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Healthy Snack Ideas

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One of the biggest challenges to good nutrition is figuring out what healthy snacks to prepare. Low carb snacks, high protein snacks, Paleo snacks – what are healthy snack ideas to eat between meals? I have compiled a list of some convenient snacks for work (and quick healthy snacks for kids) that you can use to keep your diet on track.

The Big Picture For Healthy Snacking

The main reasons snacks are important are

  • to keep your blood sugar levels stable
  • to keep your hunger in check so you don’t overeat at the next meal
  • to keep your brain from thinking you’re starving and turning on the fat storage system

The ideal way to prepare your snacks is to plan food that combines protein and carbohydrate (preferably a vegetable or fruit). Another smart thing to eat in between meals is a food that is a good combination or protein and fat (nuts or unprocessed cheese, for example).

Convenient Snack Ideas


Bringing healthy snacks to work is an important part of good nutrition, and an important part of a weight loss plan. Here are some convenient snack foods you can bring with you to work, or any time you’re away from the kitchen. They are all good examples of combining protein and carbs, or protein and fat:

  • A cup of Greek yogurt
  • A few chunks of natural cheese on organic whole-grain crackers (no trans fats!)
  • A few slices of organic turkey or roast beef wrapped in lettuce. Add tomato, green peppers, or any other veggies you like inside the wrap.
  • Apple slices topped with (natural) peanut butter or almond butter
  • 8 – 12 oz organic vegetable juice (I like Vege or Bolthouse Farms brands) plus one scoop hormone-free whey protein in a shaker cup. Shake vigorously and enjoy!
  • A few chunks of fresh pineapple with a handful of pistachio nuts. Sounds weird, tastes great!
  • A cup of cottage cheese with a few sprinkles of fresh fruit (try blueberries or chunks of fresh peach in the summertime).

Healthy Snacks You Don’t Have To Cook Or Refrigerate

  • Quest bar (all natural, no artificial anything, high fiber, and gluten free!)
  • A handful of nuts, or a handful of nuts with organic granola

Paleo Snacks

If you’re into the Paleo Diet, try some of these paleo-friendly snacks and lunches:

Vegetarian Snacks

  • Kale chips with hummus
  • A handful of nuts, or a handful of nuts with organic granola
  • Apple slices topped with (natural) peanut butter or almond butter
  • A cup of edamame, with added lemon pepper or olive oil for flavor if you like

More great vegetarian snacks here:

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Healthy Snacks For Kids

Sometimes getting kids to eat healthier food is a challenge. Here are some ideas for snacks that are healthy and fun: