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How to Pick out Healthy Snacks

Learn the best ways to keep your daily snacking healthy

By: Kaylin Johnson, Editor, RecipeLion
Updated June 01, 2020
How to Pick out Healthy Snacks

No matter how well eating healthy is going for you, the one thing that always seems to ruin it is snacks. Snacks seem like such a small part of our diet. We might ask ourselves “what’s wrong with a few potato chips between meals?” but “a few” can easily turn into the whole bag if you’re not careful. Wouldn’t it be easier to have some guilt free snacks that are healthy, and still taste good?

Well, you’re in luck. There are many ways to continue eating healthy even between meals. Whether you’re dieting or simply trying to adjust to a healthier lifestyle, you don’t have to completely give up on snacking. Snacks can be healthy and delicious; we promise!

Check out these ways to choose snacks that are healthier for you and delicious. Keep reading to the end for some of our favorite healthy snack ideas and recipes.

 

Healthy Eating Habits

Healthy Eating

Keeping healthy eating habits strong throughout the day can be a more difficult challenge than it seems. Each day, we’re surrounded by foods that taste delicious but will ruin our healthy diet. But what do you look for in a healthy snack? How do you know what to choose? Here’s a list of how to make your snacks healthy.

  • Look for food low in added fats and added sugars
  • Pick nutrient-rich foods that will keep you full longer
  • Maintain your balanced diet - combine protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates while snacking
  • Pay attention to portion size! Don’t over-eat
  • Plan your snacks ahead so that vending machine can’t tempt you

Healthy Snack Ideas

Now that you know some of the tips to make your snacking healthier, you’re probably wondering what foods fit those guidelines. The answer is a lot. There are plenty of filling yet healthy snacks that can tide you over until dinner. Focus on fruits and vegetables and you’re already halfway there. These foods have natural carbohydrates and are often high in fibers and other nutrients. They are more than just empty calories. Check out this healthy snack list for ideas of snacks to take to work or snacks for kids.

  • Carrots and Hummus
  • Bell Pepper and Guacamole
  • Apple Slices and Peanut Butter
  • Greek Yogurt and Granola
  • Avocado on Whole Wheat Toast
  • Celery and Cream Cheese
  • Whole Wheat Crackers and Peanut Butter
  • Baked Sweet Potato Chips
  • Banana and Peanut Butter Roll-Ups
  • Tomato and Mozzarella
  • Fruit and Cheese

Healthy Snack Recipes

These simple pairings are easy to mix and match and there are so many more options available to you. That being said, if you start to get bored with these more basic snacks, you may want to do something a little more complex. These healthy recipes are delicious and fun to make. Have your kids help you make healthy versions of their favorite snacks.
 

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