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Healthy Snack Ideas

Healthy snacks are an important part of a balanced diet. Healthy snacks:

  • Provide needed vitamins, minerals, and fiber
  • Satisfy cravings
  • Help prevent overeating at mealtime
  • Provide energy
  • Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy are good choices for healthy snacks.

Below are some examples:

  • Medium apple and 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • Low-fat string cheese and a medium piece of fruit: apple, pear, peach, or nectarine
  • 6 oz. low-fat yogurt with 2 tablespoons of cereal or nuts
  • ½ cup low-fat cottage cheese and ¼ cup unsweetened frozen berries
  • Two graham crackers with low-fat frozen yogurt and sliced banana
  • ½ cup of oatmeal with cinnamon and fresh or frozen berries
  • Fruit smoothie: 1 cup low-fat milk, ½ cup frozen berries, half of a banana
  • 100% fruit juice frozen fruit bar (try making these at home)
  • Low-fat fudge bar
  • 6 oz. container of light whipped yogurt, frozen
  • 2 celery sticks with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese
  • Broccoli, carrots, or peppers with 2 tablespoons of hummus or reduced-fat vegetable dip
  • Small baked potato with 2 tablespoons each of salsa and low-fat shredded cheese
  • 3 cups of air-popped popcorn or 1 “mini” bag of light microwave popcorn
  • Homemade trail mix – 2 tablespoons each of unsweetened cereal, dried fruit, and nuts
  • Six whole wheat crackers with one ounce of low-fat cheese
  • 1 slice of whole wheat toast with 1 tablespoon each of peanut butter and jelly
  • ½ cup old-fashioned oatmeal with 2 teaspoons of honey and ¼ cup of berries
  • Veggie pizza – whole wheat English muffin, pizza sauce, low-fat cheese, and veggies
  • Mini bagel with 1 tablespoon of reduced fat cream cheese