10 of the best healthy snack ideas that can help you lose weight, get fit and enjoy every bite of the process. If you are a member of my meal plan, you know I’m not crazy about the concept of snacking. Snacks are often protein-poor and carb-heavy, which isn’t a great combo for getting in great shape. Still, sometimes snacks are just part of the meal line up, so here are some healthy snack ideas for you to enjoy.
1. Protein Muffins
Snacks packed with protein will help keep you fuller longer. I have an delicious Chocolate Protein Muffin recipe here
2. Beef or Turkey Jurkey
This makes for the perfect, portable protein option. The key is to find an option that is natural and not too too high in sodium!
3. Apple + Banana Slices with Peanut Butter
The combination of both apple and banana with a side of peanut butter for dipping. I usually use 1/2 a banana and 1/2 an apple to keep the carbohydrates in check (I’ll use the other half the following day).
4. Cottage Cheese + Sunflower Seeds + Pepper
This is a unique snack idea that I came up with in college because it was protein-packed, inexpensive, came together in a matter of minutes and could be easily packed for a grab-and-go option. You just mix cottage cheese and sunflower seeds together in a bowl and sprinkle with a little bit of pepper.
5. Hardboiled Eggs
One of the easiest protein options to pack. I love making a batch of hardboiled eggs at the beginning of the week and store them in the fridge. My favorite way to enjoy is with the Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning! Have you tried that yet?
6. Deli Roll Ups
For a protein-packed, low carb snack, I like to wrap all natural deli meat around a piece of cheese. I’ll usually use 1 slice of cheese (and rip it into 3 strips) and 3 slices of off the bone, all natural ham to wrap around the cheese. Yum!
7. Greek Yogurt + Granola
Greek yogurt OR my new favorite yogurt, which is YQ by Yoplait (it’s high in protein, lower in carbs/sugar and tastier than Greek yogurt) with ~1/4-1/3 cup of granola mixed in.
8. Trader Joes Crispbreads topped with Chicken Salad
This is a super specific snack, but if you have 1) Trader Joes and 2) Zoe’s Kitchen near you, you’ll love this. The Trader Joes crispbreads are delicious and have an amazing nutrition profile. I’ll eat 1 or 2 and top it with Zoe’s Kitchen chicken salad. It’s so filling yet light.
9. Bell Peppers + Hummus
When I want a lighter snack, I opt for sliced bell peppers and hummus. In particular, my favorite bell pepper color is orange – I am convinced it tastes best.
10. Cucumber Slices + Laughing Cow Cream Cheese
Another lighter snack idea. What I love about this one and the bell peppers in hummus is the crunch is provides (you get that chip or cracker satisfaction. I’ll top cucumber slices with laughing cow cream cheese and enjoy.
Those are some of my go-to snack options. They’re higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates than most of the snack ideas out there, so I hope they keep you full and reaching your goals.