If you’re a snacker, then having healthy snack ideas you can whip up in minutes is crucial to helping you stay on track with your healthy eating. Meal prepping snacks in advance is always a good idea, but lets be honest – sometimes we don’t have anything prepped or we’re strapped for time!
When snacking, I like to include some sort of healthy fat or protein (or both). Healthy fats and proteins will help to keep you fuller longer and keep you satisfied between meals without spiking blood sugar too much.
And, best of all, all of these healthy snacks are around 200 calories or less, so they’re great for including on your health and weight loss journey.
All of these healthy snack ideas are gluten free, grain free, and dairy free (except one).
#1 – Apple Slices and Coconut Butter
A delicious, crisp apple is one of my all time favorite healthy snacks. Of course, dipping apples in nut butter is a go-to snack of mine, but I also like to change it up by drizzling melted coconut butter over top with a sprinkle of ceylon cinnamon. Coconut butter definitely doesn’t get the hype it deserves!
- 1 Apple, sliced
- 1 Tbsp Raw Coconut Butter, melted (melt in oven, on stovetop, or in microwave)
Nutritional Info: 200 calories, 10g fat, 29g carbs, 7g fiber, 20g sugar, 2g protein
#2 – Chicken Salad Cucumber Bites
For a high protein snack, I love making these chicken salad cucumber bites. I simply take canned chicken and mix it with Primal Kitchen Avocado Mayonnaise, sea salt, and pepper. Then, I like to top it with an olive. These are so tasty and filling!
- 2 oz Canned Chicken (or tuna)
- 1 Tbsp Primal Kitchen Avocado Mayonnaise
- Sea Salt & Pepper, to taste
- 1 Olive
- 4-6 Cucumber Slices
Nutritional Info: 175 calories, 14g fat, 2g carbs, 2g fiber, 0g sugar, 14g protein
#3 – Easy Guacamole & Turkey Lettuce Wrap
Another high protein snack is a turkey lettuce wrap. I like to add a simple guacamole mixture to it to get in those healthy fats and nutrients. But, this one is so easy to put together, super tasty, and extra filling!
- 1 Romaine Lettuce Leaf
- 2 Turkey Slices (opt for uncured, organic, if possible)
- 1/4 of an Avocado (mix with sea salt, pepper, & lime juice)
- 2 Tbsp of Salsa
Nutritional Info: 145 calories, 7g fat, 6g carbs, 4g fiber, 1g sugar, 12g protein
#4 – Honey Mustard Turkey Lettuce Wrap
If you’re not a fan of guacamole but you still want a lettuce wrapped protein snack, then you can substitute the guac with a simple honey mustard sauce, tomatoes, and olives.
- 1 Romaine Lettuce Leaf
- 2 Slices of Turkey
- Tomato Slices
- 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard + 1 Tbsp Raw Honey (mixed)
- 5 Olives
Nutritional Info: 165 calories, 4.5g fat, 19g carbs, 2g fiber, 17g sugar, 11g protein
#5 – Avocado Seaweed Bites with Hot Sauce
Seaweed is something I try to incorporate into my diet at least 1-2 times per week. It’s a great source of iodine, which is essential for your thyroid health. Personally, I can eat these roasted seaweed sheets on their own, but I like to spice them up with hot sauce and avocado slices. If you’re not a fan of avocado, feel free to substitute them with turkey slices.
- 2 Roasted Seaweed Sheet
- 2 Avocado Slices
- 2 tsp Hot Sauce
- 1 tsp Hemp Seeds or Sesame Seeds
Nutritional Info: 110 calories, 10g fat, 4g carbs, 3g fiber, 0g sugar, 2.5g protein
#6 – Boiled Egg and Berries
One of the easiest healthy snacks I gravitate towards on a weekly basis is just plain ‘ol boiled eggs and berries. It sounds so basic, but you’re getting in protein, healthy fats (from the yolk), and antioxidants from the berries. It’s a well-rounded snack that’s not only super nutritious, but will also keep you full and satisfied between meals without spiking blood sugar. P.S. Yes, it does take longer than 2 minutes to boil eggs, but I like to boil a batch of eggs at the beginning of the week so I can grab-n-go on weekdays.
