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31 Best Healthy Snacks—Quick & Easy Ideas

Break up with the vending machine! You won't believe how tasty and satisfying these healthy snacks can be.

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Chia Seed Protein BitesTaste of Home

Chia Seed Protein Bites

Keep a fresh batch of chia seed protein bites in your fridge for a protein-rich bite any time hunger strikes. Enjoy on their own or with a sliced apple for a sweet treat. Each protein ball has 72 calories, 4g of fat and 2g of protein.

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Nacho Popcorn

When crunchy, cheesy chips are calling you to the vending machine, pull out your own stash of hearty nacho flavor with this homemade popcorn. To save on fat and calories, pop your own popcorn on your stovetop, then flavor it with spices like chili powder and garlic salt. One cup has 98 calories, 8g of fat and 1g of protein.

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Mini Zucchini Pizzas

Need a hearty snack to tide you over until dinner? Mini zucchini pizzas make a filling snack or fun, light meal. Choose your favorite pizza toppings like pepperoni or fresh bell peppers. One mini pizza has just 29 calories, 2g of fat, 1g of carbs and 2g of protein.

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Hard-Boiled Eggs

It doesn’t get much easier than grabbing a hard-boiled egg on your way out the door. Eggs are loaded with fill-you-up protein and nutrients to keep you going all morning. Make ’em in your Instant Pot while you get ready in the morning. One hard-boiled egg has 78 calories, 5g of fat and 6g of protein.

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Beanfields Bean Chips, High Protein and Fiber, 6 Flavor Variety Pack: Nacho, Jalapeno Nacho, Sea Salt, Black Bean, Pico de Gallo, BBQ, 1.5 Ounce (Pack of 24)via amazon.com

Beanfields Bean Chips

You won’t even look at those greasy vending machine chips once you try this crispy and flavorful alternative. Beanfields Bean Chips come in a variety of craveable flavors like nacho, jalapeno and pico de gallo. One serving contains 4g of protein and 4g of fiber.

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Curried Quinoa Salad

Meal prepping this weekend? Whip up a batch of curried quinoa salad for a satisfying snack or quick lunch. This salad is easy to prepare and loaded with protein-rich quinoa and healthy veggies. One serving contains 176 calories, 6g of fat and 5g of protein.

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Old Bay Crispy Kale Chips

Guilt-free chips, anyone? Yes, please! These crispy kale chips are light and crunchy with just a hint of spice. Toss fresh kale leaves with olive oil, salt and Old Bay seasoning, then bake for a delicious nibble any time. One serving contain 101 calories, 2g of fiber and 3g of protein.

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Power Up Trail Mix, Mega Omega Trail Mix, Keto-Friendly, Paleo-Friendly, Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten Free, No Artificial Ingredients, Gourmet Nut, 14 oz Bagvia amazon.com

Power Up Trail Mix

If you find yourself reaching for the office sweets every afternoon, try keeping a bag of Power Up Trail Mix in your desk drawer. It’s protein-packed from walnuts and almonds, as well as antioxidants and healthy fats. One serving has 140 calories, 8g of fat, 3g of protein.

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Granola-To-Go Bars

Chewy and sweet, these bars are the perfect morning snack when blood sugar levels start to dip. Make a batch for easy quick bites to toss in your bag or child’s backpack. One bar has 130 calories, 7g of fat and 2g of protein.

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Grapes with String Cheese

For a sweet yet savory nosh, grab a small bag of grapes with a piece of low-fat string cheese. To give this bite a serious upgrade, try frozen grapes for a dessert-worthy treat. One cup of grapes with a low-fat string cheese have about 160 calories, 3g of fat and 8g of protein.

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Sweet Potato & Bean Quesadillas

Looking for a healthier happy hour snack? Skip the nachos and indulge in rich sweet potato and bean quesadillas. Loaded with vitamins, protein and fiber, these quesadillas are the ultimate happy meal. Each serving has 306 calories, 8g of fat, 11g of protein.

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Dark Chocolate Almonds

Crunchy almonds covered in rich dark chocolate sound like a dessert, but you can definitely indulge! These individual packs from Blue Diamond have just 100 calories per serving and pack 3g of protein and 8g of healthy fats.

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Chicken Skewers with Cool Avocado Sauce

When hunger pangs hit and a few celery sticks just aren’t going to cut it, give yourself a chicken skewer dipped in a cool and creamy avocado sauce. Each serving has 59 calories, 3g of fat and 6g of lean protein.

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Air Fryer Eggplant Fries

If you snagged an air fryer on Black Friday (this is our Test Kitchen’s favorite brand), it’s time to break it out for friable, salty eggplant fries. Coated in Italian seasonings and Parmesan, they’re always a hit with kids and grownups alike. Each serving contains 135 calories, 5g of fat and 9g of protein.

