Craving a snack? I’ve got you covered with this list of quick, easy, healthy snacks to make in just a few minutes! These snacks are highly nutritious, made with simple, wholesome ingredients, and are the perfect antidote to any craving!
Oh, snacking. We are all familiar with snacking – whether out of boredom, hunger, sugar cravings,…whatever the reason, we often find ourselves seeking out a little something tasty, perhaps crunchy, and usually sweet.
I am a huge fan of snacks. I’ve accepted my nature, given up on trying to cut down on my snacking, and instead have embraced the wonderful world of healthy snacks!
Having some healthy, go-to snacks on hand is a great way to get in nutritious foods throughout the day while avoiding the unhealthy junk foods or highly sugary and processed snacks we tend to gravitate towards to when looking for a quick pick-me-up.
So, here I’ve compiled a list of tasty snacks that can be categorized as healthy as well as easy to make. A lot of these snacks are also naturally sweet so they are perfect for when the cravings hit, and can even be snacked on as a healthy dessert option!
What makes a snack healthy?
All these snacks consist of nutritious whole foods, and focus on providing at least one, if not all, of the following:
- Fibre – great for helping manage digestion, metabolism, blood sugar, gut health, etc.
- Healthy fats – makes it more satiating and nutritious
- Protein – makes it more satiating and nutritious
- Essential vitamins and minerals – you want your snacks to help you meet your daily nutritional requirements
Other qualities of a great snack:
- Doesn’t take too long to prepare or make ahead of time. Some of these snacks require some minor prep, but most of these snacks can me made and eaten on the spot, AND can easily be taken on the go!
- Doesn’t need constant refrigeration (so you can take it on the go)
- Keeps well (so you can make one batch for the week)
- Not too messy
- Tastes delicious!
With that, let’s get snacking!
17 Quick, Easy, Healthy Snacks to Make in Minutes
1. Veggies and hummus
As any hummus lover will know, hummus can be enjoyed in many different ways. But one of the best ways to eat hummus is with a classic fresh veggie platter.
Carrots, celery, red pepper, cucumber,…all of these veggies are so much better dunked in hummus, making for the perfect healthy and easy snack, and helping you get more veggies into your diet.
To learn how to make your own homemade hummus (it’s quick and easy to make and tastes SO good), check out my homemade hummus recipe here.
2. Grapes and cheese
This was one of favourite, go-to snacks all throughout my childhood…and still is to this day!
Fresh sweet grapes, paired with a wedge of cheese. Kind of like wine and cheese, but kid friendly! – that’s probably why this combination works so well.
3. Apples and peanut butter
Apples and peanut butter complement each other beautifully and make for a delicious and satisfying snack.
The apples provide nutrients and fibre, as well as sweetness, and the peanut butter provides healthy fat and protein, making it more satiating.
Simply chop up an apple into slices and grab a couple scoops of PB! Can be packed in a Tupperware to-go as well!
4. Banana bites
This is pretty much the same as the last snack, but peanut butter and banana is such a classic combination that I can’t not mention it.
By banana bites, I am referring to little buttons of banana topped with its classic companion of peanut butter. The purpose of cutting the banana up into little buttons is just because they are so much more fun to eat in button form!
5. Energy balls
Energy balls are the perfect bite-sized, healthy, and energy-dense snack, packed with nutrients and flavour.
They are so simple to make, and are very customizable so you can make all different kinds.
Check out my favourite energy ball recipe for tahini date energy balls here. These energy balls are so good that I eat them as a dessert when I’m craving something sweet!
6. Dates and tahini
Speaking of tahini date energy balls, these two simple ingredients of tahini and dates pair together beautifully on their own (eliminating any prep time entirely).
Stuff a pitted date with tahini (or just dunk a date into tahini), top with a sprinkle of shredded coconut and salt if you’d like, and enjoy this tasty, nutritious, and satisfying snack. You can also pop it into the freezer before eating! This is another one that can be treated like a healthy dessert.
If you’re not a fan of tahini, you can try dates with almond butter or peanut butter – same idea!
7. Raisins and almonds
This snack is simple but effective. With natural sweetness from the raisins, and complementary nuttiness from the almonds, this is a match made in heaven.
This is a great snack for when you’re craving something sweet, and it is also very satisfying from the healthy fats and proteins in the nuts.
The best part is, there’s no prep whatsoever. Just grab a handful each of these two simple whole foods, and you’re good to go.
Another amazing combination is dates and walnuts….just muah! *chef’s kiss*
8. Trail mix/Granola
While we’re on the topic of dried fruits and nuts, trail mix is a classic healthy snack that is very easy to make. Just mix together whatever dried fruit, nuts, and seeds you have on hand.
Similarly, granola is a highly versatile snack, is very easy to make, and can be very healthy when made at home.
Check out my simple healthy granola recipe here.
9. Apple chips
If you’re a fan of dried apple, you will love making your own apple chips. They are so easy to make and you can put your favourite spices to flavour them.
These take a couple hours in the oven, but the hands-on prep time is really just a few minutes. Just pop them in the oven and come back for some delicious dried apple chips! Your house will also smell amazing as they’re baking.
Recipe for cinnamon apple chips here.
10. Kale chips
Similar to apple chips is kale chips. These are super low calorie and make for a nice light and crunchy snack for when you just want something to munch on. Again, just season as you like and let the oven do the work!
12. Roasted chickpeas
Roasted chickpeas are the perfect snack when craving something salty, crispy, and crunchy. And they’re so simple to make – just roast the chickpeas in the oven, and season as you’d like!
Recipe for roasted chickpeas here.
13. Avocado/Guacamole and crackers
Avocados make for a great snack because they provide healthy monounsaturated fats (one of the best types of fat!) and are satiating.
One zero-effort snack option is simply half an avocado sprinkled with salt and pepper.
Another is to make good use of ripe avocados with guacamole. Guacamole is very quick and easy to whip up on the spot. And can be enjoyed with crackers, tortillas, toast, etc.
Classic guacamole recipe here.
14. Hard boiled eggs
With tons of protein and important nutrients, eggs make for a great, versatile and nutritious snack.
Hard boiled eggs are especially convenient. Boil a batch of eggs and have them ready for breakfast or a quick, simple, and satisfying snack throughout the day. Just peel, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and enjoy!
15. Yogurt and berries
Yogurt with fresh fruit toppings such as berries, is a delicious snack packed with probiotics, fibre, and nutrients.
Opting for plain yogurt is a great way to cut back on the sugar content, and it can still be flavoured with berries, other fruit, and other toppings such as granola.
I like using frozen berries, especially in summertime, for a nice refreshing snack.
16. Fresh fruit platter/Fruit salad
Nothing like good ol’ fresh fruit for a sweet, nutritious, wholesome snack.
My tip here is to chop up your fruit – somehow eating apple slices is much more enjoyable than eating a whole apple!
Chop up a variety of fruits for a fruit platter or a fruit salad. Or simply pair a few different fruits together, such as:
- strawberry halves and banana buttons
- apple slices and cucumber slices (may seem strange, but it works)
- orange slices and banana buttons
Smoothies are one of the most convenient ways to eat healthy. When craving a sugary drink, simply blend up a smoothie instead. Smoothies provide hydration, satiation, and you can really pack them with as many nutritious foods as you’d like!
Let me know in the comments – what’s your favourite healthy snack? If you have any go-to healthy snacks of your own to add, I’d love to hear them!