We could all use some more ideas for healthy and easy snacks to have on hand, am I right? I know that for so many of us, myself included, snacking is what gets us! We’ve planned our meals ahead of time and have that all prepared, but then it’s mid-afternoon or 9 o clock at night and we need a little something! So I thought it would be helpful to share some ideas with you guys that are easy and nutritious. Preparation is key when you need to curb that sweet (or savory) tooth!
Fruit + Nut Butter
Fruit is always a GREAT option when it comes to having a quick snack that doesn’t require much preparation! Apples, bananas, oranges, grapes, you get it 🙂 However, since a lot of fruit is mainly just carbohydrates, pairing it with some nut butter balances it out by adding some fat and protein. By having a good balance of macronutrients, you will feel fuller for much longer.
Greek yogurt is honestly one my all time favs! Is a great source of protein and probiotics, and super versatile in my opinion! You can mix in some fruit, nuts, granola, nut butter, chocolate chips, etc. OR you can also use it as a topping. Grab a couple of rice cakes (another super easy snack idea ;)), spread some greek yogurt on top, add some dark chocolate chips, and there ya go! I personally have a HUGE sweet tooth and Greek yogurt is one of my favorite ways to satisfy that. The single containers are perfect for grab and go situations as well! Our Cookie Dough Dip recipe is another perfect example of incorporating Greek yogurt into a yummy snack!
Oatmeal is SO EASY to make and another one of those things where you can mix it up by adding in different things! Fruit, nut butters, honey, and protein powder are a few of my favorites! I am honestly not one to say that you NEED supplements to be successful, because you absolutely do not! But I will admit that having protein powder on hand is very convenient and easy to mix into things to make them more of a well-rounded meal or snack. Oatmeal is a great source of carbohydrates, so if you add a scoop of protein powder and a tablespoon of peanut butter you’ve got yourself a great snack that will keep you full for a long time!
Nuts are a great source of healthy fats! My personal favorites are almonds and cashews 🙂 Since nuts don’t need any preparation, they make a perfect snack on the go. Grab a serving of your favorite nuts, add a serving of dark chocolate chips and you’re golden! Sweet and salty 🙂
Veggies + Hummus
I used to not be a fan of hummus (I have no idea why because it’s literally the best) but I’m sure glad I got over that because it makes for a great snack! Slice up a bunch of peppers (or any veggies) at the beginning of the week to keep in the fridge so they’re all ready to go. Then when you’re hungry for a little something it’s all ready to go! Veggies and hummus is also a perfect alternative if you’re someone that loves chips and dip because it still gives you that crunch 🙂
Smoothie bowls have been one of my go-to pre-workout snacks lately, even in this cold weather! That’s how good they are LOL. If you get a smoothie at a restaurant/fast food, they are typically filled with sugar and will make you crash shortly after. The beauty of building your own is that you can create a much more nutrient balanced snack or meal. My favorite combinations include ingredients like unsweetened almond milk, fruit, peanut butter/PB powder, protein powder, greek yogurt, and spinach. There are all sorts of combinations you can do, but if you just make sure you have a good balance of carbs, proteins, and fats then you will be satisfied for much longer and won’t be crashing 🙂
Cottage cheese is another thing that I wasn’t always big on, but once I actually tried it (lol) I realized I really like it! I know not everybody is a fan, but it is a great protein source and super easy snack. I personally usually just eat it plain, but I’ve seen lots of people add fruit to it as well. So give it a chance and you may be surprised 😉
Whoever said bread is bad for you can go fly a kite. It is SO convenient to have on hand and there are so many yummy and nutritious variations you can have! Some of my favorite kinds of bread are Village Hearth Italian 45 cal. bread, Sara Lee 45 cal. bread, and Cinnamon Raisin Ezekial Bread 🙂 And you can top them with anything! Avocado, egg salad, chicken salad, fried egg, tuna, cottage cheese, nut butter, etc. Options are seriously endless. One of my all time favorites is toasted cinnamon raisin Ezekial bread with chicken salad on top, SO GOOD.
Hard Boiled Eggs
This is another idea that is really easy to bulk prep at the beginning of the week! Perfect for adding to a salad or for a quick ready-to-go snack 🙂
I think that wraps up all of my go-to options! I hope you guys find this blog post to be helpful for you in the future when you need some ideas. The biggest thing is to be prepared! So plan ahead what snacks you want to have on hand for the week, and make sure you get those items at the store and prepare ahead of time what you can. This saves you time (and money) during the week. If you know you already have something ready to go at home, you’re much more likely to make the more nutritious and delicious option 🙂
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