30 Tasty Healthy Snacks to Curb Your Cravings

Snackaholics, rejoice! Beat between-meal blahs with a month's worth of tasty and creative healthy snacks for adults.

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tasty healthy snacks | women having a smoothie
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Snacking should be as mandatory as breakfast

Dietitian Rachel Beller, a nutritionist on The Biggest Loser, told Redbook magazine that grazing during the day has a big impact. If you get too hungry between meals, that can deplete your willpower and make you consume more calories overall. The trick to healthy snacking? Choose nutrient-rich healthy snacks and filling combos of protein and fibre, like these popular picks from top dietitians and weight-loss bloggers. Here are healthy foods a dietitian always keeps in her fridge.

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tasty healthy snacks | sweet potato fries

Baked sweet potato fries

This vitamin A-rich snack is a healthy-kid favourite, but there’s no reason you can’t also enjoy this Parenting recipe that swaps bad carbs for good ones: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Cut four sweet potatoes into 1-inch-wide wedges, place flesh-side down on a roasting pan, then brush with a mixture of 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Cook, turning once, for 20-25 minutes. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon kosher salt.
More of a pancakes kind of person? Try this gluten-free sweet potato pancake recipe.

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tasty healthy snacks | kale

Crispy kale chips

This unbelievable source of vitamins K, A, and C may become one of your new go-to late-afternoon healthy snacks. From Self: Place 1 large bunch of raw kale leaves, stems removed, on a cookie sheet, then drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil and a pinch of salt. Cook at 350 degrees F until crispy (about 10 to 12 minutes). Find out the 17 healthy foods that are dangerous to overeat.

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tasty healthy snacks | popcorn

Popcorn with a kick

A favourite, family-friendly snack for dietitian and Real Mom Nutrition blogger Sally Kuzemchak is popcorn—a surprising source of fibre and antioxidants. Among her favourite toppings: garlic, parmesan cheese, and sugar/salt. Check out these surprising health benefits of popcorn.

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tasty healthy snacks | kettle-corn

Homemade kettle corn

DIY kettle corn can eliminate some of the artificial chemicals from processed versions. Greatist recommends tossing 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of Stevia with 2 cups of freshly popped popcorn. Shake in a paper bag for even distribution. (You can swap the Stevia for 1 teaspoon of honey plus 1 teaspoon of water, and microwave for 20 seconds to thin it out.) Find out why this nutritionist believes eating is all about moderation.

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tasty healthy snacks | nachos

Health nachos

Though she admits that she’s not a big snacker—“I really like to be hungry for meals”—Cara Eisenpress of Big Girls Small Kitchen says her favourite snack is healthier nachos: 3 to 4 Food Should Taste Good Multigrain chips, a few pinches of cheddar, a zap in the microwave, and a dollop of guacamole or sprinkle of scallions. Also, these healthy appetizers will be the perfect start to your next summer gathering.

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tasty healthy snacks | turkey wrap

Low-carb turkey wrap

Make a snack out of a turkey wrap, which is one of Dr. Oz’s top snacks—and only 75 calories. Spread 2 teaspoons of honey mustard on 3 thin slices of turkey; top with 1/4 cup sliced apple and wrap in lettuce. Here are healthy eating tips for super busy people.

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tasty healthy snacks | cinnamon baked apples

Cinnamon-spiced baked apples

These are quick, healthy snack foods and a favourite of Diane Carbonell, founder of the Fit to the Finish blog. Core a crisp apple (such as Granny Smith or Fuji) and put the wedges in a microwave-safe bowl. Sprinkle with a teaspoon of brown sugar and a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg, then toss to cover. Cover the bowl with a microwave-safe plate and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on high. Carbonell will sometimes add raisins or a dollop of nut butter after the apples cook. The apple is less than 90 calories and provides 3 grams of filling fibre; raisins also add more iron, vitamin C, and fibre. Don’t miss the surprising health benefits of apples.

