Healthy Substitutes for Common Snack Cravings

by | Updated: December 4th, 2016 | Read time: 2 minutes

Are cravings a sign of some nutritional deficiency? Maybe. But whether your salty snack attacks are your body’s cries for help or just signals to refuel, you should have the best response. You can easily – and nutritiously – navigate between-meal noshing with these healthy substitutes for sweet, salty, crunchy or creamy cravings.

Your craving: Crunchy and salty.

Your snack: Fresh-cut raw veggies, crackers and hummus.

You get the crunch from the veggies and saltiness from flavorful, whole-grain crackers. The hummus adds extra fiber and protein to help hold you over.


Your craving: Dessert.

Your snack:

Banana Boats

1 banana, sliced in half lengthwise
1-2 Tbsp. unsalted almond butter
1 Tbsp. cacao nibs, or enough to sprinkle on top

These little bites are a naturally delicious way to quiet your sweet tooth. The cacao nibs are basically a healthier, lower-sugar option for chocolate chips. Between the whole banana and creamy almond butter spread on top, this snack is completely satisfying!


Your craving: Sweet and creamy

Your snack: An energizing smoothie!

Pineapple-Parsley Smothie

1 cup pineapple
6 green grapes
A few sprigs parsley
1 cup coconut water
5 ice cubes

Berry-Acai Protein Shake

1 Sambazon Acai Berry Superfruit Pack
1 cup frozen mixed berries
½ banana
1 – 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
¾ scoop Vega One Vanilla All-In-One Nutritional Shake

Whenever I make a smoothie, I want it to be refreshing – to really quench my thirst and fill me up. That’s why I really love the bright flavors from pineapple, parsley and berries. With extra nutrients from coconut water or a protein powder like Vega One, these blends will truly perk you up. Try one during your next midday slump instead of relying on a calorie-loaded frozen coffee drink or convenient candy bar.