Looking for simple snack ideas? I’ve rounded up 25+ healthy snack meal prep ideas that are quick and easy to prepare ahead of time! Just in time for your New Year’s healthy eating resolutions!
(This post is written by Cheerful Choices contributors, Corrin Coons and Sydney Coons.)
Why should you prepare snacks ahead of time?
When you’re short on time and tired after a long day, it’s easy to reach for processed, less nourishing snack foods like chips, candy, and baked goods. Balance in your diet is important, so it’s okay to have these snacks every once in a while. However, it can be helpful to have healthier options available when you want them.
Preparing healthy and satisfying snacks at home is a great way to make sure you always have a healthy option on hand during your busy schedule. It can be helpful to plan out a set day to meal prep these snacks so you are ready for the week ahead of you. It’s also best to prepare a couple different snacks so you don’t get bored and can enjoy a variety of foods.
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What makes up a healthy snack for meal prep?
Whether you need a snack to get you through a mid-morning slump or to provide you with energy to finish your day off strong, aim for something that has a combo of these 3 nutrients:
Examples of “fiber-rich carbs” include rolled oats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. While carbs are a great energy source, it’s helpful to pair them with a source of protein and healthy fat to slow their digestion and avoid an energy crash shortly after eating. This could be apples with almond butter, broccoli with hummus, or almonds with cheese cubes.
It can be difficult to come up with good snack options, so I’ve rounded up some of my favorites. Here are the best snack meal prep ideas (both sweet and savory!) to help you stay energized throughout the day.
These healthy snacks for meal prep are created and approved by registered dietitians so you can be sure they’re satisfying and full of nutrients to help power you through your day!
Muffins aren’t just for dessert, try making a large batch to use as snacks throughout the week. This recipe is naturally sweetened with bananas and provides a great blend of protein, carbs, and healthy fats.
This dip is the perfect way to sneak in some extra veggies at snack time! The protein from the hummus combined with the healthy fats from the olives make this a great snack that will keep you satisfied and energized.
With only 3 ingredients, this chocolate strawberry chia pudding is a quick and convenient snack that can be taken on the go! This pudding is packed with fiber from the chia seeds and protein from the chocolate milk.
These cookies are higher in protein than your typical oatmeal cookie due to the chia seeds, flax seeds, and peanut butter. This makes them the perfect protein-filled, satisfying snack that will add energy to your day!
Protein balls make the perfect snack for anyone craving something sweet and satisfying! We love this recipe because it’s packed with flavor from the chocolate chips and cherries while providing tons of fiber and protein to keep you energized throughout the day.
Coated with teriyaki sauce and topped with sesame seeds, this recipe takes snap peas to the next level. Plus, they’re super easy to make and are a great low calorie snack that’s full of flavor and nutrients.
Cookie dough bites are a nutrient dense snack that will keep you energized until your next meal. This recipe is easy to make and provides alternatives to each ingredient so you can make them however you like!
If you don’t eat black eyed peas that often, try something new with this black eyed pea dip. Fiber filled-black eyed peas are combined with avocado and plenty of flavorful ingredients to make both your stomach and your taste buds happy!
This recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and crunchy. The quinoa provides a satisfying crunch and packs in some added protein and nutrients. Eat on its own as a snack or mix into a yogurt parfait.
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Bio: Corrin and Sydney are both Registered-Dietitians-to-be from Westminster, Colorado who are passionate about helping others through food and nutrition. They are both currently Food Science and Human Nutrition majors at Colorado State University looking to graduate in 2023 and pursue their Masters in Dietetics. In their free time, Sydney and Corrin enjoy backpacking in the Colorado mountains, doing yoga, and cooking new recipes. They love sharing their passion for food with others and providing food inspiration on their Instagram page. You can connect with them on Instagram @nutri.liciouseats!
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