This is a part of an on going series I am writing called 100 Healthy Snacks. Each week I am post 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!
Welcome to week 3, now we are up to 30 healthy snack ideas. Are you feeling inspired and healthy from these ideas? I hope so, let me know your thoughts in the comments! Let’s get started. Remember to scroll to the end of the post to get your free printable shopping list, to go with this week’s snacks! Enjoy!
21 Mini Pizza rolls
I use the 100% whole wheat pizza dough for this. It’s fun because it’s totally customizable. Take a ball of dough, you can really use any bread dough you like. Roll it out very thin. If you need help with that – check out this video for a super simple method. Once you have it nice and thin, top half with your favorite veggies, meats and cheeses. Sauce can be done 2 ways, either put it on half the dough with your toppings or do it sauce-less and serve marinara, ranch or blue cheese on the side.
Fold the pizza dough over the top and cut into bite sized pieces with a pizza cutter. The cutting will begin the seal the edges, just go back and press them together to keep filling from ozzing out. Bake at 400 degrees until the dough is golden and filling is hot, 10-15 min.
22 Jello in cups
This is a favorite for me! I love jello. If you are watching calories and don’t mind artificial sweeteners you can use sugar free jello. Otherwise the regular is what I use. Mix jello according to package directions in a large bowl. Pour the liquid into fun containers. I have used martini glasses, plastic clear party cups, and small canning jars. Refrigerate as usual. Canning jars are great if you want to take the jello to work! The fun cups are great for parties.
23 Pigs in a blanket
Another great use for any no knead bread you have stored in the fridge. Roll out the dough fairly thin. Remember that it will rise a bit when baking.
Using a pizza cutter cut triangles from the dough. Use a small, cooked, sausage link, or a half of a hot dog for the pig. Place the meat at the apex of the triangle and roll. Press the seam together with your fingers pinching as you go. Bake for about 10-15 min until the dough is golden brown, and the sausage is sizzling.
24 English muffin pizzas
Unless you make your own, whole wheat English muffins are not hard to find anymore. Just look for whole wheat flour, and a higher fiber count. I use Thomas 100% Whole Wheat English Muffins in a pinch. Like any bread, you can store these easily in the freezer to have on hand. Like any other pizza top with sauce, cheese, meat and veggies in any order you like.
English muffin pizzas have a few perks, they are low in calories and if you have the muffins on hand you can whip these up really quickly usually with what is already in your fridge.
Another summer favorite for me, especially since I grow cabbage in my garden. I shred up a combo of green cabbage, purple cabbage, and carrots. You can also get mixes like this in the bagged salad section of the grocery store.
I grate the carrots with my box grater and slice the cabbage carefully with a knife off the head. For the dressings, I take two percent greek yogurt, add some water, sugar and white vinegar.
I mix the water first, and eye how much to put in to thin out the yogurt, leave it slightly thick since you will be adding vinegar. Then I had about a teaspoon of sugar and vinegar. From there I add more sugar and vinegar to taste. This is a fairly thin dressing. Toss the veggies in the dressing, and marinate a few hours in the fridge. This is best made a few hours ahead of time.
26 Homemade Chips
Another garden favorite for me. I get out my small Mandolin Slicer and sliced up 1 russet potato, although you could use any potato you like. As I slice I soak the potatoes in a large bowl of ice water. This helps remove the starch.
Once I am done, I get some paper towels and dry of the potatoes as best I can. I use a non-stick baking tray or cookie sheet. Place the potatoes individually on the sheet and spray with some olive oil. I use this type of Olive Oil Sprayer, which you can fill and refill with the oil you keep at home.
Give them some room on your sheet, even if you have to do a few batches. If the potato slices are too close together they will steam, not get hot enough and not get crispy. Bake hot at 400. Remove when the are golden brown. You may have to rotate your sheets if they are not browning evenly.
Put chips into a bowl lined with a couple paper towels and toss with salt, and any seasoning you like. Popcorn seasonings work well, and I especially love grated parmesan cheese.
I’ll take any excuse to make tacos. I take a small corn tortilla fold it in half and cut three vertical strips. If you have a hard time folding without rips, warm up the tortillas slightly in the microwave or oven.
Fill with your favorite taco ingredients and secure with tooth pics. I like to use cheese, beans, lettuce, onion, tomatoes and peppers. Serve with a side of sour cream! Keep these meat free, to keep the calories down and use 2% cheese. I serve the tacos with various veggies on the side if I am using this as a appetizer.
28 Waffle Sticks with Dip
Can this sound any greater? Cook up your favorite waffle recipe, preferably 100% whole grain. I crisp mine up in a toaster oven. With clean kitchen shears cut the waffles into strips. You can serve with any dips you would like. I like some greek yogurt mixed with honey or maple syrup. Use the good stuff, just keep the portions in check. 1 tablespoon per cup of yogurt. Another dip option is a fruit puree, or a yogurt fruit puree mix.
29 Fruit Kab0bs
Fruit Kabobs are super easy to prep, and you don’t even need to have the long kabob sticks at home! You can make mini ones with toothpicks. I use melon, pineapple and cherries. You can use what ever strikes your fancy. I use melons and pineapple, because if you cut it up yourself its pretty inexpensive, but still really tasty. Cherries are a treat that I love to indulge in this time of year. Washington cherries are delicious!
30 Healthier Chicken Wings
This is a household favorite. Get a pack of chicken drumettes, and cover them in your favorite hot sauce. I am loyal to Frank Red Hot. Ya know, I put that S*** on everything :)
I use a shallow baking dish for the marination period, and cover with some plastic wrap. Marinate at least 30 min, and up to 12 hours covered in the fridge. Stir half way through so everything is evenly coated.
Spray a cookie sheet with a bit of oil, to prevent sticking. Spread out the chicken pieces about 1-2 inches apart on your sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes, until skin is crispy and chicken is cooked all the way. It’s okay to have a few scorch spots.
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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