12 Healthy Snack Recipes

Snacking does not necessarily mean giving in to unhealthy food between meals. Indeed, with the proper ingredients, snacking can help you curb cravings between meals, without sabotaging your healthy eating plan. Here are 12 simple, easy and quick recipes for tasty and nutrient-packed snacks at any time of the day and that can even be served at gatherings.

1. Quinoa Bites with Sweet Potato and Black Beans

Ingredients for 22 servings:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 whisked eggs
  • 1/2 cup sweet potato puree
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • cooking spray

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In bowl, add ingredients and mix.

3. Spray muffin tin, add mixture into tins and press.

4. Bake for around 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through.

Source: shelikesfood

2. Cheesy Apple Bites

Ingredients for 10 to 12 servings:

  • 3 sliced apples
  • 6 ounces of blue cheese or whipped cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced celery
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 3 tablespoons lightly toasted and chopped walnuts
  • handful pomegranate seeds
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons honey
  • few thyme leaves

Instructions:

1. On plate, place apple slices and spread with cheese.

2. Sprinkle with celery, chives, walnuts and pomegranate seeds. Drizzle with honey and garnish with thyme leaves.

Source: foolproofliving

3. Pumpkin Hummus

Ingredients for 16 servings:

  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 30 ounces chickpeas
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions:

1. In blender, add ingredients and blend until smooth.

2. Serve with pita bread.

Source: wholefully

4. Roasted Chickpeas

Ingredients:

  • 1 can drained, rinsed and dried chickpeas
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast or parmesan
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions:

1. In bowl, add ingredients and mix.

2. On baking pan covered with aluminium foil, add chickpeas mixture and spread into one layer.

3. Roast at 450 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes, toss and roast for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden and starting to brown.

4. Open oven and let cool for 20 minutes.

Source: theinventivevegetarian

5. Zucchini Cheese Wedges

Ingredients:

  • 1 large shredded zucchini
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In bowl, add zucchini, egg, cheese and flax and mix.

3. On baking sheets, add mixture and press into flat circles.

4. Bake for around 12 minutes.

5. Flip circles over. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is nice and crispy. Let cool for 6 to 8 hours.

Source: joandsue

6. Protein Vanilla Chia Pudding

Ingredients for 1 serving:

  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons hemp hearts
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • dash Stevia
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup milk

Instructions:

1. In jar, add ingredients and stir. Cover and refrigerate for at least around 2 hours.

2. Serve with desired toppings.

Source: simplyquinoa

7. Cherries, Pistachios and Dates Energy Bar

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup whole pitted dates

Instructions:

1. In food processor, add ingredients and blend until mixture forms a ball.

2. In a parchment-lined pan, place mixture and press. Refrigerate overnight.

3. Cut into bars or squares.

Source: sherisilver

8. Almond Crackers

Ingredients for 30 crackers:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 large beaten egg

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In food processor, add almond flour and salt and mix. Add egg and mix until a dough is formed.

3. Between 2 parchment paper, add dough and, with rolling pin, roll dough into rectangle. Cut into rectangles.

4. On baking sheet, add dough and bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until golden.

Source: wholesomeyum

9. Kale Chips

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • cooking spray
  • 1/2 pound torn, cut, washed and dried kale leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray 2 baking trays with cooking spray.

2. In bowl, add remaining ingredients and mix.

3. On baking sheets, add kale mixture in 1 layer.

4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until crips and edges slightly browned.

Source: epicurious

10. Pumpkin Pie Protein Bites

Ingredients for 12 to 15 bites:

  • 9 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 30 grams protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs or chocolate chips

Instructions:

1. In food processor, add dates, applesauce, pumpkin, almond milk and vanilla and blend until smooth.

2. Add coconut flour, protein powder, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon an blend until a ball of dough is formed.

3. Add cacao nibs and mix.

4. Roll into bites and refrigerate.

Source: hummusapien

11. Potato Chips

Ingredients:

1 large peeled and sliced potato
salt

Instructions:

1. On glass plate, place parchment paper.

2. On parchment, add potato slices in 1 layer.

3. Sprinkle with salt.

4. Microwave on high for 3 to 7 minutes or until crisp and slightly golden.

Source: kleinworthco

12. Asparagus Bacon Wrap

Ingredients for 24 pieces:

  • 24 trimmed asparagus stalks
  • 12 cut bacon slices
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • garlic salt
  • black pepper

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place wire rack onto a cookie sheet.

2. Drizzle asparagus with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt and black pepper.

3. Wrap bacon tightly around asparagus. Place on rack.

4. Bake for 10 minutes. Turn over. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until bacon is nearly crispy.

5. Broil for 1 to 2 minutes.

Source: wholesomeyum

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Akasha

Powerlifter who is extremely passionate about nutrition, Akasha believes nutrition is one of the keys to great athletic performance, and a healthy and happy self. When she is not lifting heavy weights or learning about health, she codes, cosplays and headbangs to Metal music.