60 Healthy Snacks to Eat When Junk Food Cravings Hit

When you're trying to eat healthier, there's nothing worse than getting struck with a craving. These healthy snacks will keep you satisfied, without sacrificing on flavor.

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Satisfy your sweet and salty cravings with these lighter healthy snacks. From crunchy protein-packed chickpeas to rich chocolate hummus, these snacks provide energy instead of leaving you feeling lethargic. If you want to opt for low-carb snacks, we have those too!

Whether you’re on the go and craving baked snacks, or want to chow down at home with sweet snacks, these healthy options will come to the rescue. (Kiddos will love the fun kid-friendly options as well!)

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Chili-Lime Roasted Chickpeas

If you’re looking for a lighter snack that’s still a crowd-pleaser, you’ve found the ideal recipe! These addicting, crunchy chickpeas will have everyone munching happily.

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Chocolate Hummus

This chocolate hummus is a sweet and indulgent twist on the traditional recipe. Plus, it’s so easy to make with just a handful of healthy ingredients. Serve with fresh fruit for a simple and delicious snack.
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Air-Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

These air-fryer sweet potatoes are crispy and fried to perfection. Be careful not to eat all of these fries in one sitting, though!
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Dried Fruit Energy Bars

These dried fruit energy bars are a wonderful breakfast option, especially for people on the go. They’re easy to make ahead and are packed with healthy ingredients such as chia seeds, quinoa and oats, which will keep you fueled throughout the day. Looking for more options? Try these healthy fruit snacks that are made from real fruit and will delight kids and parents alike!
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Roasted Curry Chickpeas

We coated chickpeas with simple seasonings to make a low-fat snacking sensation. It rivals the types sold in stores, with just a few ingredients.
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Skinny Quinoa Veggie Dip

This veggie dip is loaded with nutrients and a ton of flavor. It may be “skinny” but no one will complain!
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Hard-Boiled Eggs

Eat these hard-boiled eggs plain for a quick protein fix. Or add them to another dish to make it heartier.
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Cucumbers with Dill

These cucumber slices stay crisp thanks to the salt drawing out excess moisture. Snack on these instead of potato chips for a cool, crisp snack.
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Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

Only four ingredients and one bowl are needed for these quick and healthy peanut butter cookies. If you want to make this recipe gluten free, make sure the oat bran was made in a certified gluten-free facility.

For another healthy dessert, this healthy snickers recipe is certainly delicious.

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Sesame-Garlic Pumpkin Seeds

This “everything” mix of pumpkin seeds with other seeds is a fun treat. It’s perfect for road trips when you need something easy to snack on.
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Three-Pepper Guacamole

You can’t go wrong with avocado when you’re trying to eat a little healthier. Dip fresh cut veggies like carrots and celery in this guacamole that is just as good as what you get at a restaurant.
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Confetti Quinoa

This quinoa dish is simple to make with just a few ingredients! It’s the perfect healthy snack when you want something to hold you over for a longer period of time.
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No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bars

These peanut energy bars are great for combatting your sweet tooth. They’re also easy to make (and kid friendly, too!). Feel free to substitute the peanut butter with almond or sunflower butter if you have allergies.
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Garbanzo-Stuffed Mini Peppers

Mini peppers are colorfully vibrant and are the perfect size for a two-bite healthy snack. Plus, they have all the crunch of pita chips but without the extra calories.
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Watermelon Cups

This lovely healthy snack is almost too pretty to eat! Sweet watermelon cubes hold a refreshing topping that showcases cucumber, red onion and fresh herbs.
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Lime-Honey Fruit Salad

Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than a fruit salad enhanced with a delicious honey-lime dressing. Pack this healthy snack in bags if you’re on the go.
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Cashew Cheese

Spread this vegan cashew cheese on crackers, layer it on a toasted bagel or serve it with fresh vegetables. It also makes a delicious, out-of-the-ordinary sandwich spread!
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Stuffed Asiago-Basil Mushrooms

These stuffed mushrooms are delightful healthy snacks that will keep you feeling energized and satisfied throughout your busy day.
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Quinoa with Peas and Onion

Even picky eaters will love this fresh and vibrant protein-packed snack. The addition of peas and onions is a great choice.
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Garlic Garbanzo Bean Spread

If you want to make a dip that’s more unique, this bean dip is a quick and easy way to get more protein in. Use it with fresh veggies and even fruit for a sweet and salty flavor.
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Lemon Couscous with Broccoli

Who says couscous can’t be a snack? This delicious dish combines vegetables and a fresh dressing that everyone will love.
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Marinated Shrimp

If you’re a seafood lover, this shrimp recipe is for you. Pop a few of these salty and satisfying shrimps in your mouth, and your cravings for junk food will be gone.
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Simple Guacamole

Time to start dipping. From crackers to cherry tomatoes, this simple dip will be a healthy snack go-to.
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Baked Pot Stickers with Dipping Sauce

These cute pot stickers are a wonderful snack that hold a ton of flavor. And the dipping sauce? Insanely finger lickin’ good.
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Roasted Peppers and Cauliflower

The seasoned, roasted peppers and cauliflower are great for dipping and snacking. They are healthy, fresh and beautifully crispy.
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Really Good Snack Mix

You can’t snack correctly without trying this healthy and fun snack mix. It’s perfect for long road trips and hikes.
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Roasted Eggplant Spread

Black pepper and garlic perk up this out-of-the-ordinary spread that hits the spot on a crisp crackers, baby carrots and celery sticks.
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Caprese Salad Kabobs

Trade in the usual veggie platter for these fun kabobs. These poppable snacks deliver flavor without added calories or guilt.
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Mini Zucchini Pizzas

