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26 Healthy Snack Upgrades: New Ideas, Way Better Taste

Why does it seem that snacks are always the low part of the day? If you are embarking on a healthy eating journey, or have been on one for some time, there is a good chance that when you think of healthy snacks, only the following come to mind –  an apple (perhaps sliced with almond butter if you want to get fancy), trail mix, hummus and carrot sticks. And then the next thing comes to mind, boring. Day-after-day this routine gets really old, and makes following a healthy diet as bland as advertised. So today’s post is all about changing up your snack routine with 26 healthy snack upgrades. Try out these new snacks ideas that not only get a nutritionist’s seal of approval, but also offer a culinary experience that provides a much needed break in your busy work day.

The following list features my favorite healthy snacks. Some can be purchased at your local store, others need a little preparation. But if you take a few minutes from your weekend to prepare, the rewards of eating a sought after snack at work will be well worth it.

26 Healthy Snack Upgrades: New Ideas, Bigger Taste

*portion size: stick to smaller portions totaling around 200 calories. This is usually about 1/2 cup to 1 cup, or palm-size handful or baseball serving size. 1 Tablespoon portion for sauces and nut butters. 

1. Veggie or chicken (organic) spring roll

(here are some ideas: papaya salad version, or wintery salad version)

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Photo credit: The First Mess

2. Oven dried tomatoes with sea salt and garlic powder

(here is a simple recipe)

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Photo credit: Rodale’s Organic Life

3. Dried mango with raw almond butter

(I love this brand of almond butter)

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4. Stuffed dried figs or dates with nut butter and a piece of dark chocolate (extra decadent!)

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5. Almond milk with greens powder and protein powder

(check out my favorite protein powders here)

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6. A few pieces of organic tempeh bacon

(Lightlife makes a great tasting organic version)

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7. Hard boiled organic egg with truffle sea salt

(Jacobsen truffle salt is my favorite)

8. Chia pudding with fresh fruit

(great sugar-free recipe here)

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Photo credit: Hello Glow

9. Chocolate avocado low-sugar pudding

(love this recipe – use stevia instead of honey)

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Photo Credit: The Pretty Bee

10. Gluten free seed crackers with black bean dip

(I love Mary’s Gone Crackers or make your own)

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11. Oven roasted zucchini chips with sea salt

(here is an easy recipe)

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Photo credit: Table for Two

12. Yogurt (Organic Greek, almond or coconut) with walnuts, hemp seeds, and avocado

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13. Toasted slice of homemade gluten-free walnut bread

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Photo Credit: Nutrition Stripped

14. One homemade black quinoa corn muffin or turmeric breakfast muffin

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Photo Credit: Green Kitchen Stories

15. A cup of massaged kale salad

(here are three great recipes)

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Photo credit: Nutrition Stripped

16. Half of an avocado with sea salt and nutritional yeast on a rice cake

(nutritional yeast tastes like cheese and is a great source of B vitamins)

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17. One homemade protein/granola bar

(I love these matcha green granola bars or these coconut protein bars –  or check out my favorite store bought)

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Photo credit: My new roots

18. Sliced jicama with this butternut squash queso

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19. Upgraded trail mix: coconut chips, goji berries, cacao nibs, and dried blueberries

(You’ve gotta try Goji Berries from Dragon Herbs – life changing!)

20. Small cup of this mojito mint green smoothie

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Photo credit: My New Roots

21. Veggie burger patty sans bun

(either frozen like Hilary’s Eat Well, or homemade like these Bloody Mary Veggie Burgers)

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Photo credit: The First Mess

22. Olives with an organic hard cheese

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23. Snap peas and hummus

(I love sprouted hummus by Majestic Garlic – sprouted makes the nutrients more available and easier to digest)

24. Homemade baked sweet potato chips with sea salt

(here is an easy recipe to try)

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Photo credit: Minimalist Baker

25. Kale chips (homemade or store bought)

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26. Crispy sea salt seaweed snacks

(I love the Seasnax brand, but be careful these get in your teeth!)

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Happy Snacking! Feel free to share any of your favorite snack ideas as well. Just leave them in the comments below.

 

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