Healthy Snack Ideas For Adults

Good snacks make you feel energized and keep you full between meals. But finding a nutritious option that doesn’t put your tastebuds to sleep ain’t always easy (looking at you raw veggies).

To help we’ve rounded up 31 of our favorite healthy snack ideas for adults. They feature grown-up flavors, fresh produce, filling vegetarian proteins, and take just minutes to make.

From savory hummus stacks to a lazy egg salad and even sweet treats like chocolate Greek yogurt, you’ll find a variety of fun and tasty single-serving recipes. 

Tomato, Basil, and Cheese Skewers on a blue plate.

Easy Snack Ideas You Can Make At Home

These quick little “recipes” are great for using up leftover odds and ends. If you don’t have the exact ingredients called for or want to modify them to fit your diet or allergy needs, just grab a few things from the fridge and get creative!  

Rice cake topped with avocado and seasonings.

1. Avocado Rice Cake

Spread a rice cake with 2 tablespoons of mashed avocado. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Just before eating, squeeze a small lemon wedge over the avocado and dig in!

Bowl of yogurt with swirls of peanut butter and jelly.

2. Peanut Butter and Jelly Yogurt 

Stir together 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt and 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract. Top with 2 teaspoons natural peanut butter and 1 teaspoon low-sugar jam. Swirl together with a spoon and enjoy.

Try substituting chopped strawberries or blackberries for the jam. And if you’re craving a little crunch, sprinkle with a teaspoon or two of granola or chopped peanuts.

Yellow bell pepper strips topped with beans and cheese.

3. Bell Pepper Nachos 

Slice half a red, yellow, or orange bell pepper into 3 or 4 wedges. Place on a baking sheet and sprinkle with ⅛ teaspoon taco seasoning. 

Top with ¼ cup cooked pinto beans or black beans, 2 tablespoons salsa, and 2 tablespoons shredded cheese. 

Bake in a 375°F toaster oven until the cheese is melty and the peppers have softened slightly about 8 to 10 minutes, or microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.

Seasoned jicama stick next to jar of chile lime seasoning.

4. Seasoned Jicama Sticks 

Juicy, crunchy, and subtly sweet, jicama makes a fantastic snack. Especially when it’s sprinkled with some chili-lime seasoning. For a sweeter treat, swap the seasoning for cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice instead.

How to Cut up Jicama: Use a paring knife (or vegetable peeler) to remove the jicama’s brown papery skin. Then slice the white flesh into planks, stack a few of the planks, and slice them into sticks.  

Plate of crackers topped with egg salad.

5. Lazy Egg Salad For One

Roughly chop a large hard-boiled egg and mix together with 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt and 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon Everything Bagel Seasoning. Spoon onto crackers and top with fresh or freeze-dried chives. 

Glass bowl of yogurt with a small spoon.

6. Lime Pie Yogurt

Combine 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt + 1 teaspoon honey + 1/8 teaspoon lime zest + 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice and stir until smooth. Sprinkle with a tablespoon or two of crushed graham crackers.

Celery pieces with cream cheese and squiggles of hot sauce.

7. Spicy Celery Boats

Cut a large celery stalk cut into 3 or 4 pieces. Divide one tablespoon of Neufchatel cheese (or light cream cheese) across the celery. Drizzle with buffalo sauce, sriracha sauce, or your favorite hot sauce.  

Rice cake with peach slices and basil.

8. Creamy Peach and Basil Rice Cake

Spread 2 tablespoons of ricotta cheese on a rice cake, drizzle with honey, and top with peach slices (fresh or canned in juice). Thinly slice 2 basil leaves and sprinkle over, season with salt and black pepper. 

Blue plate with peanut butter banana pinwheels.

9. Peanut Butter Banana Pinwheels

Spread a spoonful of peanut butter on a small tortilla, sprinkle with chia seeds and cinnamon, then top with a small banana. Roll up the tortilla and slice into 1/2-inch pieces. 

Glass bowl of yogurt topped with pepitas, nuts, and raisins.