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Baby Carrots with Soft Cheese

Get your crunch fix from fresh baby carrots dipped in a wedge of soft cheese. A cup of these bite-size snacks has just 52 calories and 4g of fiber. Pair with your favorite flavor of cheese like Swiss or garlic & herbs for another 30 calories and major flavor.

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That’s It Fruit Bar

If you loved fruit snacks as a kid—or still do as an adult—grab these natural fruit bars for a sweet snack between meals. They’re made from apples and pineapples and have no added sugar or preservatives. Each bar contains 100 calories and 5g of fiber.

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Goat Cheese Mushrooms

Need a quick and healthy tailgate snack? Goat cheese mushrooms look impressive, but are fast and easy to prepare. Stuff baby portobello mushrooms with creamy goat cheese and sweet red peppers for a party-worthy appetizer in no time. Each serving has 19 calories, 1g of fat and 1g of protein.

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Spicy Edamame

When you combine fresh edamame with spices you already have in your pantry, you’ll be thrilled with the tasty, fiery snack that results. Bring a small bag to work for speedy munchies any time you need them. Each serving has 52 calories, 2g of fat, 4g of protein.

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Rice Cakes with Almond Butter and Banana Slices

For an easy, healthy snack hack, keep a bag of brown rice cakes at the ready in your pantry. Spread your favorite toppings like mashed avocado, hummus or nut butter. A rice cake with a tablespoon of almond butter and banana slices has 191 calories and 10g of healthy fat.

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Layered Hummus Dip

For an after-school mini meal that wows, whip up this layered hummus dip. It’s overflowing with garden-fresh veggies perfect for hungry, tired little ones. Each serving has 88 calories, 5g of fat and 4g of protein.

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Off The Eaten Path Veggie Crisps

Made from rice, peas and black beans, these veggie crisps will make giving up junk food a breeze. Pop open a bag after lunch for a crunchy, healthy snack that satisfies. Each serving has 160 calories, 6g of fat and 4g of protein.

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Chunky Mango Guacamole

When afternoon hunger pangs hit, you can never go wrong with fresh guac. Serve with fresh sliced bell peppers or baked whole-grain tortilla chips. Each serving contains 67 calories, 5g of healthy fats, 1g of protein.

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Garbanzo-Stuffed Mini Peppers

Bright and colorful with a creamy filling, mini peppers make a quick and beautiful appetizer for unexpected company. Mash up garbanzo beans for the filling, or save time and use our Test Kitchen’s favorite hummus. Each serving has 15 calories, 0g of fat and 1g of protein.

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Good To Go Bars

These soft-baked bars taste like a raspberry lemon cookie but are low in sugar and keto-friendly. They’re rich in fiber to keep you full and improve digestion, too. Each bar contains 160 calories and 6g of protein.

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Sprouted Grain Toast with Avocado and Cherry Tomatoes

It’s time to upgrade your morning snack. Sprouted grain bread is heartier and more nutrient-dense than white bread. Top a slice with mashed avocado and fresh cherry tomatoes for approximately 162 calories, 7g of healthy fat and 6g of protein. Make sure you know how to cut an avocado the easy way.

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Lemon Cranberry Quinoa SaladTaste of Home

Lemon Cranberry Quinoa Salad

This lemony grain salad combines protein-rich quinoa with savory herbs and creamy avocado. One serving at 218 calories and 5g of protein will definitely get you through the rest of your workday.

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Mini Mediterranean Pizza

A healthy diet doesn’t mean depriving yourself of your favorite foods. Get your pizza fix, as well as a whopping serving of 21g of protein and 12g of healthy fats, with these mini pizzas. Each pizza has 287 calories.

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Dang Sticky Rice Chips

Lightly sweetened with fresh watermelon juice and creamy coconut milk, these sticky rice chips will wow your taste buds and keep you coming back for more. Each serving contains 140 calories, 6g of fat, 2g of protein.

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Soft Zucchini Spice CookiesTaste of Home

Soft Zucchini Spice Cookies

Can’t shake that sweet tooth? Embrace it with healthier-for-you spice cookies. These moist cookies get their softness from freshly grated zucchini and a surprising crunch from chopped walnuts. Two cookies contain 132 calories, 6g of fat and 2g of protein.

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Classic Texas Caviar

This vegan snack is easy to prepare and bursting with fresh veggies. The black-eyed peas add texture and a punch of plant-based protein as well. Each serving of this classic Texas caviar has 113 calories, 3g of fat and 5g of protein.

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Kibo Chickpea Chips

When healthy chips taste this good, the junk food isn’t tempting anymore. Chickpea chips are rich in protein (7g) and fiber (4g), and come in yummy flavors like pico de gallo and Mediterranean herbs. Each bag is a mere 110 calories.

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Carrie Madormo, RN
Now a freelance health and food writer, Carrie worked as a nurse for over a decade. When she isn't hunched over her laptop with a baby in hand, you will find her cooking her grandmother’s recipes, lacing up her running shoes or sipping coffee in the bathroom to hide from her three young children.

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