- 2 Boiled Eggs (sprinkled with sea salt & pepper)
- 1/2 C. Fresh Berries
Nutritional Info: 180 calories, 10g fat, 12g carbs, 2g fiber, 7g sugar, 12g protein
#7 – Coconut Yogurt with Grain Free Granola
If I’m ever craving yogurt, I like to have either a coconut milk yogurt or almond milk yogurt topped with grain free granola. I’ll even mix in a scoop of protein powder sometimes if I want a high protein snack. The calories will vary depending on the yogurt you buy and the portion size. I’ve based the calories below on the brands I bought.
- 5.3 oz Carton of Coconut Yogurt
- 2 Tbsp Grain Free Granola (use 1 Tbsp to keep it under 200 total calories)
Nutritional Info: 215 calories, 13g fat, 24g carbs, 1g fiber, 17g sugar, 2.5g protein
#8 – Cottage Cheese and Fresh Fruit
I’m dairy free 90% of the time, but every now and then I like to snack on organic cottage cheese with fresh fruit. Cottage cheese is a great way to sneak in extra protein!
- 1/2 C. Organic Cottage Cheese
- 1 C. Cantaloupe, cubed
Nutritional Info: 165 calories, 5g fat, 18g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 17g sugar, 15g protein
#9 – Almond Butter Banana Boats
Bananas and almond butter are a classic combination you can never go wrong with! Not only is it tasty, but you can top it off with whatever healthy toppings you’d like to switch up the flavors. Feel free to substitute the almond butter with any nut or seed butter. The calories will vary depending on what toppings you add.
- 1/2 Banana, cut in half length-wise
- 1 Tbsp Almond Butter (or any nut or seed butter)
- 1/2 Tbsp Pumpkin Seeds
Nutritional Info: 185 calories, 11g fat, 16g carbs, 5g fiber, 7g sugar, 5g protein
#10 – Dark Chocolate and Fresh Berries
If I’m ever craving chocolate, I like to pair it with fresh berries to balance out the bitterness from the dark chocolate. Fun fact: Dark chocolate is a great source of magnesium!
- 3 Pieces of Pascha Organic Dark Chocolate
- 1/2 C. Fresh Berries
Nutritional Info: 160 calories, 9g fat, 18g carbs, 3g fiber, 8g sugar, 1g protein
#11 – Easy Guacamole and Plantain Chips
If you’ve never tried plantain chips, you’re missing out! Of course, you can make your own, but to speed things up, I like having a bag of them in the pantry. The brand I use only consists of plantains, palm oil, and sea salt. I like to pair them with a quick guacamole mixture to sneak in those healthy fats and nutrients.
- 1/4 of an Avocado (mixed with sea salt, pepper, and lime juice)
- 15 grams of Plantain Chips
Nutritional Info: 155 calories, 11g fat, 13g carbs, 4g fiber, 0g sugar, 1g protein
#12 – Almond Butter Celery Boats
Instead of pairing almond butter with bananas, try pairing it with celery by making these celery boats. Feel free to add whatever healthy toppings you’d like, such as cranberries, shredded coconut, cacao nibs, etc.
- Celery sticks, any amount
- 1 Tbsp Almond Butter
- 1/2 Tbsp Cacao Nibs
- 1/2 Tbsp Dried Cranberries
Nutritional Info: 150 calories, 11g fat, 8g carbs, 4g fiber, 4g sugar, 4g protein
#13 – Vegetable Sticks with Healthy Dips
Whether I’m meal prepping during the week or not, one thing I always have in the fridge is fresh vegetable sticks, including carrots, celery, bell pepper, cucumber, etc. I find that when I have them already cut up, I’m more likely to snack on them throughout the week, which is an easy way to sneak in more fiber and nutrients. I like to pair them with nut butters, hummus, or a ranch dip.
More Healthy Snack Recipes
If you’re on the search for more healthy snack recipes, here’s a few of my favorites.
- 16 Healthy Snack Recipes to Boost Energy and Weight Loss
- Homemade Ranch Roasted Almonds (low carb)
- Refreshing Coconut Water Fruit Popsicles (low calorie)
- No Bake Mango Pineapple Energy Balls (vegan & gluten free)
- Fluffy Flourless Brownies (grain free)