Eating healthier snacks can be a little tricky when there are so many tempting sugary and salty morsels nearby.
But, the reality is, finding delicious healthier snacks is possible. And, it is easier than you might think!
To help, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite snacks, covering all snacking types. From salty crunchy options to sweet, savory, and spicy these healthier snacks are sure to satisfy.
Because we know time is valuable, we’ve included options you can prepare yourself as well as options you can just grab and go!
Let’s get snacking!
Healthier Snacks For Salty Crunchy Snackers
We know we should limit your daily sodium intake but the cravings for a salty crunchy snack can be hard to fight! Instead of reaching for a bag of potato chips or a box of crackers, try one of these healthier snacks. Or try both, we won’t judge!
Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Making your own crispy sweet potato chips is easier than you might think! Full of potassium and fiber, these crunchy baked chips make an excellent healthier choice. We do, however, recommend making them in small batches to avoid overindulging!
- 1 ½ pounds of sweet potato
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- Sea salt, to taste
All you have to do is thinly slice a sweet potato (skin on) using a mandolin or a chef’s knife. Place the slices in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Toss the slices to ensure that each one gets a light coating in oil. Spread the slices in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet, sprinkle with sea salt and bake at 300°F for 20-25 minutes or until golden and crisp around the edges. Remove from the oven and cool for 5-10 minutes before eating.
Be sure to keep an eye on the oven! These chips can go from perfect to burnt in the blink of an eye. If your sweet potato slices are on the thicker side, they will take longer to bake so keep that in mind as well.
If you want to add a little kick to your chips, when you add the salt, add a little chipotle too!
Once you are done snacking, any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container, making them perfect for a healthier school snack for the kids.
Crunchions Sour Cream and Onion
When your craving can’t wait, Crunchions Sour Cream and Onion are the answer! These ring-shaped baked snacks list red lentils as the #1 ingredient, making them a tastier & smarter grab-and-go choice. Pairing irresistible crunch with veggie-first nutrition, Crunchions offer plant based-protein and no starchy fillers, with less sodium than other ringed options. These are truly a guilt-free, healthier snack.
Crunchions Sour Cream and Onion give you a little savory, a little zesty, and a whole lot of crunch.
This snack is also certified gluten-free as well as tree nut and peanut-free making it a great addition to school lunches!
Healthier Snacks For Sweet Snackers
For sweet snackers, the struggle is real. Not only can sugary treats create reactions in the body that can lead to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, but they can also lead to a dreaded energy crash.
Anyone that has raided the break room in the afternoon looking for something sweet only to want a nap shortly thereafter, knows exactly what we are talking about!
Try one of these healthier snacks to satisfy your cravings and give your day a lift.
Coconut Water Popsicles
This is a clean and simple healthier snack that is perfect for the entire family.
Grab the popsicle mold of your choice, some unsweetened coconut water, and a little bit of fresh fruit and you are all set!
- 1 box or carton of unsweetened coconut water
- Fresh fruit of your choice, sliced
Fill each mold ¾ of the way with coconut water. Then, add the fresh fruit, pop in the freezer until frozen. It’s that easy!
Shockingly satisfying fruit flavor combinations include blueberry and watermelon, strawberry and kiwi, and pineapple and banana.
These healthier snacks are not only tasty, but they are beautiful. The coconut water remains relatively transparent allowing the colorful fresh fruit to shine through!
Unsweetened coconut water contains less than 10 grams of natural sugar per 1 cup serving, you can satisfy your desire for something sweet without worrying that you’ve made the wrong decision.
Crunchions Tangy Sweet Chili
For people with more complicated sweet cravings, Crunchions Tangy Sweet Chili should do the trick! Sometimes, sweet treats are just too sweet and you need something with a little more balance.
With Crunchions Tangy Sweet Chili, heat and sweet are perfectly balanced to bring a uniquely tasty and satisfying snack experience. The taste of cayenne pepper sauce with just a pinch of sugar for sweetness is so good we know you’ll find it hard to resist.
Again, red lentils being the #1 ingredient, Crunchions provide a nutrition-packed solution for your snacking needs!
