We’ve all been there, you’re craving something sweet or salty and your first instinct is to reach for a bag of potato chips or sleeve of cookies! Unfortunately, those aren’t helping your health (or figure) out too much. You actually crave sweets even more when you’re on a diet and are truly trying to avoid them.
We want to help you smash your cravings with healthy, tasty options. Here are 15 healthy snacks for cravings.
Frozen Yogurt Bark
This simple yet healthy recipe is great for an afternoon snack or late night treat if you’re a nighttime snacker. You can choose your favorite Greek yogurt flavor for the base, and fruits and granola for the toppings. Spread the yogurt out on a pan and put your toppings on it. Leave it in the fridge for an hour or two (no longer because Greek yogurt freezes weird) and you have a delicious snack.
Cotton Candy Grapes
Cotton Candy Grapes
Yes, you read that right, cotton candy grapes! The grape was created in California by the owners of The Grapery, who hybridized a Concord grape and a common grape vine. They’re still packed with the same vitamins that you get in regular green and red grapes. They contain antioxidants that help lower blood pressure and alleviate inflammation. You don’t have to feel guilty about eating them!
Almond Date Truffles
These little balls of flavor are great to give you energy, and are gluten-free and vegan. The cocoa and coconut give it its sweet flavor while remaining natural.
There are a ton of different recipes for protein bites based on the flavor you’re going for: apple cinnamon, peanut butter, coconut, chocolate chip, and many more. They’re simple to make as most don’t even require oven time. They taste just like dessert but are made with wholesome ingredients and are refined-sugar free.
If you’re having a hard time putting down the chip bag, try these cucumber chips. You don’t even need a dehydrator, they can be cooked in the oven. Season them however you want, making them smokey, salt and vinegar, or even lemon and pepper.
If you have a bad sweet tooth, fruit will save the day. Try stocking up on pineapples, apples, peaches, and blueberries. Fruit is an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals, and they’re high in fiber.
No-Bake Brownie Bites
These are made with just seven ingredients and you’d be surprised what the main ingredient is- dates! Dates offer a soft texture and natural sweet flavor. They are also a great source of potassium, magnesium, fiber, iron and many other essential vitamins and minerals.
The crunch of peppers will trick your mind into thinking you’re eating chips– well maybe not, but they taste just as good. Dip them in a low-fat ranch dressing or Greek yogurt and you’re set. They’re an excellent source of Vitamin A and C.
You may have heard the myth that celery is a negative calorie food. Unfortunately that’s not true, but a stick is only 10 calories, has a high water-density and fiber content. Celery is typically a gateway to cream cheese and peanut butter so try to opt for dipping sauces like Greek yogurt or hummus.
Rice cakes are a great snack but try to stick with the plain ones as the flavored ones have more sugar. Of course the apple cinnamon or caramel corn sounds more appetizing- but you can spice up the plain ones with toppings like avocado, almond butter, fresh raspberries, or hummus for a hit of plant-based protein.
Edamame has loads of health benefits. They’re high in protein, rich in vitamins and minerals, won’t raise your blood sugar, and some research even suggests they can reduce the risk of some cancers.
They’re crunchy, tasty, and highly nutritious. Carrots are a good source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. They’re a weight-loss-friendly food that’s linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health.
If you’ve never had zucchini fries, your life is about to change. That may sound drastic but trust us, they’re that good. Try these out for a side instead of chips or french fries whenever you eat burgers or have BBQ.
As we’ve already discussed, fruits have great benefits so why not turn apples into a crunchy treat. They will become your next addictive snack food. These can be cooked in the oven- or a dehydrator if you have one.
This one is at the bottom because it is high in fat and calories, so you need to eat dark chocolate in moderation, but it does come with awesome health benefits. Dark chocolate is a rich source of antioxidants and minerals, and it generally contains less sugar than milk chocolate. Some research suggests that dark chocolate may help lower the risk of heart disease, reduce inflammation and insulin resistance, and improve brain function.