100 Healthy Snack Ideas (Real-Food Style!)

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In my Pinterest browsing the other day I came across a pin that claimed to be a list of “100 Healthy Snack Ideas”. I was massively disappointed when I clicked on the link only to find over a third of the items to involve unhealthy processed junk with lots of low-fat this and that, and calorie counting. Not at all healthy, in my books.

Here are my criteria for a healthy snack list…

  • non-processed (this generally means not from a box or bag, no “ingredient list”, unless I made it myself)
  • NOT low-fat / low-calorie
  • limit how often we eat fruit
  • not heavily reliant on grains (gluten-free for us)
  • includes probiotics, lots of healthy fats, raw, high in protein

So, I made my own list and want to share it with you all, because I often find myself in a snack-time rut. This list is going on my fridge and with my meal planning notes, so that I can plan snacks wisely. Oh, and as a bonus, you can combine any number of these things to together to make an easy lunch. A snack tray for lunch is met with cheers (literally) from the under 3-feet-tall crowd in our house.

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Update: I wrote a breakfast e-cookbook called The Breakfast Revolution which has recipes for lots of the ideas below - grab a copy today! Muffins, fruit salad, pancakes, eggs, soaked oatmeal breakfast cake, breakfast custard, and much more!

 

 

Bon Appetit!

  1. Almonds & raisins
  2. Air-popped popcorn with butter and real sea salt
  3. Raw veggies with hummus
  4. Apples & peanut butter
  5. Homemade granola bars
  6. Mini tuna & cheese lettuce wraps (use a lettuce leaf as a wrap)
  7. Chicken salad lettuce wraps
  8. Egg Salad lettuce wraps
  9. Green salad (our all-time favourite dressing is by Katie of Kitchen Stewardship, author of Healthy Snacks to Go)
  10. Steamed veggies smothered in butter & real sea salt
  11. Hard-boiled eggs
  12. Plain yogurt with honey or maple syrup
  13. Green smoothies
  14. Herbal tea or Homemade honey-sweetened lemonade
  15. Homemade beef jerky – if you aren’t into making your own this one has decent ingredients
  16. Homemade fruit leather – if you are not wanting to make these at home, this one is a decent alternative.
  17. Applesauce (no sugar added and/or homemade)
  18. Real sourdough bread with lots of butter or homemade honey-sweetened strawberry chia seed jam
  19. A piece of (seasonal) fresh fruit
  20. Fruit salad
  21. No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Macaroons
  22. Homemade hot chocolate
  23. Homemade chocolate pudding
  24. Any kind of cheese (except processed, of course!)
  25. Scrambled or fried egg
  26. Organic corn chips and lacto-fermented salsa
  27. Homemade pickles (you can lacto-ferment them for good probiotics)
  28. Fresh berries & (honey or maple syrup-sweetened) whipped cream
  29. Ants on a log (celery with PB & raisins)
  30. Cherry tomatoes
  31. Nitrate-free deli meat
  32. Baked apples (sprinkle on some cinnamon)
  33. Chocolate avocado pudding
  34. Homemade granola bars (my own version)
  35. A cup of homemade chicken bone broth (my kids love this!)
  36. Homemade “larabars” (get the e-book with tons of larabar recipe variations here)
  37. Sweet potato fries
  38. Tuna melts
  39. Homemade popsicles
  40. Gluten-free banana-pecan bread
  41. Mini pizzas (on toast, tortilla, or pita)
  42. Soaked/baked oatmeal
  43. Chocolate-Banana smoothie
  44. Frozen grapes
  45. Snap peas
  46. Homemade ice cream
  47. Coffee Cake
  48. A mug of soup (like this delectable curried butternut squash soup)
  49. Homemade granola with coconut/almond milk
  50. Parfait (yogurt, fruit, granola)
  51. Grain-free muffins
  52. Homemade Stovetop Kettle Corn
  53. Homemade trail mix
  54. Homemade crackers
  55. Kale chips
  56. Homemade brittle
  57. Roasted pumpkin or squash seeds
  58. Deviled eggs
  59. Spinach dip
  60. Simple herbed avocado
  61. Dandelion Fritters
  62. Healthy Peppermint Patties
  63. Homemade potato chips
  64. Browned Butter Fudge
  65. Raspberry Poppyseed Muffins
  66. Roasted asparagus (topped with parmesan and salt  - yum!)
  67. Steamed spinach
  68. Homemade banana bread
  69. Quinoa pudding
  70. Dark chocolate
  71. Dehydrated fruit chips
  72. Roasted chickpeas
  73. Nachos and cheese
  74. Homemade crackers & PB
  75. Banana-Walnut Muffins
  76. Crackers & pate (grass-fed organic livers are amazing super foods!)
  77. Organic raw sweet peppers
  78. Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
  79. Homemade milkshakes
  80. Cold lentil salad
  81. Green apples and homemade caramel sauce
  82. Chocolate-dipped strawberries
  83. Cold leftover pancakes (my kids love them!)
  84. Meatballs with marinara for dipping
  85. Bacon-wrapped asparagus, water chestnuts, or scallops
  86. Cold fried chicken
  87. Dried anchovies
  88. Chickpea and bean salad
  89. Vegetable juice
  90. 20-Minute Peanut-Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
  91. Baked beans
  92. Dried dates
  93. Egg muffins
  94. Fried Plantains
  95. Cream cheese & salsa mini-wraps
  96. Spiced Crispy Nuts 
  97. Rice pudding
  98. Sandwich bites
  99. Guacamole
  100. Homemade French Fries (Better than fast food!)