Healthier Snacks For Savory Snackers
Savory snackers are in a class by themselves and finding a healthier snack that perfectly fits the bill can be complicated. Fortunately, we have a few ideas!
Cheesy Kale Chips
A little bit salty, a little bit crunchy, and completely satisfying, cheesy kale chips balance nutrition and pleasure!
And the best part? This is a totally vegan-friendly recipe!
All you need to make this healthier snack is one bunch of kale, some olive oil, a little salt, and some nutritional yeast.
Nutritional yeast has a cheesy, nutty flavor and contains protein and important trace minerals like zinc. Perfect, right?
- One bunch of kale, torn into bite-sized pieces
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- ½ cup nutritional yeast
- ⅓ teaspoon of salt
To make the chips, tear up the kale leaves, removing the stems. Wash and dry the kale pieces. Put the kale into a large bowl and add olive oil. Toss the leaves and massage each one until soft and oil has been evenly distributed. Sprinkle in salt and nutritional yeast. Toss. Spread kale pieces on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer and bake at 200°F. You may need to use more than one sheet or bake in batches.
Bake the pieces until slightly crispy, then flip the pieces and rotate the tray. Continue baking until crisp, usually about 45-60 minutes. You may notice that some pieces are ready sooner. Remove those pieces from the oven to prevent burning. Keep an eye on the chips as they can burn.
If cheesy isn’t your ideal flavor, you can mix things up with an All-Dressed flavor!
Ingredients for All-Dressed Kale Chips:
- 3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
- 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1.5 teaspoons of chili powder
- 1 teaspoon of onion powder
- 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
- Pinch of cayenne (optional)
Harvest Snaps Snack Crisps Parmesan Roasted Garlic
Snack Crisps Parmesan Roasted Garlic are a gift from the umami gods! These green pea-based snacks put flavor first. Rich parmesan cheese and oven-roasted garlic, how can you go wrong?
And with an undeniable crunch, this certified gluten-free option provides protein and fiber in each and every serving. Always baked and never fried, Snack Crisps Parmesan Roasted Garlic contain 50% less fat than regular potato chips and are only 130 calories per serving!
Of course, if you weren’t feeling much like parmesan and garlic, you could try the original Snack Crisps Lightly Salted on their own or with some hummus or guacamole for a true healthier snack win!
Healthier Snacks For Spicy Snackers
Who doesn’t want to add a little bit of spice to their life? If your snack cravings veer towards the spicy side, try these fiery healthier snack options!
Buffalo Spiced Almonds
Do you like your snacks with a little bit of heat? These almonds are a quick and easy fix! Almonds are an excellent source of healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium, and vitamin E.
- 1 ½ cups of raw almonds
- ¼ cup of your favorite hot sauce
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- ½ teaspoon of chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder
- Salt, to taste
Whisk hot sauce, honey, chili powder, and garlic powder in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Turn off the heat and add the almonds. Stir until coated. Pour almonds and any remaining sauce onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350℉ for 8 minutes.
Harvest Snaps Snack Crisps Wasabi Ranch
Nothing provides a hit of spice quite like wasabi! Green pea-based Snack Crisps Wasabi Ranch blend heat with the creamy coolness of ranch to provide a bright, zippy flavor!
If these snack crisps aren’t hot enough for you, feel free to dip them in a little extra wasabi! Adding wasabi on the side may not only take the flavor up a level but may also provide some additional benefits. The Snack Crisps contain protein and fiber, but wasabi may offer antibacterial properties and promote bone health.
For those who like to mix a little sweet with their heat, Snack Crisps Mango Chile Lime will fit the bill. Spicy chilis, zesty limes, and sweet mango flavor this black bean-based treat!
Healthier Snacking is Easy
All too often we associate snacking and cravings with unhealthy habits but this doesn’t need to be the case. Choosing healthier snack options just takes a little bit of thought and planning.
Even if you don’t have time to prep and throw together healthier snacks at home, choosing a brand like Harvest Snaps can eliminate guilt and help you embrace a happier and healthier lifestyle!