10. Cinnamon Trail Mix Yogurt 

Stir together 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt + 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract + 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon. Top with chopped pecans, raisins, and pepitas (I used about 2 teaspoons of each one).  

Chickpeas and tomatoes in a glass bowl next to a wooden spoon.

11. Quick Chickpea Salad 

Combine 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas, 1 tablespoon crumbled feta, 5 to 6 halved grape tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with chopped fresh herbs if you have some on hand. 

This salad is super versatile and easy to adapt. Try adding chopped cucumbers or a little red onion, use balsamic vinegar, or make it more filling with diced avocado.  

Plate of apple wedges topped with granola.

12. Granola Apple Wedges 

Slice half an apple into wedges. Spread a little of your favorite nut butter on each slice and press into some small-batch almond granola or your favorite store-bought granola.

A blue plate with an avocado skin stuffed with mango and avocado.

13. Chili-Lime Avocado and Mango

Chop half a small avocado and half a fresh mango into bite-size pieces. Sprinkle with chili-lime seasoning.

Ramekin with dip on plate with carrot slices and jicama sticks.

14. Cinnamon Maple Yogurt Dip

Whisk together ⅓ cup Plain Greek Yogurt + 1 teaspoon maple syrup + ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon + ⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract. Serve with carrot chips or jicama sticks for dipping. 

Rice cake topped with cottage cheese and strawberries on a blue plate.

15. Sweet + Salty Rice Cake

Peanut butter topped rice cakes are a go-to snack in our house but some days call for a little zhooshing up!

Spread 1 teaspoon lower sugar strawberry preserves on a plain rice cake. Top with 3 tablespoons cottage cheese, chopped fresh strawberries, and 1 teaspoon unsweetened toasted coconut.

Plate of cucumber slices topped with hummus.

16. Cucumber Chips and Hummus

Spread cucumber slices with 1 to 2 tablespoons of hummus. Top with a couple of diced Kalamata olives and chopped sun-dried tomatoes, then sprinkle with fresh or dried oregano. 

More veggie “chip” options: Try swapping the cucumbers for carrot rounds, radish halves, celery stalks, endive leaves, or seeded mini bell pepper halves. 

Plate of stuffed Medjool dates.

17. Mix-and-Match Stuffed Dates

Pit a few Medjool dates and add your favorite filling, below are some of our go-to combinations:

  • Almond Butter + Mandoline Salt or Sea Salt  
  • Ricotta + Orange Zest + Black Pepper + Drizzle of Honey 
  • Softened Goat Cheese + Chopped Pistachios + Cinnamon + Drizzle of Maple Syrup

The serving size is going to depend on how large your dates are and how hungry you are. Two dates are enough for me but Tim usually likes to have three. 

How to Soften Hardened Dates: Place the number of dates you plan to eat in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let sit for 10 minutes, then drain, dry, pit, and stuff.

Caprese Skewers on a blue plate.

18. Caprese Skewers

Cut a piece of string cheese into ½-inch pieces. Skewer a small grape tomato, basil leaf, piece of cheese, and another tomato onto a toothpick. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Drizzle bites with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Plate with a small bowl of yogurt and clementine wedges.

19. Creamsicle Wedges 

Stir together 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1/4 teaspoon honey, and 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract. Serve with orange wedges or clementine segments for dipping. 

Edamame salad in a glass bowl with a wooden spoon.

20. Edamame Salad

Toss 1/2 cup cooked and shelled edamame with 1 tablespoon dried cranberries, 1 tablespoon cashews, 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce, and 1/8 teaspoon sriracha sauce. Add a splash of toasted sesame oil if you’ve got it on hand.   

Hard boiled egg and tomato slices on a blue plate.

21. Everything Bagel Egg & Tomato

Top a sliced tomato and hard-boiled egg with 1/2 teaspoon Everything Bagel Seasoning. For a more filling snack spread the egg with a tablespoon of hummus and top the tomato with thinly sliced red onion and a few avocado slices.

