Looking for a healthier snack alternative? Eating a few potato chips or cookies here or there may seem harmless, but a few little snacks add up quickly. Plus, most processed food snacks are made with additives that are terrible for you, and they almost always have added sugar. One solution is to simply not eat in between meals, but for many of us that is unrealistic. When your body send you signals that it is hungry and you ignore them, you’re more likely to binge later and eat too much. Keeping healthy snacks around is a great way to make sure you don’t get too hungry without ruining your diet.
There are healthier alternatives to junk foods you can buy at stores, but oftentimes they are expensive, or their claims of nutritional value are exaggerated. Fortunately for you, there’s no need to break that bank on brand name organic snacks. If you have a kitchen and a little free time, you can totally make your own. Set aside some time on the weekends or evenings to make these easy snacks, and you'll have munchies for the rest of the week. Try some of these homemade veggie-based snacks to stay healthy while you get your snack on.
Veggie Summer Rolls
There is nothing quite like a refreshing veggie summer roll when you’re feeling snacky. These are packed with nutritious veggies, and they are a total feel-good food. You’ll need rice paper, some bean noodles, and a handful of veggies. My mouth is watering just thinking about summer rolls. Seriously, I could eat summer rolls all day, every day. Get the recipe from Epicurious.
Ants On A Log
You may remember this snack from your childhood. There are many different ways to make ants on a log, and they can be an incredibly healthy snack. This version uses reduced fat cream cheese and dried fruits like raisins and cranberries, but you can use whatever you want. Try the recipe from Martha Stewart.
Woah. These baked snacks are cheesy and delicious. They are great as appetizers or just a snack to tide you over until you next meal. All you’ll need is tomatoes, bread crumbs, cheese, and smoked sausage. They also make a great appetizer. See the recipe at All Recipes.
Artichoke, Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomato Dip
This dip goes well with tortilla chips, pita bread, or raw veggies like celery or broccoli. It is creamy and flavorful, and it is a sure hit at any party. This dip is easy to make, but you may want to allow some time for it to cool before serving. Try the recipe at Taste of Home.
Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus
Sweet potatoes are an incredible superfood, and hummus is an excellent snack food. Combine the two and you’ll have an awesome dip you won’t soon forget. You can serve it with pita bread, or bite sized veggies. Keep it around to make all your crunchy snacks more interesting. Get the recipe at Cookie and Kate.
Spicy Queso Fresco Guacamole
Guacamole is awesome because it tastes great and it’s totally good for you too. Avocados are another superfood that make an excellent addition to any diet, so eating more of them can only help you. Serve this dip with tortilla chips, or with veggies like slices of bell pepper. See the recipe at What’s Gaby Cooking.
Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers
Peppers are practically made to be stuffed full of delicious filling. These bell pepper snacks filled with quinoa are super portable and amazingly tasty. They have all sorts of other good stuff in them too, like black beans, feta cheese, and corn. Get the recipe from Damn Delicious.
Vegan Jalapeno Poppers
If you love jalapeno poppers, you’ll love these. They are 100% vegan, but they are still just as delicious. One of the major ingredients is raw cashews, which add great texture and are incredibly heart-healthy. Try the recipe at Minimalist Baker.
Garlic Parmesan Yellow Squash Chips
Make your own healthy chips at home to save money and feel better after you eat them. These chips are cheesy and baked for maximum flavor. To make them, you’ll need yellow squash, panko chips, garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese. See the recipe at Diethood.
Petite Veggie Frittatas
These mini frittatas are super easy to make, and you can make a bunch at once to have breakfast ready for several days in a row. Just grab one in the morning and heat it up for a quick and healthy breakfast. Get the energy boost you need without all the effort. Find the recipe at What’s Gaby Cooking.