you’re trying to get your son to fuel up for his practice. He may not realize it yet, but you’re doing him a huge favor! Hope you’re doing well!

    1. Thanks so much Bar! I hope you’re able to find some really great recipes for your daughter. Hope you’re doing well and getting settled in dear friend!

  6. I am sorry for my delayed comment. Thank you so much for the great tips on healthy snacks. I have been battling with constant stomach issues, so my snacks and really all food has been rather bland, but you have given me so great ideas on things to try!

    1. I’m so sorry you’re having tummy troubles Alyssa. I hope they settle down soon. I hope you found some things here that you can tolerate well. Have a great weekend sweet friend!

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