56 Healthy Snack Ideas and Recipes to Lose Weight, Get an Energy Boost, and Satisfy Your Cravings
Are you interested in eating healthy yet do not know where to begin?
How about starting your new healthy eating habit by preparing and eating healthy snacks?
Most commercial snacks contain artificial colors, questionable preservatives, and high levels of sodium. Most of the time, when we come across healthy snack options in the grocery store these are usually expensive.
By preparing your own snacks, you are sure of what goes in it. Also, by careful observation, you can base your snack preparations on what fruits and vegetables are in season. This way, homemade healthy snacks become affordable in the long term and you are assured of eating fresh foods.
In this post, there are 56 healthy snack ideas and recipes that you can try to start your journey of eating healthy.
These recipes and ideas are included here because they are easy to prepare, especially for those with only a minimum cooking expertise. The recipes are all delicious to make sure you have a motivation to stay on the healthy-eating path. Finally, most recipes are friendly to your weight-loss goals.
For easy reference, the recipes are grouped into categories:
- snack ideas
The snack ideas section contains suggested ways to serve healthy snacks for the family and for when you’re entertaining.
Are you ready? Let’s board the healthy train.
1. Peanut Butter Energy Bites
This is super easy to make. It only requires 5 ingredients and, within minutes, you'll have yummy high-protein treats that give you energy boosts throughout the day.
2. Easy Breakfast Yogurt Popsicles
You can have these popsicles for breakfast, as a post-workout snack, or at any time of the day. They are made from completely natural ingredients and each piece contains less that 100 calories.
3. Apple and Oat No Bake Energy Bites
These kid-approved no-bake bites are also friendly for those with certain dietary restrictions. They are high in soluble fiber, making them heart friendly.
4. Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips
Although classified as an appetizer, this fruit salsa can also be a healthy snack option if you want to appease the sweet-tooth craving without the guilt.
5. Blueberry Zucchini Cake with Lemon Buttercream
This snack cake is made with fresh fruits and vegetables, making it a truly delicious and healthy treat. It can also be made using gluten-free flour.
6. Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl
Enjoy this healthy treat that's super easy to prepare and packs loads of essential nutrients. You will be reaping the benefits of fresh and raw fruits with every bowlful.
7. No-Bake Chocolate Chia Seed Energy Bars
These decadent energy bars will be your new favorite go-to snack. They can be easily prepared using a food processor or blender. They do not contain added sugar and are perfect to pack to the gym as the ultimate post-workout energy booster.
8. Frozen Grapes
Frozen grapes are a healthier alternative to candy or store-bought popsicles. This is the easiest snack that you'll ever make. Unlike other fruits, grapes can be eaten straight from the freezer. They have the advantage of being as satisfying as ice cream.
9. Homemade Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is an ideal go-to snack for weight loss. It is so versatile and can be combined with other ingredients to make breads, breakfast bowls, or dips. You can also eat it plain, straight from the cup.
You're assured of a low-fat, high-protein snack every time.
10. Avocado Lemon Cake
You do not need any oil or butter to make this moist cake. The avocado - with its healthy fats - imparts the richness in this delicious and healthy fare. Plus, you only need 5 ingredients to make it, so be sure to try it soon.
11. Blueberry Peach Fruit Roll-Ups
If you are looking for a healthy snack for kids, then these fruit roll-ups are perfect. They contain only natural ingredients so you are assured that you're giving your loved ones the best.
12. Cucumber Mint Pineapple Smoothies
This snack is the perfect treat when you need extra energy in your day. It has a sweet-tart taste that refreshes you. There is no artificial sweetener involved, so that's a great plus.
13. Lemon and Turmeric Smoothie
Enjoy the healthy goodness of this smoothie. It is great for breakfast as well as for a quick snack. It has vitamins and nutrients that help fight aging and prevent hypertension.
14. Blueberry Oatmeal Bread
This wholesome bread is filled with the healthy goodness of whole-grain oatmeal, the rich levels of antioxidants from the blueberries and heart-friendly benefits of coconut oil. It's perfect for your afternoon snack and goes well with coffee.
15. Healthier Kladdakaka – Swedish Sticky Cake
This cake is a gooey cross between a cake and a brownie. It is so easy to make. This healthier version of the original recipe uses whole-grain buckwheat flour and coconut oil.
16. Whole Wheat Blackberry Oat Bars
Sink your teeth into this chewy oat bars. Everything about this screams delicious and healthy.
