We munch on random snacks throughout the day and often struggle with maintaining a healthy weight. Eating snacks with high amounts of sugar and carbs can leave you tired or craving more food. As a result you keep munching on unhealthy snacks containing high sugar, preservatives, flavoring agents and what not. All these can have a negative effect on your body and can lower your immunity, make you tired, increase your weight etc.
Here I have compiled the top 25 clean eating snacks that you can munch on whenever you like:
- BOILED EGGS
Boiled eggs are packed with healthy vitamins and essential fatty acids. Instead of making an omelette or scrambled eggs, simply boil them and remove the shell. Cut them into small slices and sprinkle some sea salt and pepper on it.
- DARK CHOCOLATE
The 100% variety of dark chocolate is said to be healthy. It is rich in antioxidants and reduces appetite. It also stimulates metabolism. Always keep a dark chocolate bar in your handbag and munch on it whenever you feel hungry or crave for something.
Nuts are well known as healthy snacks. Walnuts, almonds, cashew nuts and pistachios make a healthy snack that you can munch on throughout the day. Simply roast them, add some salt on it and carry it around with you.
- AVOCADO TOAST
If you are really hungry and want to eat something fulfilling, avocado toast is the answer. Mash 1/4 of an avocado on 1 slice of toasted clean bread. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and you are done.
- APPLE CHIPS
Apple chips are a tasty and healthy one ingredient snack that you can eat without any regrets. Slice apples into thin slices and bake it in a microwave. Your crispy apple chips are ready.
- SPROUTED GREEN GRAM
Sprouts are healthy and can be eaten raw. With sprouted green gram, you’ll be eating a lot of live, activated, vitamin and mineral rich food. Simply add some lemon juice to the sprouted green gram along with some chopped onions and tomatoes if you like. Enjoy!
- KALE CHIPS
Kale is the healthiest snack of all. Kale chips are crispy and tasty and will make you forget the unhealthy potato chips. Tear kale into pieces, wash and spin dry. Place kale on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and add sea salt and spices. Bake until crisp, for about 12-15 minutes.
Crunchy, roasted and spicy chickpeas is a real addictive snack. Wash, Rinse and pat your overnight soaked chickpeas dry. In a bowl, toss with a little olive oil and whatever spices you have on hand- maybe little chilli powder, a bit of lemon juice and onion powder if you have. Bake at 200°C for about 30 minutes or until your chickpeas turn golden brown and your tasty roasted chick peas are ready.
Goji berries help promote healthy skin and boost the immune system, & dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants. These two ingredients go well together. Melt some dark chocolate, add in a handful of goji berries, transfer onto a tray and freeze. Eat whenever you like.
- SWEET POTATO CHIPS
Just like kale and apple chips, sweet potato chips are healthy and easy to make. You need to slice them just like you did with apple chips and bake. Add some spices if you like.
- FRESH WATERMELON
Watermelon makes the tastiest one-ingredient snack that you can have whenever you want without adding anything to it. Just chop a watermelon and have it alone or add some black salt on it.
Cucumbers, just like watermelon can be eaten raw. Simply slice few cucumbers and add little salt or pepper on it.
- FRESH GRAPES
Grapes always make a tasty and healthy snack. When you are in a hurry, simply wash the grapes and eat.
- PUMPKIN SEEDS
Pumpkin seeds are rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Whenever you have pumpkin, always remember to wash it and save in a jar. Roast it and have the inner edible mass.
- GREEK YOGURT
Greek yogurt can be mixed with nut butters, fruits etc. for an added healthy flavour. Mix up ½ cup of nonfat Greek yogurt, ¼ cup fresh sliced strawberries, 1 teaspoon organic raw honey and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon. Give it a good stir and consume.
- APPLE WITH PEANUT BUTTER
Apples can be combined with peanut butter or any other nut butter you have at the moment. Nut butters that are homemade make a healthy alternative to the commercial butters. Simply slice apples, spread some nut butter on it and enjoy!
- CELERY WITH NUT BUTTER
Celery when combined with nut butters like almond butter, peanut butter or cashew butter makes a healthy and tasty snack. Spread 1 tablespoon of homemade or all-natural peanut butter evenly onto 3 celery sticks. Enjoy!
Just three cups of popcorn serve up nearly 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein for only 93 calories. You can also add on the flavours by sprinkling it with curry powder, pepper powder, cinnamon, or a little kosher salt.
Bananas make a healthy and fulfilling snack you can have any time of the day. Peel the bananas and have it as it is. You may also slice bananas, add it in milk and consume.
- COTTAGE CHEESE WITH FRUITS
Cottage cheese when combined with fruits taste delicious and the two ingredients complement each other very well. Cottage cheese is packed with protein which is the best thing to eat if you’re snacking. Mash cottage cheese and sprinkle it over freshly cut watermelon and grapes.
- SWEET YOGURT
I love yoghurt especially the one combined with brown sugar or jaggery. It contains all the essential lactic acid and good bacteria. Whisk little yoghurt and add brown sugar or jaggery to it. Whisk it again and let it set in the refrigerator if you like it thicker, or consume as it is.
- FRUIT JUICE
Want a quick refreshing and fulfilling drink? Grab some strawberries, bananas, grapes, mangoes (if available) and any other fruit you have at the moment. Add some yoghurt and little milk in a blender along with chopped fruits and little brown sugar if you like. Blend and enjoy.
- LETTUCE VEGGIES SALAD
Have some veggies at home? Simply chop and grill/steam them. Chop some lettuce and sprinkle it over the vegetables. Add some olive oil if you like and eat.
- FROZEN YOGURT FRUIT BARS
To make these yogurt fruit bars, add some yogurt in a tray. Spread it evenly and add chopped fruits over it. Freeze it overnight and chop it into squares. Eat whenever you wish. You may also add some brown sugar to the yogurt if you like.
Carrots make a crunchy and tasty snack. Slice carrots and have them raw whenever you are hungry. You may even dip it in avocado mash for a fulfilling snack.