103 Healthy Snack Recipe Ideas

It's time to get real about snacking! We came up with 103 snack recipe ideas that rely on natural, real and delicious foods: sweet, juicy, drip-down-your-chin fruit, crunchy-yet-savory veggies, and creamy without-the-cream puddings and dips.


Plenty of healthy foods can taste rich and buttery when made into spreads and dips. But we also played around with sweet potatoes, silken tofu and slow-roasted peppers.

65. Give rich and addictive southern pimiento cheese a makeover: Combine equal parts shredded cheddar and low-fat cottage cheese, then fold in chopped pimientos. Spread on thinly sliced whole wheat bread.

66. Puree cucumber and mint with buttermilk for a tangy herbal shooter.

67. Instant California Roll: Quarter a ripe avocado and remove the pit. Stuff with wasabi-spiked imitation crab and drizzle with soy sauce.

68. Microwave a small sweet potato, split it open and mash a little OJ into it. Eat right out of the jacket.

69. Make strawberries just a bit decadent: Halve them and spread the cut sides with softened goat cheese.

70. Raid the supermarket antipasto bar for some lusciously creamy slow-roasted red peppers. Eat with a bocconcini or two.

71. Butternut Dip: In a food processor, pulse thawed frozen butternut squash, dried apricots and roasted cashews; scoop up with sweet potato chips.

72. Melt a sliver of brie and top with chopped cherries. Eat with a fork.

73. Pumpkin Spread: Stir together tahini, canned pumpkin puree and a little apple juice and cinnamon. Spread on toasted whole grain cornbread.

74. Baby red potatoes become blissfully creamy when you microwave them for 3 to 5 minutes (leave the skin on for nutrients). Sprinkle with pepper and sea salt and pop them in your mouth.

75. Curried Hummus: Combine pureed chickpeas with lemon juice, garlic, curry powder, garam masala and olive oil.

76. Here's a cheesy topping for broccoli that only tastes indulgent: Whisk together equal parts prepared cheddar cheese spread and low-sodium chicken broth and stir in chopped pickled jalapeños.

77. Dress up store-bought baba ghanoush with fresh chopped dill and parsley. Serve with whole wheat pita.

78. Combine low-fat ricotta and plain yogurt. Stir in chopped kirby cucumbers and fresh basil. Eat with a spoon.

79. Banana Soft Serve: Freeze some bananas, then pulse in a food processor with roasted peanuts and a splash of almond milk.

80. Mash canned white beans with olive oil and chopped fresh rosemary. Pile onto radicchio leaves.

81. Mini Polenta Melts: Slice a few thin rounds of store-bought polenta and slather with roasted red pepper spread. Sprinkle with parmesan and warm in the microwave.

82. Float cubes of silken tofu in a warm cup of instant miso soup.

83. Treat yourself to the most sublimely simple protein-packed treat: a soft-scrambled egg.

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