What are some healthy snack ideas for adults? In our very busy everyday lives, it’s a great habit to always have some healthy snacks on hand. A lot of people feel the need for a snack between meals. And there is nothing wrong with snacking. It all depends what you snack on.
If you eat a healthy snack (and we have a number of healthy snack ideas listed below), you are more likely to make it from breakfast to lunch or from lunch to dinner without eating junk food. Snacking will also make you less hungry at meal time. And by eating less junk food and eating less at meal time, having a healthy snack can help you lose weight.
What Is A Healthy Snack?
A healthy snack should ideally contain fresh whole foods (not processed), not have too many calories (about 100 to 150 calories would be ideal), and be able to keep you full and tie you over to your next meal.
Home Dieting Essentials
The problem with healthy snack ideas is that you need to plan ahead. If you wait until you are dying to have a snack, chances are you will choose something convenient and unhealthy (hello Snickers!).
Another problem with healthy snacks is that if you are constantly on the road (in your car, plane, hotel), you don’t have access to your refrigerator where you would keep most of your fresh whole foods.
For those of you who are constantly in your car, one idea is to keep a small cooler in your car and fill it with healthier snacks (fruit, raw nuts, cheese sticks, lemonade with Stevia, etc.).
For others on the go, below are some ideas for healthier prepackaged snacks that you can easily take with you wherever you are going. Or simply enjoy these at home, in place of any junk food that you may eat (ice cream, potato chips, Oreo cookies, etc.).
Health Snack Ideas for Busy People And Healthy Snack Ideas For Work
In today’s hectic world it is often difficult to find the time to prepare, pack and cook healthy snacks. We all want to live healthier but finding the time to make it work can be really difficult.
For those people, Dr. Oz introduces some of the healthier prepackaged snacks on his TV show in this short 6 min video.
Here are some of the snacks and tools recommended in Dr. Oz’s video:
Cacao with Goji
This is a great little snack if you are a chocolate lover and need your daily sweet fix.
It is 100% certified organic, kosher, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, raw, and has no refined sugar. Ingredients include so-called superfoods including cacao, maca, chia and camu-camu. Goji comes in the form of goji powder.
If you can’t get it at your local health food store, you can order it on Amazon where it has received some very good reviews.
With these little convenient chia seed packages, you can get the benefits of chia seeds wherever you are. In addition to lots of fiber, chia also provides omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, and antioxidants.
You can sprinkle this great fiber supplement to whatever you are eating and drinking. If you put it in liquid, after a while it will turn into pudding, which makes it even more delicious and satisfying. If you consume them immediately, the chia seeds will absorb water and will swell in your body, giving you a feeling of fullness.
If you can’t get it at your local health food store, you can order it on Amazon.
This is a great snack if you are craving something salty. It is a healthy replacement to potato chips. It has seaweed and wasabi flavor, so if you like sushi this shouldn’t be a problem. If not, then this probably will not be the right snack for you.
If you can’t get it at your local health food store, you can order it on Amazon.
Matt’s Munchies – Organic Dried Food
This is another great snack if you are craving sugary snacks. It is organic and has no added sugar, and comes in different flavors (banana, mango, apple, apricot, and other flavors).
If you can’t get it at your local health food store, you can order it on Amazon.This particular link to Amazon links to the dried Mangos, but Amazon is selling other flavors as well.
More Healthy Snack Ideas For Adults On The Go
You know the problem. You want to snack healthy, but you are on the road all day or maybe on a short trip, and you figure let’s take a break from healthy snacking since there is no easy way to snack. Well, if you use any of the following healthy snack ideas you can still go on your trip, but snack healthy.
Here are some recommended snacks and tools:
Premium Wild Pink Salmon
This Premium Wild Pink Salmon is dry packed in a pouch, so that there is no messy draining and it is easy to open. It is recommended by the American Heart Association. This is also a great snack if you are on the Paleo Diet. You should be able to get it at your local supermarket. If you are not, you can order it also on Amazon.
