Rule number one for sticking to a healthy snacking plan = don’t get bored. But before you get bogged down by the intimidation factor of coming up with creative healthy snack recipes, check out these 19 super simple mini meals. Every easy, delicious recipe here makes the grade in terms of nutrition, and we promise they’re a lot more imaginative than—snooze—a bowl of celery sticks.
Though avocado toast has become something of a cliché, it's popular for a reason—a slice of hearty toast spread with creamy avocado, drizzled with a bit of olive oil, and sprinkled with salt makes a simple, filling, and tasty snack (or breakfast!). If you need a little more excitement than what the basic formula offers, we've got plenty of different ways to give it a twist. One of our favorites is this bright vegan version, which gets its springtime vibe from sweet baby peas, slivers of crisp radish, and fresh basil.
“You might assume that you can’t eat pulses like chickpeas, beans, and lentils on the keto diet. But you totally can, especially in smaller portions," says Amy Gorin, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area. "Pulses are a good source of satiating protein and an excellent source of filling fiber—and research shows that eating them daily can help your overall health and can even help you lose weight." Roast chickpeas and toss with oil (for added fat) and spices (to amp the flavor).
Veggies and Dip – Veggies and dip is a quick snack that you can take on the go. We love cucumbers, green or red peppers, and broccoli dipped in ranch dressing. Be sure to avoid “low-fat” dressings, as they usually have more carbohydrates than full-fat dressing. Be sure to have a few small, travel-safe containers on hand so that you can bring dressing or dip on-the-go.
My afternoon snack is often a small handful of nuts and a piece of fruit. It’s delicious, satisfying and nutritious. Try raspberries and walnuts, banana and pecans, cashew and blueberries, almond and banana or any other combination you can think of. You can also spread peanut butter over sliced banana or almond butter over sliced apple. Try sprinkling it with cinnamon for extra flavour and it’s blood sugar stabilizing benefits!
Easy peasy. Mix a little plant-based protein powder with water or almond milk to create a thick pudding then top it with your favourite fruit and a sprinkling of nuts or seeds. I love cherries or strawberries and almonds, sliced banana and walnuts or chopped apple and hemp seeds. To make a peanut butter protein pudding, add 2 tbsp of powdered peanut butter to vanilla protein and mix with water to make a thick, mousse-like pudding.