Stuck in a Snack Rut? It's Time to Break Out


By: , SparkPeople Blogger

Think outside the 100-calorie pouch. Beyond granola bars, apples and vending machine junk food, there's an entire world of snacks out there. Shake up your snack routine with one of these 10 savory snacks.

Mini Chicken Fiesta
Fill a small corn tortilla with 3 ounces of chicken. Sprinkle on 2 T cheddar cheese and top with 2 T salsa.
189 calories, 3 g fat

Simple Carbs-n-Protein
Eat 1 hardboiled egg with 3 pretzel rods.
198 calories, 6 g fat

Punched-Up Popcorn
Pop 1 bag 100-calorie popcorn.
Shake on:
1/2 t cumin
1/2 t garlic powder
1/4 t chili powder
100 calories, 3.5 g fat

Better than Wings
Dunk celery sticks in 2 T blue cheese dressing.
90 calories, 6 g fat

What a Pita
Fill 1 mini whole-wheat pita with 2 T hummus.
160 calories, 6 g fat

Cheesy Dunker
Dunk 1 string cheese into 1/4 c marinara sauce.
95 calories, 3.8 g fat

No-Cheat Chips and Salsa
Drag 15 baked tortilla chips through 1/2 c salsa.
150 calories, 2 g fat

Beans in a Pod
Steam 1 c edamame. Sprinkle with good sea salt. Shell and eat.
179 calories, 7.5 g fat

Bean-n-Guac Rollup
Fill one small corn tortilla with 1/4 c mashed black beans.
Top with 1/4 avocado, diced, and add 2 T salsa.
199 calories, 8.7 g fat

Lett-uce Eat Tuna
Mix 3 ounces tuna with 1 t lemon juice and 1 T light mayo.
Season with black pepper to taste.
Place mixture in 1 cup of lettuce leaves.
144 calories, 4 g fat

Creamy, Crunchy, and Tangy
Toast 1 slice multigrain bread.
Spread with 1 T goat cheese and then 1 sliced tomato.
133 calories, 4 g fat

Do you eat the same snack every day, or do you shake up your snacks? What is your favorite savory snack?

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  • 72
    My kids and I are always trying to come up with delicious, quick snacks or light meals. Look forward to trying some of these! - 10/20/2010   12:12:03 AM
  • 71
    Definitely going to try some of these. - 2/23/2009   12:51:42 PM
  • SMWALKER1210
    I am going to try all of the snacks. Thanks - 2/21/2009   7:15:17 PM
  • 69
    I'm so glad I read this... all the ideas look great! - 2/20/2009   5:50:26 PM
  • CARIANN717
    Love the hummus idea and the lettuce and tuna! - 2/19/2009   8:09:35 PM
  • 67
    I seem to be basing my snack choices on the deficiencies in my meal plan for the day. If I'm low in fiber, then I have popcorn or avocado. If I am low in calcium or potassium, I'll have a fat-free yogurt. Or something along those lines. Sometimes I just get my "fix" for something I've been craving. Snacks are definitely an important part of my diet. - 2/19/2009   11:44:05 AM
  • 66
    I love love love all of these ideas! I was in an apple rut and these seem to be just what I was looking for : ) - 2/19/2009   10:27:40 AM
  • 65
    wonderful ideas - thanks for sharing! - 2/19/2009   10:03:41 AM
  • 64
    Wow those are some great snack ideas!! - 2/19/2009   7:55:44 AM
  • 63
    I'll have to try some of these ideas, seasoning the popcorn sounds yummy! I stay away from the 100 calorie pouches, mostly because i can't only eat one. It is not enough food to satisfy me! - 2/19/2009   6:22:59 AM
    Thanks for all the yummy sugestions. I am so stuck on the 100 calorie pouches that I forget to look elsewhere. These look so much tastier and healthier, too!! Will definitely give them a go - 2/18/2009   10:21:01 PM
  • 61
    My favorite snack is an apple sliced up with 2 tablespoons of reduced fat peanut butter! I usually slice the apple the night before, put it in a baggie with some lemon juice and then put the peanut butter in a small portable container. Its great for a 3p.m. snack attack and holds me till dinner. - 2/18/2009   10:00:05 PM
  • 60
    great snack ideas - 2/18/2009   9:12:04 PM
  • SHERI1969
    Thanks for the ideas. I hope you come up with some more snack ideas, sweet and salty, that are not under 100 calories but are still within a good range. - 2/18/2009   7:14:41 PM
  • 58
    I'm definitely going to try these. Thanks! - 2/18/2009   6:16:17 PM
  • 57
    I love pop corn & pita w/humus. Although I'll have to try the spiced up pop corn version. - 2/18/2009   3:38:55 PM
  • 56
    i love chips and salsa as a snack. that and pita bread and hummus. it is sooo good! - 2/18/2009   1:16:57 PM
  • 55
    Wow what good ideas I always have tuna in water still have to try hummus haven't as of yet. Love pita's you can stuff, bake and do so much with them!! - 2/18/2009   12:51:41 PM
  • 54
    I do tend to stay in a rut with my healthy snacks. You've given me some great ideas to try. Thank you! - 2/18/2009   12:23:04 PM
  • 53
    great thanks i want to try them all out thank you.. I have done the popcorn thing and it is very good.. my sister has done it for years and got me hooked on it.. now i use it a lot.. - 2/18/2009   11:47:29 AM
  • ACHOI714
    I'm going to have to try these out! Some of them sound really filling -- like a meal. Can't wait! - 2/18/2009   11:45:24 AM
  • 51
    Great ideas! I love the chicken breast with salsa burrito. I will try the seasonings on popcorn that sounds really good.

