We’ve all been there. Hungry and needing a snack, grabbing what we see or can find, or that’s within a drive-thru’s distance. We end up making unwise choices when the pressures of a grumbling tummy overtake our desires to maintain a healthy snack choice. How can you possible avoid this never ending problem? Preparedness! It’s not as much a chore as you’d think. There are so many amazing easy snack recipes that often don’t get as much attention as they deserve. We place so much focus on the main meal options, we forget about all the inbetweens. It’s a pitfall for many. These recipes are all easy enough that you can prepare them ahead of time, pack them in your bag, and be ready to go, anyplace, anytime (which can sometimes be unpredictable in terms of when hunger strikes). Don’t let yourself fall into bad habits and weight gain by “snaccident”, be prepared, and get snacking on these delicious options.

1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Bars

You’ve lost all excuses for not having enough time to make healthy snacks, because this recipe is only 5 ingredients, and takes 5 minutes to make! Woo!

http://www.mysequinedlife.com/2016/03/15/chocolate-peanut-butter-chia-bars/ Photos by: My Sequined Life

2. Sweet Potato Chips

With some thinly sliced sweet potatoes, olive oil, and salt – you can make sweet potato chips right at home, in your very own oven. No need to reach for a bag of deep fried, store bought, preservative-laden ones. You got this.

http://www.aspicyperspective.com/baked-sweet-potato-chips/2/ Photo by: A Spicy Perspective

3. Snack Edamame

Sometimes when I get really snacky, I want handfuls of things, not just a bite of something. With these roasted edamame, from frozen, you can do just that! Handfuls and handfuls. Perfect.

http://apple-of-my-eye.com/2016/03/19/crispy-snack-edamame/# Photos by: Apple Of My Eye

4. Apple Slice Cookies

Apple slice cookies, apple slice donuts – whatever you want to call them, these are a really simple and easy snack that will make you feel like you’re most definitely indulging in a treat. You are indulging in a treat, just not one you have to feel badly about.

http://onelittleproject.com/apple-slice-cookies/ Photo by: One Little Project

5. Berry Delicious Vegan Gummies

When you can indulge in a gummy filled with natural fruit purees, and free of animal by-products, it’s a snack that you can feel good about. A GUMMY snack, you can feel good about. Let’s just let that sink in for a moment.

http://www.thecrunchychronicles.com/berry-delicious-vegan-gummies/ Photos by: The Crunchy Chronicles

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6. Turkey & Veggie Snack Wraps

Cut the carbs and none of the flavor! Why use a tortilla wrap, when you can easily go grain free with deli slice of turkey as your wrap to hold these little cheese & veggie snacks?

http://delightfulemade.com/2017/01/04/turkey-veggie-snack-wraps/ Photos by: Delightful E Made

7. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites

These are a go-to for me when I’ve got the cravings for something refreshing, and sweet. It’s one of those “treats” that actually has nutritional value for you, and often one bite, is the only bite you need.

http://smilesandwich.com/2014/04/02/dark-chocolate-peanut-butter-banana-bites/ Photos by: Smile Sandwich

8. Vegan Pecan Pie Snack Bites

These are simply to diiiie for. I don’t mean to be overly dramatic, but these are something to call home to mom about. They’re the perfect quick snack to make, and store for a week’s enjoyment. Made of dates, oats, maple syrup and pecans, it’s a great clean source of energy without all the dairy and gluten that so many have to stay away from!

http://www.forkly.com/recipes/vegan-pecan-pie-snack-bites/ Photo by: Forkly

9. Green Bean Chips

The best way to eat your greens, is most definitely roasting and seasoning them to a crisp so you can enjoy them like chips. Justifiable chips! Flavor them however you like to replicate your favorite potato variety. Here’s looking at you – tex mex seasoning.

https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/green-bean-chips/ Photos by: Whole New Mom

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10. Skinny “Nutella” Spread

Yeah, you’re read that right. There IS a way to enjoy a healthier version of the ever popular chocolate hazelnut spread, by making it right at home. This version serves up at only 57 calories, and is perfect for eating with apples slices, a piece of toast, or whatever healthy options you feel.

http://skinnyms.com/skinny-nutella-spread-the-healthier-version/ Photo by: SkinnyMs.

11. Nut-Free Cake Batter Energy Balls

Perfect for work and school lunches, this allergen-free energy ball is made with sunflower seed butter, and all the sprinkles your heart desires!

http://www.forkly.com/recipes/nut-free-cake-batter-energy-balls/ Photo by: Forkly

12. Skinny Frozen Peanut Butter Whips

Only two ingredients, these little whips will satisfy those peanut butter and ice cream cravings in a small portion that makes it completely ok to snack on without breaking the diet!

13. Chili & Lime Coconut Oil Popcorn

When you pop your popcorn at home using coconut oil, it immediately makes this a healthier snack option. Popcorn is already a low calorie snack, and when you make those small alterations like using a “cleaner” oil to cook it in, it’s a win-win!

http://www.killingthyme.net/2016/01/19/chili-and-lime-popcorn-popped-in-coconut-oil/ Photo by: Killing Thyme

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14. GF/Vegan Edible Raw Cookie Dough, For One!

This recipe uses some healthy alternative options for something not-so-healthy. If you’re going to indulge in a sweet snack, making small healthy choices within the treat, is the way to bend the rules.

http://www.forkly.com/recipes/gfvegan-edible-raw-cookie-dough-for-one/ Photo by: Forkly

15. Chocolate Banana Chia Pudding

When a dessert is actually filled with wholesome ingredients, thickened with the magic of chia seeds, you’re in for a treat.

http://realfoodrealdeals.com/chocolate-banana-chia-pudding/ Photo by: Real Food Real Deals

 

Sarah Nicole

Since successfully losing 100lbs by changing her relationship with food and her body, Sarah has taken her passion for food and balanced it between cucumbers and cupcakes. When she's not bustling her way around a kitchen, you can find her working out or winding down at home with her 3 kids and pug. Follow Sarah's journey on Instagram @TheBirdsPapaya.

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