Welcome to week 2 of 100 Healthy Snack Foods! If you have been following along you know I am a tiny bit behind. Sorry about that, I just moved into my first home! Very exciting but a little time consuming. Anyways… Lets get to the snacks, shall we? As before I have included favorite brands or equipment if I have some, and a shopping list at the end of this post. You will also see I highlighted options that are “no Prep” , which is a great option for people on the go. Enjoy!
11. Fruit Salad
To minimize cost choose fruits with thick skin ( pineapple, banana, oranges) so you don’t need organics. Another tip, grow your own berries, or make friends with neighbors with fruit trees, it all comes ripe at once and they may have some extra they would be happy to give you. This works especially well if you offer to harvest yourself!
If you are using canned fruit in juice or syrup, make sure to toss the fruit in a colander to rise off the extra sugar/calories.
A squirt of lemon juice will keep the cut up fruit from browning so fast and add a citrus kick!
12. Lunch Meat Roll Up
I love this snack, especially if you are watching your carbs. I take my favorite lunch meat, turkey and chicken are the healthiest in general, and smear some cream cheese on the slices. I roll them up and cut them in slices and secure with a toothpick. Great as an appetizer as well. For some variation you can get a flavored cream cheese, or add in your own flavors liked chopped chives from your herb garden.
To reduce the calories you can use low fat cream cheese or Laughing Cow Cheese which also comes in some fun flavors.
13. Apple With Peanut Butter ( No Prep Option )
I buy my organic apples in bulk. Two reasons- 1. they are cheaper this way and I like expensive apples, being from Washington I have a crazy love for apples, and 2. apples keep really well.
Did you know most apples you buy in the store have been sitting in cold storage for 9-12 months? Yup! So I keep a drawer full in my garage fridge. Also a good area to have a friend with a tree that produces more than they can eat! I use Adams peanut butter, cause I love it, but any nut butter makes a great balanced snack with the fruit.
I cut up my apple and bring a little tupperware with a couple days worth of peanut butter in it and dip as I eat!
14. Salad wraps
Salad wraps are great because you can make a bunch and keep they in the fridge for later. I take a large leaf of lettuce, and fill it burrito style with some chopped lettuce, cucumber, bell pepper, celery, and onion (I only buy organic veggies that are on sale, I try and grow most of that I can, like lettuce and onions). Wrap this all up in the lettuce leaf and secure with a tooth pick. Serve with a side of creamy dressing for dipping. My favorite is blue cheese.
15. Freeze dried fruit ( No Prep Option )
Freeze dried fruit has a crazy, cool texture and is lower in calories that regular dried fruit. It’s more crunchy and less chewy. I find it in the popcorn/snack aisle of my grocery store. You can also get it online, just make sure fruit is the main/only ingredient. Brothers is a great brand! Trader Joe’s has a house brand now too!
16. Homemade trail mix
Gather up some of your freeze dried fruit, some nuts and seeds and you’ve got yourself an awesome snack. Keep the portion size in check since nuts and seeds are higher in calories.
I aim for a little handful of a few types of nuts a day, since they all have different health benefits. My favorite mix is, walnuts, almonds,sunflower seeds, and freeze dried strawberries. Don’t forget a few dark chocolate chunks!
I use raw almonds and walnuts but add in roasted and salted seeds or a little saltiness. Sometimes I lightly roast the nuts first by spreading them in one layer on a backing sheets and making at 350 degrees for a few minutes. Watch them closely they can burn fast. That’s an expensive mistake!
These are super fun to make. You can take anything and make it into a popsicle really. Juice isn’t much more than sugar water, so what I do is freeze smoothies! You can make mini ones with ice cube trays, you can invest in a popsicle mold, or even use glass canning jars.
Depending on what flavors you like, I mix fruit, water and coconut milk ( if you don’t have a dairy allergy, go for organic milk) in my blender and pour the smoothie into a mold.
If I am using ice cube trays or jars I fill the container with the mix, leaving a little room for the liquid to expand. I place the try into the freeze for 15-30 min and when the liquid has just started to harden I inset popsicle sticks into the tray (I cut mine in half) and then cover the tray with foil. When they are solid I run the back of the container with some warm water and pop out the popsicles. Yum! You can also put slices of fruit into the liquid for a fun surprise.
18. Homemade Frozen Yogurt
Love ice cream but not the guilt? Pull out that ice cream maker gathering dust in the back of your closet! I use plain greek yogurt as my base, since it is low in sugar, and high in protein. Since the greek yogurt is pretty tart, I add honey and fruit to sweeten it up. You can use whole berries, frozen berries or even puree. Add yogurt to the maker, taking care to fill it only about 3/4 full. Add sweeteners to taste and run the machine according to it’s directions. For a more swirled look, add additional fruit puree towards the end of the cycle.
19. Caprese Salad
Another fun salad wrap idea. I use either mozzarella balls or string cheese, chopped basil and grape tomatoes. Cut the cheese onto smaller pieces and quarter the grape tomatoes. Mix the cheese, basil and tomatoes in a bowl and drizzle lightly with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Marinate for 30 in the fridge. Take a leaf of lettuce and put a spoonful of the salad mix in the center. Fold in the sides and roll, like you would a burrito. Secure with a tooth pick or two. Serve with more vinaigrette if desired.
20. Cheese and Crackers
This one is super simple. I use my cracker recipe and serve on a platter with sliced cheese. To increase the protein you can serve some sliced chicken or turkey if desired. Those are generally the leanest, healthiest meats. You could also serve with slices of a veggie or two, like sliced tomato and onions. Another great time to use Laughing Cow Cheese, it comes in fun flavors and is super low in calories but doesn’t taste like “diet” food!
100 Healthy Snack Foods – Shopping List
Here is the shopping list! I tried to re-use ingredients a lot so you would get mileage out of each ingredient.
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