8 Healthy Snack Ideas



As spring arrives, I find I stop eating the larger, heavier meals of winter.  I change to eating smaller meals mostly because I’m able to be more active again.  


I thought I’d pull together some of my favorite snacks for you.  Some of these are small, quick bites while others may be a bit more as meals spread out with the longer days.  All are easy to make and can be made in a big batch at the beginning of the week to take to work.



Nuts & Dried Fruit

This can be pretty much anything you like.  Here, I’ve made a mix from walnut pieces, roasted chickpeas, dried blueberries, and crystallized ginger.  No baking.  Just assemble and go!  I like to put these into small containers so you can take one with you to work.




Fruit with Nut Butter

Another easy snack with fruit.  Just add your favorite nut butter (here, I’m using almond butter).  A nice boost for the afternoon.






Yogurt with Nuts & Berries

You can make a few of these parfaits at the beginning of the week.  They can be a nice mid-morning snack or add some granola and have for breakfast.  Just layer some non-fat Greek yogurt with your favorite berries.  Top with some slivered almonds and maybe chia seeds.




Veggies with Hummus

Love this plate for an afternoon snack.  Something crunchy and full of flavor.  You can put some hummus in a small container and take the veggies with you to work.






Roasted Chickpeas

An alternative to hummus are these roasted chickpeas.  They are super filling, too!  You can make your own snack by tossing the chickpeas with some olive oil and salt and roasting in a 400-degree oven for 20-30 minutes.  Then toss with your favorite seasonings or enjoy plain.




Kale Chips

If you’re bored with kale salads, making kale chips can be a fun way to use some leftover kale in your vegetable drawing.  Eating only a few of these is hard!  








Fruit

An easy option is to have a piece of fruit.  I always have an apple, orange, or some grapes on hand to grab and go when you need a pick me up.






Popcorn

Don’t forget the standby popcorn.  Make it yourself to control the oil, salt and other ingredients used.  






I hope this gives you some ideas for healthy snacks for your busy week.  By planning a couple of these ahead of time, you can be sure to have something healthy on hand when those cravings hit.

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