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Recipes for Healthy Snacks: Enjoy These Tasty and Nutritious Options!

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Last Updated on November 19, 2022 by Lori Geurin

It can be tough to find healthy snacks that taste great. However, we have put together a list of recipes for some of our favorite nutritious and tasty snacks! These recipes are perfect for anyone who wants to be healthy and stay energized throughout the day. All of these snacks are packed with healthy fats, protein, and fiber, so you can feel good about indulging in them.

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Quick and Healthy Snack Ideas

Here are some quick and healthy snack ideas that you can whip up in no time!

1. Fresh Fruit

Fruit is always a great option for a healthy snack. It is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Plus, it is a natural source of sugar so you can get your sweet fix without reaching for unhealthy processed snacks.

Try pairing your favorite fruit with some yogurt or nut butter for a complete snack that will keep you satisfied until your next meal.

2. Hard-Boiled Eggs

Eggs are a great source of protein and healthy fats. They are also very versatile so you can easily add them to your snacks.

Try hard-boiling a few eggs at the beginning of the week and then adding them to salads, and wraps, or just eating them plain with some salt and pepper. I love hard-boiling eggs in my Instant Pot. It’s super quick and easy and they make the perfect grab-and-go snack!

You can also make deviled eggs or egg salad for a more substantial snack.

Eating eggs can help you feel fuller for longer and provides sustained energy throughout the day.

3. Plain Greek Yogurt

Plain Greek yogurt is highly underrated in my opinion. It’s a great source of protein, calcium, and probiotics.

I like to add Greek yogurt to my smoothies or eat it with some fruit for a quick snack. You can also use it in place of sour cream in recipes.

Greek yogurt is a great option for those who are looking for a healthy snack that is also low in sugar.

Make sure to buy plain Greek yogurt and not the flavored kind as those are often packed with sugar.

I like to add a little bit of local honey and some freshly chopped fruit to my plain greek yogurt to make it more enjoyable.

4. Dark Chocolate

Eating dark chocolate is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth while also getting some health benefits.

Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants and has been shown to improve heart health.

If you’re craving chocolate, make sure to buy chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa. The higher the percentage, the less sugar it will contain.

You can easily make your own healthy chocolate snacks by melting some dark chocolate and dipping fruit, nuts, or pretzels in it.

I like to keep a bar of dark chocolate for when I get a sugar craving. A few pieces of chocolate are all I need to satisfy my sweet tooth. Chocolate and peanut butter taste like a heavenly combination.

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5. Fresh Veggies

Ever the healthy choice, veggies are always a great snack option.

You can eat them plain, dip them in hummus or guacamole, or even top them with some yogurt or nut butter.

Fresh veggies are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They are also low in calories so you can snack on them without having to worry about packing on the pounds.

My favorite veggies to snack on are carrots, celery, and cucumbers. I also love dipping my veggies in hummus or guacamole for an extra boost of flavor.

6. Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese is a great source of protein and calcium. It’s also low in calories and fat.

I like to eat cottage cheese plain or with a homegrown tomato or some fruit. You can also add it to salads or use it as a topping on your favorite snacks.

Cottage cheese is a versatile food that can be used in many different ways. It’s a great option for those who are looking for a healthy snack that is high in protein.

7. Trail Mix

This classic snack is perfect for on-the-go snacking. Simply mix your favorite nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and dark chocolate chips for a delicious sweet and salty snack.

8. Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

This childhood staple can be made healthy by using whole-grain bread and all-natural peanut butter or almond butter. Add a thin layer of whole fruit jam for sweetness and you have a perfect snack that is both filling and satisfying.

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Recipes for Healthy Snacks

These recipes of healthy snacks for women are easy to follow and make. They are perfect for on-the-go snacking or when you need a quick and healthy snack option.

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1. Recipe: Fruit Salsa

Ingredients:

-One can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed

-One large mango, peeled and diced

-One small red onion, diced

-One red bell pepper, diced

-One jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced

-One tablespoon lime juice

-One tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions:

In a medium bowl, combine all the fresh ingredients.

This fruit salsa is a delicious and healthy snack option that is perfect for summer. The mango adds a sweetness to the salsa, while the jalapeño pepper gives it a little bit of spice. Enjoy this recipe on its own or with some whole-grain tortilla chips for a satisfying snack.

Yields: Four servings

2. Recipe: Roasted Chickpeas

Ingredients:

-One can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed

-One tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

-One teaspoon garlic powder

-One teaspoon ground cumin

-Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, combine chickpeas and olive oil. Add garlic powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat evenly.

