86 Awesome Snack Ideas

Who doesn’t love snacks? A staple of our childhoods, you’d think that packing that extra little treat would seem simple enough! But did you know that you can do it WRONG?

In the news, an example of “lunch shaming” was highlighted in the media, when a woman sent her child to school with a healthy lunch…and two Oreo cookies. Innocent enough, right? (I was raised on deli sandwich meat or pb&j sandwiches with fruit roll ups and I came out okay. I think). Long story short, the school confiscated the cookies and sent the daughter home with a letter, and school officials outlined guidelines for packing a healthy and nutritious lunch. (Read the full story here!)

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It’s not like this was her lunch. But some of us can dream that it’s ours!

I think it’s safe to say that snacking is something many of us wish were easier, more affordable (monetarily and calorically) and less packed with guilt. Sometimes clients will ask me, “so what kind of snacks *should* I eat?”  And it’s not that you don’t know what to eat, often the first things that pops into your head is what NOT to eat! Images of cookies, cake pops, mochas, bagels, chips, a handful of candies…convenience food! It satisfies the needs of portability, fills you up, has everything your instinctual brain wants (sugar, salt, fat and carbohydrates), and usually tastes better than it feels.

Obviously you know the WHY of snack healthily (maintain blood sugar levels so we can stay focused, keep our emotional state steady and prevent getting “hangry,” stay efficient in our tasks, prevent crashing etc), so we’ve compiled a big list of potential snack ideas for you.

Some days we feel like Martha Stewart herself, and have the time to root through Pinterest or the internet for amazing snack ideas that look gorgeous and make us feel like the epitome of health, and it only takes 2 hours to collect, prep, wash, peel and carve out the swan neck in your pesticide free hand picked farmer market apples for presentation on a silver platter. For a snack. Oh, and wrapped in a bow too, of course.

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Don’t get me wrong, they ARE beautiful but I just don’t have the time.

Let’s be honest – on days that like, eating healthy isn’t a problem. It’s a problem for people that rush from dropping their kids off (with their organic Whole Foods lunch, receipt included) at school, to work where they sit in meeting after meeting and need something simple, easy, tasty and healthy. So in this list you might see the words “dark chocolate” or “protein bar.” At the end of the day, I think it’s better that you have something a bit healthier in your belly than a jelly donut or heaven forbid, skip meals completely. Baby steps!

Pick a few options this week, a couple different ones the week after, try them all out and see which ones work best for you.  Mix and match a few suggestions, and remember to switch it up. You’ll have your faves but moderation and variety are the best! Enjoy!

86 Awesome Snack Ideas

  1. Frozen grapes
  2. Cottage Cheese and Pineapple
  3. Whole grain Crackers and Cheese Bites
  4. Home made steel-cut oatmeal
  5. Veggies and Hummus
  6. Pear and String Cheese
  7. Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
  8. Veggies and Salad Dressing dip
  9. High fibre breakfast cereal with milk (or milk alternative) and blueberries
  10. Cherry Tomatoes and Pine Nuts
  11. Avocado chocolate mousse
  12. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
  13. Blackberries and greek yogurtyogurt
  14. Chicken and Crackers
  15. Snap Peas and Grated Parmesan
  16. Cup of soup (add extra chopped veggies for crunch and fiber)
  17. Canned Peaches and Sunflower Seeds
  18. Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives
  19. Crisp bread with Cottage Cheese and Apple
  20. Veggie Sushi Rolls
  21. Peanut (or almond or another substitute) Butter and Apple Slices
  22. Single serving of air-popped popcorn
  23. Pretzels and Honey Mustard
  24. Raspberries
  25. Multi-grain English muffin with fruit spread
  26. Edamame Beans and a little sea-salt
  27. Banana with crunchy Peanut Butter
  28. Baked sweet potato and cinnamon yogurt
  29. Baked tortilla chips and salsa
  30. Fresh mango salsa in a lettuce roll
  31. Graham crackers
  32. No-added sugar applesauce and pecans
  33. Celery and reduced fat cream cheese
  34. Turkey with Apple Slices
  35. Strawberries and home made whipped toppingstrawberries
  36. Apple Slices and (Swiss) cheese
  37. Avocado with Sea Salt
  38. Crunchy baked garbonzo beans
  39. Scrambled Eggs and Salsa
  40. Home made mini pizza
  41. Home made baked potato topped with low fat cheese, salsa and green onion
  42. Probiotic yogurt with dried cranberries, blueberries and almonds
  43. Sliced tomato and fresh mozzarella
  44. Canned tuna (water packed) with lemon juice and chopped celery
  45. Granola
  46. Handful of walnuts and an orange
  47. Wasabi Peas and water
  48. Fruit and Nut Bars
  49. Cashews and dried cranberries
  50. Home made toasted corn nuts
  51. Hard Boiled Egg and Banana
  52. Low sodium turkey jerky
  53. Low sugar, natural fruit leather
  54. Dried Apricots
  55. Whole wheat wrap with turkey, lettuce, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers
  56. Cherries with Pits – The pit will encourage mindful, slower consumption!
  57. Dried Fruit and Veggie Mix
  58. ½ cup pistachios with shells
  59. Protein Bars (read the labels)
  60. Sunflower Seed Cookies
  61. Air popped popcornpopcorn
  62. Avocado on toast
  63. Sunflower Seeds
  64. Half a sandwich – Sharing a sandwich or saving half for later is a great snack option. Skip the huge deli sandwich and keep it simple
  65. Biscotti and a skinny latte
  66. Fruit sorbet
  67. 8-10 dark-chocolate almonds
  68. Greek yogurt and a little honey
  69. Your favourite Smoothie
  70. Pita Bread and Hummus
  71. A couple Clementine oranges
  72. Mixed Berry “salad” (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries)
  73. Trail Mix
  74. Healthy kabobs of cheese cubes, meat, veggies and cherry tomatoes
  75. Veggies and Guacamole
  76. Dates with almond butter, rolled in shredded organic coconut
  77. Lettuce wrap
  78. A hand full of almonds and dried fruit and dark chocolate chips
  79. Simple Green Salad
  80. 1/2 of your favourite protein bar
  81. Sliced Tomato with Feta and Olive Oil
  82. Egg White and Toast
  83. Fresh Corn Salsa with multigrain tortilla chips
  84. Frozen fruit skewers with yogurt
  85. A pickle
  86. Sushi roll with black rice

What are your favourite snack ideas? Tell us below or post your favourite snack recipe if it’s not on here!

Nicole has worked with one of BC’s leading fitness gyms as a top achiever with several awards in personal training and customer service. She is passionate about motivating, educating and expanding the minds of her clients and students to achieve more than just physical fitness. Nicole draws from her background and varied experiences such as yoga, rock climbing, kickboxing and pilates, to provide fun alternatives to “traditional exercises.”

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