This is a part of an on going series I am writing called 100 Healthy Snacks. Each week I am posting 10 healthy snacks until I get up to 100. This is to prove that eating healthy, real food, doesn’t have to be difficult, expensive, or boring! In addition I will be including a shopping list that you can use or add to so you have the ingredients on hand for the snacks. You can find more info here on this series. Check out the healthy snack ideas below!
Lets get down to it, week 1 of the 100 healthy snacks series! I’m excited, are you? Some the recipes are simple some are more involved. I have included any special equipment if needed, or recommended and my favorite products or brands as needed. Substitute as you see fit! The printable shopping list to match these healthy snack ideas is at the bottom of the post!
I make my popcorn in one of these guys, called a Whirley-Pop. This works on the stove. Since corn is a notoriously genetically modified food, I use organic corn kernels. I make 3 versions of popcorn. I put a small scoop at least 1 teaspoon coconut oil into the popper with 1/3 to a 1/2 cup kernels. Place over medium heat and turn the handle until popping starts, about 3 min.
When it is done, let the popcorn sit for a couple minutes in the popper. If you eat it right away it will be a bit chewy. Now you can eat it or add some melted, grass-fed butter (full of omega-3’s) and a bit of salt. I like to add some finely grated parmesan cheese to mine as well.
2. Kettle Corn
The process is very similar to above. For this recipe you really need the Whirley-Pop, since it stirs so the sugar doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pan. Add the kernels and coconut oil to the popper and turn the handle over medium heat. When you hear the first kernel pop add some sugar. I usually do about 1 tablespoon, which is a very light sweet coating on the corn. Add more to taste.
When the popping ends add in some salt and turn the corn around in the popper to mix it in.
3. Yogurt Parfait
Get a nice tall glass. Get your favorite yogurt in your favorite flavor, and 1 or types of fruit. Take about a third of the yogurt and spoon it into the glass. Bang the glass lightly on your counter to level it out, and then add some of your sliced fruit. Continue until the glass is full. I top mine with something crunchy like sliced almonds, walnuts or pistachios, which all have great health benefits.
You can make these ahead and have them in the fridge waiting for you. I just add the crunchy topping before serving.
Ingredient tip: I use organic yogurt because a lot of experts say that dairy is something you should buy organic if you can. To cut down the costs of this snack you can use frozen fruit, which is nice to have on hand and is a bit cheaper. You can even freeze your own from the garden if you have extra.
4. Ants on a Log
This one is a classic! Take organic celery ( it’s on the dirty dozen list ) spread with natural peanut butter, look for something with just peanuts/other nuts, as ingredients. Dot with raisins for the ants. Simple and great for kids and adults! If you are watching your calories, keep the snack to 2 tablespoons peanut butter between all the celery. Then you will be in the 200 calorie range which is perfect for a snack!
5. Elvis’s Favorite Sandwich
For these I use mini loaves ( USA Pans) of bread. This is a great snack to make before a bunch of kids invade your house.
Spread two slices of whole wheat bread with your favorite nut butter. Drizzle a tiny bit of honey and cover one slice with slices of bananas, top with the other slice of bread. Get all shook up!
6. Celery and Carrots with Hummus
I also love sliced bell pepper with hummus, but its really expensive to buy organic peppers, and they are REALLY hard to grow in Seattle. If you budget allows, add some in too. Again thin skinned veggies, and fruits you should buy organic. This hummus keeps pretty well in the fridge for a week as well. The olive oil helps with that too.
7. Banana Berry Smoothie
I am a huge fan of smoothies. A basic recipe to get starting is 1/2 a banana, no need to go organic here bananas are thick skinned, a cup of your favorite berries, fresh or frozen and some liquid. I stay far away from juice, its mostly sugar and doesn’t offer the fiber or real fruit. Instead I keep some flavored herbal teas or green teas in the fridge for smoothies. I use a cup of that or a cup of coconut milk (I am lactose intolerant sub for milk if you like) or a cup of yogurt and some water to thin it out. I also add pasteurized egg whites from the carton for protein instead of protein powders.
I will be doing a whole week of healthy smoothies within this series so stay tuned to for more extensive recipes soon!
8. Homemade Pita Chips
Take some whole grain pitas that might be getting a little stale. Split them apart, and cut into smaller triangles or strips. Brush a little oil, Coconut Oil is my pick, and bake in an even layer of a baking sheet until crispy. About 10 min at 350. Watch them carefully they go from soft to burnt fast.
If desired season with salt, pepper, a little Parmesan cheese or other spices. I love smoked paprika and sesame seeds.
9. Cut Veggies & Pita with Homemade Pico De Gallo
You can kind of free form the pico de gallo but I base mine off this recipe. I add lots of lime and cilantro. To keep the dip healthy I use veggies instead of fried chips or crackers. I add in some of the homemade pita chips if I have some hanging around.
10 Mini Grilled Cheeses
I use mini loaves ( USA Pans) whole grain bread, Tillamok cheese and a side of the Pico De Gallo as a fresh stand in for tomato soup. I toast mine in a skillet with grassfed butter ( Kerrygold) or coconut oil.
This is another good one to make for a crowd of kids. Although I have seen adults devour a platter of mini grilled cheese sandwiches too!
Healthy Snack Ideas Shopping List
Here is the shopping list! I left out spices and optional ingredients like the tea I mentioned in the smoothie. I tried to re-use ingredients a lot so you would get mileage out of each ingredient.
Thank you for reading today! I hope you enjoyed this list with the first 10 of 100 great healthy snacks! If you found today’s post interesting and helpful, and know someone who could benefit from step by step videos on baking or great healthy snack ideas, please share this with them today!