Snacking is often mentioned as a challenge number one, when it comes to switching to healthy eating. Many students of our Healthy Cooking School share, that they manage to stick to healthy lunches and dinners, but craving for snacks (especially if they work in an office) is something that they really struggle to take control of.
But, wait, is snacking really that bad at all?
For example, Ayurvedic nutrition explains that everyone’s body is different, and hence, while snacking is the worst idea for one person, it can be not at all as bad for another.
The problem with snacks, of course, lies not just in a snacking habit as such, but with the types of foods that we end up consuming in large quantities. Large bags of chips, waffles, chocolates, cookies, store-bought crackers – all these items are loaded with salt, sugar, unhealthy fats, artificial flavours and other unwanted additives. These things are not “just” unhealthy – they are simply harmful.
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What if there was a way to satisfy your snacking craving in an easy and healthy way?
Here, we put together a list of 50 healthy snacks, that don’t require any cooking, which you can always have around, and help yourself when it is needed.
1.Nuts, roasted or activated
Nuts are the most filling of snacks, full of protein and vitamins. Make sure to roast or soak them before consuming, otherwise, they might become a little too heavy for your digestion system.
2. Dry Fruits
Dry fruits are a great snack for a sweet tooth. Try to buy organic dry fruits, that don’t have added oils, sweeteners or sulfites.
3. Nut Butters
Peanut butter or almond butter are two classic options They can be enjoyed on their own, or with your favourite fruits or vegetables.
Many people consider popcorn to be an unhealthy snack. However, as long as it is homemade (preferably from organic corn) and doesn’t have extra salt and flavour enhancers, popcorn is one of the healthiest and most enjoyable snacks.
5. Frozen Green Peas, spiced
It will take just a couple of minutes to stir fry or steam the frozen green peas. You can add some garlic, salt and olive oil, or go wild with spices, to add an extra flavour boost.
6. Energy Balls
Energy balls are usually made of dry fruits, nuts and seeds. They are very easy to make and have loads of nutrition (in our Healthy Desserts Course we dedicate one whole chapter to energy balls and bars)
7. Sourdough Bread
Sourdough bread is the only bread you should be eating. It’s very nutritious, easy to digest, and rarely has the negative effects that we know from the store bought bread, made with commercial yeast. Enjoy it on its own or turn into a sandwich.
8. Celery Sticks
There are a few vegetables that can satisfy your craving for something savoury – and celery is definitely one of them! In fact, celery is sometimes used as a salt replacement, so it really gives a great desired kick for your taste buds.
9. Frozen Green Beans, Spiced
Similar to frozen green peas, frozen green beans are a wonderful option for a comforting and even a slightly spicy snack, if you like. Just stir fry them or steam them slightly.
10. Bananas with Nut Butters
Bananas are fantastic on its own, but if you add some nut butter, or even a bit of dark chocolate, then it takes the whole sweet snacking idea to a whole different level.
11. Fruit Leather
If you haven’t heard about the fruit leather, you are truly missing out. It’s a savour for those who love sweets and chewy consistency, something like gummy bears (we are teaching it in our Healthy Desserts Course as well, by the way)
Hummus need no introduction. Made from chickpea (or sometimes from other types of beans), it can even replace you an entire meal.
13. Fruit Chips
Fruit chips are basically crispy dehydrated fruits, that you can either buy or make it yourself. Fruits are so flavourful on their own, that no other additives are needed to make them enjoyable.
If you are brave enough to carry a carrot peeler around, this snack can always stay super fresh, wherever you go. It’s also lots of fun to eat the whole carrot, crunchy and orange, and it can make people around you smile, as well
Peanut butter deserves a separate category because there are endless ways to flavour it and eat it! It can satisfy both your sweet and salty cravings, depending on what kind of spice, flavour or sweetener you decide to add to it.
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16. Chickpeas, Spiced
Boiled chickpeas can be enjoyed just like that, on their own. But it’s also very easy to give them some extra flavour with a bit of spice, fresh herbs, or maybe with a tiny bit of flavoured oil.
17. Brown Chickpeas, Roasted
Roasted chickpeas are crunchy and filling, in other words, they are a perfect snack. Brown chickpeas are even a better option for this type of recipe.
18. Apples, Plain or with Nut Butters
Apples are the best fruit “to go” because you don’t need to peel it, and it never gets mashy (unlike bananas, for example). To make them more filling, pair with nut butter of choice.
Red round radishes will give you a refreshing crunch. Because of their vibrant pink color they can also give you some extra energy even by just looking at them (yes, colors in your food do matter!)
20. Cherry Tomatoes
Juicy, easy to carry and to eat, cherry tomatoes are a perfect snack. They are also a wonderful addition to other snacks, like a sourdough sandwich.
If you are ready to invest some time in meal prep, then there are also lots of wonderful ideas for healthy snacks, that you can make ahead in your own kitchen, and enjoy for many days to come. Check out the Sesame Brittle or Chocolate Tahini Bars, or take a look at our YouTube Channel for more unique ideas of Healthy Snacks.