Feeling hungry? Rather than grabbing a bag of chips or a candy bar, we’ve got 21 healthy snack recipes to satisfy all your snacking cravings.
As convenient as pre-packaged snacks can be, oftentimes they’re loaded with sodium, saturated fat, and added sugars. Besides not being the healthiest, those snacks also won’t keep you full for very long. Instead, reach for a snack that will keep your stomach nice and happy until your next meal.
Benefits of Healthy Snacks
When trying to eat healthy, we often focus on breakfast, lunch, and dinner, forgetting that balanced nutrition is just as important when choosing a snack.
I like to think about snacks as mini-meals. Afterall, they’re an important opportunity to get the nutrients and energy we need each day. Plus, when you go with a healthier snack, you’re less likely to have hunger pains and cravings shortly after eating.
So what makes for a healthy snack?
Ideally, snacks should contain a balance of nutrients just like meals: a healthy fat, lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and fiber, while also being low in added sugars. However, depending on your dietary needs, a healthy snack for you may be heavier on the healthy fat and protein and lower in carb.
21 Best Healthy Snacks
While it does take some advanced planning, by prepping one or two of these recipes each week all you have to do is grab one and head out the door.
Besides keeping you fuller for longer, another bonus of making your own snacks is how much money you’ll save by not having to run to a vending machine or convenience store.
So, without further ado, here are 21 healthy snack recipes to add to your regular rotation!
Have leftover quinoa sitting in your fridge? Rather than eating it as a side dish, add it to your smoothies for an extra boost of protein and fiber!
While some smoothies are loaded with sugar, this quinoa raspberry banana smoothie provides 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber with just 13 grams of natural sugars and less than 150 calories! Looking for a little extra staying-power? Pair this smoothie with a cheese stick or ounce of raw almonds.
Move over store bought granola bars – these homemade flaxseed and peanut butter energy bars are as delicious as they are filling!
Made with just a handful of whole ingredients, these bars come together quickly and are perfect for the whole family! One bar contains less than 200 calories, only 6 grams of sugar, and provides an impressive dose of healthy monounsaturated fats and 6 grams of filling protein.
Love salty, crunchy snacks? Then these crispy roasted chickpeas are perfect for you!
Made with just 5 simple ingredients, the flavor varieties are endless by switching up the seasoning mix. With 5 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein, these crunchy chickpeas are the perfect swap for traditional potato chips.
A healthy twist on a childhood favorite, these chewy peanut butter granola bars are made with just 5 whole food ingredients and have endless flavor combinations.
Made with rolled oats, chia seeds, peanut butter, and whole peanuts, these bars are also packed with healthy fats and protein to keep you or your kids nice and full until the next meal!
Low in carb and high in healthy fats and protein, this homemade hummus is a silky smooth snack made from a handful of healthy pantry staples. A generous ¼ cup serving provides 5 grams of protein, 11 grams of healthy fat, and 4 grams of fiber with just 14 grams of carbohydrate and less than 200 calories.
Looking to take it on the go? Simply place a ¼ cup of hummus in a mason jar and add sliced fresh vegetables, such as carrot and celery sticks or bell pepper slices. Looking for more carbohydrates to power you after a workout? Slice half a whole grain pita into triangles and add them to the jar as well.
While coffee shop muffins often contain more sugar than a can of soda and as many calories as a whole meal, these almond butter oatmeal muffins are just as satisfying but much healthier!
One muffin contains less than 200 calories and just 8 grams of sugar while still providing 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. After baking, let the muffins cool and then wrap in plastic wrap. This way you can just grab one on your way to work or class in the morning!
If you’re in the mood for something salty, these baked zucchini fries will fit the bill perfectly! Made with gluten-free bread crumbs and almond flour, these healthier fries are also gluten-free and low in carb (just 13 grams per serving).
To keep these on the healthier side, whip up a simple Greek yogurt dipping sauce rather than store bought condiments, which can be high in sodium and added sugars. 1 serving of these healthier fries provides just 150 calories and an impressive 6 grams of protein.
Providing all 9 essential amino acids, hemp seeds are an excellent source of plant-based protein. With over a cup of hemp seeds in addition to raw almonds and peanut or almond butter, these bars are filled with protein, healthy fats, and fiber. They’re also vegan-friendly and gluten-free.
