This article was created in partnership with Julie's Real.
There's nothing wrong with classics like veggies and hummus or trail mix, but sometimes your snack game needs a bit of a shake-up. Bonus points if the snack is packed with fruits or veggies and delicious and satisfying. Naturally (pun intended), we turned to Julie's Real for inspiration.
Julie's Real makes borderline-addictive nut butters and grain-free granolas that are so good we could eat them every day (TBH, some of us at Greatist do). And they use only real, whole-food ingredients—think vanilla beans, cacao nibs, organic honey—that can be enjoyed by gluten-free, Paleo, peanut-free, soy-free, and dairy-free dieters alike. Together we're bringing you a lineup of healthy, dietitian-approved snacks guaranteed to satisfy all your cravings, whenever they strike.
1. Guilt-Free Banana Split
Banana + Julie’s Real Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Almond Butter + dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs
Sweet tooths, rejoice. Maria Zamarripa, M.S., R.D., says pairing the fiber from a banana with the healthy fats and protein from almond butter helps to balance blood sugar and prevent cravings later in the day. Translation: You'll feel energized and full. Just slice the banana lengthwise, add a swipe of Julie's Real to each side, and top with chocolate chips or cacao nibs. Dessert is served.
2. Plant-Powered Cucumber Bites
Cucumber + hummus + hemp seeds
Finally, a veggie snack you don't have to force-feed yourself. Like watermelon, cucumbers are super hydrating (they're 95 percent water) and great for your skin (bye bye, redness!). To prepare, slice cukes into rounds, then top with a flavored hummus (store-bought or one of the amazing DIY options here) to add flavor, fiber, and protein. Finish with a sprinkle of magnesium-rich hemp seeds, stack on another cucumber slice, and enjoy sandwich style.
3. Yogurt Parfait 2.0
Whole-milk or dairy-free yogurt + Julie’s Real Cacao Coconut Grain-Free Granola + blueberries
Yogurt and granola often sneak in a ton of sugar. This gluten-free version gets all the sweetness it needs from coconut, organic honey, and vanilla beans. Top plain yogurt (use dairy-free to make it Paleo) with Julie's Real Cacao Coconut Grain-Free Granola, which contains just 6 grams of sugar per serving, then add blueberries for extra vitamin K.
4. Avocado Egg Salad
Avocado + hard-boiled egg + salt and pepper
This one couldn't be easier to prep: Mash together half an avocado with a hard-boiled egg and season with salt and pepper. Not only is this egg salad twist rich in healthy monounsaturated fats (good for lowering bad cholesterol) and protein, but it's also not weighed down with mayo or unnecessary dressings. If you're feeling extra hungry, spread over whole-grain toast.
5. Sushi Rice Cake
Smoked salmon + sliced avocado + brown rice cake + seasoning (dill, salt, pepper)
Layer salmon and avocado onto a brown rice cake for a snack that feels like a meal (in a good, not-too-full way). The omega-3s in salmon boost brain health, reduce inflammation, and lower blood pressure, says Zamarripa, while brown rice gives you slow, digestible energy.