25 Healthy Snack Ideas

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Having a good stock of healthy snack ideas is critical if you want to be able to go from breakfast to lunch without eating junk.

Snacking is not bad, and hunger is not the enemy.

Loads of us feel the need for a snack between meals, myself included. You just need to ensure you equipped with some healthy snack ideas, and I hope to help you with that below.

Fuelling up regularly for many people, is a vital way to prevent binging on unhealthy foods and eating too much at main meals. Even if you’re trying to lose weight, there are plenty of healthy snacks for weight loss.

NOTE: I have a complete healthy snacks resource you should check out.

Healthy snack ideas: what’s the best option?

Preferably the snack should be something that offers a complex carbohydrate and a source of protein to keep you feeling sustained throughout the day.

Here’s a typical schedule you can rework to fit your daily routine:

  • Breakfast at 8am
  • Mid-morning snack around 10.30am
  • Lunch around 1pm
  • Mid-afternoon snack around 3.30pm
  • Evening meal around 6pm.

With a schedule like this, your blood sugar levels are maintained at an even level, preventing ravenous hunger that often leads to overeating and poor food choices.

So if you’re after some healthy snacks for weight loss, or just some snack ideas, check these out…

25 healthy snack ideas…

1. 1 rye crisp bread with cottage cheese and a pinch of garam masala.

2. Small serve of tuna mixed with natural yoghurt and herbs, spread onto 3 celery sticks.

3. 4 carrot sticks, 2 cherry tomatoes, and 4 green beans served with guacamole dip.

4. 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce with 1 slice of wholegrain bread, toasted, and cut into 4 strips for dunking.

5. Frozen yoghurt lollipops.

6. 2 multi grain crackers topped with a small serve of cheddar cheese and sliced green grapes.

7. 1 tablespoon of mixed seeds, 3 strips of red pepper, 2 thick slices of mushroom.

8. 1 small apple sliced, almond butter thinly spread on each slice, raisins sprinkled on top.

9. 1 oatcake with cottage cheese and fresh coriander.

10. A small serving of natural yoghurt with pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds, and a pinch of cinnamon.

11. 2 multi grain crackers topped with grated cucumber, natural yoghurt, and a sprig of mint.

12. A small bowl of frozen berries and natural yoghurt, topped with linseeds.

13. 8 cashew nuts, 3 carrot sticks, and 2 thick slices of cucumber.

14. A small cup of homemade vegetable soup.

15. 2 rice cakes spread with hummus, and topped with cherry tomatoes.

16. 1 rice cake spread with pesto, topped with a small amount of mackerel, and diced tomatoes.

17. A small bowl of natural yoghurt with 1/2 cup unsweetened granola.

18. 3 handfuls of unbuttered/unsweetened popcorn, seasoned with herbs.

19. 6 Brazil nuts, 4 small florets of broccoli, and 2 cherry tomatoes.

20. Small serving of natural yoghurt, with linseed’s, and a pinch of cinnamon.

21. 2 crisp breads spread with mashed avocado and a squeeze of lemon juice.

22. 2 multi grain crispbreads topped with salmon, cottage cheese, and herbs.

23. 2 small kiwis sliced, and 6 almonds.

24. 1/2 cup pure orange juice, frozen and eaten as sorbet.

25. 1 rice cake topped with a hard-boiled egg and mixed herbs.

What are your healthy snack ideas?

Note: If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, I’ve another 20 Healthy Snack Ideas for you to enjoy, as well as 10 Easy Snacks and 22 Snacks Under 200 Calories.

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Blake September 13, 2008 at 2:17 am

great snack ideas. thanks!

Blake’s last blog post..My Photo Food Journal

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Colin January 1, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Am I the only person here that thinks that portions like this are so small that they wouldn’t begin to satisfy my hunger? I’m 11 stone and six foot. 4 celery sticks at 10:30 would just leave me hungry. I normally eat 4 whole sandwiches at that time! It all seems unnatural to me.

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Melanie February 7, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Hi Colin, the snacks are a guideline of what you might like to eat, I’m not suggesting you stick with it rigidly. Also, I don’t mention eating only celery sticks. If you eat a veg/fruit with a protein source it’s much more filling.

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Tom September 13, 2008 at 5:29 am

These all look like good ideas. I’m in search of some good healthy snacks as my schedule is pretty rough right now. Thanks for the ideas

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Cathy in NZ September 13, 2008 at 5:46 am

I have been finding that I have ‘staying awake problems’ in the 2 hour lecture that starts @ 2pm. There are 2days like this one of which has a 2hr break until and the other a 1hr break……I don’t know exactly what to do! However, I have found that if I have some fresh fruit salad in the 10min break between the 2hrs i.e. 3ish I manage to ‘wake up/concentrate’…….I thought that maybe the lunch was the problemo anyway I will endeavour to try some healthy snacking in a bid to deal to it….I’m quite sure the lecturer can ‘see-me’ :-)

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Melanie September 16, 2008 at 11:07 am

Hi Blake, Tom and Cathy,

Thanks for your comments.