17. Toasted Coconut Caramel and Sea Salt
This salty-sweet snack is an instant favorite. Preparing this takes only 10 minutes and you'll already have a tasty, high-fiber, high-protein snack.
18. Homemade Sweet and Salty Popcorn
Popcorn has got to be the ultimate low-carb snack. And in this recipe, it gets an additional flavorful kick. Plus, it's homemade so you are sure that you're not ingesting unwanted preservative and chemicals.
19. Watermelon and Cucumber Salad
Enjoy this light, refreshing salad that reminds you of happy summer days. It is so easy to prepare and contains only 50 calories per serving.
20. Berry Coconut Gazpacho with Purple Basil
Gazpachos do not merely function as appetizers. They have the potential of being healthy snack options. This recipe is made healthier by the addition of berries that are known for their high antioxidant content.
21. Crispy Roasted Edamame
This high-protein snack is extremely portable that it is one of the most ideal munchies to take while traveling. It is extremely filling and satisfying when you're craving for that salty-crunchy combo that defines most good snacks.
22. Healthy Tuna Wraps
This is a truly satisfying recipe. It contains heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and high levels of vitamins. It is very easy to make and is very low in calories so you can safely indulge without worrying about it impact on your fitness goals.
23. Parmesan Zucchini Crisps
Be warned: These crisps are addictive. But you can leave the guilt at the door because these are made of exclusively healthy and fresh ingredients. Dunk in in your low-calorie dip of choice for a satisfying and tasty treat.
24. Low Carb Italian Style Cheese Crisps
Here is a low-carb alternative to pretzels and potato chips. These cheese crisps have the right savory flavor we all crave, plus the health benefit that we all want.
25. Crispy BBQ Roasted Chickpeas
This snack has it all: filling, salty, and crispy. You'll wonder why you only came across this in your life when it's so addicting, but in a totally healthy way.
26. Baked Avocado Fries
This recipe is a healthier substitute to regular fries. They are crisp on the outside and super creamy inside. This snack is loaded with vitamins, healthy fats, and protein.
27. Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic Avocado Aioli
Here's a guilt-free, low-calorie fare you can enjoy as a snack or side dish. Plus, sweet potatoes contain high fiber for good digestion.
28. Chickpea Salad and Avocado Smash Sandwich
This gluten-free, high-fiber, and high-protein sandwich fills and gives you a much-needed energy boost in between meals. Serve as an open-faced sandwich for a healthy snack.
29. Bacon Cheddar Cookies
If you are avoiding too much carbohydrates or you’re not much of a sweet tooth, then these savory "cookies" are stacked in your favor. They are also gluten- and grain-free, making them ideal for those with certain food allergies or dietary restrictions.
30. Clean Eating Spicy Roasted Almonds
Eat clean with this snack recipe that's high in fiber and low in carbohydrates. It is the perfect on-the-go snack and supplements any diet.
31. Chili and Rosemary Roasted Nuts
Who could resist this tasty treat? This snack is so easy to make and is low in calories and loaded with heart-healthy fats and quality protein.
32. Mango Curry Trail Mix
This snack is mix of goodies all in one. It has nuts and dried fruits plus an amazing flavor that keeps you coming back for more. It is perfect to serve when company comes or as a snack on the go.
33. Skillet Popped Lentils with Parsley
Take a momentary break from your popcorn fixation and try this healthy snack alternative. It is a low-calorie fare and contains less than 150 calories per serving.
34. Chunky Avocado Cream Cheese Pinwheels
This is the ideal on-the-go snack. It's loaded with healthy ingredients, the flavor is amazing, and it can be prepped in 10 minutes.
35. Quinoa with Mixed Veggies
Perhaps you've already been introduced to quinoa in a main dish or salad recipe. Take advantage of the health benefits you can reap from this superfood by making it part of your snack repertoire as well.
36. Mini Gimbap
You'll be happy to know that this snack is made from fresh natural ingredients only. It is so easy to make and the flavors are so addicting.
37. Baked Root Vegetable Chips
Here is a colorful and yummy way to snack. You'll enjoy it all the more because the ingredients are all full of nutrients and essential vitamins.
38. Crispy Tofu Bites
This crispy, meatless snack does not require any deep frying to make. It's high in protein and low in calories. You can safely indulge without the guilt.
39. Couldn’t Be Easier Veggie Sticks
Here's a clever way to avoid the pitfall of snacking on junk food while you're on the go. Pack veggie sticks in a mason jar. Add the dressing of your choice to the bottom of the jar first and place the veggies in. It's ready when you are.
40. Turkey and Veggie Snack Wrap
Perhaps the most challenging part when trying to lose weight is the feeling that you are being deprived of all the good things. But this turkey wrap is both flavorful and satisfying that there's no feeling of deprivation at all. It's proven a great ally in weight-loss goals.
41. Cheesy Hasselback Zucchini Pizzas
Cut back on carbs with this zucchini pizza that's so easy to make. There are only 3 main ingredients required. Assemble then bake. You'll have a tasty snack in no time.
42. Healthy Baked Broccoli Tots
These broccoli tots are a delightful and handy snack. A good way to get a huge portion of your daily minimum requirement for Vitamin C is through these babies.
43. No-Bake Veggie Pizza Bites
This recipe does not require you to do any cooking. All you have to do is cut the veggies, spread cream cheese on the bread, add the veggies, and serve. You can customize the pizza with healthy toppings of your choice.
44. 26-Calorie Fried Green Tomatoes
At 26 calories per tomato, this is the winner in low-calorie snacks. It has a great flavor minus the high-fat content. It's a delicious treat that doesn't mess up your weight-loss targets.
45. Salt and Vinegar Cucumber Chips
These chips are both low-calorie and low-carb, so you'll enjoy snacking on them without the guilt. The recipe developer used a dehydrator to get the moisture out from the cucumbers, but that could be done in a regular oven as well.
46. Cauliflower Cheesy Bread
This is a nutritious snack that is high in fiber, protein, and vitamins. It is very delicious that you'll be surprised to know that it only contains 30 calories per serving.
47. Egg Cups
These egg cups are great as a quick snack or a light meal. It's super low in calories and takes just a few minutes to make. Have a batch on hand to appease hunger at any time of the day.
48. Spinach Kale Yogurt Dip with Whole Grain Crackers
The warm dip and the crunchy crackers are the perfect partners for a healthy and delicious snack. The dip is totally low-fat and ensures you get to meet your vegetable quota for the day.
49. Skinny Mozzarella Sticks
This snack saves you from a low-energy dip between meals. They are so tasty and made in a healthy way that you won't believe they're baked.
50. Spicy Korean Meatballs
Have a high-protein snack courtesy of these flavorful meatballs. They are extremely versatile and can go well in sandwiches, as filling for lettuce wraps, or simply as they are. Whichever way you choose to have them, you are assured of having eaten something healthy.
51. The Ultimate Vegan Snack Board
You've got to love this vibrant assembly of plant-based snacks. Not only is this a low-calorie spread, it has all the healthy goodness that raw foods can give. The dips are all super delicious and healthy as well.
52. Protein-Packed Healthy Charcuterie Board
This snack board is filled to the rafters with nutritionally dense, high-protein, and low-calorie stuff that you'll love. It is a medley of flavors and also a healthy way to indulge.
53. Fall Cheese Board
Cheese boards are a thing now. They are an attractive secret weapon if you're having company and you want to serve up something that's healthy and tasty but requires only a minimal effort in preparation.
Make sure to include fresh fruits as much as possible.
54. Mediterranean Hummus Tapas Meze Platter
If you're entertaining, this snack platter is a healthy and tasty alternative to the customary canapes. It features fruits, meats, and vegetables with a delicious dip or two. It's fat-free and low in calories. Your guests will appreciate this.
55. Ultimate Healthy Self-Serve Snack Drawer
Here is an awesome idea to ensure that all members of the family have access to healthy snacks. You can set up this snack drawer in the fridge or a basket.
You can choose to include various fruits, veggies, nuts, whole grain, and protein. It's an effortless way to appease hunger.
56. Protein, Fruit and Veggie Snack Box
This snack box is an awesome way to stay on track of healthy snacking. Your choice of healthy snacks like fruits, veggies, and protein are placed in portion cups for a perfect serving of healthy goodness.
I hope you’ve found some favorite snacks to try from the ones featured here.
Making a new habit stick is easier if you start in increments. Don’t force yourself to make drastic changes in all areas of your life all at once. For example, in your resolve to eat healthy, begin by focusing on consuming real food at least once a day then increasing the frequency as time goes on.
Those little things add up to something positive.
All the best in your journey to health!