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Quick and Healthy Snack Ideas

bowl of fruit, nuts, seeds, oats and yogurt

You know it’s time for a snack when you get hungry mid-morning or mid-afternoon. Snacks keep you energized throughout the day. Eating a small snack between meals can help you to feel satisfied and prevent overeating at  your next meal. Skip the vending machine or coffee shop and give these delicious ideas a try.

Five fun snack ideas for veggies & dip

We all know vegetables are good for us, but sometimes it’s hard to eat enough vegetables at meals alone. Including vegetables in your snacks is a great way to boost your intake. Keep washed and chopped veggies in your fridge so that they are ready for grab-and-go snacks.

If you find it difficult to eat plain vegetables, try pairing them with a dip once in a while. Switch up your dip to keep it interesting.

Snacks with protein

Snacks with fibre

Yogurt

Fruit with the peel on

Milk, chocolate milk, fortified soy beverage

Vegetables

Hard boiled eggs

Hummus dip

Hummus dip

Granola or cereal bars

Bean salads

Bran cereals

Dahl

Dahl

Nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds

At home tip: Eating your leftovers as a snack is an easy and convenient way to use them up and reduce food waste.

Snack recipes to try:

Swedish Knâckebröd
Romano Bean Hummus
Protein Bars
Lightened-Up Guacamole and Chips
Emily’s Zippy Dip
Carrot and Apple Salad
Sunny Energy Bites
Apple Blueberry Smoothie

How can a dietitian help?

Dietitians can support you throughout many phases of your life from pregnancy to eating well when you are older. Counselling sessions with a dietitian can also help you to prevent and treat health conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Your dietitian will work with you to give you personalized advice that meets your lifestyle and goals. Connect with a dietitian today!

Bottom line

With a little bit of planning and preparation, eating nutritious snacks doesn’t have to be difficult. Take a look at the ideas in this article and add them to your next grocery list.

You may also be interested in:

Healthy snack ideas for adults
15 smart snacks for active lifestyles
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This article was written and reviewed by dietitians from Dietitians of Canada. The advice in this article is intended as general information and should not replace advice given by your dietitian or healthcare provider.

Last Update – December 22, 2022

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