Buy Healthy Snacks to Go eBook Recipes Online

For even more real-food snack recipes, check out the ebook from Kitchen Stewardship: Healthy Snacks to Go.

“With over 45 healthy snack recipes and ideas including traditional granola bars, iron-packed Popeye bars, and 15 “larabar” style variations, Kitchen Stewardship’s Healthy Snacks To Go is the resource you need for healthy snack ideas.”

 

Also, be sure to check out my Recipes page for more delicious real-food recipes.

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Comments

  1. says

    I am completely in love with your blog!

    Can you tell me about the dried anchovies? I just looked them up on Amazon, and figure they would have them at my local farmer’s market, but I still have questions. Do you just eat them like chips? Are they the ones that still have eyes?? :) I love anchovies, but have never explored beyond the canned variety.

    • says

      Well I have to confess that I’ve never actually tried them! This list is meant to be a list of ideas, but I haven’t necessarily tried every single one (though I’ve definitely tried most!)

      When I work up the courage, this one looks interesting to me! http://amzn.to/1e01IJW (affiliate link)

  2. emily says

    Hey. I saw in your comments that you mentioned maple syrup kettle corn. I was wondering if you could share your recipe. I tried Google-ing it but I mostly saw that people burned it. Any tips would be appreciated.

  3. says

    It’s really an incredible post I have ever seen . Your above list of healthy snacks is truly help us for providing our kids healthy foods. I think all of the above snacks are full of mineral and nutrition which is really helpful for our kids.

  4. says

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  5. Beth II says

    There’s a lot of great stuff on this list but I have a question. Not to be a hater, but rather I’m really legitimately curious… how is loading up on butter healthy? I’m familiar with primal, paleo, raw lifestyles etc. so seeing things like bacon, dark chocolate, pure maple syrup, etc. doesn’t make me gasp. But seeing all the butter does surprise me. Would you mind sharing your reasoning behind it? I’m really so curious. Thanks!

  6. Ashley says

    Hello,

    This seems like a generally good list, I’d probably steer clear of butter and bacon, but life in moderation. i followed a clean vegan lifestyle and felt great, but since being in school have become just a vegetarian, but still think it makes all of the difference. For those remarking on the unhealthy fats on this list, I agree, but I also think Beth is coming from more of a ‘natural’ stance rather than a low calorie/low fat stance. However, I am a huge fruit/carb(gluten free carbs) advocate, but love some of the ideas!

