Here Are Over 70 Healthy Snack Ideas for When You Really Need One (Like, Always?)
I am a snacker. Like clockwork, I reach for something to munch on mid-morning and again mid-afternoon. Sometimes I go for something salty and crunchy, other times something sweet and fudgy. No matter what, though, I always want a snack that’s healthy. Or, more specifically, a snack that feels healthy to me. Because what I consider healthy might not feel that way to you, and that’s totally okay. Healthy is such a broad term that means different things to different people.
Of course it should be satisfying and tasty, but a really good snack should also be quick and easy to pull together. Or one that you can grab straight from the cabinet when you need a quick energy boost. Because no matter how you choose to define what’s healthy, there’s an ever-growing selection of healthy snacks at the supermarket that fit the bill.
Seeking some fresh snacking inspiration? You’ve come to the right place! We pulled together more than 70 of our favorite healthy snacks recipes, along with the top snacks we’ve been tossing in our grocery cart. Whether you’re following a plant-based diet, prefer to keep things keto-friendly, are eliminating gluten or dairy, or even doing a round of Whole30, there’s something here for everyone.
Each of these snacks puts plants front and center for when you want a wholesome bite that packs in the produce, but is more substantial than cut-up veggies and fruit.
Plant-Based Snacks to Toss in Your Shopping Cart
From the Ground Up Butternut Squash Crackers, $22.50 for 6 (4-ounce) boxes
These plant-based crackers may look like Cheez-Its, but don’t be fooled — they’re made with butternut squash!
Vegan Rob’s Sorghum Cauliflower Puffs, $12.53 for 3 (3.5-ounce) bags
These cauliflower puffs taste exactly like cheese doodles, and if you don’t believe us you’re going to have to trust us — because they REALLY do.
Hippeas, $28.19 for 12 (1.5-ounce) bags
If you’re not ready to fully embrace the cauliflower puffs, start with Hippeas. They’re made with chickpea flower and “vegan white cheddar.”
Terra Chips, $3.69 for 6.8 ounces
Dare we say that these perfectly salted root vegetable chips are even crispier and crunchier than potato chips?
Not only are these snacks low in carbs, but most are also packed with protein to help carry you through the rest of the morning or afternoon.
Low-Carb Snacks to Toss in Your Shopping Cart
Peatos, $19.99 for 15 (1-ounce) bags
Aside from their ingenious name, we love Peatos because they’re made from pea and lentil flour yet still have the same familiar taste and texture of Cheetos.
Sargento Balanced Breaks, $4.29 for 3 (1.5-ounce) snacks
Don’t have time to assemble a full-on cheese board? Settle for a midday, pre-portioned Sargento Balanced Breaks instead.
Gaea Olive Snacks, $24 for 8 (2.3-ounce) packs
Normalize snacking on olives! They’re briny, delicious, full of healthy fats, and the perfect afternoon snack.
When it comes to keto-friendly snacks, there are actually a lot more options out there than you might expect.
Keto Snacks to Toss in Your Shopping Cart
Whisps, $3.99 for 2 ounces
Cheese-lovers, prepare to be amazed. These crunchy “chips” are made entirely of cheese and baked to perfection.
Epic Oven Baked Pork Rinds, $4.89 for 2.5 ounces
Pork rinds contain zero carbohydrates, which means they’re keto-approved.
Good Culture Cottage Cheese Cups, $1.69 for 5 ounces
Good Culture cottage cheese cups are keto-certified, high in protein, and the best combination of salty and creamy.
Rather than focus on the restrictions that come with following Whole30, remember that there are so many foods that are fair game for snacking.
Whole30 Snacks to Toss in Your Shopping Cart
Dang Coconut Chips, $5.49 for 3.17 ounces
If you’re trying out Whole30, look for coconut chips with zero added sugar.
Blue Diamond On-the-Go Almonds, $15.31 for 32 (.6-ounce) packs
It’s easy to eat a whole can or bag of almonds, but these pre-portioned packs are the way to go if you’re looking for a quick snack break.
Wholly Guacamole Spicy Minis, $6.29 for 6 (2-ounce) cups
All of the deliciousness of guacamole with absolutely none of the work makes these #snackgoals.
