10 Great Healthy Snack Choices

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If you are hungry, these are some of the best snacks on hand.

Celery & Peanut Butter

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Celery is an excellent option for snacking because it's high in fiber and low in calories, with just one cup containing 6 grams of fiber and 15 calories. As a result, eating celery helps you feel full for longer, which can help you lose weight by decreasing the amount of food you eat overall. Another reason celery is such an ideal snack? It's high in water content and low in sodium, making it a great choice to curb your salt cravings.

Peanut butter is another great healthy snack option that contains wholesome ingredients like protein, healthy fats, and fiber. One serving (two tablespoons) of peanut butter contains 8 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, and 16 grams of fat — 12 of which are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Peanut butter also offers a good source of potassium: each serving has more potassium than a banana!

Hummus & Carrots

Next on our list is a snack that gives you energy and nutrition on the go. This is perfect for people who always rush around during the day and need something to keep them going. It's also suitable for those who have trouble eating anything substantial because they are so busy.

You might be surprised to find that this snack is hummus and carrots. Combining these two nutritious foods makes an excellent snack because they each provide essential vitamins and minerals your body needs. Hummus has protein and healthy fats and calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and more! Carrots are a great source of Vitamin A – one of your body's essential vitamins to function correctly and Vitamin C. They also have high levels of manganese, which can help regulate blood sugar levels.

Eating hummus with carrots provides you with everything your body needs: protein from the hummus to keep you full; healthy fats from both snacks, which will give you energy; and plenty of vitamins from both snacks that will keep you healthy all day long!

Peaches & Yogurt

This recipe is straightforward, and it hits the spot every time.

You'll need a couple of peaches and some plain greek yogurt. If you're feeling fancy, you can add a little honey or vanilla extract to the yogurt. Greek yogurt is pretty high in protein but low in carbohydrates (which means it will keep you full for longer than regular yogurt!). Peaches are also great because they're a good source of potassium, vitamin C, and beta carotene! Plus, they taste delicious.

So all you have to do is chop up your peaches and mix them with your chosen additions to the yogurt. And that's it! You now have an easy-to-make snack that's great for breakfast or at all!

Cucumber & Salmon

A cucumber and smoked salmon snack is the perfect combination of savory and fresh. Smoked salmon has a rich, delicious taste that's almost buttery. It's also low in calories, with only 18 calories per slice. That makes it an excellent choice for anyone trying to watch their weight!

Cucumbers are healthy too! They're 96% water, so they're hydrating and low in calories (just 16 per cup). You can also get some fiber from them and vitamins C, K, and B5.

Here's how to put together this snack: wash a cucumber under running water, then pat it dry with paper towels. Slice it into 1/4-inch rounds using a sharp knife or mandolin slicer and arrange it on plates. Top each game with a slice of smoked salmon followed by dill sprigs if desired (you could also use capers). Add salt and pepper to taste before serving

Unsweetened Applesauce & Almonds

Unsweetened applesauce is an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps your body absorb more iron from your food. Despite the name, unsweetened applesauce doesn't taste like anything—the sweetness that people associate with it comes from added sugar. But if you're expecting something resembling candy, you'll be surprised. Especially when compared to other dessert-like snack foods like cookies and ice cream, unsweetened applesauce is a healthier option.

Almonds are tasty nuts that are high in protein (which can help build muscle), fiber (for healthy digestion), and vitamin E (an antioxidant that protects the cells in your body). They're also low in sugar and sodium while high in healthy fats like omega-3. When choosing almonds as a snack, avoid roasted or salted varieties because they will have way more sodium than an unprocessed serving of raw almonds.

Tuna with Crackers

Tuna is a great healthy snack because it's high in protein, tastes good, and is easy to prepare. While you may be used to eating it with mayonnaise or mustard, try adding these extra ingredients for an even healthier version of this snack:

  • A squeeze of lemon or lime juice. This is incredibly peppy on albacore tuna
  • A quarter teaspoon or so of dill weed. This fragrant herb brightens everything from napa cabbage slaw to salmon burgers
  • Half a small onion, minced. Red onions are best here; you could also try shallots or scallions if you have them

The reason tuna is on the list of healthy snacks for weight loss is that it's low in calories and fat. A 100-gram serving contains about 110 calories, making it the perfect snack for people trying to lose weight. Another benefit that tuna has over other types of fish is that it doesn't contain as much mercury as its counterparts (which are usually larger fish such as swordfish and sharks). And while you'll want to watch your intake if you're on a low sodium diet — every 100 grams contains 55 milligrams — this should not prevent you from enjoying tuna regularly!

Hard-boiled Eggs & Avocado Toast

Whole eggs are high in protein, good for your heart, and cost-effective. In addition, avocados are a rich source of healthy fats. The healthy fats in the avocado help your body absorb the egg's nutrients. This is a delicious combination!

The combinations are endless: try seasoning your eggs with paprika and pepper or mustard; add a quarter of an avocado to each open sandwich or spread mashed avocado onto the toast before adding a sliced egg on top.

Grapes & Cheese

Look no further than grapes and cheese for a healthy snack that you can easily take on the go. These two snacks are delicious and serve as good sources of vitamins A, C, and calcium. If you're entertaining at home, you can put out a bowl of grapes along with some small slices or cubes of cheese to offer your guests. Or if you're looking for something to bring to work or school in your lunch bag, try using a small container to keep your grapes separate from the rest of the items in your lunch.

Tomato Soup with a Grilled Cheese

You've all heard of the grilled cheese and tomato soup combo, but this version takes it to a new level. By adding avocado and eggs, you'll get a great source of healthy fats and protein, which will keep you fuller for longer. While I'm not saying that the classic grilled cheese isn't delicious, this is a healthier option that tastes just as good! For those who are gluten-free eaters, no worries! You can use gluten-free bread or even your favorite gluten-free crackers instead of bread – I recommend marys crackers for this snack.

Homemade Trail Mix

Making your trail mix is super easy, and you can make as much or as little of it as you want. All you need to do is mix nuts, seeds, and sometimes dried fruit. Just be sure to keep your trail mix unsalted! You can make it savory by adding spices like paprika or cumin or adding sweetness with chopped-up dried fruit. Best of all, if you have a favorite nut or seed combination but can't find it in the store, you can always make it yourself!

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