For those who enjoy a snack following dinner, MacPherson says whole-grain ricotta toast is one option that’s not only healthy but also versatile. “You can top it either savory or sweet,” she says. “For sweet options, slice up any fruit you love such as peaches, grapes, bananas, or strawberries and place [it] on top of ricotta-smeared toast. Drizzle with a bit of honey, Nutella, or nut butter if you like,” MacPherson suggests.
“For savory versions, cucumber, smoked salmon, grape tomatoes and dill [are] delicious,” she states. “These combos provide micronutrients, fiber, protein, and complex carbs to keep you full until morning, so it makes a great post-dinner snack.” While whole-grain ricotta toast can be eaten at any point during the day, MacPherson points out that it serves as an especially nutritious post-workout meal.
However, if you’re not a fan of toast, consider whole-grain crackers instead, which MacPherson highlights as her third top healthy snack. More specifically, whole-grain crackers and raw veggies with nut butter, cheese, or bean dip for a plant-based option. “Again, the fiber, protein, and nutrient density combined with healthy fats will help keep you full and satisfied,” she states. “This is a great afternoon snack to keep your blood sugar levels steady for sustained energy.”