67 healthy, easy, anytime snacks

Whether you need a little something to get you going in the morning, have to feed "I'm starving!" kids for lunch or right after school or want a healthier treat after dinner, these healthy, easy, anytime snacks will hit the spot. If your kids (or you) don't like strong flavors, it's easy to tone them down or take them out.

...GOOD MORNING!

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1. Make a cereal snack healthier by sprinkling your bowlful with dried goji berries and slivered almonds.

2. Toast mini whole wheat waffles and top with a schmear of apple butter and a sprinkling of walnut pieces.

3. Cut crosshatches into a pitted mango half and turn inside out to expose the fruit. Season with lime juice and cayenne and take a big, juicy bite.

4. Frosty Melon Drink: Puree ripe honeydew with vanilla yogurt and ice.


...IS IT LUNCH YET?

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5. Smoked Turkey Pinwheels:
Spread a layer of softened cream cheese on sliced smoked turkey breast and top with thinly sliced tomato. Roll up and cut into 1-inch pieces.

6. Pile smoked gouda slices and dried cherries on a whole wheat tortilla and microwave until hot and melty.

7. Inside-Out Hot Dog: Wrap a dill pickle spear in a paper-thin slice of ham and dip in ballpark mustard.

8. Instant California Roll: Quarter a ripe avocado and remove the pit. Stuff with wasabi-spiked imitation crab and drizzle with soy sauce.

9. Shred iceberg lettuce into tuna salad and eat on thick-cut bread-and-butter pickles.

10. Fill endive spears with chopped bosc pears and season with balsamic vinegar.
11. 1-2-3 Thai Slaw: Open a bag of shredded carrots; dress lightly with toasted sesame oil, lime juice, olive oil, honey and a dash of cayenne pepper. Toss in chopped salted peanuts.

12. No-Chop Gazpacho: Combine tomato juice, cucumber, bell peppers and onion in a mini chopper, then pulse just until chunky. Add a spash of red wine vinegar.

13. Microwave a small sweet potato
, split it open and mash a little OJ into it. Eat right out of the jacket.

14. Mash canned white beans with olive oil and chopped fresh rosemary. Pile onto radicchio leaves.

15. Green Deviled Eggs: Replace mayo with greek yogurt to make deviled eggs. Fold a handful of finely chopped watercress and a pinch of Old Bay Seasoning into the yolks.

16. Combine low-fat ricotta and plain yogurt. Stir in chopped kirby cucumbers and fresh basil. Eat with a spoon.

17. Here's a cheesy topping for broccoli that only tastes indulgent: Whisk together equal parts prepared cheddar cheese spread and low-sodium chicken broth and stir in chopped pickled jalapeños.

18. Dress up store-bought baba ghanoush with fresh chopped dill and parsley. Serve with whole wheat pita.

19. Give rich and addictive southern pimiento cheese a makeover: Combine equal parts shredded cheddar and low-fat cottage cheese, then fold in chopped pimientos. Spread on thinly sliced whole wheat bread.


...WHEN'S DINNER?

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20. Spread granny smith apple wedges with chunky cashew butter and top with toasted sesame seeds.

21. Spread whole grain toast with tahini. Top with shredded carrots, golden raisins and alfalfa sprouts.

22. Curried Hummus: Combine pureed chickpeas with lemon juice, garlic, curry powder, garam masala and olive oil.

23. Combine finely chopped broccoli, multicolored bell peppers and scallions with greek yogurt and a dash of prepared horseradish. Keep a bag of baby carrots close by.

24. Ants on a Log: Stuff celery sticks with cashew butter and dot with dried currants or raisins.

25. Snack on frozen edamame right out of the bag- it's crunchier (and more refreshing!) than fresh.

26. Dip sugar snap peas into warm goat cheese (30 seconds in the microwave should do it).

27. Whisk together peanut butter, tamari and a few drops of water. Use as an Asian-style dip for baby bok choy, carrots or kirby cucumbers.

28. Tex-Mex Treat: Dress bagged coleslaw mix with jarred salsa and roll up in a corn tortilla.

29. Spruce up a shot of tomato juice by topping it with finely chopped cooked shrimp, scallions and crumbled saltines.

30. Cut jicama into sticks. Dip in a sauce of chunky almond butter, lime juice, honey and fresh ginger.

31. Sneak some finely chopped swiss chard into your pesto, then spoon onto garlic pita chips.

32. Wrap smoked salmon around a whole wheat pretzel rod.

33. Up the antioxidant levels in your guacamole-and give it a sweet-tart kick-by stirring in some pomegranate seeds and diced tomatoes.