This product is an aseptic-packed fish, which means it was prepared through a process in which the package (pouch) and the product were sterilized separately and then combined under a sterilized environment.
Beef Jerky is a great snack, and this particular product would be allowed under the Paleo diet as well. This Beef Jerky comes in many different flavors. If you can afford it, the best are grass-fed beef and free-range turkey.
This high end Beef Jerky is typically hard to get in your local supermarket, but you can always order it on Amazon where it received some very good reviews.
Magic Bullet Blender
The Magic Bullet Blender, while not the best blender, is a great blender if you are traveling since it is so small. With this blender you can make yourself a healthy fruit smoothie while staying at a hotel.
Healthy Snack Ideas For Adults for Home
Here are some healthy snack ideas for adults that you can prepare at home. The great thing about having snacks at home is that you can eat fresh foods, and make use of your kitchen amenities to bring your healthy snacks to a new level.
Most of the healthy snacks below are made with whole fresh foods and are super easy to make. Most take you less than 5 minutes to prepare!
#1 Apple with Coconut Oil and Shredded Coconut
#2 Apple with Almond Butter
Cut apple in half and remove the core. Put a thin layer of almond butter on top. Enjoy!
#3 Oven Roasted Pineapple with Shredded Coconut
Cut up pineapple into chunks. Put the pieces you wish to eat on an oven-safe container. Put oven on broil and place the container in the oven. Let the pineapple broil until it is slightly black on top. Take out of oven and sprinkle lots of shredded coconut on top. Enjoy!
#4 Royal Almond Milk Tea with Stevia
Fill 1/3 of your mug with hot water, place your favorite black tea bag (Earl Grey is recommended) in the mug, and wait for 4-5 minutes to make a very dark concentrated tea. Remove the tea bag. Pour almond milk in the mug and heat the mug in the microwave. Once it’s heated to the desired temperature, take out of microwave and sprinkle 1 to 2 pinches of stevia powder. Mix and enjoy!
If you can heat the above tea on the stove top instead of the microwave, that is better for you health-wise.
#5 Melon Prosciutto Wrap
Cut up your favorite melon (cantaloupe is recommended) and wrap each piece with a small piece of prosciutto. Enjoy!
#6 Cocoa-Coconut-Nut Balls
Mix equal amounts of almond butter (or coconut oil) and unsweetened cocoa powder. Mix in a small amount of stevia powder to your desired sweetness. Add in lots of shredded coconut. Make into balls. Enjoy!
Source: Know the Cause
#7 “Cocoa-Nut” Bananas
#8 Fresh Juice
One of the most healthy snack ideas for adults is fresh juice. If you have a juicer, now is a good time to make use of it. Juice any combination of fruit and vegetable you like to make a delicious and healthy juice as your snack. Recommended vegetables are celery, cucumber and zucchini. Recommended fruits are apples, pears and pineapples. Click here for juicing recipes for weight loss.
#9 Strawberry Smoothie
Another simple, healthy and extremely low-calorie snack perfect for summer time is a strawberry smoothie. All you need is a blender, ice cubes, strawberries and stevia.
Place 5-6 strawberries (stems removed), 5-6 large ice cubes, and 7-10 spoons of stevia powder (using the tiny spoon that typically comes in the container) in the blender and blend. Enjoy! The ingredients are real simple but this smoothie is extremely delicious and very fulfilling.
Tips for Eating Snacks
Snacking provides extra energy and can help tie you over until the next meal, and can reduce the amount that you eat at your next meal. The problem is that healthy snacks require a little planning. You need to shop for them in advance at your local supermarket or online. If you wait until the mid-morning craving or the afternoon cravings hits you, chances are you choices will be limited.
If you have a craving for an unhealthy snack such as prepackaged chocolate, cookies and brownies loaded with sugar, have one of the healthy snacks first. This will prevent you from overeating those unhealthy snacks since you will already be somewhat satisfied from eating one of the delicious healthy snacks above, and you will not be so hungry.
Lastly if you are trying to lose weight, don’t forget that snack calories count towards your total calories for the day!