Whenever I tell people we eat a whole foods diet, the first question I get is, “What is that? What do you eat?”
So I try to explain that we’ve cut out all processed junk foods, chips, packaged snacks, cookies etc. And we eat whole foods, as close to their original raw state as possible.
“But what do you snack on?” is usually the follow up question.
If you have kids like me, you know how crucial snacking is. There is something about just opening the pantry or fridge and instantly having something to munch on.
So, yes, we still snack and yes my kids are still as snacky as ever.
I’ve compiled a list of 50 Healthy Snacks that you will almost always find in our house at one time or another. They are mostly GMO free, don’t contain huge amounts of sugar or additives or dyes and, for the most part, are unprocessed.
- Roasted Tomatoes Crostini
- Baked Jalapeno Poppers
- Fresh Tabbouli from Trader Joes on whole wheat crackers
- Peanut Butter & Oat Energy Bites
- Fresh fruit – if you’re in a pinch grab a cut up fruit platter in the fresh produce section of your market.
- Maple & peanut butter banana bites – these are really good, but be sure to use only real maple syrup, not the cheap processed kind.
- GMO free tortilla chips with homemade Guacamole (or Trader Joes makes a killer one!)
- Crispy Rice Treats
- Peanut Butter & Choc Chip Cookies
- Half a slice of whole wheat toast with a tablespoon of real natural peanut butter and sliced bananas – great for a post workout!
- Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
- Freshly popped popcorn – LOVE LOVE LOVE my air popper!
- Veggie Quesadillas
- Medjool Dates with almonds
- Strawberry Fruit Roll Ups
- Hard boiled egg and sliced apple
- A cup of chicken noodle soup
- Ants on a Log: Take a celery stick and spread some peanut butter and top with raisins
- Frozen Banana Split
- Cheese Platter with grapes, fresh olives, crackers – look around your area for fresh markets that have salad bars. One near us has a Mediterranean one with some amazing olives.
- Broccoli Crunch Salad
- A whole wheat English muffin with a Tablespoon of sauce and fresh mozz cheese
- Carrot Salad
- Freshly made Hummus with veggies or tortilla chips – hit the salad bar at the supermarket for some
- Panzanella Bread Salad
- Fruit salad
- Almonds, Walnuts or Pecans
- Apple slices with peanut butter or cheese
- Mocha Coffee Frappe
- Tuna and Triscuits
- Seeds have tons of protein – pumpkin or sunflower seeds are great for snacking
- Carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, broccoli platter dipped in Ranch dressing
- GMO free tortilla chips with fresh salsa
- Banana Walnut Choc chip muffin
- Trail Mix
- Gluten Free Peanut Butter & choc chip muffins
- Steel cuts oats with sliced bananas and blueberries
- Zucchini Walnut Apple Bread
- Homemade applesauce
- Blueberry Blast Smoothie
- Leftovers – we do this all the time!
- Organic yogurt with fresh fruit
- Immunity Boosting Smoothie
- Make 1 or 2 scrambled eggs – throw in some veggies too!
- Tuna Sliders – this recipe makes a ton, put them in the fridge wrapped up and you have an instant-walk-away-from-the-fridge snack
- A bowl of granola and whole organic milk (my favorite!!)
- Deli roll up with turkey, ham or roastbeef
- Lara Bar – I’m not a huge fan of prepackaged snacks but if you’re in a bind these are ones we usually have on hand
- Cheese and grape skewers – just alternate a small square of organic white cheese with grapes on a wooden skewer for a great kid snack
- Half a turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread with whole grain mustard
I hope some of these ideas help inspire you to rummage through your fridge and take a few minutes to prepare some healthy snacks for your and your family. 🙂