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25 Healthy Snack Ideas

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.

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.

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Comments 45

    1. Colin

      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.

      1. Melanie

        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.

  1. Cathy in NZ

    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’ :-)

  2. Melanie

    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! :-)

  3. Cassie

    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

  4. Melanie

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

  5. Gina

    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!!!

    1. Melanie

      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.

  6. Kyle/Chicago

    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!

  7. Haley

    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

    1. Melanie

      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 :-)

  8. Yas

    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

  9. Mette from Denmark

    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

  10. Steph

    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.

  11. Marlyn

    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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