20+ Easy Healthy Snacks
Whether you’re looking for a bite of sweet, savory, fruity, or nutty, we’ve got you covered with these healthy snacks. Perfect for parties, work, and more!
Whether you need healthy snacks to take for your next party or something easy and tasty for the kids or for lunch, we’ve got you covered! Over the years, we’ve found that oftentimes we struggle the most to eat well and healthfully anytime we veer away from our daily routines, which usually means weekend hangouts with friends, donut days at work, or pretty much any party. Desserts and junk food, which we usually avoid purchasing and keeping around the house for this very reason, tend to abound at large gatherings, and our willpower depletes more quickly with every cookie or handful of Doritos.
To stay on top of our health goals and to truly feel our best, we find preparation is key, which means making sure we bring healthy snacks to share and enjoy. The nine recipes below are some of our favorite go-to healthy snack options, and since no one wants to spend hours slaving over party snacks, they all come together quickly and easily and/or with minimal hands-on time!
Healthy Dips & Salsas:
Every party needs the perfect dip or salsa to keep guests happy! Check out the options below for fresh healthy salsas to serve with chips, the easiest guacamole that allows you to prep ahead, slow cooker keto friendly buffalo chicken dip, a heavenly peanut butter and honey fruit dip, and a unique and tasty hummus recipe. You’re sure to find your next party appetizer here!
Always a crowd pleaser, this salsa needs only a little chopping and a food processor to make if you purchase pre-roasted peppers at the grocery store. If you do roast your own, it adds a little prep time, but the results are worth it! Literally every time we take one of Cory’s salsa’s to a get-together, it gets rave reviews. Seriously, you must try this one! If you’re really pressed for time or can’t find hatch, keep the peaches raw, and swap hatch for anaheim or jalapeño, and you’ll still have a delicious salsa!
Another sweet and spicy chip dip, this easy food processor salsa uses fresh mangoes and jalapeños for a delicious and unique twist on traditional restaurant style salsa. If you don’t want to mess with fresh mangoes, just thaw some chopped frozen mango, and you’re good to go! Quick enough for a weeknight side dish for taco Tuesday and yummy enough to impress friends at your next party! Your guests will rave about this salsa for sure! Adjust heat levels to your preference by either seeding the chiles (milder salsa) or adding one or two more (spicier).
If you like a spicy salsa, this should be your new go-to homemade salsa recipe! Made smoky and spicy with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, this incredibly delicious salsa will rock your world. For kids, adjust the amount of chipotle peppers down a bit, or to really kick it up, add a bit extra. Keep a drink on hand to cool the heat, and enjoy this delicious simple salsa as your perfect snack all week long!
This Habanero Pineapple Salsa is fresh and fruity with a nice kick of heat at the end. It’s a great summer snack or appetizer, either to hog all for yourself or to take to parties and get-togethers. It’s probably the most popular salsa I make with my friends and family; they’re always asking if I’ll bring it with when we hang out. You can easily adjust the heat level up or down for your preference, based on how many habaneros you use, so feel free to make it as warm as you’d like! As I jokingly tell my friends, if you don’t stop for long enough between bites, the heat won’t really hit you until the end!
The perfect partner to any salsa and the best side dish for any taco or fajita meal, this super simple guac takes practically no time to create. You can even prep all the “mix-ins” (onion, cilantro, bell, etc.) in advance with a simple mini food processor, so all you have to do when the time comes is combine the mix-ins with avocados and lime juice. Easy peasy. To up the veggie and healthy factors, swap traditional tortilla chips for halved mini bell peppers for healthy dippers to go along with your delicious dip!
Sometimes my favorite snacks are the ones that take the least amount of effort, and that’s where these shine! I take this super easy healthy snack to work all the time to tide me over from morning smoothie to my typically later lunch. Oh, and want to keep those apples from browning for several days without adding lime/lemon juice? Use a ceramic knife to cut them! I freaking love this trick, and it allows me to prep in advance—always a bonus! This healthy snack is popular with kids too!
For a higher protein and low carb choice, you have to try this crazy simple buffalo chicken dip served with celery sticks! It’s a hit at any party and ridiculously easy to make. Scale the recipe up or down easily (ingredients below are for 2 pound of chicken, so halve, double, or triple to your liking; just be prepared to adjust cook times), and make shredding in the crock pot even easier with these awesome meat claws! Keto friendly, easy to make dairy free, and delicious; this is the perfect easy snack for game day or for late night snacking for a crowd!
A smoky, slightly spicy twist on a classic, this food processor hummus makes a delicious dip for pita bread and all sorts of veggies. We often eat this for an easy, light lunch as well. The roasting of the poblanos does take some ahead of time prep, which we often do the day before while we’re making dinner or something, and a bit of extra hands-on time to peel the pepper skins off shortly after roasting. We definitely believe that little bit of extra time is worth it, though! Sometimes you can buy pre-roasted and peeled peppers, making this a cinch to throw together on a busy weeknight.
Energy Packed Sweets: Bites, Bars, & Healthy Cookies
Whether you need a quick breakfast on the go, a hiking snack, or road trip food, these sweet and yummy energy bites and snack bars will keep you satisfied and going all day long! Made with whole food ingredients, you can trust these clean eating snacks to keep you feeling great.
