If you’re anything like me, you get so engrossed in your painting that you often neglect basic necessities–like eating. When I do finally realize I need to eat, it’s easy to go for the chips, but it’s important to keep some healthy snacks too so we can keep on creating for a long time! I love these ideas from Real Simple Magazine for good-for-you and tasty snacks:
Roast Beef and Horseradish Cream on Pear
Mix together 1 tablespoon low-fat sour cream and 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish. Dividing evenly, top ½ sliced pear with 3 slices deli roast beef, the horseradish cream, and fresh herbs (such as chervil, parsley, or tarragon).
149 calories | 3 g fiber | 15 g protein | 4 g fat
Beet Chips With Curried Yogurt
Mix together 2 tablespoons plain low-fat Greek yogurt and ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon curry powder. Serve with 1 cup beet chips.
180 calories | 5 g fiber | 6 g protein | 11 g fat
Crackers With Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread and Banana
Dividing evenly, spread 2 crisp bread crackers with 1 tablespoon chocolate-hazelnut spread. Top with 1 sliced small banana.
214 calories | 6 g fiber | 4 g protein | 7 g fat
Ham and Jicama Wraps
Dividing evenly, wrap 6 jicama or celery sticks with 3 slices ham. Serve with 1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard for dipping.
74 calories | 2 g fiber | 8 g protein | 2 g fat
Banana, Kale, and Almond Milk Smoothie
In a blender, puree 1 medium banana, 1 cup chopped kale, and 1 cup almond milk until smooth.
201 calories | 5 g fiber | 5 g protein | 4 g fat
Minty Pea Dip With Pretzel Chips
Mash ½ cup frozen peas with 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint and 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice. Serve with 15 pretzel chips.
209 calories | 5 g fiber | 8 g protein | 0 g fat
Tropical Yogurt Parfait
Top ½ cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt with 1 cut-up kiwi and ¼ cup cut-up mango. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon chopped unsalted roasted cashews.
204 calories | 3 g fiber | 12 g protein | 7 g fat
Bagel With Ricotta and Strawberries
Spread ½ toasted whole-grain “flat” bagel with 2 tablespoons fresh ricotta. Top with ⅓ cup sliced strawberries. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar.
148 calories | 4 g fiber | 7 g protein | 5 g fat
Lemony Avocado With Endive Dippers
Mash ⅓ chopped avocado with 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice and a pinch of kosher salt. Serve with endive leaves.
143 calories | 12 g fiber | 4g protein | 9 g fat
Rice Cake With Peanut Butter, Coconut, and Dried Cherries
Spread 1 rice cake with 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons toasted unsweetened shredded coconut and 2 teaspoons dried cherries.
177 calories | 2 g fiber | 5 g protein | 11 g fat
Cherry Tomatoes With Goat Cheese
Dividing evenly, top 5 halved large cherry tomatoes with 2 tablespoons fresh goat cheese. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons chopped herbs (such as chives, basil, or parsley).
98 calories | 1 g fiber | 6 g protein | 7 g fat
Frozen Yogurt With Blueberries and Cardamom
Top ½ cup vanilla frozen yogurt with ½ cup blueberries and a pinch of cardamom.
182 calories | 2 g fiber | 4 g protein | 5 g fat
Toss 4 cups popped popcorn with ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil and ½ teaspoon sesame seeds.
152 calories | 5 g fiber | 4 g protein | 4 g fat
Celery Sticks With Hummus and Olives
Dividing evenly, top 3 celery sticks with 3 tablespoons hummus and 3 sliced kalamata olives.
129 calories | 5 g fiber | 5 g protein | 8 g fat
Sweet Potato Fries With Chipotle Yogurt
Cook 14 frozen sweet potato fries according to the package directions. Mix together 2 tablespoons plain low-fat yogurt and ½ teaspoon chipotles in adobo sauce and serve for dipping.
208 calories | 3 g fiber | 3 g protein | 10 g fat
Mango and Raspberry Smoothie
In a blender, puree ½ cup coconut water, ½ cup frozen mango, ½ cup frozen raspberries, 2 ounces tofu, and 1 teaspoon agave nectar until smooth.
173 calories | 7 g fiber | 6 g protein | 2 g fat
Whole-Grain Bread With Almond Butter and Peaches
Spread 2 teaspoons almond butter on 1 slice toasted whole-grain bread. Top with ½ sliced peach.
135 calories | 3 g fiber | 6 g protein | 7 g fat
What’s your go-to healthy snack? Share it with us in the comments below!