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9 Healthy Snack Ideas

So you need a quick grab and go snack. Plain carrots and hummus not turning you on? Here are 9 snack ideas that are sure to get your taste buds excited:

1. Beet Chips & Curried Yogurt

Screen Shot 2013-12-23 at 5.55.29 PMMix 2 tablespoons of 2% or Full fat greek yogurt and ¼ – ⅛ teaspoon of curry powder. Stir well and serve with beet chips.

This sounds weird, but it’s good!

2. Ham & Celery sticks

Wrap 6 celery sticks with 6 slices of ham <–make sure it’s all natural, nitrate and nitrite free if possible and from the deli, serve with your preference of dijon, whole wheat or yellow mustard.

3. Make Your Own Yogurt Parfait

Take ½ cup Greek yogurt (I prefer 2% or Full fat as the fat will keep you fuller longer and help reduce cravings) and put in a plastic cup that you can take with you. Top with your favorite fruit (berries are easiest because you don’t have to chop them). Instead of granola, use nut pieces such as crushed almond and/or cashews.

4. Cherry Tomatoes with Goat Cheese

Screen Shot 2013-12-23 at 5.59.11 PMEvenly slice 5 large cherry tomatoes and top each slice with a dollop of goat cheese and a sprinkling of herbs such as chives, parsley, or basil. Pop them in your mouth to enjoy!

5. Avocado!  

Screen Shot 2013-12-23 at 5.57.25 PMThis one is super simple but really delicious. Cut an avocado in half. Remove the seed by using a knife to cut halfway into the seed, twist and the seed will come out easily with the knife. Then sprinkle some Himalayan sea salt or celtic sea salt on the sucker and eat like ice cream. If you’re really hungry you can eat both halves.

6. Raw Superfood Balls

7. Trail mix bars

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups mixed nuts – I used organic almonds, pepitas, and cashews

  • 1½ cups dried fruit – apricots, cherries, cranberries, pomegranates, raisins, in any combination

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds

  • 1/3 cup organic brown rice puffs or uncooked, quick cooking, gluten-free oatmeal

  • 2/3 cup brown rice syrup

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

  • a pinch of sea salt

  • a pinch of nutmeg

  • a pinch of pumpkin pie spice

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.

  2. Line a 13” X 9” pan with parchment paper.

  3. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl – nuts, chia seeds, rice puffs or oatmeal, dried fruit, cinnamon, sea salt, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice.

  4. Add brown rice syrup.

  5. Incorporate all ingredients thoroughly.

  6. Press mixture into prepared pan.

  7. Bake for 20 minutes.

  8. Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 20 minutes. They may seem too soft, but give an ample amount of time to cool and they’ll be ready to slice into your favorite shapes.

Courtesy Heather Miller, WellnessToday.com

8. Salad in a Jar

9. Granola Bars

Ditch the pre-packaged, chemical-laden junk-ola! Make your own granola bars to grab on your way out the door, or package them up as adorable treats to give to your family and friends.

Ingredients :

  • 2 cups of oats

  • 3/4 cup of almonds or cashews

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dry coconut

  • 1/4 cup of sesame seeds

  • ¼ cup of flax seed

  • 2 cups of chopped dried fruit (cranberries, chopped apricots, pineapple currants, cherries, your choice! )

  • 1/2 cup of honey.. sometimes I add a little maple syrup too

  • 1 cup of unsalted crunchy peanut butter

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Spray or butter a 9 by 9-inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Spread the oats, almonds/ nuts onto a sheet pan. Place in the oven and toast for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in coconut and sesame, flax and toast it for another 2 minutes.

  3. In the meantime, combine the honey, peanut butter, vanilla and salt in a saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook until everything combined.

  4. Once the oat mixture is toasted, remove it from the oven and immediately add it into the liquid mixture, add the dried fruit, and mix all in to coat evenly.

  5. Turn mixture out into the prepared baking dish and press down, evenly distributing the mixture in the dish

  6. Let the tray cool off and cut into squares and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Candice Kumai, the former host of Lifetime’s Cook Yourself Thin and TLC’s Homemade Simple, received her culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu California School of Culinary Arts and has cooked in several restaurants. For more information, check out Candice’s website and blog.