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7 Healthier Alternatives To Your Favorite Snacks

A life without snacks is no life at all.

1. Turn a yogurt parfait into a frozen treat.

It's August. It's hot. Cool down with this healthy but satisfying frozen mix of yogurt, fruit, and granola.

Recipe: Frozen Greek Yogurt Bites

2. Satisfy a dessert craving with fruit and oats baked together in magical harmony.

These 100-calorie bars are best when you use super ripe, in-season strawberries. They're good enough for dessert, but good-for-you enough to pass for breakfast.

Recipe: Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

3. Munch on crispy baked chickpeas instead of chips.

These chickpeas are super simple to make, but they taste just complex enough, thanks to lemon zest and a little bit of Parmesan. Bring 'em to work, or use them to satisfy an after-dinner craving.

Recipe: Crispy Parmesan Chickpeas

4. Or try this ramped-up edamame.

Edamame is a great unprocessed snack, but it can get a little plain. Here's a way to make it a little more exciting with just a few basic ingredients. No cooking required.

Recipe: Chipotle-Lime Edamame

5. Your new go-to snack/dessert? Chocolate-dipped almond butter banana bites.

I mean, OMG. The creamy, sweet banana goes perfectly with slightly salty almond butter. And everything is better dipped in chocolate.

Recipe: Chocolate-Dipped Almond Butter Banana Bites

6. Use up extra tomatoes by making tomato CHIPS.

Honestly, the combination of tomato, cheese, and herbs make these salty-but-sweet chips taste a lot like pizza.

Recipe: Crispy Parmesan Tomato Chips

7. Make your own healthyish pita chips.

Pita chips aren't exactly a superfood, but they're pretty healthy if you use whole grain pita to make your own. Pick your favorite flavor, or make a couple different kinds so that you always have what you're in the mood for.

Recipe: Baked Pita Chips