@ Cathy: I can remember those days at uni too LOL Hope your mid-afternoon snacking helps you stay awake! :-)

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Melanie September 30, 2008 at 9:12 am

Hi Cassie,

Thanks for your tips too! I like the idea of almond butter with sliced fruit!

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Cassie September 29, 2008 at 11:56 pm

Great ideas there, Melanie. I like those rye or multi-grain crispbreads you mention and one of my favorite snacks is to spread almond butter and sliced fruit over top. Or for a savory version, and similar to your #15, is to spread on hummus and sliced cucumber and tomato. And smoothies.. though it’s not as practical if I’m away from my kitchen.

Cassie’s last blog post..A Pantry Challenge: Mixed Bean Salad and Bread

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mary June 9, 2009 at 9:41 pm

triple chocolate cake with wip cream,sprinkles,chocolat icing,carmel,and cherrys sounds good to me.

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Melanie June 9, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Hi Mary,
LOL Yeah, sounds good to me too, but doesn’t quite fall into the “healthy snack” category!! Occasional treat perhaps?

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Gina September 16, 2009 at 9:03 pm

One of my favorite snacks is dipping 4 ounces of strawberries in a sugar free/fat free 60 calorie Jello Dark Chocolate Pudding cup for a total of 100 calories. Not quite chocolate covered strawberries, but pretty damn good!!!

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Melanie September 21, 2009 at 11:13 am

Yum, what a great idea!!

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Richard 16/m/uk July 16, 2010 at 11:00 pm

HUGEEE plate of cabbage with a tiny bit of healthyish marg mixed in.

It’s lovely

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Melanie July 27, 2010 at 10:33 am

That’s a new snack idea for me, thanks!

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lauraaaaaa October 11, 2010 at 12:12 am

perfect!!! easy and super green and healthy.

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Melanie October 11, 2010 at 6:35 pm

I’m glad

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Ashley October 17, 2010 at 4:32 am

Some inexpensive healthy eating ideas would be nice too. Eating healthy is just so expensive these days, it’s just ridiculous! We should all be able to put good food into our bodies no matter what we’re earning. :(

The term ‘food stress’ is starting to become apparent where I live in Australia.

For instance, here is an article on it: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/wellbeing/poverty-means-poor-diet-for-those-on-breadline-20100927-15u5k.html

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Melanie October 18, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Hi Ashley,
It certainly is an issue. Government subsidies in all the wrong areas don’t help this matter.

I have written about this in the past, but it would be good to look at it again. I’ll try to write something on the topic soon. Here’s the article I wrote on cheap healthy recipes. Thanks also for sharing the article.

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Kyle/Chicago February 11, 2011 at 2:37 am

A good idea for a healthy snack is hard boiled eggs. Eggs are said to be a filler food which helps in weight loss. At 75 calories and 6 grams of protein, an couple eggs is a perfect way to start your day and also a great mid day snack!

Another good idea for a healthy snack is pistachios. The great thing about pistachios is that the shells make the serving size look a lot larger and fools our brain into thinking we’re full. The shells also serve as a reminder of how much you have eaten. 30 pistachios contain 100 calories, 6 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fiber which make this a great healthy snack!

Enjoy!

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Haley March 14, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Thease ideas are so helpfull to me and my family because me and my family used to eat like hot dogs and french fires for snacks and we started to get high colesteral and it was not good for our health thanks so much for thease tips

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Melanie March 16, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Hi Haley,
I’m so glad you’ve found my website, I’m always updating my content with new articles, so please do come back regularly :-)

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Yas April 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm

A nice dessert idea for those with a sweet tooth
crush or grind handful of almonds and or walnuts, chop up an apple finely. Add it to the nut mix then sprinkle ground cinnamon over the top. Then drizzle honey.
enjoy

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Melanie April 30, 2011 at 10:03 am

Hi Yas,
I love your idea. Thanks for sharing it!

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Mette from Denmark June 13, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Hi Melanie,

I just stumpled upon your snack ideas and they are really great. I always find it difficult to find an alternative for sweets when I feel peckish, but you presented some good ideas here. Thank you.

I sometimes mix almonds and raisins with cacao/chili powder and cinnamon. It is both sweet and spicy and it is quite filling, in my opinion.

Best
Mette

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jane June 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm

cant spell yogurt

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Melanie July 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm

“Yoghurt” is the British way to spell it.

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Steph August 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I really wish my mother would help me out with having these healthy foods available. Usually, we end up wasting the healthy food though. You really got to stick to your guns on attempting to live healthier.

Anyway, thanks for your ideas. I guess I know what to ask my mother to buy next time she grocery shops.

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Melanie August 16, 2012 at 10:46 am

I hope that helps, Steph. Perhaps you can shop and cook together, so that you both benefit from the healthy food options.

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Marlyn March 14, 2013 at 9:56 am

I have the same eating schedule 5 times per day. The ideas for snacks are great! I guess I will bokkmark them and I will try it out day by day. You help me to simplify my eating plan. Thanks a lot!
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