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40 Healthy Snack Ideas to Keep You Slim

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By the Editors of Eat This, Not That!

With these easy, healthy snack ideas, you’re never more than just a few minutes away from a hunger-squashing, satisfying bite.

Although there are a ton of store-bought healthy snacks out there—analyzing what's being stocked on shelves is our specialty, after all!—nothing beats a quick and fresh D.I.Y. snack from your own home. Since most of us don't have time to stress over what's healthy and what won't wind up tasting like a child's science experiment, having a handful of go-to snacks can be life-changing: Your confidence in your grocery shopping can increase, your nutrition intake can get a boost, and your can waistline shrink when you avoid overeating by munching on low-calories snacks in between meals. Pair your latest drink from Zero Belly Smoothies with these expert ideas that are approachable, affordable, and tast—and then don't miss these Best Foods to Melt Love Handles!

Artichoke Mix

Using a few marinated artichoke hearts (usually sold in a jar), mix in a small bowl with roasted red peppers, olives, and chunks of cheese (Parmesan, Manchego or Gruyere).

Easy Pita

Spread the inside of a pita half with plenty of hummus and top with sliced tomato, onion, and lettuce.

Seasoned Edamame

Boil a few cups of frozen edamame until tender. Drain and toss with a light coating of sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and kosher salt.

Yummy Monkey Toast

Pave a slice of toasted wheat bread with peanut butter and banana slices. Top with a drizzle of honey.

Tuscan Skewers

Cut fresh mozzarella into ½-inch cubes. Skewer on toothpicks with pitted green olives and sundried tomatoes.

Warm Toasted Nuts

Toss a combination of nuts—pecans, almonds, peanuts, cashews—with chili powder, black pepper, and a pinch of cayenne. Roast in a 400° F oven for 10 minutes, until warm and toasty.

Ants on a Log

Slather celery with smooth or chunky peanut butter. Dot with raisins. But find out where your favorite PB falls on our exclusive list of The 36 Top Peanut Butters—Ranked!

Mexi-Tuna Bites

Combine a can of tuna with your favorite salsa. Use Triscuits, Wheat Thins, or Stacy’s Pita Chips for scooping.

Stuffed Peppers

Stuff cherry peppers or bottled Peppadew peppers with soft goat cheese or mini balls of fresh mozzarella.

Quick Roll-Up

Lay a slice of Swiss cheese on a cutting board. Top with a slice of smoked turkey and a spoonful of hummus or guacamole. Wrap like a jelly roll and enjoy.

D.I.Y. Trail Mix

Make your own souped-up trail mix: Combine 1 cup almonds, walnuts, or cashew (or a mix of all three) with ½ cup sunflower seeds and 1 ½ cups dried fruit: raisins, apricots, apples, prunes, and/or banana chips.

Parm and Rosemary Popcorn

Air pop half a cup of popcorn kernels. While still hot, toss the popcorn with a half cup grated Parmesan and a good amount of chopped fresh rosemary.

Sweet Tooth Popcorn

Air pop half a cup of popcorn kernels. While still hot, toss with a tablespoon of melted butter, then 2 tablespoons of sugar and a teaspoon of cinnamon.

Watermelon Skewers

Thread hunks of watermelon, cherry tomatoes, pieces of fresh mozzarella, and leaves of basil on wooden skewers.

Surprising Mango Spears

Peel a mango and cut it into spears. Top with fresh lime juice and chili powder.

Fancy Olive Toothpicks

Sandwich a hunk of Swiss cheese between two olives on a toothpick and drizzle with pesto.

Wrapped Melon

Wrap slices of melon or cantaloupe with good prosciutto or Spanish ham.

Prosciutto Roll Ups

Lay out a couple slices of prosciutto or other thinly slice ham. Mix chopped olives and sundried tomatoes with fresh ricotta, then place spoonful into the center of the prosciutto slices. Wrap like a burrito.

Sliced Tomato Bites

Layer a multigrain cracker with a ¼-inch thick slice of plum or romano tomato, a thin slice of avocado, and top with a small chunk of fresh parmesan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Quesadilla Knockoffs

Using just one high-fiber whole grain or whole wheat tortilla, sprinkle low-fat cheese on one side of the tortilla. Top with a small spoonful of salsa and fold over the other side of the tortilla. Microwave for about 20 seconds. Cut the semi-circle into slices after letting it cool.

Kale Chips

Remove stems and ribs from fresh, clean kale and then tear into large, chip-sized pieces. Toss on a baking sheet with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake for 5 minutes at 375° F.

Yogurt Parfait

Mix fresh or slightly-frozen berries with plain Greek yogurt. Sprinkle with carob chips for a guilt-free indulgence.