Looking for low carb? This simple snack recipe is a fantastic way to satisfy your pizza cravings while skipping the usual carb-filled crust.
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Black-Eyed Pea Tomato Salad

If you’re looking for a more substantial snack, you can’t go wrong with this dippable salad. It’s great on its own, but even better when you dip some whole wheat crackers into it.
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Makeover Deviled Eggs

This updated version of a classic appetizer uses only half the egg yolks of the original recipe and calls for soft bread crumbs to help firm up the filling. We replaced the mayo with fat-free mayonnaise and reduced-fat sour cream.
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Tangy Texas Salsa

The combination of sweet fruit, spicy jalapeno and peppery cilantro is perfect for dipping. Try it with pretzels, crackers or cherry tomatoes for snacking.
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Polenta Mushroom Appetizers

This appetizer is wonderful as a starter, but it also works as a healthy snack option. These bite-sized mushrooms are just what the doctor ordered.
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Zucchini & Cheese Roulades

This recipe is the adult snack of your dreams. Feel free to change the filling any way you like. For example, use feta instead of Parmesan, or sun-dried tomatoes in place of the olives.
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Peach Bruschetta

As a starter or light healthy snack, this bruschetta is a wonderful way to hold onto the summer season with fresh peach amid a medley of lively flavors.
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Shrimp Salad Appetizers

This refreshing app is also great as a quick snack. The mix of vibrant flavors will keep you feeling satisfied throughout the day.
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Green & Gold Salsa

Edamame and corn give this unique salsa beautiful color and vibrancy. It’s a great healthy alternative to creamy dips.
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Garlic Pumpkin Seeds

This yummy, microwave-easy pumpkin seed recipe is great if you usually crave unhealthy chips. Feel free to add any other seasonings to the mix, like paprika or chili powder for more heat.
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Pressure-Cooker Asian Wraps

These bite-sized snacks are packed with veggies. Instead of ordering Chinese, why not try making these wraps yourself?
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Chipotle Berry Fruit Salsa

Not too hot, but with a bit of a kick, this salsa is a delectable chip dip that everyone will want more of. Just double the recipe and watch it disappear.
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Edamame Hummus

This hummus recipe is a wonderful way to incorporate healthy soy into your diet. Try this out with pretzel sticks, sliced red peppers or carrot sticks.
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Homemade Peanut Butter

You can’t go wrong with homemade peanut butter! This is great and fun for dipping. Try sliced bananas, celery sticks or crackers.
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Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks

These grain-free, cheesy cauliflower breadsticks are made with vegetables instead of flour, if you can believe it. Serve these healthy snacks with your favorite marinara sauce.
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Crab Phyllo Cups

If you want more of a kick, dot chili sauce on top of these easy snacks. These cups are sure to please seafood lovers.
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Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade

This tangy recipe only takes 15 minutes to whip up before popping in the fridge. The dip is best paired with carrot sticks or some simple crackers.
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Herb-Roasted Olives & Tomatoes

Eat these roasted veggies with a crunchy baguette or cheese slices. This makes a beautiful and tasty dip, even on the go!
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Spicy Mixed Nuts

Cumin and chili powder give extra flavor to the classic trail mix. It’s a smart solution for yummy and healthy snacking.
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Tomato & Artichoke Bruschetta

This healthy and crunchy snack is great for when you’re hit with cravings. It’s also simple and quick to make.
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Mango Avocado Spring Rolls

These fun wraps will have you drooling! You can substitute lettuce or spinach for sprouts if you prefer.
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Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts may have a bad reputation, but they are actually insanely delicious once you give them a chance. This snack is great for veggie lovers who want to get more nutrients to stay full for longer.
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Grilled Veggies with Mustard Vinaigrette

Grilled veggies are a summer favorite. For a quick snack, cut these veggies into bite sized pieces and say goodbye to your unhealthy cravings.
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Thyme-Sea Salt Crackers

When salty cravings hit, make these homemade crackers instead of chowing down on unnecessary calories.
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Orange Shrimp Mojo

With jalapeno, orange and avocado, these shrimp snacks are spicy, tangy and fresh with every bite.
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Greek Veggie Tartlets

These cute tarts are delicious and packed with veggies. Snack on a couple of these as you sit outside and enjoy the sunshine.
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Mango Barley Salad

This fresh, colorful mango salad is a wonderful option if you want something sweet. The bright flavor is perfect for a smart healthy snack.
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Yogurt & Honey Fruit Cups

This tasty combo of fresh fruit and creamy orange-kissed yogurt is guaranteed to disappear fast! This snack is sweet without being too rich.
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Grilled Zucchini with Onions

While you may not think of zucchini as a snack, cut them into bite sized pieces and you’ll have a delicious grilled snack that won’t make you miss greasy fried food.
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Mocha Pumpkin Seeds

Any seasoned pumpkin seeds are a great healthy snack, but these chocolatey seeds will curb your desire for something more indulgent.
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Baked Parmesan Breaded Squash

Baked yellow squash is a great snack when you’re craving salty chips. The squash gets perfectly baked so it’s just as crunchy as chips, but better for you.
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Tzatziki Shrimp Cucumber Rounds

The bacon-wrapped shrimp, garlicky sauce and burst of cool cucumber flavor make this healthy snack a hit!

Lauren Jarvis-Gibson
Lauren has spent more than eight years writing lifestyle, health and wellness content for publishers like Allure, Teen Vogue and Thought Catalog. As Taste of Home's assistant editor, she ran the Holiday, Healthy and Desserts newsletters, and wrote and edited everything from recipe tutorials to healthy eating tips. After work hours, you can find Lauren trying out new pasta recipes, obsessing over her dog, Andre, and working on her third book of poetry.