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19 healthy snack ideas

Rule number one for sticking to a healthy snacking plan? Don’t get bored. These ideas all make the grade in terms of nutrition, but they’re a lot more imaginative than—snooze—a handful of almonds.

Want more ideas? Find more healthy snacks, specifically designed to bridge the gap between lunch and dinner, then read Real Simple's guide to healthy snacking.

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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 | 3g fiber | 15g protein | 4g fat

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Beet Chips With Curried Yogurt

Mix together 2 tablespoons plain low-fat Greek yogurt and 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon curry powder. Serve with 1 cup beet chips.

180 calories | 5g fiber | 6 g protein | 11g fat

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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 | 6g fiber | 4g protein | 7g fat

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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 | 2g fiber | 8g protein | 2g fat

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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 | 5g fiber | 5g protein | 4g fat

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Minty Pea Dip With Pretzel Chips

Mash 1/2 cup frozen peas with 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint and 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice. Serve with 15 pretzel chips.

209 calories | 5g fiber | 8g protein | 0g fat

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Tropical Yogurt Parfait

Top 1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt with 1 cut-up kiwi and 1/4 cup cut-up mango. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon chopped unsalted roasted cashews.

204 calories | 3g fiber | 12g protein | 7g fat

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Bagel With Ricotta and Strawberries

Spread 1/2 toasted whole-grain “flat” bagel with 2 tablespoons fresh ricotta. Top with 1/3 cup sliced strawberries. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar.

148 calories | 4g fiber | 7g protein | 5g fat

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Lemony Avocado With Endive Dippers

Mash 1/3 chopped avocado with 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice and a pinch of kosher salt. Serve with endive leaves.

143 calories | 12g fiber | 4g protein | 9g fat

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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 | 2g fiber | 5g protein | 11g fat

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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 | 1g fiber | 6g protein | 7g fat

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Frozen Yogurt With Blueberries and Cardamom

Top 1/2 cup vanilla frozen yogurt with 1/2 cup blueberries and a pinch of cardamom.

182 calories | 2g fiber | 4g protein | 5g fat

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Sesame Popcorn

Toss 4 cups popped popcorn with 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil and 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds.

152 calories | 5g fiber | 4g protein | 4g fat

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Celery Sticks With Hummus and Olives

Dividing evenly, top 3 celery sticks with 3 tablespoons hummus and 3 sliced kalamata olives.

129 calories | 5g fiber | 5g protein | 8g fat

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Dark Chocolate and Nut Clusters

Mix together 1/4 cup unsalted roasted nuts and 1 ounce melted dark chocolate (70 to 80 percent cocoa). Drop onto wax paper; refrigerate until set.

195 calories | 3g fiber | 4g protein | 14g fat

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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 1/2 teaspoon chipotles in adobo sauce and serve for dipping.

208 calories | 3g fiber | 3g protein | 10g fat

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Spicy Watermelon and Pistachios

Toss 2 cups cut-up watermelon with 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice and 1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest. Sprinkle with a pinch of cayenne pepper and 2 teaspoons chopped unsalted roasted pistachios.

126 calories | 2g fiber | 3g protein | 3g fat

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Mango and Raspberry Smoothie

In a blender, puree 1/2 cup coconut water, 1/2 cup frozen mango, 1/2 cup frozen raspberries, 2 ounces tofu, and 1 teaspoon agave nectar until smooth.

173 calories | 7g fiber | 6g protein | 2g fat

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Whole-Grain Bread With Almond Butter and Peaches

Spread 2 teaspoons almond butter on 1 slice toasted whole-grain bread. Top with 1/2 sliced peach.

135 calories | 3g fiber | 6g protein | 7g fat

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19 healthy snack ideas

Rule number one for sticking to a healthy snacking plan? Don’t get bored. These ideas all make the grade in terms of nutrition, but they’re a lot more imaginative than—snooze—a handful of almonds.

Want more ideas? Find more healthy snacks, specifically designed to bridge the gap between lunch and dinner, then read Real Simple's guide to healthy snacking.

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