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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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