The 5 Best Healthy Snacks to Have on Hand

Photo: Kylie Whiting
The days of snacking on holiday fudge and cookies are long gone. It’s time for me to start replacing some of the sweets I got used to snacking on the past few months with snacks that are more sensible. I’m a fan of setting small, attainable goals to kick off the new year and better snacking seemed like something that I could get behind.

The biggest challenge was actually getting these items back into my kitchen. Once I replaced the cookies with a big bowl of clementines, it was easy and I really enjoyed having snacks on hand that weren’t accompanied with any guilt. Not to mention, I feel better throughout the day! Whether you pack a snack for the office or you try to make one easily accessible at home, these five suggestions have been my favorite as I’ve kicked off a healthier 2013:

1. Clementines
This sweet citrus is so delicious that you might just trick yourself into thinking that you’re eating candy. I easily enjoy 1/2 a dozen of these a day.

2. Roasted Nuts
It’s no secret that a handful of nuts are an ideal snack for a quick energy boost.

3. Sweet Potato Chips
To combat a potato chip craving this crunchy snack is more flavorful and so delicious.

4. Frozen Grapes
I like to always keep a container of grapes in my freezer. Something about them being frozen makes them more tasty to me and I also like to have them on hand to toss in my smoothies.

5. Popcorn
Popcorn is popping up on all sorts of trend lists for 2013 and I’m a huge fan – especially when smartly seasoned to make flavor profiles more interesting.

Happy snacking!

Kelsey Nixon shares her passion for the basics on Kelsey’s Essentials, a series showcasing tips, tools, & techniques that no home cook should be without. Kelsey got her start in food media when she created Kelsey’s Kitchen, a college cooking show emphasizing fast, fun and affordable meals. She earned her professional culinary arts degree from Le Cordon Bleu – Hollywood.  In 2008, she was a finalist on The Next Food Network Star. Kelsey lives in New York City with her husband Robby where she spends her days developing recipes and cooking up a storm. She has a cookbook scheduled to come out in 2013. Keep up with Kelsey on her blog and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.