It’s hard to beat roasted almonds when looking for a healthy snack. High in fiber, protein and healthy fats, these cinnamon roasted almonds are simple to make and cheaper than store-bought. Plus, they’re also a good option for anyone following a low carb, paleo, or keto diet.
While more of a guide than a recipe, this how-to for making your own healthy trail mix at home is genius. With a combination of nuts, seeds, unsweetened dried fruit, and optional add-ins and seasonings, you can keep the sugar in check while still getting a boost of energy, fat, and protein.
To keep an eye on portions, I recommend scooping ¼ cup of the mix into individual snack bags for a perfect grab-and-go option.
Despite being called “breakfast” cookies, these nut, seed and oat-based cookies also make for the perfect snack. Rather than grabbing a sugar-filled cookie, make a batch of these on Sunday to enjoy throughout the week.
Each cookie is only 155 calories and contains just 9 grams of sugar and 17 grams of carbohydrate while also providing 4 grams of filling protein, 3 grams of fiber and 11 grams of healthy fat.
Boiled eggs are a classic high protein, low carb snack. And the best part is you can make a big batch at the beginning of the week to save on time. However, an overly cooked boiled egg can be chalky and unappetizing. Check out this guide to make perfectly boiled eggs every time.
For a balanced snack, pair one egg with a piece of fruit.
Who said muffins have to be sweet? These kid-friendly savory muffins are packed with vegetables and get an extra protein boost thanks to Greek yogurt. And just as with other muffins, these make for an easy snack to take on the go.
Each muffin is under 200 calories, contains less than 2 grams of sugar, and provides an impressive 7 grams of protein.
Made with just a few ingredients, these vegan chocolate energy bites are perfect for when your sweet cravings hit. Plus they don’t require any baking! Simply combine all the ingredients in a food processor, roll into balls, and store in the fridge.
While not overly high in protein, these truffles contain just 53 calories each, 7 grams of carb and only 1 gram of sugar making them a healthier option compared to other chocolate-based sweets. However, to up the protein pair one with some whole almonds or a cheese stick.
Another healthy option for chocolate-lovers, these blender muffins come together quickly and you’ll never guess the secret ingredient that keeps them so moist and nutritious. Black beans may seem odd, but trust me in that you won’t be able to detect them at all once they’re baked!
Each muffin is under 200 calories and packs an impressive 7 grams of fiber and protein. So skip those sugary, high-fat bakery muffins and make a batch of these instead!
Looking for a cool treat in the warmer months? These frozen yogurt bites are made with protein-rich Greek yogurt and sweetened with fruit and honey. To make them even lower in sugar, reduce the honey to 2 teaspoons and choose a low sugar granola.
Unlike most dips that are high in fat and sodium without offering much else in terms of nutrition, this dip is packed full of healthy fats and protein. Made with avocados, plain Greek yogurt, and a handful of seasonings, it’s perfect when looking for a group-friendly snack option.
For the ultimate healthy snack, pair this dip with raw vegetables, such as baby carrots, celery sticks, and sliced bell peppers.
While pinwheels are great lunch options, they also make for nutritious snacks! Filled with bright-colored vegetables and chicken for extra protein, these pinwheels are a balanced snack to take with you to work or pack for a picnic.
For a snack-sized amount, pack half a serving’s worth with you. This will provide nearly 7 grams of protein and 8 grams of fat to help keep you full. For extra fiber, use a whole wheat tortilla instead.
Love something crunchy for a snack? These homemade seed crackers are gluten-free and easy to make. Plus, unlike store bought crackers, there aren’t any mystery ingredients.
One serving provides an impressive 7 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber. Plus, at just 9 grams of protein they are also a good option for those on a low-carb diet. While healthy enough on their own, they can also be paired with hummus or cheese for a more filling snack.
These fresh vegan spring rolls are a fun way to eat more vegetables. Bursting with color and antioxidants, feel free to change up the vegetables you use based on what’s in season or on sale.
For an extra boost of healthy fats, serve these spring rolls with a healthy peanut sauce. You can also add some protein by adding extra-firm tofu in the rolls.
Forget store bought protein bars, which are usually high in sugar or artificial sweeteners. These homemade bars are vegan, gluten-free, and made with just 5 ingredients. For a little extra indulgence, you can also top your bars with a healthy chocolate drizzle made from coconut oil, vegan chocolate chips, and chopped almonds.
Each bar is under 200 calories and provides 8 grams of protein, 14 grams of fat, 7 grams of carb, and just 4 grams of sugar.