Who doesn’t LOVE to snack?!
Whether you’re having friends over, or you are looking for something to fill you in between meals, snacking comes in the picture.
However, snacks have been on bad rep since forever.
That’s because people think that snacks, in general, are a bad choice, especially when trying to stay fit and maintain a healthy weight.
But what if I tell you that snacking doesn’t necessarily mean unhealthy and that I have the best snacks for weight loss right here!?
Yup, that’s right!
These 20 easy healthy snack ideas are the best snacks for weight loss and the ultimate fitness treats for every one of you craving for a crunchy fill in between the meals.
They are the smartest choices to help you enjoy snacking and still maintain a fit and balanced body.
Believe me, snacking can be a perfectly healthy habit if you do it right.
That’s why I packed the most delicious fitness snack ideas that are won’t get in the way of your body goals.
Delicious and clean at the same time – You are going to fall in love with these 20 easy healthy snack ideas.
Let’s get started right away!
1. Mozzarella sticks
The classic mozzarella-sticks recipe is not a healthy choice for two reasons:
First they’re usually covered in breadcrumbs, even white flour, and second, they’re fried, usually in dip fryer.
Luckily I have a recipe that’s not that bad of a choice at all!
I roll my mozzarella sticks into a grounded seeds mixture instead of the breadcrumbs, and I bake them in the oven instead of frying them.
Without white flour, without breadcrumbs and by keeping the nutrients with a healthier cooking process, these mozzarella sticks are a pretty healthy option, whenever you feel like having a snack.
Here’s what need:
- 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
- 1/2 cup ground sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup ground almonds
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1tablespoon milk
- 1lb mozzarella cheese, cut into 3/4 inch x 3/4 inch strips
- 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Whisk the eggs and milk together in one bowl and the dry ingredients (seeds and spices) in another bowl.
Coat each piece of mozzarella with the ground mixture, then dip in the egg mixture and again roll in bread crumbs.
Spread them on a baking sheet and bake them in a preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until they are golden.
You can serve them with a tomato sauce, dijon mustard or with any healthy dip recipe you want.
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2. Cucumber Circles With Hummus
Cucumber is one of the healthiest snacks you can get, because it’s 90% water.
It’s not potato chips, but still, it’s crunchy, fulfilling and pretty refreshing.
And the best thing about cucumber is that you can pair it with all kinds of dips and dressings, without loading up on calories.
I usually have my cucumber topped with my all time favorite dip – hummus.
- 1 cucumber
- 1/2 cup hummus
Peel the cucumber and cut it in circles.
Speed a teaspoon of the hummus on each one of the circles and enjoy 🙂
It’s a great combo, you’re going to love it!
3. Seed Crackers
I’ve tried many seed cracker recipes, but my all time favorite is the one with peanuts.
You’re going to need:
- 200 grams of baked unsalted peanuts
- 60 grams sunflower seeds
- 30 grams flax seeds
- 30 grams sesame seeds
- 2 egg whites
- 2-3 teaspoons Himalayan salt
- 20 ml water
Blend the peanuts and the seeds together, and then mix them with the other ingredients.
Place them on a baking sheet, and bake them 10-15 minutes on a preheated 180 degrees oven.
You can add other spices by choice.
If you want to go for a ready-to-eat snack, this one’s for you 🙂
Beef or turkey, jerky is a great go-to snack, whether you want to have a healthy snack in between your meals, or want to increase your daily protein intake.
It’s a good source of protein and it takes a bit of mouth-power to eat, which makes it a great idea when it comes to a healthy snack.
As long as you double check for the hidden sugars, you’re all set.
5. Spicy roasted chickpeas
Roasted chickpeas are such a great idea to satisfy your snacking cravings in any part of the day.
They’re salty, crunchy, spicy and yet healthy AF (excuse my language).
The only ingredients you’re going to need are:
- chickpeas (canned or home boiled)
- olive oil
- spices (feel free to experiment)
Preheat the oven to 230°C.
Toss the chickpeas and olive oil together in a large bowl until the chickpeas are lightly coated and then stir in the spices, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper and minced garlic, and mix them nicely.
Spread them onto a baking sheet, and pop in the oven for about 20 minutes, stirring the pan halfway through.
You’ll know they’re done when they shrink up a little bit and get crunchy on the outside.
Photo credit: Simple Vegan Blog
6. Roasted Chestnuts
I love chestnuts!
Boiled or roasted – they’re the perfect snack to satisfy your cravings.
Here’s how I do them:
Preheat your oven to 180°C and place the chestnuts in a single layer on a baking tray.
The important thing here is you have to cut your slit into the chestnut before putting them on the pan.
Bake them for 15-25 minutes, it all depends on how large they are.
You don’t even have to sprinkle salt over them, because they are really delicious on their own, without spicing them up.
However, 1/2 cup of them is just enough – they’re filled with fibers and pretty healthy, however, they are not that low in carbs.