Here comes the new year and, with it, that most familiar of resolutions: to eat healthier. But, hey, we’re all busy! And busyness often translates to grabbing whatever’s convenient between meals — for better or worse.
While we’ll be the first to admit we’ve defaulted to worse in the past (hello, snack food vending machines!), this year we’ve put in the legwork to make reaching for better snacks more likely.
To that end, we rounded up some of the tastiest healthy snack recipes we could find to help keep that New Year’s resolution on track.
So, happy New Year… and happy healthy noshing!
Endive boats with pear, blue cheese and shallot vinaigrette
Snack food doesn’t often get called elegant, but that’s exactly what these endive boats from Alexandra’s Kitchen are. Stuffed with pear and blue cheese and topped with shallot vinaigrette, they’re both tasty and beautiful. Plus, for a snack that is so healthy and looks so upscale, they’re surprisingly easy to put together.
Dill pickle hummus
We all know that hummus is packed with good-for-the-gut fiber and heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. What makes this recipe from Blissful Basil next level, though, is the fact that dill pickles are the star ingredient. And, speaking of ingredients, there are only five. It doesn’t get much simpler (or lip-smackin’).
Chocolate chia pudding
Snack food isn’t just savory. In fact, sometimes you just crave something a little sweet. Well, say hello to Fake Ginger’s chocolate chia pudding. This yummy recipe only requires chocolate almond milk, vanilla extract and chia seeds — the latter of which are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, calcium, fiber and iron.
Grilled olives with fennel and orange
There’s something kinda magical about the briny bite that is olives. And if you’ve never had them grilled before, you’re in for a true treat. This takes a bit more effort since you’ll need to break out the grill or griddle, but it’s well worth it to make a big batch. Then you can grab a handful of these vitamin E-rich snacks from Healthy Delicious whenever you’re feeling hungry during the week.
Watermelon blueberry mint salad with feta
Sweet and savory, refreshing and a bit indulgent… LaaLoosh’s watermelon blueberry mint salad with feta is an enticing dichotomy. When the fruit is in season, consider this your go-to snack. Bonus? If you’re a Weight Watchers follower, this treat will only set you back one point.
Simple roasted pumpkin seeds — two ways
If you ask us, pumpkin seeds don’t get nearly enough credit for being a power snack. For starters, let’s talk about that perfect crunchy texture! And we’d be remiss not to mention the fact they’re packed with heart-healthy fatty acids, magnesium and zinc.
There’s no better time to join the pumpkin seed fan club since Paleo Running Momma’s recipe offers two delightful flavors to enjoy: ranch, and sweet cinnamon/pumpkin spice.
BBQ cauliflower bites
When you’re trying to eat healthily, one of the quickest ways to sabotage yourself is by thinking about the unhealthy snack foods you miss. Take one off your list, though, because Real Housemoms’ BBQ cauliflower bites will knock out your craving for BBQ potato chips. After all, they’re both crunchy and coated in tangy sauce. What more could you want?
Banana bread flavored popcorn snack
Banana bread in its simple-carb loaf form doesn’t exactly make the cut when you’re watching things like calorie and carb intake. But take heart! Jessica Gavin is here to save the day with her recipe for banana bread flavored popcorn.
A mix of lighter, healthier ingredients like walnuts, banana slices, popcorn and spices, it packs the flavorful punch of banana bread without the added sugar.
Totally addictive kale chips
The brilliance of kale is twofold. Not only do these crispy and delicate dark greens load you up on much-needed nutrients, but they’re also impossibly delicious. Like, you won’t be able to stop munching on this totally addictive recipe courtesy of Tessa the Domestic Diva. And you know what’s great? They’re so good for you, you don’t even have to.
Ants on a log six ways
There’s a reason ants on a log is a snack that has endured for, well, forever. It’s easy, it’s healthy and, if we’re really being honest, it’s just kind of fun and cute, too.
What we love about The Lemon Bowl’s recipe is that it includes six variations, so both kids and adults can partake. Little ones will love peanut butter and raspberries or peanut butter and dried cherries, leaving you to gobble down more grown-up versions like guacamole and pickled jalapeños.