Related Recipe: Instant Pot Mini Hard Boiled Eggs

Mini naan topped with ricotta, dried apricot, and pistachio pieces.

22. Apricot, Pistachio and Ricotta Mini Pizza

Spread a mini pita or naan with 3 to 4 tablespoons ricotta cheese, top with one or two chopped dried apricots, and a few chopped pistachios. Drizzle with a little honey and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Frozen red and green grapes on a quarter sheet pan.

23. Frozen Grapes

Rinse 1 pound of grapes and dry well. Remove grapes from stems and place on a sheet pan lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat. Freeze until solid, about 2 to 3 hours. Store frozen grapes in a freezer-safe bag or sealed container.

Grab a handful of grapes and pair them with a piece of cheese or a cup of yogurt for a tasty snack.

Hummus and kale pinwheels on a blue plate.

24. Hummus Pinwheels

Spread a small tortilla with hummus. Top with chopped sun-dried tomatoes, crumbled feta, and a kale leaf torn into pieces or a small handful of fresh spinach. Season with salt and pepper, then roll up and slice into 1/2-inch pieces.

Chocolate greek yogurt in a glass bowl.

25. Chocolate Greek Yogurt

Combine 1/2 cup Greek yogurt + 2 teaspoons cocoa powder + 1 teaspoon maple syrup (honey or agave) and whisk until smooth. Top with fresh berries and a few mini chocolate chips if desired.

Plate with rice cake, celery sticks, and small box of raisins.

26. Ants on a Rice Cake

Spread a heaping spoonful of your favorite nut butter on a plain rice cake and top with sliced celery and raisins. Sprinkle with salt. 

Chunky granola and cheddar cheese slices on a blue plate.

27. Granola + Cheese

Have you seen those snack packs of granola and cheese that are crazy expensive, like $5 for 3 tiny little containers?

You can make them at home by whipping up a batch of easy-to-customize toaster oven granola (or using your favorite bagged granola from the store) and cutting a block of cheese into cubes.

For a quick snack, combine 1 ounce of granola and 1-ounce cheddar cheese or a piece of string cheese.

Cucumber and hummus topped crackers on a blue plate.

28. Cucumber Hummus Stacks

Spread crackers with plain hummus and top with cucumber slices. Sprinkle with your favorite seasoning, I used za’atar (it’s so tasty with hummus) but any seasoning blend will taste great.

Blue plate with mini naan pizza.

29. Sun-Dried Tomato and Ricotta Mini Pizza

In a small bowl, stir together 3 to 4 tablespoons ricotta cheese, 1 tablespoon chopped sun-dried tomatoes, 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts, a pinch of black pepper, and garlic powder. Spread mixture on a mini pita or naan and top with fresh basil and lemon zest. 

Celery sticks on a plate with a white bowl of yogurt dip.

30. Yogurt Celery Sticks

Mix together 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt + 1 tablespoon salted almond butter (or peanut butter) + 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup. Spread on celery sticks and top with mini chocolate chips or a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Cottage cheese parfait in a glass bowl with graham crackers.

31. Cottage Cheese Parfait

Top 1/2 cup cottage cheese with 1/4 cup pineapple chunks. Sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle with honey. Enjoy plain or with half a graham cracker for scooping.

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5 Comments

  1. Me too!! Thank you Amber. I’ve been put on a low carb low salt diet for health reason and these ideas are different ideas having the same ingredients so I don’t have to purchase a bunch of different items. Love it!! I can’t wait to try them. They sound yummy! Going to the store tomorrow to pick up my items

    1. Hi Sandra,

      I hope you enjoy mixing and matching the ingredients to make your snacks. If you’re in the market for an all-purpose seasoning, Bragg and Trader Joe’s both make salt-free herb seasoning blends that taste great on cooked veggies and mixed into plain yogurt for a dip or topping.

      Best wishes on your new food journey!
      ~ Brie

    1. Yay! I’m so glad you like the list Amber, we’ll be adding a bunch more ideas before the end of the year too. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and happy snacking 🙂

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