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 26 Best Foods to Melt Love Handles!
What You’ll Need: Peanut butter, banana, honey, bread, chia seeds
Pave a slice of toasted wheat bread with peanut butter and banana slices. Top with a drizzle of honey.
What You’ll Need: Multigrain crackers, avocado, tomato, salt, pepper
Layer a multigrain cracker with an avocado. Option: add ¼-inch thick slice of plum or romano tomato. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Hummus & Veggies Mason Jars
What You’ll Need: Peppers, celery, carrots, hummus
Using a tiny jar for hummus is great for perfecting portion control. Simply divide up your portioned servings of hummus and dip fiber-rich vegetables into the protein-packed puree. Together, this combo makes an awesome flat-belly-friendly snack.
What You’ll Need: Fresh or slightly-frozen berries, plain Greek Yogurt, carob chips
Mix fresh or slightly-frozen berries with plain Greek yogurt. Sprinkle with carob chips for a guilt-free indulgence.
What You’ll Need: fresh mozzarella, pitted green olives, sundried tomatoes
Cut fresh mozzarella into ½-inch cubes. Skewer on toothpicks with pitted green olives and sundried tomatoes.
What You’ll Need: pecans, almonds, cashews, chili powder, black pepper, cayenne
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.
What You’ll Need: Canned tuna, shredded carrots, pickles, cucumber, olives, Dijon mustard, mayo, salt, pepper, whole-white based cracker
Combine a can of tuna with shredded carrots, pickles, cucumber, olives, Dijon mustard, a touch of mayo, and season with salt and pepper. Use Triscuits, Wheat Thins, or Stacy’s Pita Chips for scooping.
Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppers
What You’ll Need: Cherry peppers, goat cheese
Stuff cherry peppers or bottled Peppadew peppers with soft goat cheese or mini balls of fresh mozzarella.
D.I.Y. Trail Mix
What You’ll Need: almonds, walnuts, cashew, sunflower seeds, dried fruit
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.
Ants on a Log
What You’ll Need: celery, peanut butter, raisins
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!
What You’ll Need: artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, olives, chunks of cheese (Parmesan, Manchego, or Gruyere)
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).
Greek Cucumber Salad
What You’ll Need: Cucumber, tomatoes, black olives, red onion, feta, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper.
We don’t love this because just because it’s so hydrating. No, this light and refreshing snack can be made so quickly. Chop up some cucumbers, tomatoes, black olives, onion, and feta. Sprinkle some olive oil and lemon juice to lightly coat the veggies. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Apples and Peanut Butter
What You’ll Need: 2 tablespoons peanut butter, apple slices
This salty and sweet combination does more than remind you of your childhood. This protein and fiber combo will help you remain satiated until your next meal. Feel free to add some cinnamon to fancy things up.
What You’ll Need: Pimiento stuffed green olives, black olives, garlic salt, olive oil, lemon juice
If you have one, add olives into a food processor until they are in tiny pieces — otherwise, chop away. Add olive oil, garlic salt, and lemon juice together until blended, then pour over olive mash. Serve over grain-based crackers and enjoy.
Berry Yogurt Toast
What You’ll Need: Ezekial toast, Greek yogurt, berries, chia seed
Slabbing a piece of fiber rich Ezekiel toast, with protein-packed Greek yogurt makes this snack of the day so much better. We like to add high-fiber berries, to take the toasts nutrition to the next level. Did you know? 1 cup of raspberries contains a whopping 8 grams of fiber. That combined with antioxidant rich blueberries, and blood-sugar stabilizing chia seeds this epic combo is sure to keep those afternoon tummy rumbles at ease.
Grilled Veggies with Tzatziki
What You’ll Need: Peppers, eggplant, mushroom, asparagus, zucchini, diced cucumbers, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, parsley, salt, pepper.
Place your favorite veggies on the grill until charred, they make the perfect dippers for this Greek sauce. Squeeze as much liquid as you can out of the diced cucumbers, chop as small as possible. Add to a combination of Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, parsley and salt and pepper to make a delicious sauce. Using Greek yogurt provides you with a boost or probiotics, protein and a great source of vitamin D.
Corn & Bean Salsa with Chips
What You’ll Need: Cooked corn, black beans, tomato, bell pepper, onion, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Tortilla chips are optional.
A perfect blend of corn, black beans, chopped tomatoes, chopped bell peppers, red onion, and dressed with a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar & lime juice. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve either with chips or as a side dish! Fiber-rich, protein-packed, and made with fresh ingredients — what else could we ask for,
What You’ll Need: edamame, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, kosher salt
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.
Chili & Lime Spiced Mango Spears
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What You’ll Need: mango, lime juice, chili powder
Peel a mango and cut it into spears. Top with fresh lime juice and chili powder.
