WHAT are Healthy Snacks?
The best snack foods are fruit. Easy to transport. Very portable and tasty! Apples, grapes, berries, bananas, oranges and pears are typically available year round at most grocery stores.
Change it up and add these to your grocery list. Plus – if you have these on your counter, instead of a bag of chips, you are more likely to eat them.
More items to add to your Healthy Snacks List
Many of these items require a time investment to prepare, but so worth it.
• Trail mix (nuts, seeds, dried fruit…)
• Hummus with vegetables/ Gluten free crackers/ Gluten free bread
• Fresh fruit with a portion of nut/seed butter
• Raw dark chocolate with fresh cherries
• CADA – shredded Coconut, Almonds, Dates, Apples. Combine together and blitz a few times in the blender.
• Make Soup Broth. Puree celery and add to broth (homemade/bone or veggie broth is best). Make sesame/sunflower milk, and add to the soup. Add some salt. Simple and delicious, and quick to make.
• Stewed cinnamon apples or pears with walnuts, lemon and coconut milk
• Hard boiled eggs and raw veggies – or better, deviled eggs. Hard boil, peel, cut in half, drop out yolks, blend with full fat yogurt, pickle juice, chopped pickles and red onion. Take this mixture, put into the corner of a plastic bag. Cut bottom corner off and squirt the yumminess back into the egg white. Top with paprika – mmm yum.
• Bean dip w/ raw or parboiled veggies. Puree 1 can of any organic beans (drained & rinsed), with ¼ c. nut butter (tahini, almond, pumpkin seed). Season w/ lemon juice, garlic, cumin, dulse flakes, salt, pepper. Add water to make a loose puree. Pour onto large plate, making an indentation in the middle, fill w/ extra virgin olive oil. Decorate w/ chives, nasturtiums, onion flowers, borage, or other edible flowers.
• Collard or chard wraps (use any big leaf): flip leaf, cut out 2/3 of spine. Scoop some nitrate free turkey, hummus, or fish salad if you’ll eat it, avocado, thin red onion slices, sprouts or thin sliced cucumbers. Fold over one flap and roll down the other side. Skewer with a toothpick if eating later or to go.
• Tahini applesauce treat – Combine in this order: 3 c unsweetened applesauce; 1 c organic tahini; 1 Tbsp lemon zest; ½ Tbsp each cardamom and cinnamon; ½ tsp nutmeg, ¼ tsp cloves, and ¼ cup organic dried currants. Let sit for 1 hour before serving.
• Nori Rolls: Nori sheets, julienne some veggies, cucumber, red pepper, carrots, etc, mash up some avocado, make a fish salad of some sort and make my rolls. I don’t use grains very much, but I will also sometimes use brown rice. I seal the flap with a little gluten free tamari, and I use Eden wasabi, b/c it has no sugar or chemicals …
• Homemade ice cream: frozen banana, chilled coconut milk, blend in Vita Mix, sprinkle with walnuts and cacao nibs. Any other flavor will do. I have frozen citrus, plums, cherry, berries etc. Blend single flavors or combos with the coconut milk. Add spices or flavorings as you wish. I will sweeten with a couple of drops of stevia if desired
• Green smoothies of all kinds: get creative with veggies and some fruit to sweeten and flavor, avocado, add nuts, nut butters, or nut milk, coconut water, protein powder, raw cacao and all kinds of super foods etc….
• Coconut flakes on their own – yummy and filling
I hope you enjoy these snack ideas. Please have them around to share with your friends.
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