Getting healthy is as much about your main meals and exercise as it is about your snacks! Many of us are grazers who find ourselves snacking on various things throughout the day, especially at work. Sure, that apple and string cheese might be a good snack, but when you take a bite of chocolate cake, one small cookie, two bites of a cheese-loaded lasagna, and a bakery muffin, youve just added hundreds of calories to your day! Weve got you covered with 5 great homemade snacks! You can graze on these or just add them to your daily intake, but theyre healthy, easy, and really great to snack on throughout the day!
All of the snacks listed below can be made in advance at the beginning of the week so you wont have to turn to your pantry for a pre-packaged snack when you or your kids are feeling a little peckish on busy weekdays and nights.
Check out the links and recipes and enjoy your healthy snacking with a clear mind.
1) Grain-Free Breakfast Bars
We love these bars because theyre perfect for a variety of diets including both Paleo and Vegan (depending on the chocolate chips you use). These bars are high in taste and super low in sugar a scant 1/4 cup of maple syrup is all youll find. If you dont have everything listed in the recipe, use your favorite nut flours for the base, and top with whatever kinds of healthy seeds you have on hand! These can be wrapped up in a little parchment paper or plastic wrap and tossed in your lunch box as a super easy snack for you or the kids!
2) Homemade Hummus With Carrots
If you work from home like some of us at GetFresh do during the week, you probably forget to eat, or you spend the day taking random bites of leftovers throughout the day (guilty!). We like to keep homemade hummus on hand as a quick and simple snack that can really fill you up. Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) are very filling, and when paired with carrots, bell pepper slices, or even whole wheat crackers, it makes for a healthy but filling snack free of preservatives and artificial flavors and colors. You know we love to make things from scratch over here at GetFresh so we always start with dried beans to keep the cost down and we think you should too! Lindsay over at Pinch of Yum has a super easy blender-friendly version that doesnt require a trip to the store to buy tahini!
3) Brown Rice Crackers, Whole Wheat Crackers, or Plantain Crackers
You dont have to resort to store-bought to enjoy snackers with your hummus, cheese, and other dips. There are so many varieties of crackers you can make at home, which is especially great if youre dealing with allergies! Many store-bought crackers contain soy, corn, or nuts, (or are made on shared equipment) which are common allergens, but when you make them yourself, you have full control over the ingredients! These healthy, whole-grain crackers are simple to make and delicious to enjoy.
4) Perfect Hardboiled Eggs
(Nom Nom Paleo)
Want healthy fats in your diet without chowing down on a block of cheese? How about organic pastured eggs for healthy omega-3s? We love a nice hardboiled egg with a pinch of salt and pepper for a super easy snack! If youve got the time, make a bunch in bulk, then peel them before you store them in a bag or container. Now you can reach for one or two eggs for breakfast, or grab one for a perfect midday snack! (Also theyre a great protein addition on salads!)
5) Homemade Crunchy Granola Bars
We love both chewy and crunchy granola bars, but hte brands you find lining the grocery store shelves are loaded with sugar, preservatives, and sometimes HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP! Skip the additives and make your own! These homemade crunchy granola bars are great for wrapping in plastic and tossing in your purse or briefcase when youre out for the day. You never know when hunger may strike, so its always good to have something for on the go. This recipe is nice because its really customizable. Not into ginger? Leave it out. Like raisins and peanuts? Toss em in!
- Fruit and Dip apple or banana with peanut butter or almond butter
- Whole Wheat Muffins Banana, Zucchini, Carrot-Applesauce
- Fruit Kebabs pineapple, melon balls, grapes
- Caprese Bites mozzarella, basil, cherry tomatoes, balsamic (held together with toothpicks!)
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