10 less-dense snack ideas that will help you reach your health goals (part 1)

by | May 12, 2022 | Last updated Jun 2, 2022

Love snacking? Us, too. But snacking often gets a bad rap—lots of people claim that it isn’t “good” for you because it adds excess calories to your daily intake. Well, we disagree. There is a way to snack and still stick to your health goals. For example, snacking can help add more green foods to your day; keep you satisfied, energized, and focused; and help you make healthier choices come mealtime. Here, we’re giving you 10 less-dense snack ideas that’ll satisfy your cravings. 

1. Yogurt banana pops 

These frozen banana pops are a great, less-dense alternative to an ice cream treat. To make: Cut bananas in half and skewer in the center. Dip into vanilla Greek yogurt, top with rainbow sprinkles (yay), and freeze for about two hours before enjoying.

2. Cinnamon apples with nut butter

If this isn’t already a staple of yours, then you’ll be making this multiple times a week. (For us, it’s every day.) Start by adding apple slices to a hot pan, then add in a splash of water. Sauté until tender, add in some cinnamon, and then mix. Pour your cinnamon apples into a bowl, add a dollop of your favorite nut butter on top and you’re in business. 

3. Egg and avocado rice cakes

We’re pretty sure the only reason “avo rice cakes” haven’t taken the world by storm is because “avo toast” is way more fun to say. But avo toast’s less-dense sibling is equally satisfying, crunchy, and a great pair for some mashed avocado. 

4. Cream cheese cucumber slices

Chip dip pales in comparison to a flavor-loaded cuke and cream cheese bite (at least in our humble opinion). Not only is it less dense, but it’s oh-so-satisfying. Simply slice up a cucumber and top each round with a dollop of cream cheese. Then—here’s where the magic happens—sprinkle those bites with everything bagel seasoning and a drizzle of sriracha.

5. Cucumber, watermelon, and mint salad

​​Did you know that (in general) the more water content there is in a food, the less calorie dense it is? Enter some of the most water-logged fruits: cucumber and watermelon (it’s in the name, after all). Combine 1/2 cup chopped watermelon with 1/2 cup sliced cucumber and to with fresh mint, a squeeze of lime, and a sprinkle of salt.

6. Green apples and yogurt 

This tasty, less-dense snack calls to mind an apple pie à la mode… but hold the crust and swap the “mode.” Simply slice up a green apple, sprinkle with cinnamon and serve with some non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey. Now that’s a satisfying snack, right? 

7. Frozen berry smoothie

Picture this: It’s 8 p.m. and you’re craving something sweet. Something like, say, a strawberry milkshake. Icy, fruity, satisfying, but more cals than you’ve allotted for today or want to put in your stomach before bed. Try this hack instead: Add frozen fruit to a glass and top with almond milk (or your plant-based milk of choice). Stir then let the milk get all icy before diving in. Almost like a bubble tea, but with fruit instead, and just sweet enough to satisfy your craving.

8. Sweet and sour frozen grapes

Sour candy lovers will go wild for these sweet and sour grapes. Simply fill a spray bottle with fresh lime juice and give those grapes a spritz before popping them in the freezer until frozen all the way through. And voila—nature’s sour candies. 

9. Pickle popsicles

After hours of spring pruning in the garden or an extra sweaty Zumba class, a pickle pop can be a refreshing and light treat to restore your body’s electrolytes. Mix up 2 1/4 cups of  leftover pickle juice with 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1/2 cup of pickle chips. Then, pour mixture into popsicle molds before hitting the deep freeze. 

10. Whipped topping graham cracker sandwiches 

If a s’more and an ice cream sandwich had a less-dense baby, it would be this tasty treat. Simply smoosh (yes, that’s the technical recipe term) some frozen lite whipped topping between two graham crackers and toss them in the freezer for an easy, breezy midnight (or anytime) snack. 

See? Snacking made simple. Check out Noom Weight for more food-related tips and tricks to help you reach your health and wellness goals. Look out for another article on less-dense snack ideas, coming next week.