For as long as I can remember, I haven’t been able to eat large portions of food. I much prefer to eat a bunch of smaller meals throughout the day, and my body thrives that way. This means I eat five to six meals a day, and two or three of those are snacks. As a result, I’ve developed an archive of healthy snacks over the years that I love, and usually I’ll have some favourites every season that I rotate. Today I thought I’d share my current favourites with you, and maybe give you some ideas for healthy snacks that are delicious, easy to make, and will haul you over to your next meal.
I posted a recipe for these a while back and I still love them as a snack. They’re so nice to nibble on when you have an urge to just constantly eat something (no? only me?), they’re low in fat and packed with protein. Legumes are super healthy and this is a great way to incorporate them into your diet. Roasted chickpeas work really well as a salad topper or crouton as well, and you can make endless variations by switching up the spices you use.
Apples With Peanut Butter
I don’t really remember when or why I first tried to combine apples with peanut butter. It must’ve been in an American’s what I eat in a day video, because it’s quite uncommon to eat peanut butter with anything else than bread over here. Anyway, apples with peanut butter are amazing! I like to slice an apple, put a dollop of natural peanut butter next to them, and just scoop a little up with every bite. Yum.
A Small Bowl Of Soup
Around this time of year, I like to always have some soup available. I try to make homemade soup in large portions so that I can have it throughout the week, but sometimes I’m lazy and I get a storebought soup. I just love having something warm to fill my stomach, and soup is packed with vegetable goodness. My favourites? Simple tomato soup, of course this amazing pepper soup and traditional Dutch hearty pea soup.
A while back I decided I could afford to start spending a little bit more money on food, and the first thing I did was to buy Wasa brand crackers. Odd, I know, but they make really good crackers and the difference with the off-brand crackers I used to buy is huge. I really like the sourdough rye crackers, so those are the ones I go for. They themselves are packed with nutrients, but I like to have them with vegetable spreads like hummus, baba ganoush or guacamole, or with veggie butter and jam, or natural peanut butter. Perfect boost!
Sweet Potato Fries/Wedges
When I’m really hungry, I’ll sometimes make myself a portion of oven baked sweet potato fries or wedges. They’re really filling and delicious, and a great source of vitamins & fibre. I love to make them spicy by sprinkling some cayenne pepper over and have them with ketchup.
An obvious choice, but one that I wanted to mention nevertheless. Fresh fruit is perfect as a snack; it’s light, healthy, tastes great and is usually just about the right size. I always have some seasonal fruit in stock and try to eat at least two pieces a day. Right now, pears and tangerines are my favourite.
Tomatoes are one of those things I ususally have at hand, so I’ve taken to using them for a snack as well. I like to chop one or two tomatoes into cubes, mix them with a little bit of onion and balsamic vinegar, and add in some fresh basil leaves from the plant in my room. A very simple salad, but I really like the taste and it’s super quick and easy to whip up.
What are your favourite healthy snacks?