Snacks are an important part of your eating since they help sustain your energy level between meals. The key is to choose healthy snacks – ones that will satisfy you without blowing your calorie budget for the day.
Here are 20 of my favorite picks for spring:
Strawberries are just coming into season in parts of the country, so it’s the perfect time to eat ‘em up. Wash them and enjoy! Or dip in a yummy fruit dip.
2. Frozen Grapes
Know what’s really super on hot days? Frozen grapes. Simply wash your grapes and then freeze them for a fabulous icy treat.
3. Watermelon Slice
Yogurt is so good for you, and can really help you get your calcium in – especially if you choose a high-calcium yogurt like Yoplait Original.
5. Fruit and Yogurt Parfait
One cup low-fat yogurt, ½ cup chopped berries, 1 Tbsp granola.
Smoothies are delicious and so easy. Combine yogurt, milk and fruit in a blender for an easy and fast one.
7. Veggies and Hummus
This is one of my all-time favorite snacks. Carrots, pepper slices and cucumbers are all great for dipping.
8. Raw Sugar Snap Peas
I love perfectly cooked edamame with a sprinkle of sea salt (the ones that are still in the shells!). Try Cascadian Farms for a quick, easy edamame to keep on hand.
Can salad be a snack? It sure can, and a tasty one at that. Load yours up with all the veggies you can, and sprinkle on one treat topping like a little cheese or bacon. Go light on the dressing.
Almonds are filled with healthy fats, so measure out a portion and enjoy!
12. Salsa with a Single Serving Tortilla Chips
Everything in moderation, right? Portion out a serving of tortilla chips and enjoy some salsa, like Old El Paso.
13. Peanut Butter Banana Sundae
A half-cup low-fat ice cream, 1 tbsp warmed peanut butter, and half a banana, sliced.
14. Nature Valley Granola Bars
These are super satisfying.
15. Whole Wheat Bread Spread with Peanut Butter and Drizzled with Honey
16. Simply Fruit Fruit Roll-Ups
17. Peanut Butter Banana Crunch Bars
Top a Peanut Butter Nature Valley Granola Thin with sliced bananas. Enjoy!
18. Caprese Salad
Combine ½ cup halved grape tomatoes with 1 oz cubed fresh mozzarella and 3 leaves of basil – sliced. Toss and season with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
19. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Oh, the salty goodness!
20. Pretzels and Guacamole
Yes, it sounds odd. But it’s so, so good.
Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah’s Cucina Bella.
What are your healthy snack faves?