Whether you prefer a snack that’s sweet, salty, or crunchy, this low-calorie lineup has something for everyone.
Low-Calorie Snacks to Toss in Your Shopping Cart
Oh Snap Hottie Bites, $1.49 for 3.25 ounces
An entire pouch of these spicy snacking pickles is just 15 calories!
Boom Chicka Pop White Cheddar Popcorn, $2.99 for 4.5 ounces
Angie’s Boomchickapop White Cheddar Popcorn is made with whole grains, recognizable ingredients, and is only 60 calories per cup.
Harvest Snaps, $1.99 for 1 ounce
These crispy pea-shaped snacks are actually made with real peas. You’ll never need another veggie straw again.
Craving a snack that’s really going to fill you up? Lean on snacks packed with protein-rich ingredients, like eggs, Greek yogurt, deli meat, nuts, and nut butter.
High-Protein Snacks to Toss in Your Shopping Cart
Lesser Evil Egg White Curls, $24 for 6 (4-ounce) bags
Hear us out: Egg White Curls are REVOLUTIONARY. Made with cassava flour and dried egg whites, they’re a high-protein, doodle-shaped delight.
RXBARs, $18.89 for 12
RXBARs are the perfect no-brainer protein boost. Unsure of whether you’ll like them or not? All the ingredients are listed right on the front of the label.
Not only are we obsessed with these snack-able hardboiled eggs and seasoning pouches, but we’re also obsessed with the packaging.
This lineup of savory and naturally sweetened snacks are proof that really great snacks don’t need any added sugar.
Low-Sugar Snacks to Toss in Your Shopping Cart
Siggi’s No Added Sugar Raspberry & Apple, $1.69 at Whole Foods Market
It’s pretty startling how much sugar is hiding out in most yogurts on the shelf. But Siggi’s No-Added sugar line only contains 5 grams total (without sacrificing taste).
GoGo SqueeZ Applesauce, $14.84 for 18 (3.2-ounce) pouches
As any parent will attest, the ease of these squeezable applesauce pouches is absolutely unparalelled.
Beina Honey-Roasted Chickpeas, $15.96 for 4 (5-ounce) bags
Unlike lots of other honey-roasted snacks, these lightly sweetened, crisped chickpeas don’t skew too sweet.
Crunchy roasted chickpeas, granola bars, popcorn, and even crackers are some of our top picks here.
Gluten-Free Snacks to Toss in Your Shopping Cart
Barnana Plantain Chips, $5.39 for 5 ounces
Every single snack in the Barnana line is gluten-free. Our favorites are the organic ridged Himalayan pink sea salt plantain chips.
Rhythym Organic Kale Chips, $17.00 for 4 (2-ounce) bags
Yes, it’s easy enough to bake up some shatteringly crispy kale chips, but why not make it even easier by buying a bag that’s ready to go?
Simple Mills Rosemary Sea Salt Crackers, $5.49 for 4.25 ounces
Simple Mills has an excellent selection of gluten-free offerings. These Rosemary & Sea Salt Crackers, made with almond flour, flax seeds, and sunflower seeds, are just one example.
Flackers, $27.70 for 4 (5-ounce) bags
These flaxseed crackers pack quite the nutritional punch — plus they’re sturdy enough to stand up to any dip.
From fruit salads to peanut butter-banana wraps to energy bites, these dairy-free snacks give you plenty to choose from.
Dairy-Free Snacks to Toss in Your Shopping Cart
Siggi’s Plant Based Coconut Blend, $1.99 at Whole Foods Market
Of all the dairy-free yogurts we’ve tried, we can’t say enough good things about Siggi’s Plant-Based Coconut Blend. First-timers should try the raspberry flavor.
Being dairy-free doesn’t mean you have to give up the simple pleasures of cheese sticks. Thankfully, Daiya makes a pretty darn good plant-based replacement.
Kite Hill Dairy-Free Ranch Dip, $3.99 for 8 ounces at Whole Foods Market
Yes, there’s such a thing as dairy-free ranch dip. Kite Hill’s version is made with almond milk and it comes highly rated by vegans.
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