Ten Healthy Snacks You Don’t Have to Feel Guilty About

Snacking between meals can spell trouble for the waistline. That two o’clock afternoon slump hits and you’re either sluggish or starving. Vending machines don’t always have healthy options—you will have to make your choices ahead of time, at home.

Making healthy snacking choices is all about choosing snacks that are high in protein and healthy fats to tide you over until the next meal. Of course, sometimes, cravings cannot be helped, so finding good substitutes for your favorite snacks is important. Here are ten healthy snacks that you don’t have to feel guilty about eating.

1. DIY Protein Box

Instead of overpaying for a premade snack box at the deli or coffee shop, prep your own at home. You can customize it with your favorite cheese, add crackers or an English muffin, nut butter or hummus, and add some apple slices and carrots. Add in a hard-boiled egg and you have an easy to eat, cheap, and filling snack or lunch. You can add whatever you want to your box—add turkey slices or crunchy almonds for extra protein, toss in a handful of dried cranberries for a sweet treat.

2. Ants on a Log

This nostalgic snack is perfect as a dessert substitute. It has protein and fiber and crunch—all important snack components. Spread peanut butter on celery sticks, then dot raisins into the peanut butter. Kids and adults love this snack.

3. Air Popped Popcorn

Air popped is the key—it does not have all the nasty filler chemicals and fat that microwave popcorn has. A 1 oz. serving of air-popped popcorn contains 4 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and only clocks in at 110 calories. You can customize your popcorn with flavorings and a lighter amount of butter.

4. Bell Pepper Spears W/ Guacamole

This is a winning combination—bell peppers contain fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins, and have a satisfying crunch. Guacamole (homemade) has healthy fats and fiber to help keep you fuller longer. Substitute your favorite chips for bell pepper spears for an easy, healthy swap.

5. Almonds

Try eating a small handful of raw almonds or flavored almonds instead of your usual snack. Almonds have high protein, healthy fats, and fiber, making them more filling than higher calorie snacks.

6. Vegetables and Hummus

Hummus can help reduce inflammation and may improve heart health. Raw vegetables have more vitamins than cooked. The protein from the hummus will help keep you full—just don’t go overboard with your serving sizes.

7. Apple or banana with peanut butter

Most people do not eat enough fruit in their diets. Fresh fruit contains essential vitamins and antioxidants, as well as containing fiber. Adding peanut butter adds protein and fat to make for a more satisfying snack.

8. Dark Chocolate

Yes, dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains heart-healthy antioxidants. Dark chocolate can be enjoyed in moderation. Think small with snack portions to control a sweet tooth craving.

9. Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt contains protein, vitamin d, probiotics, and much-needed calcium. You can add honey, berries, or unsweetened granola or sweetness or texture. Greek yogurt is a great workout recovery snack.

10. Pretzels

Instead of potato chips, reach for pretzels for your salty snack cravings. Pretzels have less fat, fewer carbs, and more protein than potato chips.

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