16 Snack Hacks & Tips to Keep Nutrition on Track

Liz Merritt
November 25, 2016
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Make the most of maintaining your nutritional goals by loading up on healthy snacks. Here are 16 great ideas for easy, healthy snack hacks on the go.

Mid-Morning Munchies

Snack Hacks

Smoked Paprika Gives Deviled Eggs a Kick

  • Spread granny smith apple wedges with chunky cashew butter and top with toasted sesame seeds.
  • Ants on a Log: Stuff celery sticks with almond butter and dot with raisins.
  • Cut, raw veggies dipped in low-fat or fat-free plain Greek yogurt mixed with a packet of Hidden Valley Greek yogurt dip mix.
  • Deviled Eggs: Replace mayo with Greek yogurt to make deviled eggs. Stir a handful of finely chopped onions and a pinch of salt, pepper into the yolks. Sprinkle smoked paprika and freshly chopped dill on top.

Afternoon or After-Dinner Quickies

Snack Hacks

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas are just one of many quick and easy snack hacks.

  • A piece of fruit, with 1 slice whole-grain toast with a tablespoon of almond butter.
  • 1 hard-boiled egg with 1 cup sliced cucumbers
  • Fill endive spears with chopped pears and season with balsamic vinegar.
  • Spicy roasted chickpeas: Thoroughly dry canned chickpeas. Spritz lightly with olive oil, season with sprinkle of chile powder, onion powder and garlic salt and roast at 400° until crisp.

Savory Bites

Snack Hacks

Rye Crackers Topped With Smoked Salmon

  • Smoked Turkey Pinwheels: Spread a layer of hummus on sliced smoked turkey breast and top with spinach leaves. Roll up and cut into 1-inch pieces.
  • Top a rye cracker with romaine lettuce, a thin slice of reduced-fat cheddar cheese and smoked salmon.
  • Mix crisp and spicy jarred corn relish with chopped tomatoes and cilantro; eat with rice crackers.
  • Stuff lettuce leaves with chopped ripe tomatoes and cucumbers and hummus.

Sweet Tooth Satisfiers

Snack Hacks

Greek Yogurt Parfait

  • Frozen fruit – grapes, blueberries, banana slices
  • Dark chocolate square(s) with 1 tablespoon almond or peanut butter
  • 1 cup of fresh dark berries (blueberries, blackberries or raspberries) with a tablespoon of fat-free Cool Whip and a sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Greek Yogurt Parfait: Layer non-fat Greek yogurt with seasonal berries and top with a sprinkle of rolled oats.

Quick Tips

  • Don’t even think about putting out a candy bowl in your office or home; opt instead for stocking a decorative bowl with fresh fruit and whole nuts (keep a nutcracker handy).
  • Keep containers of washed, raw vegetables and yogurt dip in the fridge at all times.
  • If you want chips or nuts, don’t snack mindlessly from the bag. Count out a serving, and then put the bag away.
  • Include healthy fats (almond butter, avocado, coconut oil, whole eggs) in the mix. These help satiate and alleviate hunger.
  • Plan ahead. Take your snacks on the go.
  • Drink at least a gallon of water daily. Not only will this help keep you full, but it will also alleviate any dehydration from over-indulging in adult beverages.

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