Food Tips

3 Delicious (and Healthy!) Snacks to Cut Cravings

Hungry? Make one of these easy and delicious recipes and you’ll be good to go.

By Madeline Buxton

The best way to prevent a craving for something sweet (read: midmorning oatmeal cookie) from derailing your day? Plan ahead with go-to healthy snacks.

These recipes from the new book Always Hungry? are each packed with protein, healthy fats, and slow-acting carbs, meaning they won’t spike your blood sugar and leave you stuck in a never-ending cycle of wanting more. You’ll feel satisfied and stay full longer. Healthy snacks that are packed with flavor? We’re in.

Herb-Roasted Chickpeas*

A savory snack that feels like a meal, these chickpeas have lots of satisfying protein, made all the more luscious with extra-virgin olive oil and Parmesan.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep time: 2 minutes
Total time: 22 minutes

Ingredients
1 3/4 cups (one 15-ounce can) cooked garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and well rinsed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano or dried Italian herb mix
1 dash of salt
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Toss chickpeas, oil, oregano, and salt in a bowl.

3. Transfer chickpeas to a baking dish or spread on a baking sheet.

4. Roast, shaking the pan occasionally, until chickpeas turn golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. They should be soft on the inside and a bit crispy on the outside. Toss with Parmesan immediately after removing from oven.

5. Let cool and serve immediately, or store in a jar in the refrigerator.

Nutritional facts: 150 calories, 8g protein, 15g carbohydrate, 7g total fat, 5g fiber

Spicy Pumpkin Seeds*

Crunchy, spicy, and salty—what more could you want in a tasty on-the-go snack? If you like spice, you can make these as hot as you’d like. But if you’re not a fan of the heat, be careful with the cayenne!

Makes: 4 servings (1 cup)
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

1 cup hulled pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon chili powder, or to taste
Cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Take care to distribute the spices evenly, and arrange the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet.

3. Toast in the oven until the seeds begin to brown and puff up, about 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool, and enjoy. To store, transfer to a wide-mouthed mason jar with a tight-fitting lid or another airtight container.

Variations

  • Add or substitute curry powder.
  • Add or substitute dried herbs.

Nutritional facts: 192 calories, 10g protein, 4g carbohydrate, 17g total fat, 2g fiber

Trail Mix*

Trail mix can be expensive, but turns out it’s actually quite easy to make at home—and you don’t have to contend with any mystery additives or flavorings. Pack some for the office, car, or anywhere you might need a quick snack between meals. With a healthy mix of macros (fats, carbs, and protein), trail mix fits in perfectly with at balanced diet.

Makes 8 servings (about 2 cups)
Prep time: 2 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes

Ingredients
1 teaspoon neutral-tasting oil, such as high-oleic safflower or avocado oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups nuts, such as walnuts, pecans, cashews, or peanuts
1/4 cup brown sesame seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Mix oil, salt, nuts, and seeds in a bowl. Spread nuts on a large baking sheet and toast in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven, stir in coconut, and let cool.

Nutritional facts: 225 calories, 5g protein, 7g carbohydrate, 21g total fat, 3g fiber

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