Spread the chickpeas onto the prepared baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

Enjoy these roasted chickpeas as a healthy and delicious protein packed snack. The chickpeas are high in protein and fiber, making them a filling snack option. You can also add these to salads or soups for an extra boost of protein.

Yields: Four servings

3. Recipe: Chia Pudding

Ingredients:

-One cup almond milk

-1/4 cup chia seeds

-One tablespoon honey

-One teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond milk, chia seeds, honey, and vanilla extract. Let the mixture sit in the fridge for 2 hours or more to allow the chia seeds to absorb the liquid.

Stir the pudding and divide into two small bowls or jars.

This chia pudding is a healthy and delicious snack option. The chia seeds are full of fiber and protein, making this pudding a filling snack that will keep you satisfied until your next meal. Enjoy this recipe on its own or top with your favorite fruits or nuts for a tasty treat.

Yields: Two servings

4. Recipe: Homemade Granola Bars

Ingredients:

-One cup rolled oats

-One cup almond butter or peanut butter

-1/2 cup honey

-One teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

Line an 8×8 inch baking dish with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, mix the rolled oats, almond butter, honey, and vanilla extract. Once the ingredients are fully combined, press the mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish.

Place the dish in the fridge for 30 minutes or more to allow the bars to set. Once they are firm, cut them into bars and enjoy.

These granola bars are a healthy and delicious snack option that is perfect for on-the-go snacking. The bars are full of healthy oats and nuts, making them a filling and satisfying snack. You can also add your favorite whey or plant-based protein powder, dried fruits, or chocolate chips to the bars for an extra treat.

Yields: Nine granola bars

5. Recipe: Peanut Butter Banana Bread Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

-One cup rolled oats

-One ripe banana, mashed

-One cup almond milk

-Two tablespoons chia seeds

-Two tablespoons peanut butter

Instructions:

In a medium bowl, mix the rolled oats, mashed banana, almond milk, and chia seeds. Once the ingredients are fully combined, place the mixture in a jar or container and store in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, stir the oats and add your favorite toppings. I like to add some more banana, protein powder, or chopped nuts.

These Peanut Butter Banana Bread Overnight Oats are a healthy and delicious way to start your day. The oats are full of fiber and protein, while the banana and peanut butter add a tasty sweetness to the dish. Enjoy this recipe as is or top it with your favorite fruits or nuts for a nutritious meal or snack.

This is my go-to overnight oats recipe and I hope you and your family love it as much as we do!

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Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Healthy Fats for a Filling Healthy Snack

Healthy fats are an important part of a healthy snack. They help you feel fuller longer and can give you sustained energy throughout the day.

Some good sources of healthy fats include:

  • Nuts and seeds
  • Avocados
  • Olives
  • Coconut oil
  • Grass-fed butter or ghee

Including a source of healthy fat in your snack will help to keep you satisfied until your next meal.

Some easy and healthy snacks that include healthy fats are:

  • Trail mix with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit
  • A small handful of nuts or seeds
  • Guacamole with whole-grain crackers or veggies
  • Grass-fed butter or ghee on whole-grain toast
  • A small piece of fruit with nut butter

These are just a few ideas to get you started. Experiment and find what works for you. And enjoy! Snacking should be fun and satisfying, not something you have to force yourself to do. Healthy fats are an important part of a filling healthy snack.

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Overnight oats make a delicious healthy snack.

More Healthy Snack Ideas

The best healthy snacks contain wholesome ingredients that offer both nutrition and satisfaction. Here are a few more ideas to get you started:

  • Fresh or dried fruit
  • Fresh veggies with hummus or guacamole
  • Whole-grain crackers or bread with cheese or nut butter
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Yogurt with berries and nuts
  • A small bowl of whole-grain cereal with milk
  • A smoothie made with fruit, yogurt, and peanut butter
  • Greek yogurt with fruit or honey
  • A small salad
  • Roasted veggies
  • Soup
  • Apple slices
  • Celery with cream cheese
  • Kale chips
  • Canned tuna
  • Bell peppers
  • Cucumber slices
  • Green smoothie
  • Fresh fruit
  • Energy balls
  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Whole-grain toast with avocado or nut butter

These are just a few ideas to get you started. Experiment and find what works for you. And enjoy! Snacking should be fun and satisfying, not something you have to force yourself to do. I hope you enjoyed these recipes for healthy snacks for women (and anyone else who loves to eat!). Until next time, snack happy and stay healthy!

XO,

Lori

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