How to Indulge in Smart Snacking (Plus, Healthy Snack Ideas)

tips for healthy snacking

Did you know that snacking can be a part of a healthy diet, as long as you make healthy changes and don’t overdo it?

I don’t know about you, but I find that I often need a boost in energy and something to tie me over in between meals, especially between lunch and dinner. Otherwise, I become hangry.

You know what I’m talking about, right? That feeling when you are so ravenously hungry that you can’t think straight, are weak in the knees, and are a ticking time bomb of anger and frustration if you don’t get food in your system ASAP.

Fortunately, I’ve been able to keep my “hangry” side in check since scheduling out my meals and snacks for the day and making sure that I always have something on hand in case of an emergency.

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As a result, I’ve become pretty predictable in terms of my eating habits, but I’m okay with that. I feel like I am constantly eating, but because I make lighter, energy-efficient snacking choices, I rarely get to the point of feeling ravenously hungry. Instead, I mostly feel satisfied and not overly full for the majority of the day.

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The key takeaway here is to not wait for your body to scream at you when it is depleted of energy, but to first, learn your body and its needs, and then continually supply it with energy through smart food choices so that you can perform at your best all day long.

My top three tips for smart snacking


Buying in bulk can be a great way to save money at the grocery store, but can be a challenge when trying to keep portion control in check. To help prevent over-snacking, package foods in individual portion sizes to have on hand that is easily accessible throughout the day.

Always have a backup.

I often keep some type of bar, snack pack of almonds, or homemade trail mix in my purse and desk in case I get stuck running errands or working on a project longer than expected and need a little energy boost.

Out of sight, out of mind.

Keep foods off of your countertops. It may look pretty in the kitchen to have chocolate covered almonds or banana chips in ornate jars, but having foods out in the open can lead to mindless grazing, which adds unaccounted for calories to your diet. Next thing you know, your muffin top just got a little cushier because of the extra handfuls of foods grabbed throughout the day as you pass by the container. You can’t say I didn’t warn you!

Here are some of my favorite snacks to have on hand:

How do you keep from mindlessly snacking? What are your favorite snacks?

-Carly Paige

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  1. I guess I can put "roasted chickpeas" in pretty glass containers instead of chocolate (and it is dark chocolate!) covered almonds! I may not sneak those as much.

  2. Lately I am all about a apple and a packet of nut butter and I am a happy gal! Great post as always! XOXO

    1. Thanks, Katie! Apple and pb has been my jam the past few years, but I’m needing to switch it up every now and then!

  3. Apple and nutbutter wiht a sprinkle of cinnamon is a long time go to for snacking. Also, homemade granola with all my favorite ingredients. I need a snack now 🙂

    Have a wonderful day Carly!

    1. Yes! I usually melt the peanut butter with a sprinkle of cinnamon to dip my apple slices in. Yummmm. Now I want some! 😉

  4. Good tips, I want to get some Ziploc snack bags and pre pack snacks for the week to grab and go with. I love a sliced apple with a side of peanut butter to dip it in. Roasted veggies with Dijon mustard and Tapatio hot sauce is also a favorite but I haven’t roasted up a batch of veggies in a while, perhaps it is time.

  5. Thanks for your suggestions! I find it hard to find healthy snacks and usually turn to veggie straws, hummus and pits chips (the chips aren’t healthy…) or just fruit. I’d like to try the Energy Bites – thanks!

  6. A handful of nuts can be good for longevity so I try to snack on them or a piece of fruit to boost my five a day. However, I’ll definitely be trying the avocado toast!

    1. I love avocado toast when I’m feeling a little hungrier than usual around snack time. Nuts and dried apricots are my go to right now 🙂

    1. Sometimes, that’s the only thing that works – I agree! Especially when I’m in a huge snacking rampage 😉

    1. Thanks Heather! I find that snacks can be the hardest thing to figure out when it’s part of a healthy lifestyle!

    1. Thanks, Jess! Hopefully these tips will help you out a little in the snack department 🙂 Have a great week!

    1. You’re welcome, Carrie! Almonds are a favorite for me too. Trader Joe’s has some that are roasted and lightly salted… holy yum!

    1. That’s great to hear, Heather! Good luck on your journey to healthier living. Be sure to check back for more tips!

  7. Sounds like I’d feel right at home in your kitchen 😉 I lived off nut butter and apples in college, and now Larabars and avocados are some of my favorite snacks as well. As a nursing momma I have to snack way more than usual right now to stave off the ‘hangry’…

  8. Hi Carly from Carlyn 🙂 I love this post and wanted to thank you for sharing. I am on a journey to lose 50 pounds and snacking has been what I miss most – I can’t wait to try a few of theres – in moderation 🙂

    With a smile from Tampa 🙂

    1. Wow! Congrats on your weight loss goal, Carlyn… you can do it! When I’m working towards a goal, it helps me to remind myself of why I set it in the first place to help keep me on track. Hope this post was helpful for you!