Healthy snacks that don’t suck


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Healthy snacking can keep you feeling full throughout the day, and less prone to overeating or wasting calories on foods that are satisfying in the moment (hello potato chips!) but ultimately not that great for your health. A good, healthy snack is high in fiber and/or protein, which fills you up and keeps you feeling satisfied for longer relative to the number of calories you’re eating,  This collection of nibbles—both sweet and savory—are delicious, satisfying, healthy, and easy to make or grab at the store. 

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10 easy & healthy grab-and-go snacks

When you don’t have time to cook, these nutritious snacks are easy to buy at the store and require little (if any) prep time.

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1. Almonds

Keto-friendly and loaded with antioxidants and vitamin E, almonds are pretty much the perfect healthy grab-and-go snack. Raw almonds can be cheaper than processed, and also don’t contain added salt, if that’s a concern for you.

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2. Hard-boiled eggs

This filling snack is as simple and as healthy as it gets. Eggs are a superfood that are a low-calorie but concentrated serving of protein, antioxidants, vitamins and choline, an essential nutrient for the brain. And so portable! Cook up a batch at home, or grab one from the deli case at your favorite supermarket.

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3. Popcorn

If you don’t buy a brand that’s loaded with salt and fat, or overwhelm it with butter when you cook it, popcorn can be a filling low-calorie snack that’s full of antioxidants and fiber. Add black pepper or curry for a low-sodium flavor punch.

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4. Raspberries

This nutrient-dense superfood tastes like candy, but it’s actually full of fiber, antioxidants, and crucial vitamins C and K. It also has only 5 grams of sugar per serving, making it one of the lowest-sugar fruits. Raspberries really don’t need a lot of sprucing up with other ingredients to taste delicious, and really best straight out of their carton.

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5. Carrots

OK, you already know this, but carrots are a great snack for people who are watching their weight. They’re full of fiber, which makes you feel full, and packed with beta carotene (which converts into vitamin A in the body) and vitamin K, which are essential nutrients for vision and proper blood clotting. Buy a bag of baby carrots and dunk them into low-fat cream cheese, hummus, or whatever other kind of dip you like. Yes, carrots seem humble, but as a delicious and healthy snack, they are mighty.

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6. Yogurt

Whether you’re doing keto and opt for full-fat, or prefer low-fat, this easy snack food is packed with filling protein. Don’t choose flavored brands, though, if you want the healthiest option—they’re often shockingly full of sugar. Buy plain and dress it up yourself with a handful of blueberries, a spoonful of maple syrup, and a dash of cinnamon. 

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7. Dried apricots

These nuggets of concentrated apricot flavor are super-portable, and their high fiber content will keep you feeling full. They also are very high in vitamins A, C, and E—all of which can help prevent environmental damage to your cells.

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8. Oatmeal

Oatmeal packets can make a perfect quick snack when you want something hot but don’t have time to cook. Check labels, though: Some brands can contain a lot of sugar, which takes them out of healthy snack territory. Lower-sugar brands can satisfy your sweet tooth while delivering the same benefits of a filling high-fiber snack food.

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9. Hummus

A good store-bought hummus is great choice for an easy healthy snack. Full of protein, good fats ,and fiber (and keto-friendly), its creamy, savory richness goes well with pita, crackers or vegetable sticks. Make sure to watch your portions, though, as it is a very calorie-dense food. A cup can contain over 400 calories!

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10. Grapes

While grapes are a fruit that are relatively high in sugar (15 grams per cup), their high water and fiber content makes them a filling snack that will also satisfy a sweet tooth. Stash some antioxidant-rich red grapes in the freezer for a natural popsicle.

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19 amazing healthy snack recipes

When you have a little more time to cook, check out these delicious and easy recipes for between-meal nibbles.

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1. 5-minute healthy strawberry frozen yogurt

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a simple but creamy frozen snack that packs a flavor punch without excess calories. Strawberries and low-fat yogurt are an unbeatable healthy combination.

