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44 healthy snacks you'll love

15th May 2017 by Jess

Always on the lookout for quick and easy healthy snacks? You’ve come to the right place! Our nutritionist Jess rounds up her favourite tasty nutritious snack ideas from the graze kitchen and her own recipe blog.

how to look for healthy snacks

When looking for healthy snacks, always make sure you read the ingredients on the label. In the graze kitchen our mission is to keep ingredients as simple and as close to nature as possible, as these tend to be the most nutrient dense. Another section of the label to watch for is the nutrition information - look for snacks with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fats.

Our nutritionist has chosen this selection of snacks for their balance of wholesome ingredients and mouth watering flavours - the perfect pick-me-up between meals. Whether you’re stocking your kitchen fridge, desk drawer or backpack, always be prepared for when hunger strikes with this collection of easy healthy snacks.

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The most satisfying and efficient snacks have a balance of protein, great fats and fibre. These three combined will carry you through to your next meal nicely, so aim for nuts, seeds, chickpeas, dips & fresh veg.

Jess, graze nutritionist
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Pistachio & coconut protein balls

Looking for a more exciting way to add more protein into your diet? Here’s all you’ll need to make these tasty pistachio & coconut protein balls…

You can pop these protein balls in your lunch box for an on-the-go boost, an afternoon pick-me-up or a snack before or after your gym session. Or alternatively blend with frozen banana and your choice of milk for a protein packed smoothie!

Jess, graze nutritionist

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Strawberries & cream yoghurt parfait

Recharge your immunity system by getting a good dose of vitamin C, with this immunity charger yoghurt parfait with strawberries & cream granola topper.

This yoghurt parfait, packed with protein and full of vitamins and minerals, will help increase your body’s troops (a.k.a your white blood cells) to tackle infection and stress!

Jess, graze nutritionist

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Raw chocolate avocado mousse

Banana and avocado lend a rich and creamy texture and the raw cacao gives this pud that typical indulgent chocolate mousse hit that we know and love.

I know you’re probably raising a serious eyebrow right now, but trust me on this one – this raw mousse is seriously amazing and gives you the same ‘I’m spoiling myself’ feeling as the shop bought kind, but with so many benefits.

Jess, graze nutritionist

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Pop-it-yourself popcorn

Have you tried our famous pop-it-yourself popcorn? Naturally high in fibre, and a source of vitamin E, it’s simply a-maize-ing! (We just couldn’t resist a corny pun).

With three delicious flavours to enjoy (all less than 150 calories), it's the perfect healthy snack whether you're at your desk or in front of the TV.

All you need to do is tear off the wrapper, make a dash for your nearest microwave and enjoy a whole new kind of pop culture.

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Toffee apple mug cake

Not only is this really sticky and gooey and delicious, it also sneaks in 15g protein!

Try mixing in the apple pieces into the mug cake before you cook it. You could also make it more decadent by adding some white chocolate chips!

Ashleigh, graze ambassador

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Chocolate orange truffles

Gluten-free, vegan and no refined sugars - these chocolate orange truffles are pretty super, especially when you consider the fact that they're made with super cacao and baobab!

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Banana avocado choccy pud

We can’t get enough of this healthy chocolate avocado pudding recipe by grazer and blogger Christine Bono!

This seriously delicious (yet simple!) recipe is perfect for when you want to treat your taste buds to a chocolatey snack - whilst also treating your body to vitamins and fibre.

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Vegetable crisps

Vegetable crisps have the health advantage over potato crisps because they can be dried rather than fried, creating a naturally delicious wholesome snack with many more vitamins and nutrients than fried potato crisps.

Whether or not vegetable crisps are healthier than potato crisps depends on the veg in question. Potatoes are typically not as nutrient-rich compared to beetroot, parsnip and carrots, all three of which make for nourishing and delicious vegetable crisps.

Jess, graze nutritionist

The bottom line is, switching fried potato crisps for dried vegetable crisps, you’re giving your body more vitamins and minerals without all the added oils and salt, but still getting that delicious savoury crunch.

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PB&J chia pudding

Try a healthy twist on an American classic with this delectable PB&J chia seed pudding.

Layered chia seed pudding with peanut butter and fresh raspberries creates a healthy version of a PB&J sandwich that tastes like dessert and gives you all the vitamins of fresh fruit, minerals of chia seeds and protein of peanut butter. YUM!

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Nearly-naked banana split

Bananas are a great snack, low in fat and cholesterol, high in vitamin B16, containing manganese, vitamin C, potassium and fibre. They’re perfect to fight off hunger pangs at any time of day. Combine them with a source of protein and you’ve got stellar workout fuel.

Late night banana split snacking made even more yummy with strawberry & cream protein topper and strawberry & rhubarb yogurt - the best way to end the weekend!!

Christine, guest blogger

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Green tea energy balls

These little green energy bites have had entire rooms full of people talking, so much so, that I got asked back twice to do a nutrition talk to a company in the City, on the condition that I brought these along with me again! Of course, my answer was yes!

I have just further improved the recipe to reduce the natural sugar and up the goodness but don’t worry, no taste has been sacrificed!

