Looking for tasty but healthy snacks you can keep on hand to help prevent you from reaching for the candy jar? We all love to snack, right? But when the urge to snack hits you, it’s easy to just choose the most convenient things available, and those things are not always healthy. So here are some healthy snacking ideas to get you inspired!
DIY Trail mix
Trail mixes are popular for a reason! You get protein from the nuts, some crunchy cereal or other stuff, and a little bit of sweetness from whatever you decide to add in! Try these healthy trail mixes you can make on your own. Add one or some of the ingredients from each category!
Nuts: First off, you need nuts for their satisfying, protein-filled power! Add in one or some of the following: cashews, peanuts, pistachios, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, or whatever your favorite nut is!
Sweetness: Sweet and salty is where it’s at! Add in one or some of the following: raisins, a little bit of m&ms, dried pineapple, dried blueberries, dried cherries.
Crunch: For some added crunch, add in one of the following to round out your trail mix: cereal pieces, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds.
Cheese sticks are amazing sources of healthy protein, plus you get some naturally occurring calcium. Opt for organic cheese.
Bars of any kind are the ultimate convenience food! Served in an easy-to-hold shape and very easy to toss into your bag for a snack outside, bars are often usually pretty healthy. There are granola bars, protein bars, and even bars that are fruit based!
Chips and healthy dip
When you want a snack that’s a little more involved, keep some organic or whole grain chips on hand along with a healthy dip choice. Salsa is very healthy; it contains just vegetables and herbs! For a more filling dip, guacamole is always an excellent choice. Avocados are full of healthy fats.
Hummus and veggies
Traditionally eaten with bread, in more recent times, people are finding that hummus makes an excellent healthy dip for veggie sticks! Cut up some celery and carrots, then dip into your favorite hummus. You could also scoop it up with pita bread, or some pita chips.
Tips for healthy snacking
Try to not keep unhealthy snacks in the house, so you don’t automatically run for them when feeling hungry. When going out, always pack a few healthy snacks and some water with you to reduce the temptation to grab convenience snacks. Always have a good variety of snacks on hand, for times you’re feeling like something salty, crunchy, sweet, etc.