When the munchies hit, even the most disciplined person can get a little impulsive or lose control. When you feel like you just have to have a snack, it’s all too easy to just reach for a bag of chips or a candy bar and before you know it, it’s gone and you’re regretting it. Or maybe you’re at work and someone brought donuts in. With nothing else within reach, it can be hard to resist. Plus we understand that once you start munching, it can be hard to stop until all the snacks are gone.
That’s why it’s a better idea to skip the processed snacks and make your own. That way, you can choose the quality and quantity of the ingredients. It’s so easy to make your own snacks and we are not talking carrot and celery sticks. Learn How to Make Your Own Healthy Crunchy Snack Foods. Rather than chomping away on copious amounts of fat, oil, sugar and salt, you can make healthy snacks you don’t have to feel bad about eating. Snacks like these Healthy and Vegan Protein-Boosting Snacks You Should be Munching On. It’s also less expensive to make your own snacks. Check out 10 Healthy Vegan Snacks That Cost Less Than $5 to Make. Be prepared at work or wherever you go with these 10 Healthy Vegan Snacks to Keep at Your Desk at Work and 5 Convenient and Healthy Portable, Protein Snacks for Plant-Based Eaters. So the next time you get the munchies, reach for these 25 healthier snacks and feel good about getting your snack on.
1. Homemade Baked Potato Chips
Skip all the grease from the bagged chips and make your own Homemade Baked Potato Chips instead. Choose your own seasonings like onion and garlic or salt and vinegar. Bet you can’t eat just one and that’s ok.
2. Raw Vegan Nacho Cheese Zucchini Chips
Who says chips have to be made out of potatoes? These Raw Zucchini Chips are flavored with a cashew-based nacho cheese. This is a great way to put all that summer zucchini to use.
3. Cherry Nut Bars
Why buy snack bars when you can make these Cherry Nut Bars yourself? Cherry juice and agave create a thick caramel to hold the healthy oats and nuts together in this yummy gluten-free bar.
4. Peanut Butter Mousse Truffles
Put down those chocolate candies with all the ingredients you can’t pronounce. These Peanut Butter Mousse Truffles are light, creamy, peanut butter clouds. And you can pronounce every single ingredient.
5. Lemony Kale Chips
Kale chips are a great alternative to potato chips but before you spend seven dollars on another bag, try making your own. These Lemony Kale Chips are so good, you won’t be able to stop eating them but that’s okay because it’s kale.
6. Egg-Free Cookie Dough (It’s Okay to Lick the Bowl!)
If you think the best part of baking cookies is tasting the dough, you will be ecstatic to know you can do that with this Egg-Free Cookie Dough. It’s sweet, creamy and made with chickpeas for a treat that’s really good for you.
7. Spinach and Sesame Crackers
Put some green in your snacks and make these Spinach and Sesame Crackers. They are absolutely delicious with hummus, guacamole or any dip you like.
8. Matcha Mochi Strawberry Popsicles
Sometimes you want a snack that’s cold, sweet and refreshing. It can be healthy too like these Matcha Mochi Strawberry Popsicles. They’re creamy, lightly sweet and filled with super-healthy matcha so you can feel good about eating them.
9. Italian Herb Onion ‘Cheese’ Crackers
These Italian Herb Onion “Cheese” Crackers are a cheesy, flavorful snack made with an almond cashew cheese. Change them up you’re your favorite herbs and enjoy them alongside a sandwich or on their own.
10. Peanut Butter Caramel Popcorn With Bourbon
What’s movie night without popcorn, right? For a grown-up version, this Peanut Butter Caramel Popcorn with Bourbon is sweet, salty and packs a boozy kick. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill movie snack!
11. Superfood Packed Trail Mix
The crunchy almonds and walnuts in this Superfood Packed Trail Mix are complemented by chewy goji berries, mulberries and golden berries. The raw cacao nibs make this trail mix feel like an indulgent snack.
12. Toasted Chickpeas (Stragalia/Στραγάλια)
Toasted Chickpeas or Stragalia are a delicious, nutritious, totally addictive snack and so simple to make! With coriander and fennel seeds, fresh ground black pepper, sea salt and garlic – this recipe is the perfect combination of traditional Greek spices for a fantastic on-the-go snack.
13. 4 Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Fudge
It doesn’t get any easier than this 4-Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Fudge. It’s chocolatey, peanuty, and chewy from the vegan marshmallows. It’s rich so one piece is all you’ll need.
14. Cheezy BeanBalls
Here’s a healthy treat that’s savory and delicious. These Cheezy BeanBalls are made with chickpeas, herbs and spices for a snack you can just pop in your mouth again and again.
15. Homemade Twinkies With Coconut Whipped Cream Filling
If you’re missing the classic snack cakes, get ready for these Homemade Twinkies. They have a sweet cake with whipped coconut cream filling that will make you forget all about the ones in the store.
16. Low-Fat Vegan Pizza Hummus
Hummus is always a good healthy, protein-filled snack choice. Change up your usual hummus with this Low-Fat Vegan Pizza Hummus. It’s amazing on chips, with veggies or with just a spoon.
17. Cheesy Cauliflower Popcorn
This Cheesy Cauliflower Popcorn is a nutritious alternative to corn. With healthy cauliflower and the immunity-boosting spice, turmeric, this snack tastes great and is great for your body.
18. Oven Roasted Chickpeas
This is a super delicious and simple snack recipe that features one of our absolute favorite ingredients- chickpeas! These Oven-Roasted Chickpeas are made with some tasty spices for a crunchy healthy snack or salad topper.
19. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls
These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls are proof that a snack can be a fuel source and delicious at the same time. These are the perfect snack to reach for after the gym, in the middle of the day or anytime.
20. Vegan Caramel Popcorn
Unlike a lot of recipes for caramel popcorn, this Vegan Caramel Popcorn has no butter or corn syrup. It’s just the right amount of sweet for a snack you can feel good about munching.
21. Salted Date Caramel Crunch Cookies
Cookies don’t have to have tons of sugar to be delicious. These Salted Date Caramel Crunch Cookies have a date caramel covered in chocolate with just a touch of sea salt for a decadent treat.
22. Spicy Kale Chips
Kale chips are all the rage and these Spicy Kale Chips totally rock! Made with sunflower seeds, red bell pepper and spices, this is a delicious raw snack you’ll make again and again.
23. Frozen Pretzel Peanut Butter Bites
These Frozen Pretzel Peanut Butter Bites are the perfect no fuss treat. Although they melt quickly, the eating-to-melting time won’t be a problem because these are going to disappear before your eyes.
24. Chocolate Covered Black Bean Brownie Pops
These Chocolate Covered Brownie Pops are secretly healthy. They’re no-bake, fudgy, creamy and chocolatey. What makes them so healthy? They’re made with black beans but your taste buds will never know.
25. Mexican Spiced, Chocolate Covered Cashews
When you need a little something to satisfy that chocolate craving, reach for these Mexican Spiced Chocolate Covered Cashews. This chocolatey snack is spiced with cinnamon and just a hint of chili powder for depth of flavor without too much heat.
There’s nothing wrong with indulging in some snacks as long as you won’t drown in guilt and remorse afterwards. All of these snacks are as good for your health as they are for your taste buds. It’s a win-win!
Lead image source: Toasted Chickpeas (Stragalia/Στραγάλια)