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Healthy Snacks for Various Diets & Lifestyles

Updated: Aug 21, 2019

Healthy snacking can be a great way of keeping your energy levels up and your blood sugar levels even. Rather than winging it and falling into the pitfall of the 3pm vending machine rush, it’s a good idea to plan to keep healthy snacks around. If you are following a certain diet the best snacks can vary a bit, but all should include healthful veggies, nuts, and seeds.

A high protein snack can give you an energizing boost!

If you are vegetarian or vegan, a quick high protein snack can give you an energizing boost. Here are some of my favorites.

If you are vegetarian or vegan, a quick high protein snack can give you an energizing boost. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Guacamole (satiating healthy fats) and veggies (loads of fiber) like cucumbers, red/yellow bell pepper and celery

  • A plant-based protein shake with berries, such as the BCRX Chocolate Vegan Protein Powder

  • Homemade trail mix with raisins (sweetness), pumpkins seeds (provide a boost of zinc), walnuts (great brain foods and omega 3 fatty acids)

For diabetics or prediabetics, keeping sugar intake low is important, so balancing fruit with healthy proteins can help slow the absorption of sugars. Here are a few easy snacks for those needing to watch blood sugar levels:

  • Sliced apple or celery with almond or peanut butter (fiber, antioxidants and protein)

  • Small bowl of berries with nuts (provides loads of antioxidants and protein)

  • No salt or lightly salted edamame (high in protein and low in carbs)

Gluten free diets can someti Want to add a caption to this image? Click the Settings icon. mes be challenging, but when it comes to snacking there are loads of healthy options.

  • Air popped corn lightly salted or with nutritional yeast (low calorie satisfying snack)

  • Non-dairy yogurts (i.e. coconut milk or almond based yogurts) with berries (high in antioxidants)

  • A sweet and savory snack of roasted chickpeas with raisins (fiber and protein

For those following a paleo diet, keeping it natural and simple is a top priority. Here a few whole food snack options that fit the bill:

  • Fruit and nut bars such as Lara bars with just a few ingredients or whole fruit (fiber and antioxidants)

  • Seaweed snacks are tasty and salty replacement for potato chips (loaded with iodine and trace minerals)

  • Seed and berry trail mix of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and gogi berries (loaded with protein and antioxidants

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So glad to have found your blog and really hoping we can order from your new place in ABQ. Is there any chance you'll have some wfpb sos items?? (Whole foods plant-based no added salt, oil, or sugar). fingers crossed. thanks

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