The 30 Most Filling Healthy Snacks
If you typically have small healthy snacks before going out to eat, that's definitely a smart move—and one that keeps you from ordering everything (healthy or not) off the menu the second you arrive. You see, the less ravenous you are when you sit down to a meal, the easier it will be to choose healthy snacks and foods that align with your better-body goals.
But that doesn't mean you should reach for a piece of candy or some chips to quell your hunger. These types of snacks don't provide any beneficial nutrients to your body and they won't ward off hunger long enough to keep you from going overboard during mealtime.
Healthy filling snacks should have fewer than 250 calories and be rich in hunger-squashing nutrients like water, fiber, and protein. All of our weight-loss friendly snack recommendations below contain these slimming nutrients and are free of scary additives and chemicals.
And since it's not always possible to fix a fresh snack, we've gathered both fresh and packaged options that are easy, healthy filling snacks to eat on the run. Ready to stock up your pantry? Great! But before you head to the store, skim these ways to save at the grocery store for the very best tips on losing weight—without lightening your wallet.
Homemade Healthy Filling Snacks
All of these simple, fresh bites can be pulled together in less than five minutes…
Avocado toast isn't just for breakfast, guys. Thanks to its healthy fat, fiber, and protein content, the combo makes for a filling snack, too. To whip up a slice, toast a piece of Ezekiel or whole grain bread and top with chunky, mashed avocado. Sprinkle chili pepper flakes and a light drizzle of olive oil. For more tasty avocado ideas, check out these avocado recipes for weight loss.
Did You Know?!
Avocados are packed with something called monounsaturated fat, a type of fat that can prevent body fat from forming around the belly.
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Snap Peas with Hummus
Veggies and hummus make for the perfect healthy snacks. Not only does the crunch help to keep you alert through the mid-afternoon slump, but the combination of fiber, protein, and water (snap peas are 90 percent H2O) is also sure to keep your stomach satisfied until suppertime. To ensure your snack remains diet friendly, plan to stick to one of our go-to hummus choices.
Raspberries may be small, but they're awful mighty—think of them as nature's magical weight loss pill. Packing more fiber and liquid than most other fruits, they boost feelings of satiety without doing any damage to your waistline. Eat them solo or throw them in a Greek yogurt for creamy, more protein-rich healthy snacks.
Protein Roll Up
Think of this as a flavorful sandwich minus the bread. To make a protein-filled roll up, lay a slice of Swiss cheese on a cutting board. Top with a slice of turkey, a thick tomato slice, and a spoonful of hummus. Wrap like a jelly roll and enjoy.
Eat This Tip!
Sick of your post-workout protein shake? Make this roll up without the cheese (its fat content will slow the absorption of the nutrients your body needs to recover) and pair it with an apple. The combination of protein and carbs is just what your muscles need post-pump. For even more recovery ideas, check out what fitness trainers eat after a workout.
Not only can the humble banana's water and fiber content keep you away from the vending machine (75 percent of the fruit is pure water), each one comes with a free carrying case, so you can grab it and go! The ultimate in healthy snacks!
Ants on a Log
To make this high-protein childhood favorite, slather celery with smooth or chunky peanut butter and then top it off with raisins. But before you whip up this tasty snack, you might want to find out where your favorite PB falls on our exclusive list of popular peanut butters—ranked to make sure it's a good-for-you pick.
As one of the easiest fruits to eat on the run, apples are one of our go-to snacks. The best time to eat one? As pre-meal healthy snacks. According to Penn State University researchers, munching on an apple before a meal can reduce overall calorie consumption by 15 percent! If that doesn't convince you to add them to your healthy snack time lineup, we're not sure what will.
Homemade Cheese Herb Popcorn
A potent source of fiber and filling whole grains, popcorn makes for satisfyingly delicious healthy snacks. But pop the wrong kennels and you could be doing your body more harm than good. Many major brands of microwave popcorn, for example, line their bags with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), the same stuff found in Teflon pots and pans; some studies have linked it to infertility, weight gain, and impaired learning. Thankfully pulling together a healthier snack is a simple task. Simply add 2 tablespoons (which yields about 2 ½ cups popped) of your favorite popping kernels to a small paper lunch bag and fold the top down a few times. Then, zap it in the microwave until you hear only a few pops every five seconds. While still hot, toss the popcorn with a half cup grated Parmesan and rosemary.
Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates
It may be hard to believe, but this salty-sweet combo serves up as much protein as a cup of milk and as much fiber as an apple. Making it is super simple, too. Just split open the date, remove the seed and top each half with your favorite all-natural nut butter. For some added flavor and texture, you can even sprinkle on some unsweetened coconut flakes. Yum!
Snack-Sized Berry Spinach Smoothie
Short on time? Blend up a small, snack-sized smoothie. Registered dietitian Kristin Reisinger gave us one of her go-to recipes—which features fibrous berries and filling protein powder—for our New York Times bestselling book, Zero Belly Smoothies, and it makes for the perfect filling treat. To make it, toss ½ cup of mixed frozen berries, a handful of spinach, 8-ounces of almond milk, and vanilla protein powder into a blender, and combine until smooth. For more tasty blends, be sure to get your copy of the book today!
Cottage Cheese with Pineapple
Sick of Greek yogurt? Break open a container of low-sodium cottage cheese and top it with some sweet yellow pineapple. So long as you stick to a half-cup serving of each, you'll craft protein-packed healthy snacks that contain less than 150 calories! If you want some added flavor, top your bowl with some low-sugar or no-sugar-added coconut chips. The combination of flavors is reminiscent of a piña colada!
It may look like a fancy appetizer, but this snack comes together in mere minutes. To pull it together, lay 5 dried apricots on a plate, smear each one with some crumbled blue cheese, and then sprinkle with some chopped pistachios and honey. With 5 grams of fiber and a ton of flavor, these healthy snacks are sure to keep your energy levels soaring.
Almond Butter and Peach Toast
While pairing almond butter with peaches may seem like an odd combination, we can assure you that the salty and sweet mix is a pleasing one. After you've toasted the protein-packed Ezekiel bread, simply smear on the nut butter, and top it off with some fresh peach slices—super easy!
Dark Chocolate with Nut Butter
This naughty-sounding snack duo is actually super low-sugar and satiating. In their purest forms, both peanut butter and dark chocolate are superfoods overflowing with nutrients. We adore Green & Black's Organic Dark Chocolate 85% Cacao Bar for its high fiber count and low sugar content. When selecting a nut butter, look for something that contains just two ingredients: nuts and salt. If you see anything else printed on the label, there's a very good chance it's not a health food.
'Cheesecake' in a Bowl
While cheesecake is far from a meeting a healthy snacks standard, this combo of flavors is an entirely different story. While the ricotta lends a creamy texture reminiscent of the light and fluffy dessert (not to mention loads of protein!), the graham crackers and honey provide sweetness and a crust-like crunch. If you're not a big fan of strawberries, feel free to sub in any other fruit you feel would be pleasing. Blueberries, kiwi, or a mix of various berries are all delicious and filling alternatives thanks to their high water and fiber content.
Store-Bought Healthy Filling Snacks
Sometimes you just need to grab something and go. These packaged eats can all be tossed in a bag and enjoyed on the run…
Rhythm Superfoods Carrot Sticks
Not only are carrots a great source of potassium and vitamin A, but they're also packed with over a third of the day's worth of satiating fiber and 3 grams of hunger-quelling protein. While raw carrots may be a bit harder to eat on-the-go because they're perishable, this packaged, seasoned variety can be easily noshed just about anywhere.
Siggi's Icelandic Style 4% Yogurt Vanilla
Although just about every yogurt is a good source of calcium and protein, few other flavored varieties are so low in sugar. Siggi's uses Madagascar bourbon vanilla in lieu of traditional additives and sweeteners to produce healthy snacks that have a deliciously sweet flavor and won't derail your weight loss efforts. (For us, it was love at first bite!) We reach for whole milk yogurts because they're uber filling and tend to have more protein and less sugar than their leaner versions. In fact, a 4 percent yogurt is one of these best full-fat foods for weight loss.
Bolthouse Farms Veggie Snackers Carrot Meets Ranch
Carrots are one of the most satiating veggies out there, according to Australian researchers—likely due to their high water content. These healthy snacks come with a handful of carrots and a package of seasonings, which punches up the flavor like dips and dressings without the excess calories or fat. Need more calories to power through until your next meal? Pair this savory snack with one or two of these best snacks under 50 calories.
Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame, Sea Salt, 100 Calorie Snack Pack
If you like noshing on nuts and seeds, you're bound to enjoy dry-roasted edamame. Besides having a satisfyingly crunchy texture and a slightly salty taste, is provides 11 grams of soy protein and six grams of belly-filling fiber in each 100-calorie serving—it doesn't get much better than that!
Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Brown Sugar & Maple Oatmeal Cup
This may look like your average cup of oats, but it's worth a second glance. Made with a blend of whole gluten-free rolled oats, chia seeds, and flax seeds—an uber filling trio not typically found in oatmeal—this Bob's Red Mill creation is the perfect blank canvas for just about any healthy filling snacks time creation. Top off your bowl with some nuts or a half-cup of raspberries for an additional 4 grams of satiating fiber.
Pacific Organic Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup
According to a Purdue University study, slurping soup keeps people fuller longer than solid foods. While we wouldn't suggest living on soup alone, it's gaining some traction as an easier—and delicious—way to detox and boost weight loss results. We like Pacific's slow-roasted red pepper variety because it provides a dose of bone-building calcium and can easily be stored, opened and warmed in an office break room.
Emerald Natural Almonds 100 Calorie Packs
This snack-sized serving of almonds serves up more protein and fiber than other similar nut blends. Plus, each pouch provides 25 percent of the day's vitamin E, a nutrient that boosts immunity and helps maintain skin and eye health.
Blue Moose, Lemon Turmeric On The Go Hummus
This gluten-free mini meal is comprised of crunchy carrot sticks and a flavorful, creamy hummus that's packed with fiber. Enjoy this hunger-taming duo as a healthy road trip or mid-afternoon office healthy snack.
Beanitos Original Black Bean Chips with Sea Salt
If no one told you these chips were made from navy beans, brown rice, oils, and spices, you'd never be the wiser. This healthy snack time favorite has a texture and flavor reminiscent of traditional crisps. The primary difference? Beanitos will fill you up without filling you out. Pair it with a bean dip to boost satiety even more. We like Desert Pepper's black bean variety.
KIND Nuts & Spices Bar, Madagascar Vanilla Almond
The high fiber and protein content isn't the only good thing about this bar. It also has fat-blasting Madagascar vanilla, which is a potent source of oleic fatty acids, monounsaturated fats that can help reduce appetite and promote weight loss. To see how all of your favorite KIND bars stack up in terms of nutrition, check out our special report, Every KIND Bar—Ranked!
Iconic Lean Ready-to-Drink Protein Shake
Full of sweeteners, toxic contaminants, chemical additives, and trans fat, many protein powder labels read like the stock list of a chemistry lab. But not this pre-made protein drink. Made with natural ingredients like grass-fed milk protein isolate, cocoa powder, organic agave, and sea salt, this is one of the better bottles in the supplement store. Not to mention, it has more protein than three hard boiled eggs which practically ensures it will keep you full and satisfied for hours between meals.
Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Protein Bites, Dark Raspberry
While protein and snack bars can be healthy snacks for busy folks, sometimes you just want to slowly pick at something—like these small, chocolate raspberry protein bites. Not only do we like that you can grab three of these bites instead of committing to an entire bar, we're also digging the clean ingredient label that's common-allergen-free. The protein in this snack comes from sunflower protein, which explains the slow digesting (read: filling) protein and healthy fats.
The New Primal Spicy Beef Jerky
Made with omega-3-rich grass-fed beef, and flavored with pineapple juice, coconut aminos, honey, lemon juice, jalapeno peppers, cayenne, and other delicious herbs and spices, this jerky is one of the cleanest options you'll find at the market. Pair it with a piece of fiber-rich fruit like an apple or a pear to add some filling fiber to your snack-time lineup.
Biena Chickpea Snacks, Sea Salt
These dried chickpeas are downright addictive. Luckily for you, they're low in calories and sugar and loaded with fiber and protein. Snag a bag in every flavor. From Honey Roasted to Rockin' Ranch, they're all delicious—and are a welcomed break from raw nuts.
I Heart Keenwah Quinoa Clusters, Chocolate Sea Salt
Quinoa isn't just for your dinner plate anymore. Breakfast quinoa bowls and snacks made with the super grain have been trending for awhile now. We love that this bite-sized snack is wholesome and free of scary additives, yet taste like sweet, sinful treats.