It’s easy enough to say, “I’m going to lose weight by…” then list a bunch of things that we plan to do to achieve the goal. As though it’s the easiest thing in the world, right? But anyone who has tried time and time again to beat problematic belly fat, underarm flab, or stubborn saddlebags – especially while juggling a busy schedule (work, children, school, etc) five or six days out of the week – knows that weight-loss is most often easier said than done.
That said, the fact is that eating right is one of the “Big Two” (the other being exercise) when it comes to weight loss. Experts tell us that we are ideally supposed to eat every couple of hours, sticking to healthy all-natural choices like nuts, fruits, veggies, and lean proteins. To make this goal a little less frustrating, peruse these lists for over 500 healthy natural snack ideas and recipes – many of which can be prepared ahead of time. That way you can grab your healthy eats and go when you need them, with minimal interruption from your busy schedule.
Healthy Snacks on All Recipes
All Recipes.com brings us a slideshow of 6 Healthy Snacks – five of which use only vegetarian ingredients. One of the highlights of this collection is a guacamole for those who dislike avocado. This one is made with a heart-healthy combination of asparagus, cilantro, garlic, and salsa. For quick and easy snacks, there are baked kale chips and homemade hummus that take about 10 minutes each to prep. Also included are a mouth-watering antioxidant- and fiber-rich granola with dark berries, cinnamon, and almonds; as well as a refreshing Vietnamese spring roll recipe.
Snack Recipes from Cooking Light
This list of 80 Healthy Snack Recipes contains everything “from sweet to salty to savory,” making it great for curing just about any case of the munchies. Included is a recipe for Parmesan-Rosemary Flatbread Crackers made with flaxseed meal, fresh rosemary, and ground black pepper. There are also a couple of interesting options using avocados including Strawberry Avocado Salsa and frozen Avocado Ice Pops. The list is dotted here and there with recipes for seasoning raw nuts with fresh herbs and spices – Chili-spiced Almonds is particularly protein-intensive. Also included are several smoothie recipes using greens and dark berries.
Be sure to check out the Quinoa-Granola Chocolate Chip Cookies (about halfway down the page.)
Quick and Healthy Snacks on Eating Well
Eating Well is a great resource for recipes and ideas that can help you eat right on a tight schedule. Quick and Healthy Snack Recipes and Cooking Tips features six delicious and interesting snacks using fruits, nuts, cheese, and a few other ingredients. Most of these recipes can be prepared in 5 minutes or less, the longest taking a whopping 20 minutes (a healthy version of Chile Con Queso, yum!) The best part is: they’re inexpensive too.
The Best of Snack Girl
Check out these 100+ Healthy Snack Ideas popular-voted as the best by readers and followers of Snack Girl. Recipes are broken down into Sweet, Savory, Breakfast, Dessert, Healthy, and Drinks to make them easier to navigate. Some great picks include Everything But The Kitchen Sink Fruit and Nut Bars, Buffalo Cauliflower, and a Zero Guilt French Onion Dip that even your celery and carrots will be excited about.
Healthy Snack Ideas from Real Simple
These 19 Healthy Snack Ideas will get your creative juices flowing. The main feature on page 1 is half of a pear wearing a slice of lean roast beef, horseradish cream, and a sprinkling of herbs. The list continues with out-of-the-ordinary flavor combinations like curry and beet chips, mint and peas, ham and jicama, and cayenne-spiced watermelon topped with pistachios. Be sure to try the Frozen Yogurt with Blueberries and Cardamom (#14) for an awesome summertime treat!
Healthy Snacks on the Food Network
These Quick and Easy Snack Recipes encompass a good variety of chips, fruit and nut mixes, smoothies, and crunchy snacks created by chefs on the Food Network. Provided with each recipe is a link to the corresponding chef’s page where you may find more of his or her culinary creations. The Quick and Easy Snack list includes two different versions of the baked kale chip for a satisfying snack that is also loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. Also featured is a Goji Berry Trail Mix, courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis.
Healthy Snack Ideas by Every Day Magazine
These 103 Healthy Snack Recipe Ideas are super simple with minimal instructions. For example: “Wrap a dill pickle spear in a paper-thin slice of ham and dip in ballpark mustard.” Snacking does really get much easier than this. To make finding your perfect snack a little bit easier, recipes are broken down into the four craving categories – salty, crunchy, sweet, and creamy – each with their own page. The list also dedicates an entire page to superfood snacks, making this a must-visit list.
Be sure to try #91: “A scoop of vanilla low-fat frozen yogurt … sprinkled with green tea powder.”
(Further reading: 10 Amazing Benefits of Matcha Green Tea)
Cheap and Healthy Recipes from Greatist
The team at Greatist has compiled a massive collection of 415 Snack and Side Dish Recipes that use natural ingredients. The list starts off with a few stand-alones like Stuffed Grape Leaves and Eggplant Chips with Basil Yogurt Dip. Then it moves on to a handful of sub-lists such as 31 Healthy and Portable High-Protein Snacks, 50 Awesome Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks, and 30 Healthy Breakfast Snacks for Morning on the Run.
With so many healthy natural snack ideas to choose from, eating right just got a lot easier!