Looking for a healthy savory snack for your next party? Or, are you scouring the web for an easy salty snack recipe fit for your next Netflix binge (hopefully, a well-deserved binge because you already did your 8fit HIIT workout)? Look no further. These 8 easy — and vegetarian — snack recipes are perfect for both occasions.
1. Taco dip
This healthy taco dip is like a mini fiesta for your taste buds, but it’s packing a nutritional punch too. Instead of sour cream, this dip uses protein-packed Greek yogurt. The rest is pretty standard – which goes to show you, simple swaps go a long way toward making your everyday choices healthier.
2. Popcorn with peanut butter
Take plain popcorn, add some peanut butter and honey, and you’re left with the perfect salty-sweet treat that’s got staying power. This version wins out over packaged or movie theater popcorn thanks to the s added protein from peanut butter, which will help ensure your feel satisfied post-snacking..
3. Carrot and cucumber sticks with almond butter
When nut butter is involved, it can be hard to resist eating it by the spoonful. The trick with this healthy snack is to make yourself a plate and resist the urge to dip your veggies straight into the jar.
4. White bean rosemary dip
Grab some fresh rosemary from the market and prep this dip ahead of time for afternoon snack breaks. White beans – the key ingredient of the dip – are full of protein and healthy fats that help fill you up and keep blood sugar levels stable all afternoon. Served it up with crackers and/or celery for a satisfying crunch!
5. Feta, tomato and basil crackers
Feta, tomato and basil are a classic combination, and full of nutritional benefits too! Basil contains vitamin K and flavonoids which are antibacterial, help to regulate blood sugar, and work to lower cholesterol levels. Compared to other cheeses, feta is lower in both calories and fat so you don’t have to feel guilty about what feels like a savory indulgence.
6. Basil & goat cheese tomato bites
Like No. 5, this healthy savory snack involves the timeless Mediterranean combo, but takes it up a notch. This time, it’s all about goat cheese and cottage cheese. In this recipe, you’ll mix the cheese together with salt and pepper, then pipe it into cored tomatoes (presumably while fantasizing about a future stint on Top Chef).
7. Guacamole & bean dip
It wouldn’t be a proper savory snack list without some guacamole. This 8fit recipe combines avocado with Greek yogurt and black beans for a creamy and filling end result. Use whole grain crackers or tortilla chips as your vessel, checking the ingredient lists for added sugar, processed oils or other unhealthy additives.
8. Sun-dried tomato cashew dip
Sun-dried tomatoes, like many dried herbs and veggies, are a concentrated source of nutrients. Tomatoes contain vitamin C, vitamin K, iron and the antioxidant lycopene (which lowers the risk of certain cancers). When blended with cashews and paprika, this sun-dried tomato dip takes on a nutty, smoky flavor.