Contrary to popular belief, your habit of snacking throughout the day can actually be an excellent way to stay energized and alert during even your busiest moments. Choosing healthy snacks that are packed with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals will fuel your body and keep your blood sugar levels steady. Some studies have even found that grazing on healthy snacks has even been proven to prevent you from overeating at meals.
Although fulfilling the occasional doughnut craving isn't a bad thing, reaching for healthy snacks full of protein and other good-for-you ingredients more often will keep that sluggish, mid-afternoon blah feeling at bay. And with a little experimentation, you can find healthy snacks that satisfy all your cravings, whether you want something sweet, salty, crunchy, or all of the above. The best snacks are the ones that are easy to make, taste great, and fill you up without weighing you down. And you don't have to be an expert in the kitchen to prepare snacks that are simple to make, taste great, and good for you. These easy healthy snack ideas are perfect even for novices in the kitchen and often they don't require more than a handful of ingredients to make. Whether you're in the mood for something warm and salty like these edamame beans or something sweet like these roasted apples, there's something on this list of healthy snacks to help satisfy whatever you're craving. So go ahead and get snackin'.
Fruit and Nut Bars
These fruit and nut bars are great to make ahead and throw in your bag when you know you have a long day ahead of you. They're full of good-for-you ingredients like nuts, honey, and rolled oats.
Broccoli and Cheddar Rollups
If you're looking for a more exciting way to get your vegetables, try these broccoli rolls, which you can make in advance and freeze to reheat anytime you want a savory snack.
Satisfy a your sweet tooth by pairing some low-cal vanilla yogurt with roasted apples. It's a light snack that will fill you up and tastes great.
Nachos can never be beat and while it's certainly okay to splurge on the chips and cheese come game day these healthy apple nachos are sure to become your new favorite.
Skip bags of pre-packaged trail mix and make your own instead. Once you pick your ingredients — we suggest pretzels, pecans, almonds, peanuts, Cheerios and pepitas — season them, drizzle with olive oil, and bake for 15 minutes.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins
You'll only need one of these filling muffins to hold you over in-between meals — but it'll be hard to resist having a second.
Tex Mex Stuffed Zucchini with Black Beans
With 24 g protein, these stuffed zucchini slices are sure to keep you full until dinner. To make it vegan and cut some calories, eliminate the Pepper Jack Cheese and chorizo.
Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Scrambled Eggs in a Jar
Snacks in jars are just more fun. This light egg recipe has an impressive 19 g protein, too.
Green Olive, Walnut, and Pomegranate Dip
This dip is packed with tasty veggies like green olives, pomegranate seeds, and walnuts for a quick bite.
Cherry-Ginger Hermit Bars
Instead of chowing down on sugary cookies, try making these bars made from molasses, dried cherries, and candied ginger.
Nicol is a freelance Editorial Assistant at WomansDay.com and is a Manhattan-based journalist who specializes in health, wellness, beauty, fashion, business, and lifestyle. When Nicol isn't writing, she loves spending time with family and friends, trying new workout classes, and traveling.
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