I’m always looking for new snack ideas for myself, the kids, and as advice to pass along to people who ask me for help in their own weight loss journeys.
I often found in my own journey that I did “fine” for the main meals of the day but would sometimes find having a healthy, filling snack a challenge. I often resorted to just a few crackers with cheese for lack of knowing what else to have. Over time; however, I did become much more adept at finding things that were more healthy and filling for snack time.
In case you, or someone in your life, needs some snack ideas this past weekend I had a brainstorming festival with myself and came up with a big list. Here it is!
- Grapes (red, green, or purple)
- Honeydew Melon
- Mandarin Oranges
Applesauce (Unsweetened), Fruit Cups, and Canned Fruit in their own juice–
Dried Fruit – Try raisins, apricots, apples, cranberries, pineapple, papaya, and others with little or no added sugars. If you have a dehydrator you can do these yourself!
Frozen Fruit – Try freezing grapes or buy frozen blueberries, strawberries, peaches, mangoes, and melon.
Fruit Salad – Don’t add sugar like I used to.
Popsicles – Most popsicles have added sugars and should be avoided. Look for popsicles made from 100% fruit juice or make your own!
Smoothies – Blend fruit with juice, yogurt or milk, and ice.
Vegetables can be served raw with dip, fat free salad dressings, or hummus
- Carrot sticks or
- Baby Carrots
- Celery Sticks
- Snap Peas
- Snow Peas
- Tomato slices
- Yellow Summer
- Squash slices
- Zucchini slices
Soy – Edamame are fun to eat and easy to serve. (Heat frozen edamame in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes).
Veggie Pockets – Cut whole wheat pitas in half and add veggies with dressing or hummus or just plain like I like it.
Healthy Grains (bread, crackers, cereals, etc.)
Yogurt – preferably Greek
Low-Fat Cheese – Cheese provides calcium, but often its saturated fat price tag is too high. Cheese is the number two source of heart-damaging saturated fat. Even with low-fat and reduced-fat cheese, be sure to serve with other foods like fruit, vegetables, or whole grain crackers. Try Laughing Cow Cheese – very good!
Low-Fat Pudding and Frozen Yogurt – Low-fat or fat-free pudding and frozen yogurt can be used as occasional treats, but watch out for added sugars.
Other Snack Ideas
Nuts – Since nuts are high in calories, it is best to serve them along with another snack such as fruit. A small handful of nuts is a reasonable serving size. Examples include peanuts, pistachios, almonds, walnuts, cashews, or soy nuts. Look for nuts that are unsalted.
Trail Mix – Trail mixes are easy to make and store well in a sealed container. Items to include: low-fat granola, whole grain cereals, peanuts, cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and dried fruits like raisins, apricots, apples, pineapple, or cranberries. These are higher in calories so use sparingly.
Question for You! What do you think of my list? Did I leave any of your favorites out? If so – please share! Diane