Everyone likes to snack from time to time. However, what snack do you mostly choose? When you’re in a supermarket or minimart it’s easy to pick calorie-, sugar or fat-rich foods, simply because there aren’t much alternatives. Gladly, there are delicious but healthy snacks that you can easily create yourself. Some healthy snacks contain low carbs for those who are watching their total calories, other healthy snacks are rich in protein for muscle training, while others are plainly good for one’s health. Below we listed 15 healthy snacks that can be made by yourself and taste delicious!
1. Banana Egg Pancake
Here’s a fruit and egg combination. You might wonder if these two taste well together, but after starting my day with this healthy snack, I can say it is definitely worth the try! This healthy snack is very easy to cook. Simply mix one egg, half a banana and some cinnamon together. Stir it until it is smooth like pancake mix should be. Add some olive oil to a pan and bake the pancake mix, that’s all!
2. Healthy Nachos
When you are craving for chips or other salty snacks, try this healthy snack – nachos meal. Definitely one of my favorites! For this snack, it is important to get wholegrain tortillas, low-fat Greek-style yoghurt, one avocado, some tomatoes, low-fat mozzarella or cheddar and an onion. Cut the avocado, tomatoes and onions and add them on top of the nachos. Sprinkle it with the low-far mozzarella or cheddar and zap it in the microwave. Enjoy!
This healthy snack is quite straightforward, but yet an important snack to consume everyday because of its richness in vitamins. Just like anything else, don’t overdo it, two pieces per day is enough, more than two pieces isn’t necessarily healthier, because it also contains a lot of sugars.
Perhaps you could look around in the supermarket and choose some fruits that you wouldn’t normally eat. It is also delicious to cut the fruit (any fruit will do) in pieces and add them to a bowl of low-fat yoghurt. Make it even healthier by adding some seeds and nuts.
4. Tuna on crackers
This healthy snack is easy to prepare but a great source of omega-3 and proteins. Try to find a can of tuna that is packaged in water and whole-wheat crackers. Six crackers topped with tuna are not more than 200 calories.
Another great source of omega-3s are walnuts. Walnuts are great for those who follow a low-carb diet. These nuts also contain minerals important for daily energy. Try to find walnuts that contain low salt in order to keep your salt intake within boundaries.
Ideal to start your day with! But please, do not buy these smoothies in the supermarket because often they contain much sugar or E numbers. My favorite mix? 1 apple, 1 orange, 1 banana and possibly some lemon, mix them together in a blender and you start your day in the most healthy way.
7. Chicken Fajitas
Five of these mini chicken fajitas only contain about a total of 200 calories. You could even freeze the chicken fajitas and save them for other snack craving moments. These Mexican inspired healthy snacks are easy to prepare. What do you need? You’ll need two chicken breasts, whole-wheat tortillas, low-fat mozzarella, crushed garlic, finely cut onions, chopped tomatoes, peppers, Avocado and sunflower oil. Fry the peppers and chicken for about 2 or 3 minutes. Mix the avocado, chopped tomatoes, garlic, onions together and cook it for only 1 minute. Divide each tortilla into 12 pieces by cutting them into quarters and each quarter into 3 triangles. Add the mix and chopped chicken on each triangle and roll the tips of each triangle like a sushi. Use a toothpick to hold the tips together. Heat your oven to 200C and bake the mini fajitas in a pre-heated oven for 7-8 minutes.
8. Spicy Popcorn
Popcorn you buy in the cinema or in the minimarket is not very healthy. It contains either lots of sugar or salt and bad fats. Popcorn can be healthy though, when you make it yourself. In fact, it is just corn and corn contains very little calories. It also contains antioxidants and lutein, which helps preventing infections, cancer, diabetes and heart diseases.
It would be better to use coconut oil instead of olive oil because of it’s higher burning point. To make your popcorn sweet, you could use maple syrup, which is a natural alternative to sugar. Warm up the maple syrup and add the popcorn to it. You could also try the spicy popcorn. Add half a spoon of chili powder, a lemon, some salt and cayenne pepper to spice up your popcorn.
