10 Quick and Healthy Snack Ideas

With the school year just starting up, I feel like we are always on the go! Even though we are homeschooling this year, we have different groups and activities that we are a part. One thing I hate is feeling like I am too busy to eat healthy! I am a strong believer that it is SO much easier to eat healthy when you plan ahead for meals and snacks. I included a list of the snacks that I make on a regular basis. All of these recipes are quick, easy to make and healthy!

While we don’t always eat clean, I try to prepare food ahead of time that will be nourishing and provide energy throughout the day. Eating food that is high in simple sugars causes me to crash soon after eating it, so I use raw honey or maple syrup as a substitute. If you are struggling with staying on track with a healthy lifestyle, it may be helpful to pick one day during the week that you can take a few hours to prepare meals/snacks for the  work and school week. If you are feeling overwhelmed by this, start small.

Over the last few years, I have made eating healthy a priority. It has become a way of life for my family and I am grateful for the knowledge I have acquired. I don’t eat according to the latest fads or follow the most popular diets. I eat according to what makes my body feel balanced. If you struggle with weight issues, getting back to basics with your diet can help you lose weight even without counting calories!The closer you get to whole ingredients, the better you feel and the more energy you have. The following list contains my favorite go-to snack recipes!

 

Peanut Butter Energy Bites

There are a TON of great energy and protein bite recipes out there. It’s a filling snack that can be modified for even the pickiest eaters. This recipe by Chef Savvy is one of my favorite ones to make!

 

 No Bake Granola Bars

This recipe calls for almond butter, but I prefer to substitute peanut butter instead. These granola bars are gluten, egg and dairy free for those who suffer from food allergies and intolerance. I usually double the recipe because they are so popular with my family. Check out these No Bake Granola Bars by Beaming Baker .

 

Banana Chocolate Chip Einkorn Muffins

My children LOVE muffins. Possibly because I put chocolate chips in them. Its all about balance around here! I don’t feel guilty about giving them these homemade muffins because they are naturally sweetened and made with whole ingredients. Give this recipe a try and they just might become a favorite in your house too!

 

Homemade Smoothie Popsicles

I bought these AWESOME popsicle molds on Amazon a few weeks ago and am loving them. They are reusable and easy to clean! My go-to thing in the summer is to make smoothie popsicles. Just make your favorite smoothie or juice , pour it in the popsicle molds and then put in the freezer for a few hours. Easy as that!

Pumpkin Einkorn Muffins

I chose to use my mini muffin pan for this recipe so I actually ended up with 48 small muffins.  We snack on them all week and even have them with breakfast too. They are always a hit at my house and I know you will love them too!

 

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies  are packed with healthy fats from coconut oil and walnuts plus the peanut butter gives them an extra boost of protein.  They are also gluten and dairy free! I use Enjoy Life chocolate chips, which are dairy free. I love that they are made with simple ingredients that I always have on hand in my pantry.  I usually put half of them in the freezer so I can pull them out for a quick afternoon snack.

 

Homemade Popcorn

We have homemade popcorn almost every night. I cook the kernels on the stove in coconut oil for a delicious salty snack. I usually don’t add anything to the popcorn but salt. Store bought microwave popcorn is high in calories and is covered in overly processed butter. Here is a great tutorial if you have not made popcorn before!

 

Cinnamon Spice Granola

Granola is one of those snacks that is very versatile. You can add it to yogurt, eat it as cereal or just eat it plain. There are a lot of different flavor combinations that are delicious, but this recipe is one of my favorites. It is simple and easy to make. I am not usually a huge fan of nuts/seeds, but they would be a great addition to this recipe if that is something you like. Making your own granola saves a TON of money compared to buying it at the grocery store and can be stored in an airtight container for several weeks.

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Cinnamon Spice Granola

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir together.

  3. Cook granola for 45 minutes. Stir occasionally while it is in the oven.

  4. Let granola cool and store in an airtight container for up to three weeks.

Recipe inspired by Mindful Avacado

 

Shredded chicken and sliced cheese

Shredded chicken and sliced cheese is an amazing combination.  It’s such a simple snack, but is high in protein and helps to maintain stable blood sugar levels throughout the day. Here is a tutorial on how I make shredded chicken in the Instant Pot. After making the shredded chicken, I store it in the fridge and use it for snacks or lunch meat throughout the week. Just slice up some cheese and you have a quick and healthy snack that will give you energy to get through your busy day!

 

Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs

This recipe is one of the easiest things you can make in the Instant Pot. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the shell of the cooked egg basically slides right off! The eggs store well in the fridge for up to a week. Give it a try!

 

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Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup cold water

Instructions

  1. Place steamer rack into the Instant Pot and add one cup of cold water.

  2. Place your desired amount of eggs onto the rack and seal the lid.

  3. Using the Manual button, set the time to 6 minutes. It will take about 5 minutes for the pressure to build.

  4. Once the eggs are done cooking, allow the pressure to naturally release for a few minutes then use the quick release valve until the pressure is released. 

  5. Place eggs in a bowl of cold water. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

 

As you can see, there are a lot of healthy snack options out there! What are your go-to snacks?


About Becca Hurst

I’m Becca, I am married to my high school sweetheart, and together we have two children, ages 4 and 5. I am a part-time social worker, but my heart is always at home with my family.We currently live in a subdivision on 1/3 of an acre. Although our yard is small, we have used the space we have to make a raised bed vegetable garden. It is possible to still grow your own food on a small plot of land! My husband and I share a dream of one day owning several acres of land where we can greatly expand our garden and raise animals.

47 thoughts on “10 Quick and Healthy Snack Ideas

  1. Love these ideas! My energy levels have been extremely low recently and I never thought that sugar could be the culprit. I’m currently not in a position to cut out all simple sugars on my in-college budget, but I am definitely going to try replacing my high-sugar snacks with some of these instead! Can’t wait to try them!

  2. I have been trying to curb my need to snack but snacks are so delicious! This a is a good list to have so that when I am ready to nibble I can do so relatively guilt free. I am also thinking that I *need* an Instant Pot. Sigh!

  3. Wow Becca!! I am so excited to try some of these recipes. I am allergic to gluten so I know first hand that it can be hard to find quick snacks to grab and go. Thank you so much and I hope to try some of these soon.

  4. I love these suggestionns! Going to try the no bake granola bars for sure, I alwasy end up buying these bars, and never knowing what exactly is in them

  5. Love this list! I recently made my first batch of granola with quinoa and flaxseed and was wondering how I’d use oats… I think I’ll try your recipe for cinnamon spice granola and add some complimenting dried fruit. I love granola in my greek yogurt! Thanks so much for sharing!

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