34. Pumpkin Spread: Stir together tahini, canned pumpkin puree and a little apple juice and cinnamon. Spread on toasted whole grain cornbread.

35. Butternut Dip: In a food processor, pulse thawed frozen butternut squash, dried apricots and roasted cashews; scoop up with sweet potato chips.

36. Stir chopped fresh pineapple into prepared salsa; season with ground cumin. Nosh with baked blue corn tortilla chips.

37. Dunk root veggie chips (such as Terra chips) into low-fat sour cream seasoned with hot sauce and orange zest.

38. Buffalo Popcorn: Toss air-popped popcorn with olive oil, a little hot sauce and a handful of crumbled blue cheese to season.

39. Ranch-Style Popcorn: Spritz air-popped popcorn with olive oil and dust with buttermilk powder, celery salt and chopped fresh dill.

40. Plantain Chips with Caribbean Salsa: Toss together finely chopped banana, cucumber, jalapeño, bell pepper, red onion and a good squeeze of lime juice.

41. Cheesy Kale Chips: Tear kale leaves into large pieces and arrange on a baking sheet. Spritz with olive oil and bake in a 350° oven until crisp. While still warm, sprinkle with grated parmesan.


...AND A BITE BEFORE BED

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42. If you love chocolate milk, whip up this healthy version: Blend kefir with frozen açaí and cocoa powder.

43. A scoop of vanilla low-fat frozen yogurt tastes richer-and looks prettier-when sprinkled with green tea powder.

44. Stir chopped cherries into low-fat cream cheese and smear on shredded-wheat crackers. Top with walnuts.

45. Punch up plain yogurt with fragrant grapefruit zest and honey, then peel the fruit and dunk the segments into it.

46. Kiwi Stacks: Crown kiwi slices with dollops of honey-sweetened sour cream and scatter chopped pistachios on top.

47. Easy Blueberry Compote:
Toss blueberries with olive oil and cinnamon and pan-fry until they're on the brink of bursting, then gobble up while warm.

48. File this under "sounds weird but tastes amazing": Spread crisp pear slices with a thin layer of canned sweet potato puree and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

49. Banana Soft Serve: Freeze some bananas, then pulse in a food processor with roasted peanuts and a splash of almond milk.

50. Melt a sliver of brie and top with chopped cherries. Eat with a fork.

51. Transform a simple grapefruit into something more like crème brûlée: Halve it, drizzle it with dark honey and broil until bubbly.

52. Virgin Tropical Treat: In a blender, combine frozen peaches, unsweetened coconut milk and honey. Sprinkle with chopped salted macadamia nuts. Eat with a spoon.

53. Chewy Chocolate Clusters: Melt bittersweet chocolate and stir in chopped dried apricots, rolled oats and sunflower seeds. Drop spoonfuls onto wax paper, then let chill.

54. No-Bake Fruit Crisp: Sprinkle fresh blackberries with your favorite type of granola and microwave until warm.

55. Make one-ingredient sorbet: Puree seedless watermelon in the blender, spread in a metal pan and freeze, stirring every 20 minutes, until it has the icy texture of a granita.

56. Stir mini bittersweet chocolate chips into part-skim ricotta and sprinkle with chopped toasted pistachios. Dream of cannolis.

57. When it feels like banana cream pie would really hit the spot, try this: Grab some graham crackers, spread them with vanilla greek yogurt and top with a handful of banana slices and a sprinkling of ground flaxseed.

58. Fold smashed ripe nectarines into low-fat cottage cheese and spoon onto gingersnaps.

59. Spoon-Worthy Slushie: Puree frozen lemonade with loads of frozen cherries.

60. Make berry gelatin with pomegranate juice instead of water. Float in fruit cocktail.

61. Whip up a pudding: Blend equal amounts fresh raspberries and silken tofu. Add vanilla and honey to taste. Top with more berries, of course.

62. Peanut Butter & Coconut Bars: Combine puffed whole grain cereal with just enough peanut butter and marshmallow cream to hold it together. Stir in shredded coconut and dried blueberries. Press into a pan, chill and cut into bite-size portions.

63. Jazz up ordinary apple slices with a faux-caramel topping: Simply boil a cup of apple cider down to a syrup and stir in chopped walnuts; drizzle away!

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