Updated by Christopher Phan, high school writer, June 2012
Reviewed by Nancy L. Brown, Ph.D.
Healthy Snack Ideas
Healthy snacks between meals are a great way to stay energized, and they keep your brain and body healthy and functioning. Whether it is before dinner, after practice or between classes, there are many unhealthy snack options that seem convenient and tasty. But before giving in to the temptations of grease and artificial flavoring, check out these healthy snack ideas as tasty alternatives.
|Fruits and Vegetables|
Vegetables and fruits are full of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals that help your body function at its best. Dieticians recommend five to nine servings a day.
Whole grains are a great source of carbohydrates as well as fiber, which gives you lasting energy. Dieticians recommend three to five servings daily.
Dairy products and protein provide omega three fatty acids, calcium, and iron which help build and repair bones, muscles, and brain tissue. Aim for three servings daily.
For variety, try the following healthy snack ideas:
- Tomato soup
- Banana + peanut butter
- Celery sticks + peanut butter + raisins
- Air-popped popcorn + herb seasoning
- Vegetable omelet
- Whole grain crackers and salsa
- Whole grain cereal and milk