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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Healthy Snack Ideas

My sister requested a post about healthy snacks. Then she added "besides fruits or vegetables."  Well, that's hard to do, because most of what we eat around here are fruits and vegetables. I was still able to put together this list, but could use some more healthy ideas, so be sure to leave your good snack ideas in the comments section if you have something yummy to add.

For snacks, the key is to having it readily available. If you're like me, you aren't going to sit around and wait for an egg to boil when you are hungry for  a snack-- I want it now! So, I always try to have some snack foods available. Boil several eggs at a time and keep them in your fridge. Make a large batch of hummus and buy pre-cut vegetables (or just pre-cut them yourself and save some money). Keep fruit dip in the fridge. Whatever it is you like, plan for it ahead of time, so that you're not reaching for anything you can get your hands on when you need a snack.


  • Apples/ Bananas and Peanut butter dip- mix equal parts yogurt and peanut butter
  • Peanut Butter Apples- Cut an apple in half and scoop out seeds and stem. Fill the cavity with peanut butter. Put the apple back together. It travels well and won't turn brown. Plus, it's like a little apple surprise that something is hiding in the middle.
  • Smoothies- I like a frozen banana blended with peanut butter, ice, and milk. Berry smoothies with milk and yogurt are also delicious.
  • Grapes and cheese


  • Vegetables with Hummus- carrots, sugar snap peas, and grape tomatoes are good
  • Tomato and Mozzarella Skewers- Alternate grape tomatoes and mozzarella balls on a skewer. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar on top. Sprinkle with dried basil. The friend who taught me this one also uses cut up string cheese if she's out of fresh mozzarella. Of course, you could always make your own...
  • Veggie platter- A while back I bought one of those platters with a circle in the center for dip and sections all around. When I put veggies on there and a little hummus or dip in the middle, the kids think they are having a special treat, even though it's still just vegetables (Don't tell them; we've got a good thing going here). For dip, I mix 1 cup sour cream with 1/2 tsp. of each of the following: garlic powder, onion powder, salt, parsley.

There are very few store bought crackers I would recommend. When you read the label on most of them, you will see hydrogenated oils, added sugar, and all kinds of other additives and preservatives. If I had to buy some from a store, I would probably go with Kashi brand. But there is the option of making them your self. I have made both of the recipes below. I use Katie's method of rolling them right on my baking stone. It makes it much easier and you can roll them really thin.
Also, it's a good idea to add some fat or protein with your crackers (like cheese).

And more...

  • Cottage cheese
  • Hard Boiled Egg
  • Nuts and dried fruit
  • Yogurt
  • Slice of whole wheat bread with butter or peanut butter for fat
  • Popcorn popped in coconut oil


  1. mmm, dried apricots and raw almonds together are one of my favorites! I have a different wheat thin-like recipe that has less ingredients, I'll send it to you. I really want to try that graham cracker recipe!

  2. We like hummus with celery sticks too. Once my 7-yr-old discovered that he liked celery, he couldn't get enough!

    We like crispy nuts, and we tend to eat fruit or carrot sticks as a snack pretty frequently too. And cheese cut into slices or sticks.

    Sometimes I will pick up drinkable yogurt from a local dairy - the kids love that for a snack. One of these days, I will make it instead of buying it, but I just haven't tried yet.

  3. @ Tamlynn, I'd like to try those, pass that recipe over! We love dried apricots and dried mango.

  4. @JenZ, I do crispy nuts about half the time... or less. I love crispy walnuts and pecans, but raw almonds are better. I just saw a recipe for yogurt drinks somewhere... I need to try to make that at home too- my kids would be thrilled.

  5. Mmm, looks like some good ideas. I'm bookmarking this for the cracker recipes too, as I've also been disappointed with commercial brands available. Thanks!

  6. Okay, here's my wheat thins recipe. I have not yet adapted it for soaking, but it should be easy. -I would use all whole wheat flour, add a Tb or two of whey to the water and soak that overnight-ish before adding the butter and salt.

    2 cups ground wheat
    1 cup white flour
    1/3 cup melted butter
    1/2 to 1 tsp salt (I like them salty)
    1 cup water

    Mix all to form firm dough. Let sit 15 min. Divide dough into 3 or 4 sections. Roll out one section at a time directly onto a flat cookie sheet 1/8" thin. Cut into squares with a pizza cutter. Bake at 350F for 25-30 min. Watch they don't get too browned.

  7. Thanks for posting that, Tamlynn. Have you ever tried with all wheat flour? I'm trying to cut out white flour and sugar.

  8. Ok, had to try it before replying. I used all WW flour, and 2 Tb. whey plus water to equal one cup, and the melted butter. Mix up well and let it sit, covered, overnight. Then I kneaded the salt in. I also sprinkled a little salt on top after it was rolled out. Worked great!

  9. These are all good ideas. When you think about it there is so many options for snacks.

    We like corn tortilla chips too(Tostitos-I'm week for the salt, bad I know), but we pair them with lots of fresh salsa or fresh guacamole.

    My husband likes potato chips, but I really have a hard time buying the gross greasy kind or Doritos he loves (yuck) so I started buying Sun chips and he really likes them, I feel much better with them in our house.
    Maybe not as good as fruits and vegetables but it's a step for the better.