When you’re in the moment and feeling those hunger pangs, it can be hard to sit and think about healthy snack options. In those moments, you want whatever is closest to you and easiest to consume. To avoid grabbing the high-sugar, processed snacks that will leave you feeling unsatisfied and blah, here are eight healthy snack ideas that will satisfy you and hold you over until your next meal.
- Apple slices with peanut butter
Apples are high in fiber and water content, so they will fill you up without being too calorically dense. When you add peanut butter on top, you’re adding healthy fats, which will also keep you full and satisfied for longer. Make sure not to peel the skin of the apple because this is where the majority of the fiber and vitamins are found.
- Chia pudding
Chia seeds are an excellent snack because they are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These unsaturated fats play many vital roles in hormone production, cognitive functioning, and mood and energy levels. Just mix chia seeds in almond milk and let it sit. You can make it the night before, so it has time to absorb and add whatever toppings you like, such as fresh berries.
- Homemade granola
Store-bought granola can be unnecessarily expensive and contain sneaky ingredients, such as added sugars. It’s easy to make a batch of homemade granola that is a cheaper, healthier alternative to those store-bought granolas. Simply roast some oats in the oven with some honey (or your choice of natural sweetener) and add toppings like dried fruits, nuts, seeds, and even dark chocolate.
- Veggies and hummus
If you prefer savory snacks, wash and cut up some vegetables and serve them with a dollop of hummus. Peppers, carrots, celery, broccoli, and cucumber are just some of the veggies that taste great raw. This is a very low-calorie, low-carb snack that provides you with loads of vitamins, minerals, and protein from the hummus.
- Yogurt and berries
You can use Greek yogurt if you want some extra protein, or coconut yogurt if you’re dairy-free. Regardless of the source, yogurt provides you with healthy fats that will keep you satisfied until your next meal. You can even add some of your homemade granola for extra calories and crunch.
- Roasted chickpeas
This might be surprising, but roasted, seasoned chickpeas are as tasty as a bag of chips! This is another snack that costs a fortune in the store but is extremely inexpensive to make at home (and you know there are no nasty preservatives or additives). Simply roast some drained, canned chickpeas in the oven and season them with whatever you like— smoked paprika, garlic, or simple salt and pepper are all great ideas.
- Protein shake
While a smoothie can quickly become high in calories and a filling meal, you can also make a lower-calorie protein shake for a snack. Simply blend up a banana with your favorite protein powder, use water for your base, and you will have a snack that won’t pack on the calories but will satisfy your sweet tooth.
- Hard-Boiled eggs
Hard-boiled eggs are a healthy staple snack. They are packed with protein from the egg whites and healthy fats from the yolk. They are recommended as an excellent snack to anyone who is looking to lose weight because of their high protein, high fat, and low carb macronutrient breakdown.
What’s your typical go-to snack when you’re on the go? In my house, our typical snacks consist of cucumbers and hummus.