How to Meal Prep Healthy Snacks to Satisfy Any Craving

This easy formula for making healthy meal-prep snacks will save you from munching mindlessly on less-than-healthy alternatives.

peanut butter energy balls

Snacking when you're bored or stressed and not actually hungry can negatively impact your energy levels and leave you in a slump, especially if you're snacking on foods high in simple carbs (like pretzels) and sugar. One way to combat unhealthy snacking is to meal prep healthy snacks in advance.

The best meal-prep snacks are the ones that include some fiber and protein—nutrients that help you feel fuller for longer and keep your blood sugar from spiking too quickly (and consequently dropping quickly causing that slump). The snacks you make should be easy to whip up and ones you can enjoy eating throughout the week.

Pictured recipe: Peanut Butter Energy Balls

How to Meal Prep Healthy Snacks

Follow these easy tips for meal-prepping healthy snacks and check out the recipes below to find something to make this week.

Keep It Simple

Meal prep is supposed to make your life easier, so think about snacks that come together quickly and recipes with simple ingredients. It can be as easy as chopping veggie sticks to pair with hummus or combining oats, nuts and fruits to make your own energy balls.

Choose Energizing Ingredients

Snacks are meant to curb hunger in between meals, so choosing foods that are energizing and filling are important. Snacks like berries, nuts and Greek yogurt are high in protein and fiber, which will help you feel full for longer.

Some Sugar Is Okay

Eating something sweet is totally fine when snacking, but don't overdo it. Food and drinks with added sugars could lead to a temporary surge of energy and then cause you to crash. Opt instead for natural sugars found in fruit, which will give you the sweetness you're looking for without the crash.

Get in Fruits and Vegetables When You Can

Snacks are the perfect time to get in an extra serving of fruits and vegetables. You could easily munch on carrot sticks, whip up a smoothie with frozen fruit in the freezer or make a batch of veggie-packed meal prepping muffin-tin eggs using whatever you have on hand.


Meal-Prep Snacks for When You're Craving Something Sweet

Baked Banana-Nut Oatmeal Cups (pictured above)

Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Strawberry-Banana Bread

Fruit Energy Balls

Strawberry-Oat Streusel Bars

Cinnamon-Sugar Roasted Chickpeas

Meal-Prep Snacks for When You're Craving Something Salty

Muffin-Tin Omelets with Broccoli, Ham & Cheddar

Muffin-Tin Omelets with Broccoli, Ham & Cheddar (pictured above)

Super-Seed Snack Bars

Spiced Crackers

Everything Bagel Microwave Popcorn

Classic Hummus

Spiced Chickpea "Nuts"

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