My philosophy on snacks is a bit radical. So before I share my ideas for the best healthy snacks, allow me to elaborate…
While I’m all about bringing the maximum pleasure to my meals, I keep my snacks relatively boring.
There’s a method to my madness. Basically for me snacks are there to prevent me from getting over hungry and avoid future over eating. So I have the same snack every day.
That’s not saying I don’t enjoy it. I LOVE my afternoon seeds and yoghurt. I look forward to it. It’s satisfying without making me crave more food.
My 6 Best Healthy Snack Ideas
1. Seeds & Yoghurt
This is my favourite afternoon tea snack. Basically I have it in some form every single day. Even when I travel (back in those glorious pre-covid days) I always pack my seeds.
2. Reliable Boiled Eggs
The perfect portable protein powerhouse. Just sprinkle over some sea salt flakes or dried chilli pepper (or other spices) to amp up the flavours.
3. Cheese & Pear ‘Crackers’
Why would you want to waste valuable stomach space on bland old crackers when there was cheese to enjoy? This idea of using slices of crisp pear (or celery) takes cheese to the next level.
4. Apple & Nut Butter
Do you really need a recipe for this uber-simple and incredibly delicious snack Apple & Nut Butter ? Probably not.
BUT we had some friends staying earlier in the year and they hadn’t ever tried this sweet and salty flavour explosion combo so I made a mental note to write it up as a recipe.
For my boys their number one favourite is smooth peanut butter. But I’m a fan of mixing it up with either almond butter, tahini or my home made macadamia butter.
5. Roast Nuts
It can be easy to overdo it on nuts so if I am snacking on them I make sure I serve them out into a small bowl and put the jar / pack away before I start eating. While I love all nuts, I do have a slight preference for roasted and salted pistachios because they have the extra fun distraction of shelling them.
For a special treat I make a batch of these Turmeric & Togarashi Cashews or these Smoked Paprika & Rosemary Almonds.
6. Hummus & Veggies
Chopped crunchy veg like celery, carrot or cucumber dipped in creamy hummus are always welcome around here. EIther use a commercial tub of hummus or for something different try my amazing Almond Hummus.
What about you?
What are your favourite snacks?
I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.
Have fun in the kitchen!
I like seeds and yogurt, but need to be careful to not get so tired of something that I can’t eat it any more (that seems to happen more, the older I get, especially things I eat very frequently). So I also like a bowl of cereal (Lesh’s Lightly Toasted Muesli), a stick of string cheese, a small pear, a persimmon when they’re in season, and nuts are always good.
I like yogurt, too, but I eat it with chopped nuts (usually walnuts) and a few sugar free chocolate chips sprinkled on the top. The grocery chain I shop (Kroger) has a store brand low carb yogurt that I always buy. I also snack on Brie, string cheese, homemade Keto fat bombs/snacks, cashews or almonds, nut butters, coconut and seed clusters, pickles or olives. Anything low-carb, portable and easy to access.
Pickles and olives – yes! Love a gherkin.
I’m loving the tiny tomatoes available at the moment. Happy to just eat them as is – no prep! Also the baby cucumbers (Qukes) that are around. They are so fresh and crunchy. If I cut them into 4 they seem bigger. Great on their own or dipped in guacamole or homous. Yum!