Healthy snacks. Funny what I used to think was “healthy” when it came to my snacking habit. Which, for the record, back in my processed food days was pretty bad. I was always hungry. And always grabbing a handful of processed crackers or other useless foods. But no more! Now when I feel hunger I grab something both nourishing and satisfying. Real food is pretty cool that way.
Sometimes it’s nice to have a handy list of snacks for when those hunger cues hit. So I’ve compiled quite the list of healthy snacks for both adults and children that you never have to feel guilty about.
Cold and Sweet Treats
When the weather is warm I love grabbing something cold and sweet. These Mango Berry Frozen Yogurt Pops are my little girl’s favorite. Seriously. She’d eat them all day long if I let her. (Also, I just recently got these silicone popsicle molds and LOVE them. Less messy. Non-toxic. Yes.)
Other yummy icy treats:
These Homemade Popsicles by DIY Natural are great… and no added sugar!
Yummy Inspirations has an awesome Instant Raspberry Ice Cream. Um, yes.
And course, there are always healthy smoothies as a simple way to pack a nice healthy punch into your diet. This recipe is from Kelly the Kitchen Kop.
I recently wrote about the amazing health benefits of gelatin, and I personally LOVE snacks that use this super food… especially since my little girl has a tendency to be something of a picky eater. (Like many two years olds.)
These homemade healthy fruit snacks are my perfect alternative to the store bought, loaded-with-food-dyes-and-other-not-so-good-ingredients kind.
Homemade Mommy gives another take on fruit snacks with these kombucha fruit snacks!
This recipe for Tulsi Geleé by Empowered Sustenance not only packs the benefits of gelatin but also has an ingredient to help naturally heal hormones.
And these beautiful gelatin jigglers by DIY Natural are both yummy and fun!
Click here to see my favorite grass-fed gelatin.
Nothing is as simple as a small handful of nuts. Mommypotamus tells you how to soak and dry your nuts for easier digestion… it doesn’t hurt that they are also a yummy crispy treat.
This Simple Sardine Snack by Homemade Mommy packs a wallop of nutrition.
She also has a simple and nourishing popcorn recipe (which happens to be one of my all-time favorite go-to snacks.)
Anyone who thinks they don’t like kale should really try kale chips. Easy, crispy, salty, and bursting with healthy goodness.
Healthy Cookies…. no guilt, just pleasure.
Who doesn’t love cookies!? They are comfort food at it’s best. And when you use real food ingredients you don’t need to stress about having cookies every now and then as a healthy snack.
These double chocolate cookies are perfect for those days you need a little chocolate love.
Real Food Forager (the queen of grain-free baking) has some awesome Grain Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.
She also has a fantastic recipe for Lemon Coconut Macaroons.
Don’t forget these Grain and Dairy Free Pumpkin Seed Ginger Cookies by Fooduciary. Yum.
Of course, sometimes you just want the traditional chocolate chip cookie goodness… and Weed Em & Reap has the perfect real food version of them here.
Coconut Oil Goodness
The benefits of coconut oil are plenty. But not many people like just eating it by the spoonful. These coconut oil snacks are awesome and simple ways to fill up on this nourishing food.
A Joyful Mother has a fun recipe use coconut oil: Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Bites!
These Coconut Berry Delights by Whole Natural Life are awesome. Make them. Trust me.
Something Savory… Something Sweet
A grab-bag of different go-to snacks:
Bacon Herb Cream Cheese Dip by Homemade Mommy. Um, yes.
Honey Roasted Chickpeas. These. Look. Awesome. Recipe from Yummy Inspirations.
Homemade Caramel Corn by The Shepherd’s Farm. Who doesn’t love caramel corn? Especially when it’s made with real food?
These Black Bean Brownies may be sneaky, but they are super delicious, too.
A fun Banana and Sweet Potato treat by Yummy Inspirations.
Homemade Honey Nut Granola… finally a granola you can feel good about. (From Homemade Mommy.)
These Simple Salted Honey Caramel Crispy Nuts by Butter Believer are amazing.
Chips and Dips
Of course, one of my favorite go-to snacks is some easy Homemade Sprouted Tortilla Chips.
Once you got the chips, you can make your own Babaganoush by And Here We Are…
or Butter Hummus by Homemade Mommy…
Dehydrator Magic Snacks
Using a dehydrator to make quick snacks takes a little forethought. But once you get going you’ll see why these snacks are so great. Healthy, easy to take on the go, and everyone loves them.
DIY Natural teaches you how to make your own fruit leather.
Here is my favorite recipe for the dehydrator: Dried Mangoes. Tangy and delicious.
And these homemade Yogurt Fruit Leathers bring some probiotic and protein goodness to the game.
What are you favorite healthy snacks?