Veggies and Pesto
What You’ll Need: Pesto sauce, eggplant, tomato, peppers
With these skewers, the more vegetables the merrier! Simply grill a colorful array of vegetables topped with a light seasoning of pesto sauce. Grill until charred and then, devour!
What You’ll Need: melon (or cantaloupe), prosciutto, (or Spanish ham)
Wrap slices of melon or cantaloupe with good prosciutto or Spanish ham.
What You’ll Need: fresh kale, olive oil, salt, pepper
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.
DIY Bistro Box
What You’ll Need: Toasted whole grain English muffin, cheese’s of your choice (sharp cheddar, Babybel wedge, gorgonzola), 1 Tbsp nut butter (pb2 if you’re really trying!), apple slices, carrot slices, 1 hard boiled egg
Why overpay for a gourmet Bistro Box, when you can make one at home, for less and pack it with better ingredients! The best part about DIY? You can put whatever you want in it. We gave you some of our favorite toppings, but feel free to swap toast for crackers, cheddar for mozzarella, nut butter for hummus, maybe even add in some turkey slices — you get the point, pair up and enjoy.
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.
Quick Turkey Roll-Up
What You’ll Need: smoked turkey, swiss cheese, hummus, or guacamole
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.
What You’ll Need: Pita, hummus, tomato, onion, lettuce
Spread the inside of a pita half with plenty of hummus and top with sliced tomato, onion, and lettuce.
What You’ll Need: high-fiber whole grain tortilla, low-fat cheese, salsa
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.
What You’ll Need: Quinoa, cherry tomatoes, green onion, cucumber, extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt, pepper, mint
Traditionally this salad is made with bulgur, but we suggest using quinoa — a protein and fiber rich grain, that will give you a ton of more benefits than the traditional choice. Mix in with diced cherry tomatoes, green onion, chopped cucumber, salt, and pepper. Toss it in a mixture of extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice. Some people even add in chopped mint for extra flavor.
What You’ll Need: unflavored instant oats, walnuts, honey
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.
English Muffin Pizzas
What You’ll Need: Whole wheat English muffins, marinara sauce, low-fat mozzarella, vegetables of your choosing (we use spinach, green peppers, broccoli, olives, and tomatoes)
Place English muffin halves in the oven at 450, top them with marinara sauce, a sprinkle of cheese and as many vegetables as you like. This will cook quickly, roughly 3 minutes so be sure to keep an eye on the oven to prevent the cheese from burning!
Egg Salad Wraps
What You’ll Need: hard boiled eggs, diced pickles, olive-oil mayo, spicy mustard, cayenne
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.
What You’ll Need: brown rice, black beans, chicken, salsa, corn, guacamole, tortilla chips
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.
Avocado Toast with Smoked Salmon
What You’ll Need: whole grain toast, avocado, chili pepper flakes, olive oil
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!
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.
Stuffed, Wrapped Dates
What You’ll Need:dates, almonds, blue cheese, bacon
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!
What You’ll Need: bean-dip, (or low-fat refried-beans), salsa, scallions, jack-cheese, pickled jalapenos, toasted pita
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 Cocktail
What You’ll Need: low-sodium V8, horseradish, Worcestershire, lemon juice, Tobasco, vodka, cucumbers, avocado
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 avocado.
What You’ll Need: watermelon, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil
Thread chunks of watermelon, cherry tomatoes, pieces of fresh mozzarella, and leaves of basil on wooden skewers.
Simple and Savory Cheese Dip
What You’ll Need: goat cheese, garlic, fresh herbs, olive oil, black pepper
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.
What You’ll Need: Tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, basil, balsamic, fiber rich toast
There’s nothing better than the addictively delicious Italian treat. Simple chop up tomatoes — try to remove as many seeds and juice as possible so the toppings aren’t too wet — throw in some finely minced garlic, basil, salt, and pepper, and a touch of balsamic. Refrigerate while you toast and break apart bite-sized pieces of fiber-rich bread. Then top each golden bread-bite with the toppings. Take a bite and enjoy!
Salmon and Cucumber Roll-Ups
What You’ll Need: Cucumber, salmon, herb-goat cheese
This simple yet fancy combination creates a creamy, crunchy finger food that’s just irresistible. Roll up all three together to create a protein-packed snack — that’s appealing regardless of the time of day.
Spinach Quiche Cups
What You’ll Need: 5 eggs, fresh spinach, mini-Bella mushrooms, salt, and pepper. Cheese optional
Whisk together eggs, as if you were going to make a scramble. Toss in spinach and sauteed mushrooms, add in cheese if desired. Evenly divide mixture among 12 muffin cups. Bake for about 20 minutes, at 375 degrees F, or until it’s set and nothing comes out after inserting with a toothpick.