    Let's stop complaining about the pics and at least thank SP for the great snack ideas. - 2/18/2009   11:39:54 AM
  • 50
    Despite the Food Porn images, the ideas are great. And I knew when I looked at the pics that they were only sample pictures, not ACTUAL pictures of the snacks. C'mon guys, lighten up. - 2/18/2009   11:37:39 AM
  • MARWAR2525
    I would also like to comment on the fact that about half of the pictures could in no way represent what the food would actually look like. Both the snacks containing tortillas were definitely flour pics, not corn. And the pita snack showed white thick pita, not whole wheat. And unless those lemons by the hummus are teeny tiny, there's no way that hummus dish contains only 2T. Same with the "1" T of goat cheese spread on the toast. Spark has always emphasized knowing the right serving size and these pictures do not help in that. - 2/18/2009   11:22:19 AM
  • 48
    Can't wait to try the popcorn seasoning. It sounds great ! - 2/18/2009   11:20:50 AM
  • 47
    You are as bad as the fast food joints....showing pictures that do not reflect the actual recipe. A 1/4 cup of mashed black beans only makes a thin layer across the top of a small tortilla. A tablespoon of cheese spread is also just a thin layer. Please don't try and fool us....we're SparkPeople who have learned about portion size!! Good ideas, though, for snacks. - 2/18/2009   10:50:53 AM
  • 46
    It drives me crazy that SP puts any attractive picture with a recipe/idea rather than the one made from the ingredients in the picture. What is the actual meal that bad looking? Is the flour tortilla more appealing? grated cheddar (or other hard cheese) has a lot more calories than the string cheese mentioned. I remember an article on the daily spark about "food porn", well by misrepresenting the food with other pictures you are guilty of it as well. - 2/18/2009   9:49:48 AM
  • 45
    Thanks so much! I've done a few of these ideas on my own but I'm looking forward to trying a few others, especially the beans in a pod and the guac roll up. I've never tried edamame and this would be a great intro to them. - 2/18/2009   9:30:17 AM
  • 44
    I am a boring eater, meaning I eat the same things day in and day out. Until I listened to the audio book "French Woman don't Get Fat" It inspired me to try new things and experiment with spices. - 2/18/2009   9:29:24 AM
  • 43
    Thank you for this idea! I am a snacker. Trying to find healthy snacks AND some creative new snacks is difficult. I love the chicken fiesta idea. I think that I am going to try that one tomorrow! - 2/18/2009   9:25:27 AM
  • TNEAL94
    Thank you for some new ideas. I am always looking for fresh ideas to keep from going back to bad eating habits, which I do from time to time. - 2/18/2009   9:05:53 AM
  • 41
    I usually eat a lot of the same things, but this morning I changed it up and ate probably a half-pound of peanut brittle, because I feel like I'm starving to death for sweets all the sudden! I think TOM is near, so I'll get over it. The rest of the day will be good, if I don't puke from it. - 2/18/2009   8:25:36 AM
  • 40
    I love to snack on 1 whole grain piece of bread with peanut butter and homemade jelly. - 2/18/2009   7:22:54 AM
  • LIZA110
    Seems to be quite yummy. Just want to have it! Thanks for the lovely information.



    - 2/18/2009   4:43:13 AM
  • 38
    I wish these snacks were in a vending machine. Now that would be HEAVEN - 2/18/2009   12:50:54 AM
  • 37
    Couple new snack ideas and they sound sooooo good. Thanks. - 2/17/2009   11:23:56 PM
  • 36
    Couple new snack ideas and they sound sooooo good. Thanks. - 2/17/2009   11:23:54 PM
  • 35
    Couple new snack ideas and they sound sooooo good. Thanks. - 2/17/2009   11:23:27 PM
  • 34
    These snacks all seem yummy. - 2/17/2009   11:09:38 PM
  • 33
    Most sound yummy I could stand eating some of these - 2/17/2009   10:27:51 PM
    Yummmmmmy!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to share these delicious snacks. - 2/17/2009   9:48:55 PM
  • 31
    Some of these sound good enough for a meal. - 2/17/2009   7:54:23 PM
  • 30
    im not good at cooking but these recipes are really helping me out.
    - 2/17/2009   7:50:39 PM
  • 29
    Great ideas! I usually have a problem in the afternoon, around 3-4. - 2/17/2009   6:30:48 PM
  • 2009ROXIE
    Great ideas - one of my biggest diet challenges is growing bored with the foods I choose to eat. And then I turn to the foods I shouldn't eat. - 2/17/2009   6:29:22 PM
    Thanks for the great ideas. I also enjoy a good fruit smoothie with low-fat yogurt - 2/17/2009   5:49:24 PM
    This is also in slideshow form elsewhere on the site

    While they are great ideas, I think it's only fair to add the same disclaimer from that page here, that the pictures are not representative of accurate portion sizes. Especially after the article awhile back about "food porn".

    I do agree with the general sentiment, though, that there are lots of better options than the pre-packaged 100 calorie pouches, and any of these would be more satisfying, as well. :) - 2/17/2009   5:12:46 PM
  • 25
    Except for the celery - which is not better than wings when it comes to taste - everything sounds good. - 2/17/2009   5:02:23 PM
  • RICKI_3
    There were a few suggestions I will try. I've noticed that I've become burned out in regards to my snack regimen because it is so predictible. - 2/17/2009   4:46:54 PM
  • 23
    Lots of great ideas. I never buy the 100 calorie packs - they are a bunch of empty calories. These sound like some yummy snacks. I also like whole wheat pitas with homemade tzatsiki sauce. You can get lowfat plain greek yogurt at the grocery store. Add some lemon juice, fresh dill, and chopped cucumbers. - 2/17/2009   4:46:43 PM

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