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tasty healthy snacks | strawberries

Chocolate-drizzled fruit kebobs

Try Health magazine’s fruity skewers: 1 strawberry, 2 blueberries, 1 piece each kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple, and then drizzling with 1 teaspoon Hershey’s chocolate syrup for a filling, fruit dessert that quenches a chocolate craving too.

Craving a snack bar? These energy-boosting chocolate quinoa bars are a snack made in heaven.

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tasty healthy snacks | pudding

Chocolate-dunked strawberries

Try Prevention’s easy way to sweeten up strawberries: Drip 10 medium strawberries into 1 fat-free pudding cup for a light and healthy filler. Since this combo is a proven aphrodisiac, it’s best eaten with your significant other. If you want to clean up your diet, follow these simple healthy eating rules.

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tasty healthy snacks | bruschetta

Goat cheese bruschetta

Try one of Real Simple‘s healthy snacks: Top 5 halved cherry tomatoes with 2 tablespoons fresh goat cheese, then sprinkle with chopped herbs (chives, basil, or parsley) that you can grow right in your home garden. These healthy eating tricks may just change your life.

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tasty healthy snacks | apple-and-gouda

Gouda-topped apple slices

Thinly slice 1 ounce of smoked Gouda cheese on honey crisp apple slices for an ideal balance of protein, carbs, and fat, recommends Christine Avanti, chef, nutritionist, and author of Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food. For a more crunchy snack, gives this kale chip recipe a try.

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tasty healthy snacks | nuts

Sweetish nuts

Give boring nuts a healthy boost with Sweetish Nuts from nutritionist Brooke Alpert, which are sugar-free but still manage a natural sweetness from the spices. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Mix 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive in a large bowl. Add 4 ounces shelled raw walnut halves, 4 ounces shelled raw pecan halves, and 4 ounces raw cashews. Massage in the spices well, then place on baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Store in an airtight container once cooled. Read up on the best summer snack bars to give you energy.

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tasty healthy snacks | bagel with ricotta

Bagel with ricotta and strawberries

Sink your teeth into Real Simple’s tasty take on bagels for healthy snacks: Spread half of a small toasted whole grain “flat” bagel with 2 tablespoons fresh ricotta, then top with 1/3 cup sliced strawberries (Check out the surprising health benefits of this beloved fruit.) and drizzle with 1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar.

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tasty healthy snacks | waffle

Fruity waffle

Try one of Self magazine’s healthy snack foods: top a whole grain waffle with 1 teaspoon cream cheese and ¼ cup blueberries. (Find out which breakfast foods are best for you.)

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tasty healthy snacks | oatmeal

Cinnamon-nut oatmeal

Oatmeal, with its whole grains, fibre, and protein, is a perfect all-day healthy snack food. Glamour recommends mixing one packet of the plain, instant kind with 6 crushed almonds, then sprinkling with cinnamon.

Always on-the-go in the mornings? Try our 5-minute breakfast shake.

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tasty healthy snacks | edamame

Anytime edamame

From theKitchn: A half-cup of boiled or steamed shelled young soybeans are rich in protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants—and are only 100 calories, making it a great choice for healthy snacking. Splitting the pods open to nibble on the beans helps you eat more mindfully, which can reduce overall calorie consumption. Here are foods that are never worth the calories.

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tasty healthy snacks | coleslaw

Ginger-tossed cole slaw

For her favourite snack, Keri Glassman RD, and author of The New You and Improved Diet, tosses pre-sliced cabbage and carrots with a ginger dressing and wraps the salad in a sheet of seaweed (nori). Read up on how mindful eating can help you lose weight.

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tasty healthy snacks | tuna

Tuna seaweed wrap

Nutritionist Rachel Beller loves nori too, telling Glamour that it’s “chock-full of folate, iron, calcium, and potassium.” Talk about healthy snacks! She recommends rolling it around salmon or tuna salad for an omega-3-rich snack. For a midday snack, try making this super easy prune trail mix.

