Believe it or not, snacking is totally good for you. But making sure you choose the right snacks is the key to feeling full and satisfied in between meals. Although packaged snacks are a convenient option, many are loaded with unnecessary sugar, sodium and calories. For a healthier snack, whip up one of these easy recipes that comes together in minutes. Each one is well-balanced, simple and RD-approved.
Peanut Butter Pretzel Date Balls
This simple 3-ingredient snack from my cookbook, Planted Performance, is a great plant-based pre-workout snack. The dates and pretzels provide carbs for quick-acting energy, while the nut butter offers protein to aid in post-workout muscle recovery. Plus, the sweet and salty combination can’t be beat!
Get the recipe from my website Greenletes.
Sweet Potato Banana Muffins
“Made with just 4 ingredients these mini muffins make a balanced snack- the eggs have protein, you get healthy fats from the peanut butter and the sweet potato and banana add natural sweetness,” says Lindsay Livingston RD, of The Lean Green Bean. “They are perfect for everything from baby-led weaning to snack time at school or work,” she adds.
Get the recipe from The Lean Green Bean.
High Protein Chia Pudding
“This 3-ingredient chia pudding offers a whopping 27 grams of protein per servings and loads of fiber too,” says Miranda Galati, MHSc, RD, Dietitian and Owner of Real Life Nutritionist. “These nutrients work together to make a healthy and deliciousness snack that keeps you full for hours and supports optimal digestion,” Galati notes.
Get the recipe from Real Life Nutritionist.
Chunky Monkey Greek Yogurt Bark
“All you need is six ingredients and ten minutes of prep time to make this easy snack,” says Nicole Addison, RD, MHSc. “Made with Greek yogurt and peanut butter, it’s filled with protein and healthy fats. Make a batch of this for the week and store in the freezer for an easy grab and go snack,” she says.
Get the recipe from Nourished by Nic.
Almond Butter Protein Bar
“Packed with 11 grams of protein for just 160 calories, these portable, no-bake bars are what every busy person needs to add to their meal prep,” says Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RDN, CPT, Nutrition Media Authority, and author of Air Fryer Cookbook For Dummies. “Not only do they take less than five minutes to prep, but they also store wonderfully in the freezer for when you need a healthy pick me up,” Shaw adds.
Get the recipe from Shaw Simple Swaps.
Easy No-Bake Homemade Energy Bars with Oats
“These Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars have a balanced mix of carbohydrates from the dates and oats and protein and fat from the peanut butter and almonds. This combination is key for feeling full and satisfied,” says Stephanie McKercher, MS, RDN, dietitian and food blogger at Grateful Grazer.
Get the recipe from Grateful Grazer.
Chocolate Covered Popcorn
Healthy Vegan Energy Bars
“I love making my own homemade energy bars—and these protein- and fiber-filled bars are super easy to make in just 15 minutes and a handful of ingredients. Each bar contains five prunes. Research shows that eating this number of prunes daily can help prevent bone loss, per a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,” says Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, a plant-based dietitian Stamford, CT.
Get the recipe from Plant Based with Amy.
No-Bake Mini Cherry Pie
“Made with wholesome, simple ingredients like nuts and seeds, these no bake mini pies are the perfect blend of healthy fats and fiber to keep you full and satisfied,” says Registered Dietitian Kelsey Sackmann, owner of Kelsey P. RD.
Get the recipe from Kelsey and Cooper's Kitchen.
Pumpkin Cookie Dough Bites
Combine oats, nut butter, pumpkin puree and chocolate chips and you’ve got these delicious fall flavored energy bites. They come together in five minutes and only need to harden in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.
Get the recipe from The Healthy Epicurean.
Edible Brownie Batter
“Enjoy the rich and creamy goodness of this Edible Brownie Batter, with a twist you won't believe. It's packed with fiber and protein thanks to its secret ingredient, black beans!,” says Melissa Macher, RD. “It's also much safer to eat than regular raw edible brownie batter,” Macher adds.
Get the recipe from A Grateful Meal.
Banana Protein Muffins
“These banana protein muffins are made with nutrient-rich ingredients like oats, bananas, eggs and Greek yogurt. They contain 9 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, and only 7 grams of sugar per serving,” says Elysia Cartlidge, MAN, RD, Founder of Haute & Healthy Living.
Get the recipe from Haute & Healthy Living.
Peanut Butter Granola Apple Stacks
"I love the combination of crisp apple, creamy peanut butter, and crunchy toppings. They're also nutritious. In addition to a variety of vitamins and minerals, they have fiber, protein, and healthy fats, which make it a snack filling enough to tide you over until meal time,” says Katie Morford, MS, RD, cookbook author and blogger at Mom's Kitchen Handbook
Get the recipe from Mom's Kitchen Handbook.
BBQ Roasted Chickepas
Roasted chickpeas are incredibly easy to make and satisfy your salt cravings. This version takes the flavors up a notch with BBQ sauce and maple syrup. Ditch the potato chips and reach for this healthier homemade salty snack.
Get the recipe from Bucket List Tummy.
Blueberry Maple Walnut Trail Mix
This homemade vegan trail mix is slightly sweet and very satisfying. It’s made with oats, nuts, seeds and freeze-dried blueberries, making it the perfect snack to eat before any sort of activity. Pair it with Greek yogurt for a filling breakfast bowl.
Get the recipe from my website Greenletes.
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