15 Measured Snacks That Are Healthy and Satisfying

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

healthy snack ideas

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


  • Serving shown: 20 almonds
  • Calories: 139

Raw Mixed Nuts


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

Dried Fruit


  • 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


  • 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



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

Note: Nicely prepackaged.



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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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


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

Whole-grain Crispbread with Cottage Cheese


  • 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


  • 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.


  • showard

    Thanks for the suggestions for some healthy snacks. I was wondering if the flavored hummus would make any difference. Just thinking that it could be cool, crunchy and spicy all together!! Think I will try it. Also never thought of cherry tomatoes as a snack until my 2year old grandson started asking for “matoes please”. Maybe hummus would be good in those too.

    • http://energyfiend.com/ JamesF

      Yeah why not go with flavored hummus. Not sure about hummus + tomatoes though… a matter of taste I guess.

      • showard

        I tried it last night as an appetizer for a cocktail party. I used sundried tomato hummus. It was awesome!

        • http://energyfiend.com/ JamesF

          Hummus with a bit of lemon juice is nice too.

          • showard

            Does the lemon juice make it sour? Did you use plain hummus?

          • http://energyfiend.com/ JamesF

            Hummus is normally made with lemon juice to give it a little acidity – I just like it with bit more.

    • http://www.energyfiend.com/ Ted

      Just make sure you check the labels of “Flavored Hummus” Some brands will add sugar and other not so diet friendly ingredients. Try to find brands that use olive oil and not oils like soybean or other high omega 6 oils.