These make-ahead snack recipes are my favorite for both everyday grab-and-go and after-school snacks. They’re healthy and tasty so you don’t have to feel guilty going for that extra scoop.
I have a confession to make – I am more of a snacker than a dessert girl. I would turn down chocolate cake for french fries any day. So as you can guess, finding healthy alternatives to my favorite snacks was super important to my weight loss journey.
Snacks, by definition, are simple. They’re intended to be grab-and-go convenience foods that taste good. Often this means processed and unhealthy. A whopping 86% of Americans regularly purchase salty snacks, while 64% regularly purchase dessert. The majority of those surveyed said they eat snacks to satisfy hunger between meals or as a treat.
Snacking in and of itself is not bad. In fact, many weight loss programs encourage healthy snacking between meals. The difference between a healthy snack and an unhealthy one often lies in the ingredients and preparation.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Yes! Snacks are not inherently bad for you; it depends on the ingredients. Carrots and hummus is an example of a healthy snack, while salt and vinegar potato chips are not. (Sorry.) But, as with everything, moderation is key.
Great question! The answer to this question is super personal. Do you snack because you’re hungry between meals, or is it a special treat? If you’re snacking because you’re hungry or as part of a weight loss program, planning your schedule in advance is super helpful.
It can really be anything! I like to choose something that is quick – which is why these recipes can all be made ahead of time. I also love to share tips along the way like my make-ahead smoothie freezer bags. This makes it easier to choose a snack that is healthy and full of protein to stave off hunger until your next meal.
Regardless if snacking is a special treat or a regular thing, with this list of 20 make-ahead snack recipes, you’ll never stare blankly at your pantry again.
No fork required.