Your Most-Asked Questions About Nutrition: What are some nutritious snack options?

Healthy snacks don’t have to be complicated. There are plenty of colorful and nutritious snack options that require little to no preparation. Here are a few ideas to get you started: 

  • Pack fresh fruit. Whole apples, oranges, and bananas are easy grab-and-go items. If you have more time to prepare, you can also rinse and/or cut up fruit and put it in airtight containers to take with you. (This works well for fruits like berries, melons, and pineapple.) 
  • Pair with protein. Protein makes for a more satisfying snack. Serve fruit (or vegetables) alongside a protein-rich option like low-fat cottage cheese, low-fat Greek yogurt, and peanut or nut butter. (Note that non-fat dairy is typically less satisfying – protein and fat are a winning combo in dairy products that can keep you feeling full for longer.) 
  • Hummus is a great protein-rich snack that pairs well with cut-up veggies like carrots, celery, and bell peppers. Consider making your own hummus with black beans, white beans, or try adding roasted red peppers or roasted carrots for a different flavor. Check out our Easy Homemade Hummus recipe to get started. 
  • Grab a handful of unsalted nuts. These are rich in healthy fats that can help you feel satisfied. You can also make your own trail mix with unsalted nuts and dried fruit – this often costs less than buying prepackaged trail mix, and you can use whichever fruit and nuts you prefer. 
  • Blend up a smoothie. Smoothies are easy to make, and you can blend one in advance (even the night before) and take it with you on the go. Start with some frozen fruit, then add Greek yogurt or soaked cashews to get protein and healthy fat. You can also get a vegetable serving by throwing in a cup of leafy greens like spinach and kale, or even shredded carrots and beets. (Be sure to shred in advance unless you have a high-powered blender.) Check out our Smoothie Recipe Collection for inspiration. 
  • Make a healthy toast. A good slice of whole-grain toast is the perfect base for a smear of nut butter or avocado. Try our Miso Honeyed Peanut Butter Spread, which pairs probiotics and protein together for a tasty snack.  

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