How to Make Healthy Snacks at Home

Nutrition experts often recommend eating small amounts of protein-packed food throughout the day, as opposed to having three large meals with nothing in between but a grumbling belly. Eating healthy snacks will keep your stomach full, your brain active, and your body healthy.

Store bought snacks are often advertised as low-fat, healthy, or diet, but upon reading the fine print you find that is not the case. Purchasing pre-packaged snacks can also add up on the grocery bill, so why not learn how to make healthy snacks at home. What are some healthy snacks to lose weight? Read on to find out some good, healthy snacks that are easy and fast to prepare.

Trail Mix

Combine 1/2 tablespoon of honey with 1/4 cup of quick-cooking oats. Drop into dime-sized clusters on a baking sheet and bake at 275 degrees for 5 minutes. Cool, then toss the oat mixture with a tablespoon each of sliced almonds, dried cherries, dark chocolate chips, and soy nuts. Store in a sealed container.

Apple Slices

Slice a medium-size apple and top with a slice of low-fat cheese, or a teaspoon of peanut butter or almond butter.

Popcorn

Prepare one bag of light microwave popcorn. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over the top and mix. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning and 1 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese. Toss to mix well. Store in an airtight container up to 2 days. Makes 3 servings.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Bananas and strawberries are both potassium rich, helping the body maintain normal water balance. Blend 1 banana, 5 strawberries, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 cup skim milk until smooth. Nutritional Value Per Serving: 262 calories, 5.5 g total fat, 20 mg cholesterol.

Hummus Dip

Hummus is a great source of protein, and the added vegetables provide fiber, and vitamins and nutrients. Combine 1-15 ounce can garbanzo beans, drained (reserve liquid), 2 ounces fresh, sliced jalapeno pepper, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 3 cloves minced garlic, and 1 tablespoon reserved bean liquid in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. Nutritional Value: 3 calories, 0 g fat, 0 cholesterol. Dip veggies such as carrots, peppers or celery into 1/4 cup hummus.