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Top 10 Healthy Snacks

Updated on November 16, 2014

Healthy Snack Ideas for Adults and Kids

Snacks are a great way to keep up your energy between meals, especially if you are a very active person, or work a physically demanding job. And did you know that it's actually healthier to eat 5 or 6 mini-meals a day instead of having 3 huge meals? It can be an excellent way to help lose weight. On this site you will find my Top 10 healthy snacks so you will have lots of new healthy snack ideas for taking to work or school, or just when you're out on the go. Plus, there are lots of kid-friendly snack ideas as well that are sure to make your whole family happy and energetic.

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Fruit, the perfect choice for a healthy snack idea

You can't get much healthier than fruit. They are delicious, low in calories, provide satisfaction for your sweet tooth and are filled with vitamins and fiber.

My favorites for a quick snack on the road are apples, bananas, grapes and mandarin oranges. They require no preparation at home, are delicious and give you a quick burst of energy when you need it. My favorite time to have a piece of fruit is when I'm heading between classes (I'm a university lecturer) on a very busy day, or before I stop at the gym on the way home from work. I'd never make it through my workout without a snack!

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ants of a log, healthy snack, healthy snacks, snack ideas, snacks for kids, healthy snacks for kids

Ants on a log: a healthy delicious snack

Do you remember when you were a kid, how healthy and delicious ants on a log were? I know I loved it when my Mom made this for a treat when I came home from school. There's no reason not to enjoy them as adults too!

Simple, fast and easy. Spread some peanut butter on celery and add a few raisins. Will give you a good boost of energy as peanut butter contains some protein.

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Hummus and Carrot/Celery Sticks

Hummus is a very healthy snack. It's low-calorie (especially if you make it at home and control the oil) and eat it with veggie sticks instead of chips. Try carrot, celery or cucumber slices.

Here's my delicious hummus recipe:

Combine:

Cooked chickpeas (canned or boiled), Tahini paste, lemon juice, garlic, salt, olive oil and cumin in a blender. Add a bit of water if necessary to blend. Adjust to taste! Enjoy. You can keep it in the fridge for up to 3 or 4 days.

How to Make Hummus

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Nuts: packed with nutrients

Nuts are a protein, nutrient filled snack. Just grab a small handful for a quick burst of energy. Be careful to not eat too many though. They have condensed calories and fat. My favorites are almonds and walnuts

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Yogurt: it's so simple anda convenient to make your own

It's quick, easy, filled with calcium and protein. When you're at the store, make sure you look for the ones that are low in fat and sugar. Try the natural ones. Or even better yet, make your own. It's very easy to do if you buy a yogurt machine.

Making Yogurt at home

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Cherry Tomatoes: nature's super-food

They are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Delicious and low in calories as well.

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Granola Bars: a convenient snack

Eaten in moderation, granola bars can be quite healthy. They contain nuts, whole grains and dried fruit. Of course, you should stay away from the most dessert type ones with lots of chocolate and peanut butter and marshmallows. It's important to compare the nutritional information when you're at the grocery store shopping for them. Look for low calories, sugar and fat.

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Air Popped Popcorn

Perfect for when you're craving something salty. Forget the microwave stuff that filled with chemicals and too many calories but instead pop your own at home. Spritz some oil on it instead of using butter. Then, just add salt, or buy one of those popcorn flavor makers. It's low in calories, filled with fiber and delicious.

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Hard boiled eggs

You can boil eggs and keep them in your fridge for a fast, easy snack. Just peel them, add a bit of salt and pepper. It's under 100 calories and is filled with lots of vitamins and protein to keep you going.

How to hard boil an egg

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Tuna and crackers

It's very easy to have a healthy snack on the go if you buy the tuna, packed in water in the foil packets. It's perfect for a single size serving. Put it on some crackers and you'll be full for a couple hours. It's healthy, packed with protein and delicious.

Tuna Packed in Water - Grab some crackers and you have a healthy snack option!

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    • yogameditation33 profile image

      yogameditation33 

      4 years ago

      Good tips! :)

      Thank you :)

    • TapIn2U profile image

      TapIn2U 

      4 years ago

      Love yogurt! Enjoyed every minute I spent reading this lens. Very much enjoyed the videos, too! Thanks for the healthy ideas! Sundae ;-)

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      akpalone 

      5 years ago

      I love this, indeed fruits are the best snacks

    • honeymishi07 profile image

      honeymishi07 

      5 years ago

      The goal is to satisfy your hunger, appetite, and desire for certain foods while ensuring that your meals and snacks have the food variety, balance, and moderation that help you maintain, and even enhance, your health. The solutions? Quick, simple, and convenient ways to eat smart and enjoy it, especially when youâre short on time and energy!

      Also check out my lens: The Best Foods for Healthy Teeth

      Thank you!

    • Jogalog profile image

      Jogalog 

      5 years ago

      nuts and dried fruit are best for me. If I have fresh fruit it actually makes me more hungry!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I like popcorn and jerky the best. Tough to pick which one.