Jess, graze nutritionist

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Raw nut mixes

Nuts about nuts? Us too! They’re a great source of natural fats, and of protein which helps the maintenance and growth of healthy bones and muscle.

Nuts and seeds contain complex omega fats and vital nutrients, which tend to be tricky to get in the modern diet. Our taste experts love using nuts and seeds in their snack creations, because they bring so much goodness to the table and taste amazing too.

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Vegan ice cream sundaes

Make the most of the warmer weather with these deceptively indulgent vegan ice cream sundaes.

Not only will you smash your vitamin intake out of the park, you’ll also get a protein boost from our granola toppers!

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Golden berry acai chia pudding

Just one tablespoon of these super seeds is an immediate nutritional boost, providing you with 4g of fibre, 3g of protein and more than a third of your recommended daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids.

Chia seeds are also source of selenium, an essential mineral which contributes to the normal function of the immune system, and phosphorus which is needed for healthy bones and teeth.

Jess, graze nutritionist

This chia pudding is so quick and easy anyone can throw it together. And with our new favourite super fruit - golden berries - mixed with the tropical flavours of coconut and pineapple, you’re in for an absolute treat.

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Frozen protein granola bites

These little frozen bites are a delicious source of protein, perfect for breakfast, dessert or as a snack.

The protein comes from the greek yoghurt and the graze protein granola - choose whatever flavour you like and pair with fruit.

All you need are some fairy cake cases and a freezer!

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Edamame beans

Edamame are young soybeans picked from their pods. They make a fresh-tasting crunchy snack and a perfect alternative to crisps.

The fibrous beans also contain plant protein and manganese in abundance, along with vitamin K and folate.

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Homemade cacao energy bars

It’s super easy to just make your own energy bars at home!

Just follow this simple recipe from guest blogger Karen to make these deliciously chewy energy bars with all natural ingredients.

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Chocolate strawberry flapjack

The only things you need for this recipe are a microwave and fridge. Crunchy nuts and seeds come together with gooey dried strawberries to form a bar or bitesized portions (depending on how you cut it!) with a sweet tropical flavour.

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Coconut & pineapple protein truffles

One of our nutritionist’s favourite snacks is protein truffles! There are so many different flavours and ingredient combinations you can use, making the the perfect adaptable recipe for making some bite sized pick-me-ups.

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Jerky

Our beef jerky dipper is only 82 calories and our pork jerky dipper is just 78 calories! Both are low in saturated fat and are sources of protein, which our bones and muscles need in order to repair and grow to keep up with the demands of the day.

The dip & dipper jerky pack makes it perfect to keep in your bag, so you can enjoy it with your lunch, before or after a workout or as a healthy snack leading up to dinner.

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Strawberries & cream pops

These froyo pops only have 2 ingredients and all you need is a mould (even a graze punnet will do!) and a freezer.

They’re light, delicious, and packed with protein! You can even play around with different toppings!

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Raw cherry cheesecakes

Get a load of these raw sour cherry cheesecakes with a pecan base! They’re low sugar yet still deliciously sweet - especially with the tang of dried sour cherries, and the pecan crust adds a new nutty dimension to the usual cheesecake crust.

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Healthy rocky road bites

What you’ve got here is a healthier chocolate cake on the bottom layer, packed full of linseeds which are a great source of fibre. Then there’s crunchy nuts coated in dark chocolate, topped off with dried fruit. It’s a great healthier alternative to an indulgent classic!

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Dried fruit mixes

Can’t face another banana? Get your fruity fix with our sweet dried fruit mixes, made with fruit puree and all natural fruit juices.

Our taste experts have combined them with chocolate, nuts and even dippers in graze’s signature lip-smacking combinations – the perfect little fruity boost.

Look out for our nutritionist badges that show which of our dried fruit snacks are a source of fibre.

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Matcha peach smoothie

Smoothies are a delicious easy way of getting more fruit & veg into your daily routine.

They make you feel great and keep you full all morning long. If you’re new to smoothies I know this is a common worry and people think they won’t keep you full – but if you make them the right way, trust me they will do.

Jess, graze nutritionist

There’s always another ingredient switch to make your smoothie different from one day to the next - they never get boring! Turn your smoothies bright green and do your metabolism some good by adding matcha powder!

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Triple nut & raw cacao energy bites

These protein bites are a great source of fibre owing to the three different kinds of nuts involved (cashews, pecans and hazelnuts) and they’re also a fabulous source of whole, unprocessed fats.

So, whilst they’re calorific, they donate lots of anti-inflammatory goodness to your body as well as a whole host of vitamins, minerals and amino acids… just don’t eat all of them at once!

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Cacao nib cookies

Because cacao nibs are natural and unrefined, they’re packed full of fibre and a natural source of iron, which helps reduce tiredness and fatigue. What a delicious way to get a superboost in your diet!

Our taste expert Holly couldn’t wait to start experimenting, and came up with these gluten-free almond & cacao nib cookies!

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Peanut butter dips

Peanut butter disp are one of my favourite snacks - super simple and so delicious! Plus it has the perfect balance of protein and heart healthy fats. I love dipping celery sticks into smooth peanut butter, but you can also try apple batons or just spread it onto toast.

Jess, graze nutritionist

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Raw cacao milkshakes

The simplest way to use cacao powder is by replacing cocoa powder in recipes, bakes and smoothies.

Demonstrated by our nutritionist Jess, swapping cocoa for cacao in her chocolate milkshake recipe will pack this treaty snack full of nutritional benefits!

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Beetroot goats cheese bites

Our beetroot crisps are unlike any savoury snack we’ve ever created. We love them because of their punchy colour and delicious natural sweetness.

Our taste expert Grace got creative in the kitchen and came up with this delicious goat’s cheese almond mixture to spread over them, turning this into a super sophisticated snack.

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Cinnamon & coconut popcorn

If you haven’t made popcorn yourself, from scratch, it’s the simplest thing to do in the universe. All you need is a deep pan, with a lid, though you can use tin foil if you don’t have a lid, some corn kernels, coconut oil and whatever flavour you’d like to add!

I used cinnamon this time round but I’ve used himalayan, nutmeg, ginger and himalayan salt this week and experimented with stevia for a more sweet popcorn.

Jess, graze nutritionist

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dried broad beans

If you're craving some crisps, reach instead for these super crunchy alternatives. They're a source of protein and fibre, and best of all is they taste just as good as fried potato crisps.

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Cherry chia pudding

Never know what to do with chia seeds? This is your answer. This chia pudding is so quick and easy anyone can throw it together. And you can use any flavour you want – just swap out the cherries!

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Coconut & chilli corn on the cob

This is such a ridiculously simple but totally delicious snack that takes all of 5 minutes to enjoy and involves just five simple ingredients, two of which are salt and pepper!

Corn on the cob provides one of the best sourcess of fibre for healthy digestion and has anti-inflammatory powers, like most plant foods do! It is also packed with vitamin C.

The addition of coconut oil, as well as adding to the flavour profile of the snack, also contributes healthy fats to the dish which helps to slow the release of sugars naturally contained in the corn into the blood stream meaning it’ll do your energy levels a huge favour for longer afterwards!

Jess, graze nutritionist

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Vegan pumpkin brownies

Our taste expert Bobby shows us how to make these delicious and healthy pumpkin brownies, made with beetroot, dates and maple syrup, and no refined sugars! With the rich cacao sauce drizzled on top, we can guarantee these gooey goodies will go down a treat!

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pistachios

Raw pistachio kernels not only taste great, they're also a source of vitamins B1 and B6. This helps to keep your heart healthy and aid the formation of red blood cells. Each serving is less than 150 calories, making them a great healthy pick-me-up whenever you might need it.

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Cacao mug cakes

This recipe is so easy to make and only takes 2 minutes to cook. Plus it tastes exactly like a chocolate cake, but with absolutely no dairy, no gluten and no refined sugar!

Top these delicious mug cakes with one of taste expert Holly's recipes - banoffee, blueberry crumble, or raspberry.

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Mulled spice pecans

Pecans are a delicious source of healthy fats and fibre, as well as manganese which helps protect your cells against oxidative stress. This recipe may seem festive, but the delicious honey sweetness combined with the warming cinnamon spices is a healthy treat any time of year!

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Vegan chocolate cookies

Be ready for chocolate cravings with these delicious double chocolate cookies made with cacao and dipped in apple crisps!

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pumpkin seeds

These seeds are such a great way of upping your protein intake, which helps your body maintain healthy bones and muscles. They're also high in zinc which which helps protect your cells from oxidative stress, and a source of iron which helps reduce fatigue.

A good source of fibre, rich in multiple vitamins and minerals as well as 9g of protein in a 30g serving, these green seeds are bound to boost your routine.

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Sugar-free ginger brownies

These Sugar Free Ginger Cacao Brownies are a chocolate lover’s dream! Naturally sweetened & made with whole food ingredients, these brownies make the perfect healthy treat.

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Loaded sweet potato toasts

If you’re feeling sluggish, and like your body just needs a vibrant boost, you could be crying out for some new healthy habits. Start eating more fruit & veg with these sweet potato toasts!

Sweet or savoury - you can top these toasts with whatever you're craving. Our favourite combo is nut butter drizzle with crushed walnuts, cranberries and coconut.

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sweet & sour almonds

One of our favourite healthy snacks - if you easily succumb to the temptation of nibbling, you’d may as well pick at something full of protein, healthy fats and vitamins.

The vitamin E hero, almonds contain more of this mineral than any other nut. This essential vitamin protects the cells in your body from stress and damage. Almonds are a great source of protein, healthy fat, fibre and magnesium. They have also been known to reduce hunger, promote weight loss, lower sugar levels and reduce blood pressure.

There are many ways of seasoning and roasting almonds, but this one is our favourite!

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protein top-ups

Be ready for busy days with our original three seed and cocoa & vanilla protein top-ups. Made with rustic rolled oats and packed with nutrient-rich seeds, they're the tastiest way to get more protein when you're out and about.

Pop one in your bag and have a tasty source of protein on hand, no shake required.

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By Jess, graze nutritionist.

Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to Jess's blog at jessipes.co.uk for even more.

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