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2. Bacon avocado fries

This keto-friendly snack combines two of our favorite flavors in a nutrient-dense but low-carb bite that can be baked in the oven or cooked in your air fryer.

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3, Roasted chickpeas

Chickpeas are high in fiber but low in calories (and cheap to buy!), which makes this snack a perfectly satisfying, protein-rich treat that won’t strain your waistband or your bank account.

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4. Crispy baked sweet potato fries

Low in fat, and high in fiber and vitamin A, sweet potatoes are a cheap and delicious way to keep your hunger at bay. Baking makes these snacks even more healthy.

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5. Protein cookie dough

This chickpea-based cookie dough recipe (bear with us) will satisfy your sweet tooth without an unhealthy dose of sugar, flour, or butter. It’s not meant to be baked, just enjoyed raw.

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6. Easy baked kale chips

Hate kale? Try this. Swap your potato chips out for this easy leafy green-based snack that is full of vitamins and fiber and only uses three ingredients.

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7. 4-ingredient banana mocha smoothie

Get your chocolate and coffee fix without an extra dose of sugar. Bananas are a fiber- and potassium-rich ingredient that add a bunch of of health benefits to your treat.

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8. Cajun spiced savory trail mix

The pepita, an antioxidant hero, and fiber-rich edamame, are the secret ingredients that make this savory trail mix shine for anyone who wants this snack in a really healthy form.

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9. Blueberry & peach green tea ice lollies

Blueberries and green tea are powerful anti-inflammatories that are also low in calories and taste just that good. These frozen treats can take care of your sugar cravings in a healthy way.

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10. Homemade chocolate chip granola bars

The substitution of the superfood flaxseed for flour in this recipe elevates it above your common granola bar. To make these even more healthful, leave out the chocolate chips.

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11. Baked tuna meatballs

Your humble pantry staple, canned tuna, shines here in a high-protein, low-carb snack. Spinach adds a leafy green boost, and almond flour is a carb-low (and nutrition rich) alternative to regular flour.

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12. Fruit salad with citrus-mint dressing

This refreshing, not-too-sweet fruit salad is rich in vitamins and fiber and low in calories, and gets an extra pop from a vitamin C-packed dressing. Mint is also good for your digestion.

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13. Vitamin C boosting tropical green smoothie

This low-calorie, vitamin-packed drink also has rolled oats in it for extra fiber. Its green color comes from nutrition heroes kale and spinach.

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14. Creamy peach & honey popsicles

Roasted peaches bring a concentrated flavor pop to these low-calorie and vitamin-packed icy summer treats, which you can make with Greek yogurt for extra richness. 

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15.Roasted red pepper hummus

Chickpea-based hummus is already a fiber and protein powerhouse, but the addition of red peppers elevates this standby dip to a vitamin C-rich flavor bomb without adding extra calories.

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16. Tzatziki

This gorgeous cucumber-laced, yogurt-based Greek dip can be keto-ized by using full-fat yogurt. Scoop it up with red pepper slices for a boost of vitamin C.

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17. Fauxtato chips

This keto-friendly recipe swaps out potatoes for an unusual-for-chips (but delicious!) vegetable. If you have an air fryer, all the better.

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18. Simple vegan broccoli soup

Can soup be a snack? You bet. This low-fat, high-fiber soup has only six ingredients in it, and can be whipped up just a few minutes if you have a head of broccoli and a blender.

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19. Breakfast egg muffins, 3 ways

OK, this recipe is billed as breakfast, but you could eat these mini egg “muffins” any time of day when you need a filling, healthy snack. Customize these satisfying keto-friendly bites with whatever vegetables you like for extra vitamins and fiber.

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Kris Collingridge is MediaFeed’s syndication strategist. She has worked as a print and digital journalist and editor for nearly 20 years. She was arts & entertainment editor at Seattle-based news magazine ParentMap, then a producer and editor at MSN, where she drove audience engagement as programmer of the Travel section.