Snacks That Double as Lunch

Let’s be honest: Sometimes a really great, healthy snack idea can easily sub in for lunch. These all take less than 10 minutes, are easy to take on the go, and will cut calories while saving cash.

Greek English Muffins

Spread thick layer of hummus onto one half of an English muffin. Stack with arugula or mixed greens, roasted peppers, shredded leftover chicken, and a slice of smoked Gouda or provolone. For more healthy chicken ideas, check out these 35 Best-Ever Chicken Recipes for Weight Loss!

Roast Beef Flat

Mix together a bit of mayo with grated horseradish. Spread on toasted rye or wheat bread, then top with roast beef, sharp Cheddar, sliced cucumbers, pickled onions, and arugula.

Chopped Rainbow Mix

Place as many of the following items on a cutting board as you like: Ham, turkey, cucumber, bell pepper, tomato, olives, beans, chickpeas, scallions, blue cheese, and iceberg lettuce. Chop into tiny pieces. When you’re ready to eat, dress the chopped salad with a healthy honey mustard. For more ideas that are similar, check out these 20 Awesome Recipes for Mason Jar Salads.

Egg Salad Wraps

Chop two hard-boiled eggs and mix with diced pickles, a spoon of olive-oil mayo, spicy mustard, and a pinch of cayenne. When you’re ready to eat it, spoon the egg salad onto large romaine or Bibb lettuce leaves and eat like a burrito.

Tuna Flat

Mix a can of tuna with chopped pickles, minced onion, and equal parts Dijon and olive oil mayo. Pile onto an open-faced whole grain piece of bread.

Stuffed Pitas

Stuff a pita with black beans, guacamole, sliced tomato, crumbled feta cheese, and a handful of your favorite greens.

Mexi Bowl

Mix equal parts of cooked brown rice and drained canned black beans. Top with leftover chicken or steak, salsa, corn, and guacamole. Eat with a small handful of tortilla chips for extra crunch.

Tuna Avocados

Slice an avocado and remove the pit. Fill the round cavities with canned tuna and a squeeze of lemon, plus salt and pepper. Enjoy with Triscuits or Stacy’s Pita Chips.

BBQ Chicken Wrap

Using leftover rotisserie chicken (skin removed!), shred chicken and mix with a small spoonful of barbecue sauce. Spread onto a whole wheat or spinach tortilla and top with cooked or raw onions and slice of avocado. Wrap tightly.

Avocado Toast

Toast a whole grain or flaxseed piece of bread and top with chunky, mashed avocado. Sprinkle chili pepper flakes and very lightly drizzle with olive oil. For more great avocado ideas, check out these 30 Best Avocado Recipes on Instagram!

Adult Lunchables

Pack a stack of Triscuits, Swiss, and slice of smoked turkey or roasted chicken breast. It’s like an adult Lunchables, but it’s actually healthy. But skip the sugar-packed juice and mini candy treat!

Rotini Mix

Boil half a cup of whole grain rotini pasta and rinse with cold water once cooked and drained. Mix in chickpeas, black beans, feta crumbles, and plenty of black pepper; toss with a light drizzle of olive oil or flavored oil.

Instant Oats

Take one package of unflavored instant oats and prepare as directed. Mix in a handful of walnuts or pistachios and drizzle a tiny bit of honey.

Snacks That Double as Party Apps

Whether for a crowd of hungry guests or a single rumbling stomach, these easy concoctions are perfect to nibble on between meals.

Warm Anchovy Mix

Combine sliced garlic, chili flakes, and a few chopped anchovies in a sauce pan with a half-cup of olive oil. Cook for 5 minutes over low heat. Serve with raw radishes, carrots, bell peppers, cauliflower, and a sliced fennel.

Stuffed, Wrapped Dates

Remove the pit from dates, stuff with an almond and blue cheese and wrap tightly with half a strip of bacon. Secure with toothpicks and bake at 350° F until the bacon is crisp. Love bacon? Satisfy your top three cravings (can you guess the other two?) with these 30 Guilt-Free Snacks for Your Biggest Cravings!

Bean Dip

Fill the bottom of an oven-safe bowl with bean dip or low-fat refried beans. Top with salsa, scallions, and a thin layer of Jack cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted, then crown with chopped pickled jalapenos. Serve with toasted pita or black bean chips.

Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail

Mix a few cups of low-sodium V8 with horseradish, Worcestershire, lemon juice, Tabasco, and maybe a dash of vodka for fun. Pour into wine or martini glasses, top with chopped cucumbers and avocados, and rim the glass with cooked shrimp.

Simple and Savory Cheese Dip

Place 4 ounces of fresh goat cheese in a small glass baking dish. Add some chopped garlic, fresh herbs, a drizzle of olive oil, and lots of black pepper. Bake until the cheese is bubbling and enjoy with warm pita bread.


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