Snaking itself isn’t necessarily unhealthy. However, what you choose to snack on makes the difference.
Instead of reaching for the nearest bag of chips or chocolate bar, here are 12 healthy snacks that you can make at home and that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
I also added some savory options for those of you who prefer savory snacks.
Fresh fruit trail mix
I insist on fresh fruits because they are lower in carbs than the typical dry fruits you find in trail mixes. Choose your favorite nuts (mine are pecan, walnuts, macadamia and cashews) and add fresh grapes, blueberries or whichever fruit you prefer.
Are you team sweet or savory popcorn? Either way, popcorn is a satisfying, convenient and nutritious snack. You can go for honey popcorn, or paprika and garlic salt if you’re more on the savory side like me.
Chia seed pudding
This snack is high in fiber, calcium, protein and healthy fats. In other words: guilt-free! It is also easily customizable and dairy-free options are available (I use coconut milk for extra flavor).
Chocolate coconut balls
I’m not much of a chocolate lover myself but this one I literally can’t resist! They are no bake, easy to make and full of nutrients.
Lemon and dark chocolate energy bites
Dark chocolate is a great source of magnesium, which is a necessary mineral. Get this quick and easy no-bake snack recipe here.
Crispy roasted chickpeas
This recipe uses a spice blend that perfectly mimics the flavor of BBQ chips while being completely healthy and filled with fiber and protein to keep you full longer.
Greek Yoghurt and homemade granola (or the healthiest you can find in store)
Highly customizable, you can literally add anything you’d like. Of course, try to keep it healthy. You can never go wrong with fresh fruits, seeds and nuts.
Easy homemade granola recipe:
1 cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1/2 cup uncooked Quinoa
1/2 cup chopped or slivered almonds (or any favorite nut/seed)
pinch sea salt
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup)
Mix all of the ingredients together and bake at 180C for 20 minutes. This will make a huge batch. Keep it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.
Berry super shake
Choose your favorite berries, protein powder, liquid (milk, water or almond milk), chia seeds, baby spinach, cinnamon… and make an easy snack that can be consumed on the go!
Blueberry oat bars
One batch of this recipe makes enough bars to last a week of snacking and is low in calories. Check it out here.
My favourite: Banana with peanut butter
What else is there to say? This is literal perfection.
My other favorite: Apple slices with peanut butter
Ditto. Sometimes, the simplest things are your blessings