Thursday, January 04, 2018 / by Angela Hunter
Although there are a ton of store-bought healthy snacks out there—analyzing what’s being stocked on shelves is our specialty, after all! —nothing beats a quick and fresh D.I.Y. snack from your own home. Since most of us don’t have time to stress over what’s healthy and what won’t wind up tasting like a child’s science experiment, having a handful of go-to snacks can be life-changing.
Your confidence in your grocery shopping can increase, your nutrition intake can get a boost, and your can waistline shrink when you avoid overeating by munching on low-calories snacks in between meals.
1. Monkey Toast
What You’ll Need: Peanut butter, banana, honey, bread, chia seeds.
Pave a slice of toasted wheat bread with peanut butter and banana slices. Top with a drizzle of honey.
2. Avocado Cracker
What You’ll Need: Multigrain crackers, avocado, tomato, salt, pepper.
Layer a multigrain cracker with an avocado. Option: add ¼-inch thick slice of plum or romano tomato. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
3. Hummus & Veggies Mason Jars
What You’ll Need: Peppers, celery, carrots, hummus.
Using a tiny jar for hummus is great for perfecting portion control. Simply divide up your portioned servings of hummus and dip fiber-rich vegetables into the protein-packed puree. Together, this combo makes an awesome flat-belly-friendly snack.
4. Yogurt Parfait
What You’ll Need: Fresh or slightly-frozen berries, plain Greek Yogurt, carob chips
Mix fresh or slightly-frozen berries with plain Greek yogurt. Sprinkle with carob chips for a guilt-free indulgence.
5. Caprese Skewers
What You’ll Need: fresh mozzarella, pitted green olives, sundried tomatoes.
Cut fresh mozzarella into ½-inch cubes. Skewer on toothpicks with pitted green olives and sundried tomatoes.
6. Spiced Nuts
What You’ll Need: pecans, almonds, cashews, chili powder, black pepper, cayenne.
Toss a combination of nuts—pecans, almonds, peanuts, cashews—with chili powder, black pepper, and a pinch of cayenne. Roast in a 400° F oven for 10 minutes, until warm and toasty.
7. Veggie-Tuna Bites
What You’ll Need: Canned tuna, shredded carrots, pickles, cucumber, olives, Dijon mustard, mayo, salt, pepper, whole-white based cracker
Combine a can of tuna with shredded carrots, pickles, cucumber, olives, Dijon mustard, a touch of mayo, and season with salt and pepper. Use Triscuits, Wheat Thins, or Stacy’s Pita Chips for scooping.
8. Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppers
What You’ll Need: Cherry peppers, goat cheese.
Stuff cherry peppers or bottled Peppadew peppers with soft goat cheese or mini balls of fresh mozzarella.
9. D.I.Y Trail Mix
What You’ll Need: almonds, walnuts, cashew, sunflower seeds, dried fruit.
Make your own souped-up trail mix: Combine 1 cup almonds, walnuts, or cashew (or a mix of all three) with ½ cup sunflower seeds and 1 ½ cups dried fruit: raisins, apricots, apples, prunes, and/or banana chips.
10. Ants on a Log
What You’ll Need: celery, peanut butter, raisins.
Slather celery with smooth or chunky peanut butter. Dot with raisins.
11. Artichoke Mix
What You’ll Need: artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, olives, chunks of cheese (Parmesan, Manchego, or Gruyere)
Using a few marinated artichoke hearts (usually sold in a jar), mix in a small bowl with roasted red peppers, olives, and chunks of cheese (Parmesan, Manchego or Gruyere).
12. Greek Cucumber Salad
What You’ll Need: Cucumber, tomatoes, black olives, red onion, feta, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper.
We don’t love this because just because it’s so hydrating. No, this light and refreshing snack can be made so quickly. Chop up some cucumbers, tomatoes, black olives, onion, and feta. Sprinkle some olive oil and lemon juice to lightly coat the veggies. Add salt and pepper to taste.
13. Apples and Peanut butter
What You’ll Need: 2 tablespoons peanut butter, apple slices
This salty and sweet combination does more than remind you of your childhood. This protein and fiber combo will help you remain satiated until your next meal. Feel free to add some cinnamon to fancy things up.
14. Olive Tapenade
What You’ll Need: Pimiento stuffed green olives, black olives, garlic salt, olive oil, lemon juice
If you have one, add olives into a food processor until they are in tiny pieces — otherwise, chop away. Add olive oil, garlic salt, and lemon juice together until blended, then pour over olive mash. Serve over grain-based crackers and enjoy.
15. Berry Yogurt Toast
What You’ll Need: Ezekial toast, Greek yogurt, berries, chia seed
Slabbing a piece of fiber rich Ezekiel toast, with protein-packed Greek yogurt makes this snack of the day so much better. We like to add high-fiber berries, to take the toasts nutrition to the next level. Did you know? 1 cup of raspberries contains a whopping 8 grams of fiber. That combined with antioxidant rich blueberries, and blood-sugar stabilizing chia seeds this epic combo is sure to keep those afternoon tummy rumbles at ease.