15 Measured Snacks That Are Healthy and Satisfying

healthy snack ideas

What’s a hungry tummy to do when most vending machines are stocked full of junk food?

With a bit of pre-planning it is possible to replace those snacks with foods that will nourish the body and satisfy.

Here is a visual guide to a selection of healthy snacks – and remember – healthy eating is not just about the number of calories.

Raw Almonds

snack-almonds

  • Serving shown: 20 almonds
  • Calories: 139

Raw Mixed Nuts

mixed-nuts-snack

  • Serving shown: 30g / ~1oz
  • Calories: 178

Dried Fruit

dried-fruit-snack

  • Serving shown: 40g / 1.4oz
  • Calories: 97

Note: Dried fruits are more calorie dense (per weight) than fresh fruit – and are easier to overeat.

Mandarin Oranges

manderine-oranges

  • Serving shown: 180g, 1 medium & 1 small.
  • Calories: 95

Note: Great packaging. Small portions. Seasonal

An Apple

apple a healthy snack

  • Serving shown: 185g / 6.5oz
  • Calories: 96

Banana

banana

  • Serving shown: 1 medium banana – 118g
  • Calories: 105

Note: Nicely prepackaged.

Grapes

grapes

  • Serving shown: 215g / 7.6oz
  • Calories: 148

Canned Tuna

canned-tuna

  • Serving shown: 85g / 3oz
  • Calories: 99

Note: Be wary of tuna in oil – many of the oils are vegetable oils (high in omega-6 rather than omega-3 EFA’s).

Dried Peas

dried-peas

  • Serving shown: 25g / .9oz
  • Calories: 72

Note: Find in bulk bins – often with different seasonings.

Popcorn

popcorn snack

  • Serving shown: 2 cups
  • Calories: 62 (air-popped)
  • Calories: 110 (oil-popped)
  • No condiments added.

Note: Avoid pre-packaged popcorn (often contains trans fat).

Baby Carrots

baby-carrots

  • Serving shown: 170g / 6oz
  • Calories: 60

Note: Convenient – can buy pre-washed and pre-bagged.

Celery & Hummus

celery-hummus

  • Serving shown: 40g / 1.4oz hummus
  • Calories: 108

Note: Save time and buy celery pre-cut and pre-washed. Goes well with many other dips.

Cherry Tomatoes

cherry-tomatoes

  • Serving shown: 150g / 1 Cup
  • Calories: 27

Whole-grain Crispbread with Cottage Cheese

cottage-cheese-crispbread

  • Serving shown: 1 cracker + ~45g (1.5oz) cottage cheese (light)
  • Calories: 70

Note: Aim for crispbreads or crackers that are completely whole grain and have a minimal amount of oil.

Bean Salad

bean-salad-snack

  • 80g / 2.8oz
  • Calories: 90

Functional Fresh Fruit

All fresh fruits are great – however many have a very short season for their freshest version (berries, peaches, nectarines) and others can be a bit too messy if you are at work (grapefruit, oranges, melon).

It’s Not Just About Calories

  • Some snacks may be low in calories, but lack in other essential nutrients.
  • Some snacks do nothing to satisfy the appetite.
  • Some snacks are full of empty calories.

What’s the point in saving 20 calories just to be gnawingly hungry 15 minutes later? No vending machine will be safe from you if you  don’t choose your snacks wisely. Quality is much better than quantity when snacking is concerned.

Not Everyone Needs to Snack

For some people – three square meals works fine. So, don’t snack unless you really need to.

But, snacking is a great way to maintain even energy levels and manage hunger and prevent binge eating.

Snacking is also habit forming. Switch out bad food choices for good ones – and before you know it – your 3 daily pilgrimages to the vending machine or coffee shop will be a thing of the past.

What are your favorite satisfying healthy snacks?

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NOTE: All items were carefully weighed and measured. Calorie amounts came from the USDA nutrient database or from labels.

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