With bright lemon, naturally sweet blueberries, and a hit of lavender, these heavenly energy bites will sweep you away! You will want to make these all the time to have on hand for easy afternoon snacks, healthy breakfasts on the go, or as healthy fruity dessert options. Trust me, even if you’re skeptical of the lavender (which you could omit if you really can’t stand it), you’ll love these simple energy bites; even Cory has decided they might beat out his old favorite combo of chocolate and peanut butter!
With my sweet tooth and general chocolate addiction, I couldn’t create a list of my favorite snacks without including these healthy chocolate cherry brownie bites. Simple and clean energy balls, just a few of these rich, dense bites of cherry chocolate magic will satisfy your craving for sweets without leaving you with the jittery, exhausting aftermath of their highly processed counterparts. I eat these as a healthy dessert, an afternoon snack, or even for an easy breakfast on-the-go. Best of all, we found a delicious dried cherry with no sugars or oils added! Score!
If you’re looking for a delicious, cranberry packed winter dessert or late fall snack, oh boy do I have the cranberry oatmeal cookie recipe for you! Actually, no matter what time of year it is, you can totally rock these. They’re ridiculously easy to make, and you’ve got to love no-bake cookie recipes, right? No waiting for baking and cooling. Perfect. Even better, you probably have most or even all the ingredients needed for these insanely easy and tasty holiday cookie bites in your pantry right now!
If you love sweet treats but want to stick to clean eating and simple food, these are the way to go! Made with only figs, almonds, orange zest, and salt, these whole food treats will truly wow you; they’re sweet and feel decadent and indulgent even though they’re super healthy and nutritionally dense! Best of all, you can make these snack bars quickly in a food processor! Easy healthy snacks are the best, right?
You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate, and these no bake chocolate peanut butter cookies are simple, quick, and super healthy! Full of superfood ingredients, these no bake cookies make a guilt-free snack, an epic healthy dessert, or a clean eating grab and go breakfast cookie. You might want to just double the batch from the start!
If you have a dehydrator and like keeping your snacks raw, this is the fruit bar for you! Food process the fresh ingredients, mix in the chia, and pour it into a mold on the teflex (or similar) sheets of your dehydrator tray. If you’d rather make fruit leather instead (think healthy fruit roll ups), blend the fruit in a blender until smooth, add the chia, and pour into thin, even sheets on your teflex lined dehydrator trays. These bars don’t do so well in an oven, though, so we truly do recommend using a dehydrator for these healthy fruit snacks. They are delicious, have only a few ingredients, and are great hiking food, road trip snacks, or healthy breakfasts on the go.
Trail Mixes, Nuts, Granolas, Popcorns, & More:
Need a new snack for movie night or to keep stashed at work in your snack drawer? These healthy snacks and mixes make perfect easy snacks for every day. Whether you need a pick me up in the car on your next road trip or need a better late night munchie, we’ve got you covered!
If you love the sweet and salty combinations as much as we do, you’ll love this trail mix. We make batches of this both for parties and to keep in our desks at work as a much healthier choice than the donuts and cakes lurking in the break rooms. Just mix together the ingredients, and you’ve got the perfect on-the-go treat!
For a quirky, fun sweet or savory snack, pick a few (or all!) of these coconut chips for your next gathering. I adore the pumpkin pie and mocha flavors, while Cory always reaches for the curried ones. Make sure to use coconut chips or flakes, not shredded coconut (you want to get the larger pieces), and steer clear of the sweetened stuff!
Using only 3 ingredients, this Chile Lime popcorn is a savory treat that’s sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike. Pop up a batch to use as snacks or in lunches throughout the week, or pop up a big bowl before settling down for movie night with your partner or with the family. Have some available as an after work or after school bite, or make extra for board game night. It would make a great addition to tailgate parties and game days as well!
Perfect for a movie marathon with friends or a light afternoon snack, I highly recommend you try this easy popcorn recipe, especially if you’re a fan of spicy foods. It’s not super hot as is, but you could definitely kick it up a notch if you so desire, and if spicy isn’t your thing, go a little lighter on the green chile powder (it does add great flavor) or leave it out entirely! Cory and I love the hint of chile flavor in this, but I regularly make it without the chile powder if I’m not feeling quite as spicy. Either way, it’s super tasty! (Oh, and if you want the best pepper grinder EVER, this is it!)
If you think of granola as just a breakfast food, time to think again! This incredible superfood snack mix will pick you up and keep you going all day long. Keep it at work for an energy boosting snack, or have it for the kids as a clean but sweet afternoon snack! Follow the links in the recipe for help finding dried fruits without sweeteners or oils added to keep this granola snack mix a = whole foods treat that won’t undermine your health goals. Allergy friendly, the base chocolate granola has no nuts and can be made with either sunflower or coconut oil!
If you love store-bought BBQ or smokehouse almonds (or if you just like spicy or smoky flavors in general), you NEED to make these homemade BBQ almonds! With a DIY spice blend, a little sweetness from maple syrup, and natural smoke flavor brought by quality liquid smoke, you’ll quickly find yourself addicted to these BBQ flavored nuts. Just mix the ingredients, toss in the almonds, and roast them up for a perfect appetizers, easy healthy work snack, or perfect clean eating late night munchie!
This Garlic Herb Nut Mix recipe is so simple and so tasty, and is one of Cory’s favorite savory snacks. It features minimal ingredients (3 ingredients plus whatever nuts you’re using), is prepped and ready in 40 minutes or less, and makes an awesome savory snack or lunch addition. It’s perfect for after school snacks or for an energy boost in the afternoons at work. You can also make up several batches to give out as holiday gifts or to take to a party!
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