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Nutritious and delicious snack ideas

Naomi de la Torre is freelance writer and stay-at-home-mom with two delightful boys, ages three and six. Naomi has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, is a self-proclaimed salsa diva, and can make a killer octopus ...

Slim snacking

It’s 3 pm and your stomach’s grumbling. Don’t dive into that bowl of chips yet! By planning ahead and having some nutritious and delicious snack ideas on hand, you won’t be tempted to spoil your healthy diet. Read on for the best slim snacks around.

Woman snacking on carrot

Craving crunchy?

Do you have a weakness for chips and other munchy, crunchy goodies? These crunchy snack ideas are sure to fill you up and make you smile.

Veggie wedges and hummus. Carrots, celery, red peppers, edamame. Just dip these tasty veggies into some spicy hummus and you are in for a treat.

Rice cakes and peanut butter. The perfect blend of protein and whole grains, this nutritious snack will fill you up and keep you energized all afternoon long.

Baked tortilla chips and homemade salsa. Love to dig into a bowl of tortilla chips with some firecracking hot salsa? Make your favorite snack even healthier by baking your own tortilla chips and cut out half the fat and calories!

Popcorn and parmesan cheese. Fresh air-popped popcorn is a tempting treat. Top with Parmesan cheese to add a zing of cheesy goodness.

Trail mix. A perfect blend of sweet and salty, trail mix is a delicious and healthy snack. Make your own mix by choosing a few of your favorite nuts, seeds and dried fruits. For a to-die-for combo, try raw almonds, walnuts, roasted pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, apples and pineapple.

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Craving sweet?

Do you crumble around cookies, cake, brownies and other sweets? Don't throw in the towel yet. There are lots of healthy snacks that will also satisfy your sweet tooth.

Dark chocolate. Did you know that dark chocolate is actually good for you? Packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, chocolate may protect against many health concerns, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and premature aging. It is also touted for boosting energy, elevating mood, promoting weight loss and balancing blood sugar levels. So, lose the guilt and grab a chocolate bar today.

Fruit kebobs. Dice up some of your favorite fruits like pineapple, mango, grapes, strawberries and raspberries and skewer them up for a tasty fruit kebob snack.

Frozen chocolate banana pops. Melt some of that delicious and healthy dark chocolate and make yourself a little piece of chocolate-banana heaven. For extra fun, roll your banana pops in crushed almonds or coconut. Mmmmmm…

Apple walnut muffins. This melt-in-your-mouth recipe for apple walnut muffins has loads of fiber, whole grains and great nutrition. Make into mini-muffins for a perfect bite-sized snack.

Fruit parfait. Layer your favorite fruits between some healthy Greek yogurt and a few granola crumbles and you are in for a sweet treat! The great thing about this snack is that by simply changing up the fruit, you can have a different, delicious fruit parfait every time.

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Craving salty?

Savory snacks don't have to be bad for you. Try some of these tempting choices and you won't find yourself stalking the vending machine anymore.

Whole-wheat quesadilla. Put a handful of your favorite cheese in a healthy whole wheat tortilla. Heat and serve. Que rico!

Baked sweet potato fries. Despite their sweet flavor, sweet potatoes are actually very low in sugar. A nutritional powerhouse, sweet potatoes are packed with fiber, antioxidants, as well as many other vitamins and minerals that provide a wide variety of health benefits. Make your own savory sweet potato fries and reap all the benefits this superfood has to offer.

Tortilla pinwheels. Wrap up some of your favorite lunchmeats with cream cheese, spinach and other goodies. Slice into thin rounds and serve.

Black bean soup. Grab a cup of this flavorful black bean soup to warm up your belly and satisfy your tastebuds.

Deviled eggs. For a devilishly delicious snack, try making some of these healthy deviled eggs. Chock full of protein, these eggs are not as naughty as they look!

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