15 Healthy, Crunchy Snacks

It's time to step away from the cheesy poofs! These healthy, crunchy snacks will satisfy your chips craving without blowing your healthy diet.

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Old Bay Crispy Kale Chips

Light and crispy with just the right amount of spice; these Old Bay crispy kale chips will make you forget all about those bland potato chips in your pantry. They’re also loaded with fiber and healthy nutrients to keep you full until dinner. Ten kale chips contain about 120 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. Here’s how to make them.

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Roasted Edamame
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Roasted Edamame

Healthy snacking doesn’t get much easier than these individual snack bags of sea salt roasted edamame. This vegan, high-protein snack can be tossed in your bag or stored in your desk for an easy win whenever salty cravings strike. Each bag contains 200 calories and 20 grams of protein.

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Air-Popped Popcorn with Olive Oil and Parmesan

When afternoon hunger pangs catch you by surprise, fill up with a large portion of air-popped popcorn with a drizzle of olive oil and Parmesan. Here’s our secret to making perfect stovetop popcorn every time! Two cups of this satisfying treat has only 190 calories so there’s no need to go hungry until dinner time.

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Veggie Chips
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Veggie Chips

If you or your family is having a tough time giving up the chip habit, try these healthy TERRA Sweet Chipotle veggie chips. They’re made from a blend of three types of sweet potatoes and cooked in avocado oil. One serving has 140 calories, 6 grams of fat and 18 grams of carbs.

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Crunchy Chickpeas
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Crunchy Chickpeas

For an afternoon energy boost, reach for this protein powerhouse snack. Roasted chickpeas are vegan, rich in healthy fiber and have the salty bite you’re craving. Each serving contains 120 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of plant-based protein.

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Air Fryer Eggplant Fries

If an air fryer is on your wishlist this year, be sure to add these crispy eggplant fries to your recipe list. Coated in savory spices and grated Parmesan, air fryer eggplant fries pack all the satisfying crunch of fast-food fries without the extra fat and calories. Each serving has 135 calories, 5 grams of fat and 9 grams of protein. Here’s how to make them.

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Nutty Berry Trail Mix
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Nutty Berry Trail Mix

Loaded with healthy fats and protein, nutty berry trail mix is a sweet, crunchy snack perfect for any time of day. Pack a small bag for the afternoon or sprinkle it over low-fat Greek yogurt for a heart-healthy breakfast. Each serving (about one-third cup) contains 283 calories, 17 grams of fat and 5 grams of protein. Here’s how to make it.

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Apple crisp bread toast with apple slices, peanut butter, almonds and walnuts. Healthy breakfast concept in a high key.
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Apple Slices with Maple Almond Butter

Craving a healthy sweet treat? Crunchy apple slices dipped in fresh almond butter and real maple syrup is a nutrient-packed snack that feels like dessert. One cup of apple slices with one tablespoon of almond butter and one tablespoon of maple syrup contains 210 calories and is a great source of fiber.

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Cauliflower Crisps
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Cauliflower Crisps

When a serious junk food craving hits, make sure you have a pantry stocked with easy, healthy bites like these cauliflower crisps. They taste like chips but are made from cauliflower; and are packed with plant-based protein. One serving contains 150 calories, 1 gram of fiber and 5 grams of protein.

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Baby Carrots with Mashed Avocado

Upgrade your snacking with this easy and healthy dish. Mash half of an avocado with your favorite spices like garlic salt or chili powder and serve with crunchy carrot sticks. One cup of baby carrots with one-half cup of mashed avocado has about 219 calories and 10 grams of healthy fats. Find out more about avocado’s health benefits.

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Not just for October anymore! Roasted pumpkin seeds are a salty, crunchy snack that’s packed with vitamins and fiber. Season them with a little salt and your favorite spices like chili powder, cinnamon or Worcestershire sauce. One serving has 110 calories, 9 grams of carbs and 3 grams of protein. Here’s how to make them.

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Almonds with Dark Chocolate

When you need something sweet to nibble after lunch, reach for a handful of almonds and a square of dark chocolate. This snack is packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants; oh and did we mention the chocolate? One serving of almonds and dark chocolate contains about 223 calories. Here’s how eating dark chocolate can benefit your health.

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Air-Fryer Taquitos
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Air Fryer Taquitos

Go ahead and add these air fryer taquitos to your list of the best snacks you’re not making but should! We’re always on the hunt for guilt-free Mexican dishes, and these taquitos don’t disappoint. Dip them in fresh salsa or mashed avocado for an easy appetizer or delish snack. One taquito has 168 calories and 12 grams of protein. Here’s how to make them.

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Chili Jicama Slices

If you can’t stand the sight of another celery stalk, branch out with chili jicama slices for your healthy snack. Jicama has a crisp bite and is low in calories. Try dipping it in guacamole or sprinkling slices with chili powder. One cup of jicama slices has just 46 calories so go ahead and treat yourself! Have leftover jicama? Make this addictive salad.

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Healthy Homemade Creamy Hummus with Olive Oil and Pita Chips
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Whole Wheat Pita Chips with Hummus

Craving some more crunch in your lunch? Pack a small container of whole-grain pita chips with creamy hummus; add some fresh veggies to make it a light meal. A serving of pita chips has 130 calories and 3 grams of protein.

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.