Delicious and Balanced Healthy Snack Ideas
Some people eat their three healthy meals a day and feel perfectly satisfied, but for the snackers out there, having a selection of healthy go-to snacks on hand is an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Snacks are a great way to fuel your body and keep your energy levels up throughout the day, but the best snacks incorporate a mix of healthy fats, proteins, and fibre to keep you feeling fuller for longer. Have a read through some of our favourite delicious and balanced healthy snack ideas and make sure your fridge and pantry are stocked for your next snack attack.
Try These 9 Delicious and Balanced Healthy Snack Ideas
Chia Seed Pudding
Nutritious and satisfying, there’s no going past chia seed puddings for a healthy snack! Not only can they be conveniently prepared ahead of time and stored in the fridge until you need them but they’re also packed with a good amount of healthy fats, fibre, and protein. Even better still, you can keep this snack feeling fresh and interesting by using different milks (like almond, coconut, or soy milk) and different toppings too. Add some your favourite seasonal fruit, a drizzle of honey, and a sprinkle of nuts for added crunch and you’ve got the perfect snack to settle a sweet tooth.
Greek Yoghurt Parfait
Greek yoghurt is an excellent source of protein and calcium, and it’s also packed with probiotics making it great for gut health too! Pack this snack with even more goodness, but layering your favourite healthy treats. Start with a base of Greek yoghurt, then add a handful of mixed berries or your favourite seasonal fruit, a sprinkle of nuts or seeds, and a drizzle of honey. This combination is satisfying and packs a punch of protein, fibre, healthy fats, and natural sweetness.
Spicy Cauliflower Bites
If you’re looking to add some variety and a touch of spice to your snack repertoire, these Spicy Fried Cauliflower Bites with Chili Mayonnaise are the perfect choice. Cauliflower is packed with fibre, vitamins, and minerals, and when paired with a spicy mayo dipping sauce, it’ll keep you feeling full and satisfied. You could even try dipping with our Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing! Made with avocado oil and apple cider vinegar, this delicious dressing is abundant in healthy fats and antioxidants.
An oldie but a goodie, for good reason! Avocados are rich in healthy monounsaturated fats that are good for heart health. For a quick and easy snack, toast a slice of bread (a high fibre bread like whole grain is best), and spread smashed avocado on top. Add a sprinkle of sea salt and a dash of our Lemon & Turmeric Salad Dressing for added flavour and you’ve got the perfect healthy snack. But you could always take it to the next level by adding some toasted seeds or a crumble of feta cheese on top too. This snack is not only delicious but also provides a good dose of healthy fats, fibre, and a touch of protein from the whole grain bread too.
Hummus and Veggie Sticks
Made from chickpeas, an excellent source of plant-based protein and dietary fibre, hummus is a great choice for an afternoon snack. Keep it feeling fresh by pairing with a colourful assortment of sliced veggies like carrots, cucumber, capsicums, cherry tomatoes and radishes. The combination of hummus and veggie sticks creates a balanced snack that is rich in protein, fibre, vitamins, and minerals.
Create your own perfect trail mix! Mix together your favourite nuts (almonds, walnuts, and cashews are great choices), seeds (try pumpkin or sunflower seeds), and dried fruits (go for cranberries or raisins). You can even add a sprinkle of dark chocolate chips for a hint of chocolatey sweetness. This snack is packed with healthy fats, protein, and fibre, making it a perfect option for an on-the-go energy boost.
These flavourful bite-sized snacks are a simple yet satisfying healthy snack. Olives are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, antioxidants, and minerals. For a quick and easy snack, grab a handful of your favourite olives. Enjoy the briny, salty taste of olives on their own or pair them with some whole grain crackers or slices of cucumber for an extra crunch.
Looking for a crunchy and protein-packed snack? Try making some spiced roasted chickpeas! To make this snack, simply toss some rinsed canned chickpeas with a blend of spices like paprika, cumin and garlic powder (add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a kick of heat!), salt and some olive oil, then roast them in the oven until they become crispy and golden brown. These tasty morsels are sure to kick your craving for potato chips! Enjoy them on their own or sprinkle them over salads for added texture.
Looking for a healthy twist on the classic guacamole? Try incorporating the vibrant flavours of our Lemon & Turmeric Salad Dressing to create a nutritious and delicious snack. Packed with healthy fats and fibre from avocados, guacamole is already a nutritious choice but by adding some zesty lemon and the powerful antioxidant turmeric to the mix, you’re boosting the nutritional value even further! Simply smash ripe avocados and combine them with a drizzle of our salad dressing to create your Lemon & Turmeric Guacamole. Pair it with whole grain tortilla chips or crunchy vegetable sticks for a balanced snack that’s not only tasty but also provides a good dose of healthy fats, fibre, and essential nutrients.
By choosing snacks that incorporate healthy fats, proteins, and fibre, you can provide your body with the nutrients it needs to thrive. These delicious healthy snack ideas offer a perfect balance of flavours and nutrients to fuel your body, satisfy your cravings, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Remember, moderation is key, so enjoy these snacks mindfully and listen to your body’s hunger and fullness cues.