10 less-dense snack ideas that will help you reach your health goals (part 2)

by | May 19, 2022 | Last updated Jun 3, 2022

Last week, we shared some pretty awesome less-dense snack ideas. This week, we’re back with 10 more ideas that’ll be sure to satisfy your cravings.

1. Chocolate chip stuffed raspberries 

Is it just us or were raspberries totally made to be filled with chocolate chips? These cute snacks are the perfect little pick-me-up treat to satisfy your sweet tooth. Bonus: You can pop ‘em in the freezer for a chilly, texture shakeup. 

2. Spiced fruit three ways

We heard some of you are just eating your fruit plain. (No shade.) Welcome to the spiced side, where creativity and fruit combine for a delicious, light snack. Mango and chili powder are a classic pairing, but have you tried cinnamon on oranges? How about smoked paprika and lime on pineapple? Start living that spiced fruit life, Noomers. 

3. Peanut butter yogurt dip

Name a more iconic duo than apples and peanut butter. You can’t. We’re taking a slightly less dense route with this apple dip, using Greek yogurt and PB powder instead of the real deal (which sometimes has a surprising amount of sugar). It’s oh-so-creamy, perfectly peanut-buttery, and just plain delicious. Plus, there’s no real measurements to follow, making it super easy to mix up a single-serving for when you get your next apple craving.

4. Lemon and sea salt kale chips

Okay, you’re never going to hear us say that kale chips are better than potato chips—we would never lie to you like that—but (and it’s a big but), when you’re in the mood for something a little salty, a little crunchy, and a lot less calorie dense, this recipe is the way to go. To make:

  • Combine one bunch of kale (stemmed and washed), 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in a bowl. 
  • Give that kale a nice, long massage before pouring it onto a square pan and bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes until it gets dark green and crispy.

5. Raspberry chia pudding

This could be your new favorite smoothie bowl base, or a less dense spin on strawberry ice cream. Whichever you decide, here’s what you’ll need to do to serve it up:

  • Combine 1 cup of raspberries, 1 cup of nut milk, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence, and 2 tablespoons of honey in a blender. 
  • Pour mixture into a bowl, top with 1/4 cup chia seeds, and mix. 
  • Stick it in the fridge for a few hours or overnight to get a thicker consistency.

6. Five-ingredient guacamole

​​It’s high time we start seeing guac as the versatile dip, spread, and snack it is. With a little smashing and slicing, you can enjoy healthy fats and flavorful herbs at any time of the day. 

All you need is: 

  • 4 ripe avocados
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 lime
  • Half a Spanish onion, diced
  • Cilantro to taste (optional)
  • Pair with a veggie or pita chip of your choice

(Note: this makes a lot of guac, so throw the leftovers in the fridge to snack on throughout the week.)

7. Air fryer roasted edamame

One of our favorite savory, light snacks is a warm pile of edamame—fun to eat and full of good, satiating carbs, fat, fiber, and protein. Try cooking them up in the air fryer for a quick fix (no boil required). 

Here’s how to make it happen: 

  • 10–12 ounces edamame
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

Air fry at 380 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

8. Yogurt bark 

Move aside, frozen fudge bar. This (almost) too-pretty-to-eat fro-yo bark is the new star sweet treat. Frozen Greek yogurt and berries add just the right amount of sweet and tangy to satisfy your after-lunch sweet tooth, plus a little bit of protein to keep you full.

The recipe: 

  • Add 1 1/2 cups non-fat Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup blueberries, 1/3 cup strawberries, and 2 tablespoons coconut flakes (unsweetened) to a square pan with a sheet of parchment paper. 
  • Freeze for 3 hours or until the yogurt is firm and then cut up into bite-sized pieces. 

9. Air fryer banana chips

We all know bananas are a great sweet snack (especially caramelized under the broiler…drool), but have you tried a more savory treatment? With a bit of oil and a pinch of salt, these satisfying air fryer banana bites will soar to the top of your snack list for that perfect sweet and salty you crave.

So trade in your corn chips and newtons for a less-dense banana chip.

  • 2 bananas
  • 2 teaspoon avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt

Air fry at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

10. Dill pickle popcorn 

Craving something salty? This DIY dill pickle popcorn recipe delivers the flavor, while helping you stay balanced. When you mix up your own seasoning and pop your own popcorn, you can control just how much butter, salt, and added ingredients make their way into your snack bowl. Less calorie-dense than, say, a certain brand of sour cream and onion potato chips. Plus, who doesn’t love the smell of freshly popped popcorn?

Here’s the dill … oops, we mean deal: 

  • In a large, heavy bottom saucepan combine olive oil and ¼ cup popcorn kernels over medium heat. Cover the pot and wait for the kernels to pop. 
  • In a separate bowl combine  1/2 teaspoon coriander, 1 teaspoon dried dill, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder, and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt.
  • Pour 4 tablespoons of melted butter over your popcorn and add combined spices, mixing to coat. 

There you have it: 10 less-dense snacks for when you’re craving something yummy. Check out Noom Weight for more food related tips and tricks to help you reach your health and wellness goals.