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      Carrots, PB or celery. I snack on nuts too.

    • Gayle Dowell profile image

      Gayle Dowell 

      5 years ago from Kansas

      I love peanut butter as a snack! Many times I'll eat english muffins spread with peanut butter.

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      youbars 

      5 years ago

      Try youbars. you can design your own custom snack using super healthy ingredients and have it shipped to your door exactly the way you like it. I customize my lifestyle with snacks that fit my personal taste.

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      Sara Dowling 

      5 years ago

      Boiled eggs as they are a great protein hit - Great healthy snack ideas here by the way!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Getting into a health kick ( I found out i am the weight of my mom when she entered highschool and i am not even in highschool yet) I love Granola bars and ants on a log is a good idea , I might try it! ;)

    • ladyyummy profile image

      ladyyummy 

      5 years ago

      Granola bar & trail mix :) Nice lens ^__^

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      Paul Turner 

      5 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      Trail Mix

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      ideashine 

      5 years ago

      Raisins and dried dates

    • mihgasper profile image

      Miha Gasper 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Apples.

    • Melissa Miotke profile image

      Melissa Miotke 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Grapes!

    • Ksushella profile image

      Ksushella 

      5 years ago

      I love raisins and dried apricots.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image

      WindyWintersHubs 

      6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I love cherry tomatoes or usually have an apple.

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      latiptop 

      6 years ago

      I LOVE hummus, and I've never even thought about making my own yogurt!

    • piedromolinero profile image

      piedromolinero 

      6 years ago

      I mostly have some fruits or some yoghurt, or both.

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      Thamisgith 

      6 years ago

      I love hummus.

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      getmoreinfo 

      6 years ago

      Celery with peanut butter is one of my favorite healthy snacks, thanks for all the helpful suggestions.

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      RinchenChodron 

      6 years ago

      Just plain apples! An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

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      JimDickens 

      6 years ago

      Absolutely love hard boiled eggs. A simple glass of non-fat milk is another healthy snack

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love hard bolied eggs but the others here are equally good and will those i have not yet tried.

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      ismeedee 

      6 years ago

      Good lens!! A lot of your suggestions are things we have very often. You are right about taking care with granola bars though. I haven't found many over here in UK that are 'healthy' without lots of sugar, or even worse, artificial sugar! I like 9 bars though- don't know if you have them in US?

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      Anthony Altorenna 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Good suggestions! My favorite healthy snack is a bowl of cereal, with some walnuts or cashews and a few mini chocolate chips.

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      DIY Mary 

      6 years ago

      Nuts (especially toasted almonds) - but I can't eat just one and have to watch myself!

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      LynetteBell 

      6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Almonds or other nuts...and tomatoes

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      KandH 

      6 years ago

      I love healthy snacks, thanks for sharing these !

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Air popped popcorn, fruit, or protein bar.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      My favorite healthy snack are granola bar, fruit or cereal with milk. I like healthy snacks. :)

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      BodyLanguageExp 

      6 years ago

      I love eating nuts! And this ants on a log snack sounds great to me :-) Thank you for these great healthy snacks.

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      RinchenChodron 

      6 years ago

      If off to eat some ants on a log right now.

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      heehaw lm 

      6 years ago

      Hard boiled eggs is my Favorite Healthy Snack :)

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      heehaw lm 

      6 years ago

      thanks for the info on several types of snacks.

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      Ronlove LM 

      6 years ago

      very good! I love healthy foods!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Fruit and yogurt parfait!! YoCrunch has a great kind that includes all three, so it's easy to grab and go. PLUS, it's lowfat!

      www.yocrunch.com

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Fruits, yogurt, eggs are my favorite I use these in my daily snacks list. And I try use others also in my healthy snacks list. Thanks for sharing the nice list of snacks.

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      hamshi5433 

      7 years ago

      This is one hugely useful lens for me! I am currently on a diet ha, am not overweight but just to get more in shape and stay fit. I find it so hard to cope with strict diets..The recipes on this page look so yummy and easy to make as well. Thank you lots for sharing it :)

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      the-good-stuff 

      7 years ago

      My favorite snack is homemade popcorn. Delicious!

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      VarietyWriter2 

      7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Anthony Godinho 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great list of healthy snacks ~ I like fruits and nuts.. :)

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      ChrisDay LM 

      7 years ago

      Fruit

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      pixelposy 

      7 years ago

      I've loved ants on a log since I was little. Yum!

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      alyssa87 

      7 years ago

      hey thanks for sharing information about healthy snack. good job :)

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      alyssa87 

      7 years ago

      hey thanks for sharing information about healthy snack. good job :)

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      Paula Morgan 

      7 years ago from Sydney Australia

      almonds hands down for me... I have a stash in my desk drawer at work and try to eat 10 a day

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      Paula Morgan 

      7 years ago from Sydney Australia

      almonds hands down for me... I have a stash in my desk drawer at work and try to eat 10 a day

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      Fruit is by far my favorite snack, followed by chocolate!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Yogurt, Granola Bars and Nuts.

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