It's mid-afternoon. You had lunch a few hours ago, but it's not quite dinner time yet. Your stomach, however, is protesting—so you head to the kitchen and open up the refrigerator and take a look in the pantry. Cue the age-old question: “What should I eat?”
We've all been there. In most cases, your fridge and pantry are likely stocked with lots of healthy food choices, but the inspiration to assemble a healthy snack versus reaching for junk food sometimes isn't quite there. So we solved this conundrum for you—by asking two dietitians to share their go-to healthy, homemade snacks for just about every craving. Better yet? They’re all vegan-friendly.
If you’re craving something savory…
Mediterranean hummus stuffed peppers
You can't go wrong with snacking on hummus for its good nutritional profile and irresistible flavor. But when you add in mini bell peppers, kalamata olives, onions, and tomatoes to make Mediterranean hummus stuffed peppers, and you're really in for a (nutritious) treat. "This delicious homemade snack is easy to prepare and full of flavor," says registered dietitian Brittany Modell, MS, RD, CDN. "The hummus provides some protein, healthy carbohydrates, and fat."
If you’re craving something salty-sweet…
Popcorn with dark chocolate chips
Whip up some popcorn and sprinkle in dark chocolate chips for a winning combo that requires minimal effort (and tastes great too). "It not only provides healthy complex carbs and fiber but also antioxidants from the dark chocolate," Modell says. Just be sure to watch your portion sizes. With a pairing like popcorn and chocolate, it's easy to get a little carried away—especially when you're distracted by a good movie. (1)
If you’re craving something refreshing…
Mango and greens smoothie
Smoothies: They’re not just for breakfast. You can definitely choose your own adventure here, but Modell recommends blending up a mango smoothie with bananas, baby spinach, chia seeds, and your choice of milk (non-dairy is fine). "The mango and banana provide carbohydrates and vitamins," Modell says. "Baby spinach adds some vitamins and minerals as well. And the chia seeds provide omega-3 fatty acids." Feel free to swap the fruit and greens, depending on what you crave and what you have at home.