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tasty healthy snacks | cookie

Banana oatmeal walnut cookies

Gina Homolka, of Skinny Taste, makes three-ingredient “guiltless healthy cookies” that are a great source of heart-healthy whole grains, good fats, and potassium. Combine 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed, 1 cup uncooked quick oats in a bowl, then fold in ¼ cup crushed walnuts. Place tablespoon-sized scoops on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes in a 350-degree oven. These 10 foods are higher in potassium than a banana.

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tasty healthy snacks | chia-seed pudding

Chia pudding

Chia seeds, a great source of omega-3s and fibre, are in this tasty tapioca-like pudding from NYC nutritionist Brooke Alpert’s new book The Sugar Detox. Place 2 and 1/2 cups unsweetened almond or coconut milk, 1/2 cup chia seeds, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight, stirring occasionally, until it has a pudding-like consistency. If you’re looking for new ways to stay hydrated tis season, try this berry chia pudding recipe.

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tasty healthy snacks | tempeh avocado

Tempeh-topped avocado

Always have avocado around to add a healthy fat for a filling snack, recommends Annabel Adams from Feed Me, I’m Cranky. They’re a good source of heart-healthy and belly fat-blasting monounsaturated fat. Adams loves mixing blackened tempeh—a good source of protein and probiotics—with the green flesh. Find out how avocadoes can benefit your health.

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tasty healthy snacks | avocado rice cakes

Avocado rice cakes

Avocados also make for a great rice cake topper, says Greatist. Top an unsalted brown rice cake with 1/4 of an avocado, mashed, then sprinkle with black pepper and paprika. (Start your day off right with this delicious high-protein breakfast.)

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tasty healthy snacks | yogurt

Yogurt-dunked berries

Blogger Caffeinated Chronicles of a Supermom uses a toothpick to dunk individual blueberries one at a time into a container of Greek yogurt; a second toothpick helps push the berry off onto a baking sheet. Freeze for one hour, and store any leftovers in the freezer. Here are the health benefits of blueberries.

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tasty healthy snacks | pumpkin spice yogurt

Pumpkin spice yogurt

Perk up your go-to yogurt with this version from Greatist: Combine 1/2 cup of nonfat plain Greek yogurt with 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree (a low-fat way to boost fibre and flavour). Sweeten with Stevia, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, and a pumpkin pie spice blend or cinnamon. These pumpkin spice bars are as comforting as they are healthy.

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tasty healthy snacks | nutty watermelon

Nutty watermelon fruit cup

This Real Simple salad refreshes: Toss 2 cups of watermelon cubes with 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice and ½ teaspoon grated lime zest, then sprinkle with cayenne pepper and 2 teaspoons chopped unsalted roasted pistachios.

Make dock days this summer even better with a glass of boozy watermelon punch.

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tasty healthy snacks | fruit taco

Fruit tacos

From registered dietitian Cynthia Sass’s new book S.A.S.S. Yourself Slim: Fold whole corn tortillas with organic strawberries, edamame, ripe avocado, cilantro, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. (Or bring some heat to the dinner table with this Chili Shrimp Taco recipe.)

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tasty healthy snacks | banana bites

Raspberry banana bites

Satisfy a sweet tooth with Health magazine’s treat: top three, 1-inch banana slices with ¼ teaspoon Nutella and 1 raspberry. That combo also makes a deliciously healthy fruit smoothie. Here are amazing smoothie recipes under 150 calories.

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tasty healthy snacks | hummus

Hummus among us

When Rebecca Regnier of Does This Blog Make Us Look Fat? is hankering for something savoury, she goes for a mini pepper sliced with a little hummus. Find out which foods will help to detox your body naturally.

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tasty healthy snacks | tapas

Tasty tapas

Stuff mini whole wheat pitas (about 2 inches in diameter) with different tastes, such as salsa; cashew butter; low-fat cheese; or hummus with cucumber and tomato, recommends Samantha Heller, RD, clinical nutrition coordinator at the Cancer Care Center at Griffin Hospital in Derby, Connecticut. Next, don’t miss these eating-out habits of healthy foodies.

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