Here are some of my favorite healthy snack ideas. They are low sodium, low fat and low in sugar. Always a good idea to have some grab and go snacks on hand. If you don't you may have a tendency to grab something that is not so healthy like like potato chips or candy.
Kind Bars - one my favorite "go to" snacks to have on hand at home, office and the gym. They are low in sugar and sodium and packed with healthy fats and protein. Some even have a little of dark chocolate which can help to satisfy that chocolate urge without going over the edge.
Popcorn - another favorite. This is easy to prepare yourself without any added fat or salt. Grab a brown paper lunch bag and fill with 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels. Fold down the back to seal and place in microwave for 1:45 seconds (microwave times could vary, watch bag closely while popping so it doesn't burn) and "wha la". A fresh bowl of popcorn with no added salt or fat.
Veggie Sticks - always a good idea to have some veggie sticks on hand, i.e. baby carrots, celery sticks, pepper strips and broccoli florets. You can buy all of these at the grocery store already cut up and bagged, so there is no excuse.
Non Fat Plain Greek Yogurt - Keep a container of non fat greek yogurt in your refrigerator and it is great high protein, low fat, low sugar addition to fresh fruit, homemade granola, add to a smoothie, etc.
Low Sodium, Low Fat Cottage Cheese - This is another great high protein snack to keep in the refrig. Mix it with fresh fruit, nuts, veggies, etc for a quick and healthy snack or lunch.
Fruit - you can never fail with fruit. Grapes, bananas, berries, pineapple, oranges, watermelon, etc are great to have on hand for a quick snack, added to to Non-fat plain greek yogurt, low sodium, low fat cottage cheese or freeze and add it to you favorite smoothie.
Healthy Homemade Granola - Granola if made properly can be a great high protein, low sugar snack and can be added to yogurt and cottage cheese. See my earlier blog post for the recipe. Click here.
Banana Ice Cream - This is by far my favorite. We were big ice cream eaters especially in the summer. Once we discovered banana ice cream, we have never looked back. It is so simple to make and it takes sooo good. You would never know it was good for you. See my earlier blog post for the recipe. Click here.
3-ingredient oatmeal cookies - these again are so easy to make and contain one of the best fruits - BANANAS. Here is a quick recipe.
3 large ripe bananas
2 cups of oats
1 TBSP of honey
1/3 cup of Mix-ins like chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, etc.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Add oats and mix well with bananas.
Add honey and any mix-in.
On parchment or silicone baking sheet, scoop out approx. 9 cookies and flatten dough with bottom of glass.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.
You may package these in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
Turkey Roll-ups - graving a sandwich, but don't want to fill up on bread. Try turkey roll-ups. Choose low sodium, low fat turkey (often found in the deli case at your local grocery store, just be sure it has the american heart association symbol on the label), add some lettuce, spinach or kale, thin carrot stick, thin pepper slice, thinly sliced cucumbers for added crunch, roll up and enjoy. Add a little low sodium mustard if you would like.
Tortilla Chips - Normally tortilla chips would not be considered healthy but if you make them yourself they can be. Take 6 inch corn tortilla and cut into 6-8 triangles. Place on a ungreased cookie sheet and put in a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake for 7-9 minutes until they start to brown around the edges. Remove from oven and let cool. They will get crispy and crunchy and really delicious. You can top with paprika, garlic or any low sodium, low fat topping prior to placing in the oven. No need to spray with any oil, these will get crunchy on their own.