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Written by: Jessie Krauss

For many of us, snacking is an essential part of the day. Sometimes, snacking can be viewed as “unhealthy”, but eating snacks that are healthy can be an integral part of a healthy lifestyle! Eating healthy snacks can help keep you focused while you’re doing your schoolwork, keeps your metabolism moving, stabilizes blood sugar levels, and helps to keep you satisfied until your next meal, rather than gorging on large portions during meal times or making an unhealthy choice because you are too hungry.

So what does that healthy snacking look like? Well to start, snacks should generally be between 100 – 200 calories (approximately), and should contain protein, healthy fat, and/or fiber, and ideally a fruit or veggie. These components will help to keep you full, fuel your brain and body for your next activity, and provide you with nutrients instead of empty calories!

While it certainly depends on what your health goals are, here are a few of my favorite healthy snacks that may meet a variety of health needs.

Easy to assemble snacks

  • Apple slices + 2 Tbs. of almond butter + sprinkle of cinnamon – Apples provide the fiber and vitamins while almond butter will give you the healthy fats to keep you full and satisfied; not to mention, adding a dash a cinnamon can help to boost your metabolism
  • Plantain Chips + Guacamole – This one may be more new to you, but I promise it’s delicious! Guacamole in moderation is a wonderful source of healthy fat and roasted plantain chips are a great alternative to tortilla chips.
  • Veggies + Hummus – Pick out your vegetable, such as baby carrots, cucumber slices, red pepper slices, or broccoli, and dip ‘em in traditional or fun flavored hummus.
  • Plain Greek Yogurt + 1 heaping tsp. Peanut Butter + Berries + Honey – Greek yogurt is a great source of protein and probiotics, but be careful of all the added sugar hiding in pre-flavored yogurts! Nut butters mixed into or drizzled on top of yogurt is one of my favorite hidden healthy treasures.
  • Rice Cake + Avocado + Sea Salt & Pepper – Spread about 1/3 or so of a ripe avocado on top of a rice cake, and then sprinkle with a little S & P. I also like to add onion & garlic powder or Trader Joe’s “Everything but the Bagel” Seasoning.
  • Turkey + Cheese + Spinach Roll Ups – Deli meat turkey can be a great source of protein for snacking, as long as you check your label and make sure to buy meat with no nitrates, nitrites, added sugar, hormones, or preservatives. If you don’t do dairy, skip the cheese and dip your turkey in hummus or honey mustard.
  • Cottage Cheese + Blueberries + drizzle of honey – For those who eat dairy, cottage cheese can be a great source of protein and fun alternative to yogurt.
  • Handful of Nuts + Berries or Grapes – Raw almonds are a great source of fiber, healthy fat, and protein; combine them with some small snacking fruits for an easy nutritious snack.
  • Sugar Snap Peas – Believe it or not, these taste great on their own! I love getting mine from my local farmer’s market to get the freshest and sweetest snack.

Snacks to make at home

  • Energy Bites – You could make these with or nuts
  • Roasted Veggies – Here is a recipe for roasted broccoli!
  • Kale Chips – This will help you make your kale chips nice & crispy!
  • Homemade Sweet potato fries – Make sweet potato fries in the oven
  • Popcorn + coconut oil– If you’ve never made popcorn on the stove try this out!
  • Roasted Chickpeas – Here is a variety of flavors for crispy chickpeas to snack on
  • Fat Balls – These coconut healthy fat balls are great for a Keto or Paleo diet

 

My favorite brands of pre-made snacks

  • Larabars
  • Kids Rx Bars – I love the chocolate chip flavor!
  • Lesser Evil Coconut Oil Pink Salt Popcorn
  • Blue Diamond Nut Thins
  • Brad’s Raw Crunchy Kale Chips – I love the Vegan Nacho & Vampire Killer
  • Aldi’s 100 calorie almond packs
  • Trader Joe’s Plantain Chips
  • Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Cashew Butter

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Carrie Henning

Carrie Henning

Carrie is a graduate of Liberty University, studying elementary education and English. She works at LUOA as the Coordinator of Social Communications. She grew up in Tampa, FL, and loves reading, writing, and drinking coffee.

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