9. Fruity frozen yoghurt
This yoghurt ice cream is inspired on Jamie Oliver’s frozen yoghurt receipt. It is much healthier than ice cream, but just as delicious. The ingredients for this receipt are 1 banana, seasonal fruit, honey, low-fat yoghurt (500g) and raspberries. Any seasonal fruit may do, like blueberries, pears, plums or mangos. Slice the banana and other fruit you picked into pieces (remove the core and stalks) and place it all on a tray or plate in your freezer. Once the fruit is frozen, add it together with the honey, raspberries and yoghurt in a blender. Tip: put small glasses in the freezer to make them cold before you serve the fruity frozen yoghurt inside the glasses.
10. Sushi rolls
Though this snack takes roughly 45 minutes to make, asparagus sushi is a healthy and satisfying snack during the day. All you need is sushi rice or any other short grain sticky rice, 2 to 3 tablespoons of sesame seeds, 3 tablespoons of soy sauce and sweet soy sauce, 1 avocado, sushi nori strips, wasabi and 150 grams of asparagus. Cook the rice and fry the sesame seeds for two minutes. Cook the asparagus for roughly 10 minutes. Coat the asparagus in both the soy sauce and sweet soy sauce and cover them with sesame seeds. Cut the avocado into pieces. Spread the rice on the sushi nori strips and add some wasabi in the middle. After adding the avocado, carefully roll up the sushi and cut it with a sharp knife into pieces. Enjoy your self-made sushi!
11. Mango shake
When you’re thirsty or ate spicy food a mango shake is a great way of cooling your tongue. All you need is 2 ripe mango (the riper the better), 100 grams of ice cubes and 500 grams of low-fat yoghurt. Take of the skin of the mango and add the flesh of the mango in a blender together with the yoghurt and ice cubes. Blend them together and serve it right away in a glass.
12. Healthy cookies
Craving for cookies? Why not baking your own healthy whole grain cookies? Mash two bananas, crush 100 grams of walnuts and mix them together with raw oats in a deep dish or bowl. Place the mix in cookie size on a baking sheet and place it in a preheated oven at a temperature of 340 degrees for 16 minutes.
13. Deviled Eggs
It’s a very popular snack, appetizer or brunch: the classic deviled egg. Boil some eggs, take of the shell and slice it in two halves. Fill the egg yolk with a mix of mayonnaise, mustard, garlic salt and onion powder. Wait… mayonnaise? Isn’t mayonnaise rich of fats and shouldn’t it be on the unhealthy list? In fact, you are right, mayonnaise bought in the supermarket is rather unhealthy. I therefore suggest you to make this lovely but healthy self-made mayonnaise. Use the egg yolks that you removed from the eggs and blend them until smooth. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to it and mix this with the egg yolks. Fill a cup for a little more than a half with olive oil. Drip the olive oil very slowly to the mix of egg yolks and lemon juice or vinegar while whisking the mix at a low speed. It is crucial to add the oil with a drop at a time until you can see the mix emulsify. Once you have added the olive oil, add in the same way half of a cup warm coconut oil. Finally, add a little bit of salt and pepper. The mayonnaise can now be used to fill the deviled eggs or other dishes.
14. Healthy muffins
In order to make healthy muffins you will need 1 banana, 2 eggs, 100 grams of (soy)milk, 150 grams oatmeal, a little salt and baking powder. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees. Mash the bananas and mix it with the milk, baking powder, oat, salt and eggs. Either buy muffin paper in a store or make them yourself with parchment paper. Spoon the muffin mix in the muffin papers and bake them for roughly 25 minutes in the oven.
15. Zucchini fries
For those who want to innocently eat fries, without bad fats should try the crispy zucchini fries. Cut the zucchini into thin slices. Mix 1 egg with half-cup of milk in a bowl. Add breadcrumbs and finely shopped Parmesan cheese in another bowl. Dip the zucchini fries slices or sticks into the first mix and right after roll it into the second bowl, coating it with the breadcrumb- and Parmesan mix. Spread a layer of olive oil on a baking sheet and place the zucchini fries on top of it. Place it in a 430 degrees preheated oven until it is golden-brown.