Try These Easy 3-Ingredient Healthy Snack Ideas

Snacks shouldn’t be complicated but they also don’t need to be boring. Think of all the times you were at work, needed a snack and all you could find a was a sad banana. This doesn’t have to be your reality — something more fulfilling for your stomach and your tastebuds is possible with a little preparation. Think of snack time as part of your meal prep but on a smaller scale. Most snacks that will satisfy you can be put together in minutes and only take 2-3 ingredients. It can be that easy! To spice up your snack life, we have some three-ingredient snack ideas that will make snack time exciting, yummy and filling.

10 3-Ingredient Snack Ideas

1. Almond Butter and Cacao Nib Stuffed Dates

Grab two dates, slice lengthwise, add in little less than 1 Tbsp. almond butter and sprinkle with cacao nibs for some crunch and cacao flavor. The bitterness of the nibs pairs well with the sweetness of the dates.

2. Peanut Butter and Banana Roll-Ups

Place one whole wheat tortilla flat, spread 2 Tbsp. of peanut butter evenly, and grab one large banana.  Roll and wrap the tortilla around the banana and cut lengthwise. It will end up looking like little sushi rolls.

3. High Protein Avocado Toast

Toast one piece of bread of choice, add about 2 heaping spoonfuls of smashed avocado to the toast and spread evenly. Slice 1-2 hard-boiled eggs on top. The eggs add the perfect amount of protein to make this an awesome pre- or post-workout snack.

4. Chia Seed Pudding

All you need is chia seeds, almond milk and some fruit to sweeten! In a small bowl, add  2 Tbsp. of chia seeds, ½ cup of almond milk and some fruit. We recommend mixed berries or a banana. Here is a link to a quick recipe if you need one by Feel Good Foodie.

5. Pear, Cheese and Turkey Sandwich

Perfect for those who are living a gluten-free life. Take two slices of fresh Bosc pear and add 1 wrapped up slice of lean turkey and one slice of low-fat cheese or dairy-free cheese to put in between the two slices of pear. The slices of pear replace what would normally be bread! Great for those who like a sweet and salty mix of flavors.  

6. Mango Smoothie

Our play on a mango lassi! Grab your blender, add 1 cup frozen mango, 1 scoop protein powder or ½ cup Greek yogurt and 1 cup milk of choice. Blend for a tasty tropical treat.

7. Protein Bars

Thanks to a recipe by A Big Man’s World, here is an easy protein bar recipe made with only three ingredients. Since the average protein bar is around $2 a serving, you’ll be saving money with this recipe too.

8. Supergreen Smoothie

We love to add greens to our snacks for a boost of energy! Place ½ cup frozen kale, ½ cup frozen pineapple, ½ cup plain kefir or pourable plain yogurt, and ¼ cup water into a blender. Blend until smooth.

9. Greek Yogurt Bowl

This is our favorite snack that has all of the main macronutrients! Add 5 oz. of plain Greek yogurt to a bowl or jar, add 1 Tbsp. slivered almonds and fresh berries. The Greek yogurt provides protein, the almonds provide healthy fats and the berries provide high fiber carbs.

10. Smoked Salmon Bites

And lastly, a snack that will make you feel fancy! Cut slices of cucumber that are about ½ inch thick and add 1 tsp. Organic cream cheese, then top with a piece of smoked salmon. Will make you feel like you are at a party every day!

As you can see, snack time has no limits and it can be so easy to put together a tasty treat. Happy snacking.

Gabriella is a registered dietitian living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently works in corporate wellness as a dietitian and overall wellness coach. She also runs a food blog called Macrobalanced, where she shows people that healthy and balanced eating can be interesting and tasty! She enjoys all things fitness from lifting heavy weights in the gym to hitting the barre. Nothing is off limits as long as sweat is involved. When she is not cooking or sweating, she is playing with her dog Maui, a lively German Shepherd. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook.