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9 Quick and Healthy Snacks You Should Always Have at Home

Much Better Than the Plain Celery Mom Used to Give Us

A well-stocked kitchen is key when throwing together a fast, flavorful snack on those busy days you can’t seem to find enough time to do anything. When you wake up and have to bolt for work, it pays to know what you can grab-and-go for healthy snack options.

When trying to get fit and healthy it is important that you have food options prepared and also have an understanding of what type of foods you should be eating on the go. It can be too easy to fall into the trap of eating something quick that isn’t healthy for you, like that triple cheeseburger with onion rings, simply because you will only do it this one time.

It’s important to make it a habit to continuously fuel your body with healthy alternatives. That doesn’t mean they need to taste bad. Nobody wants to eat stuff they don’t like! That’s why this list of healthy snacks are things that we love to eat ourselves.

You wouldn’t trust a group of people that give you bad advice would yoU?

1. Veggies with Dip

When looking for a healthy snack like veggies you can always amp up the taste with some healthy dips. Bean dip is a great option for dipping veggies, Check out the varieties of bean dips like hummus, edamame hummus or even a spicy black bean hummus. Below is my go to Spicy Black Bean Hummus recipes.

I can’t tell you how much I love hummus. I’m pretty sure my husband is suspicious of it because he always gives me this look like I’m going to leave him for hummus. I guess it is a possibility, but for now, he is pretty safe.

2. Fruit with Almond Butter

Fruit is a simple healthy snack you can grab on the go. You can eat them on their own or add a little almond butter for some pure joy. One of my favorite go-to fruit snacks is apple nachos…this may sound unappealing but how can you go wrong with apples, peanut butter, and chocolate chips! Check out my fav recipe below.

If you think you will want to have some fruit the next day, then spent a couple minutes at night cutting the fruit up and putting it in a sealed container in the fridge. I don’t know about you, but for some reason chopped up fruit always looks more appetizing to me!

If you’ve never had almond butter before I have some advice for you. When you first open it up you will see a ton of liquid at the top, this is just the oils from the butter. All you have to do is stir up the almond butter and you are good to go. Some brands will have more oil than others.

3. Dried Fruit

Eating fruit provides many of the essential minerals, vitamins, phytonutrients and fiber that you need every day. Not to mention a half-cup of dry fruit is equal to a full serving of fruit. Here are some dried fruits you should definitely give a shot: Peaches, Apples, Mangos, Pineapple, and Apricot. If you are really brave, try some of the chili lime covered fruit from Sprouts. It’s delicious.

A word of warning about dried fruit: for some people it will cause a healthy amount of gas. My husband loves dried fruit, but I have to make sure to space out all of the times he eats it or I have to force him to sleep on the couch.

4. Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are super healthy and a great natural source of vitamins, minerals, protein, fat, and fiber. When picking healthy nuts and seeds go for almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds and hemp seeds.

Every once in a while, you can spoil yourself with cinnamon roasted almonds. Seriously, they are to die for. Be careful though as you will find out how easy it is to eat 5 lbs worth in a day. Or maybe that was just me.

5. Low Fat Cheese

Cheese gets a lot of bad press but it’s a great source of lean protein, calcium. Here are five kinds of cheese that belong in your kitchen. Feta, String Cheese, Parmesan, Swiss, and Cottage Cheese.

Remember string cheese as a kid? That stuff still exists and it is still awesome. The great thing about string cheese is that psychologically it can make your brain think you ate a full snack due to the time it takes to peel off new strands.

6. Yogurt with Toppings

I’m a huge fan of yogurt topped with everything from granola to fresh fruit. And when I craving something super sweet I like to drizzle a little honey or chocolate on top of my fruit.

It is really crazy the type of flavors they have out now with yogurts. Just the other day I had a strawberry cheesecake yogurt. Who knew I could get cheesecake in semi-liquid form?

7. Hard Boiled Eggs

Although eggs have gotten a bad reputation, they are still a great snack packed full of protein. You can eat them plain or slice one up in a lettuce cup with some bacon and tomato for a healthy BLT. Or perhaps add a little avocado from a yummy avocado egg salad.

Some hard-boiled eggs, bacon bits, avocado, and sunflower seeds? All day, every day.

8. Avocados

Eating just one avocado, you will get a dose of vitamins A, B6, C, E and K. Not to mention avocados are also loaded with healthy fats. Here is a super easy recipe for guac. Scoop avocado into a bowl and mix with your favorite salsa until the consistency is just right for you. Just keep your chip munching under control.

If you’ve never bought avocados before I must warn you that they can go bad pretty quick. Like a couple of days quick so don’t get ambitious and get a bag of 50 of them if you don’t plan on using them within a couple of days.

9. Veggie Chips

Veggie chips taste so good and are pretty nutritious for you as well. But not all veggie chips are created equal. If you want to get the most out of your veggie chips check out some of my favs.

Being Prepared is Key

As I mentioned before, the key to healthy eating is to be prepared. There is nothing worse than having a bit of an appetite and there is nothing healthy around. Keep a list of healthy food items that you need to purchase every couple of trips to the grocery store. That way you can be sure that you have a nice variety of healthy snacks around the house when the time comes.

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