Snacking, everyone does it. Mindlessly reaching into a bag of chips to unwind for the day is a guilty pleasure for many people. But if you’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle, indulging in a sweet or salty snack can often leave you feeling guilty. Curb your cravings without the guilt by trying one of these five sweet and five savory healthy treat ideas. You’ll find that some of these recipes utilize the on-the-go snacks from the previous blog.
Healthy Savory Snacks
Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips with Buffalo White Bean Hummus – Ditch your traditional chips and dip for this heart healthy alternative. Easily made in the oven or even your microwave, you could be snacking in as little as five minutes.
Chile-Lime Tortilla Chips – Do you prefer tortilla chips over potato chips? Try this recipe as these tortilla chips are baked, not fried, making them healthier than many of the store-bought varieties. Flavored with a hint of lime and a dash of chili powder, they are flavorful on their own or dipped in your favorite salsa, guacamole, or other dipping sauce.
Cream Cheese and Almond Stuffed Olives – This simple, yet flavorful treat uses three ingredients and can be assembled as you snack. Just scrape a roasted almond across some cream cheese, stuff it into a green olive, and enjoy! To see exactly how to assemble, and for some bonus guilt free snacks, check out the video below.
Sweet & Salty Trail Mix – Can’t decide on a sweet or salty snack? This quick trail mix gives you the best of both worlds and can even be added to your favorite yogurt as a light meal or easy breakfast.
Asian Peanut Butter Dip with Celery – Try this unique spin on the classic peanut butter and celery snack. Infused with Asian flavors, this dip can be served not only with celery, but other crunchy fruits and vegetables of your liking!
Healthy Sweet Snacks
Berry Nuts Granola Bars – Easy to make and extremely adaptable based on your tastes, these granola bars are a quick grab-and-go sweet treat.
Chocolate Dipped Fruit – Looking for a candied snack that’s also healthy? Chocolate dipped fresh or dried fruits are the perfect healthy treat for satisfying a sweet tooth. Check out these recipes for chocolate dipped pineapple rings, clementines, or apricots or adapt one of these recipes to add a bit of chocolate to your favorite fruit.
Sliced Fruit with Honey-Vanilla Yogurt Dip – For a simple way to liven up your favorite fruit, try slicing up the fruit of your choice and pair it with this easy-to-make, no-cook yogurt dip.
Fruity Frozen Treats – In the mood for ice cream? The CDC has curated a collection of frozen treats using a variety of fresh fruits. From strawberry orange frozen pops to pink lemonade yogurt pops, you’re sure to find the perfect alternative to satisfy that ice cream craving.
Chocolate Chip Yogurt Cookies – If cookies are your go-to sweet snack, this healthier take on chocolate chip cookies uses yogurt to increase calcium content and whole wheat flour to add fiber and other nutrients.
Hopefully this list has inspired you to try a new healthy treat that you can indulge in without the guilt. But even if they’re better for you remember to always enjoy your treats in moderation. The health benefits are lost if you overdo it.