  7. Casandra says

    Everyone should try avocadoes with a bit of lime juice and salt!!!! It is sooo good and easy!!!!! Also it helps strengthen your immune system!!! It’s a win win!!!!(:

  8. says

    I just wanted to say thank you for this list. Sometimes it’s so hard to come up with healthy grain-free snacks. I’m actually posting it on my fridge. I have two toddlers and another on the way… I need snacks throughout the day and just don’t have a lot of time. :) Thanks again!

  9. says

    Love the frozen grapes! I snack on those all summer long. Refreshing and healthy! Enjoying your list, I’m making a few copies to give to friends, and family members to post on their refridgerators and desks! Thanks again for this list, I’m looking forward to trying a few of these a week. Actually I’m getting ready to make baked apples and have a cup of hot cocoa with cinnamon while they’re baking!

  10. Sarah Asay says

    This is super helpful! Thank you. My husband and I just switched to a gluten free/zero processed foods diet about 5 weeks ago & while it’s very easy to do at home and in our city (Portland), we had a lot of trouble when we traveled out of town two weeks ago. If anything it was encouragement to keep doing what we are doing because after two days of not eating how we have been it took us about 3 days to feel “normal” again! I will be referring to this list for our next trip!!

  11. says

    Thank you Beth,It’s always difficult coming up with a healthy snack that’s from the norm’….I have two boys and they always say i’m hungry no matter what time of day or what they just ate for Breakfast,Lunch or dinner….hahaha Children.

  12. Stefanie says

    @twitter-395454626:disqus , EXACTLY MY THOUGHTS. As a registered dietician, please for everyone’s sake, refrain from making these lists. For your own health sake, lay off the butter, bacon, and refined sugars & stop trying to give fruit such a bad rap.

    • says

      Thanks so much for sharing your opinion, naive as it may be. I (and many others) vehemently reject the propaganda of the government regarding what is defined as healthy. Since I am entitled to my opinion, and since I own this space on the ol’ internet, I shall indeed continue to post healthy eating ideas and discussions, and are welcome to join in. I invite you to do a little research first… check out the article link I posted in a comment above, for starters.

      • Anna says

        While I do not disagree with you Beth, I am just curious why you find “lay off the butter, bacon, and refined sugars & stop trying to give fruit such a bad rap” government propaganda? I think what she’s trying to say is that you don’t need to jump on the bandwagon of all these fad diets, but rather just make better choices when it comes to food! More plants (yes, fruit), less processed junk and deep fried anything.

        As a graduate student in clinical nutrition and health promotion and education, yes, I know what the research is regarding fat types and no, saturated fat is not such the bad guy we once thought. But, as “polite” and “mature” as you’re trying to make yourself seem, you should also realize that you seem to have also fallen for some health “information” popularized by today’s society. Be sure to do some solid research on the gluten-free diet, taking into account the confounding factors (you’re eliminating nearly all processed, restaurant and fast food by going gluten free — of course you’re going to feel better and potentially lose weight!) and the strength of the research (double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over clinical trial?).

        Also, purely my own personal opinion, good list. I’m a huge believer in “all foods fit”, in moderation, so I like seeing butter and bacon on the list :)

        • says

          I’m definitely also a fan of healthy fats and grass-fed and pasture-raised sources of beef and dairy – basically of *real food* :)

          …just curious what you recipe for the fried chicken you serve cold for snacks!

      • Rhonda says

        Beth, I have recently been reading many articles that tell us the best fats are coconut oil, butter, lard and olive oil. I also read that the thyroid needs real sugar to function properly. Also I have seen that bacon is good for you…like anything if we don’t indulge. If we just look back at our grandparents and greats, we would see that they lived long healthy lives eating all those foods.

  13. says

    seriously, in what world is bacon and “smothered in butter” EVER healthy??? unless you’re a registered dietitian or licensed nutritionist with some weird new findings, I’d probs lay off writing lists of “healthy” snacks. some of the things were awesome and definitely healthy, likewise a lot of it needs to be axed

    • says

      Danielle – thanks so much for your humble and kind response. I am sure that you are simply a victim of government propaganda on healthy eating, so I won’t bother being offended by your naive criticism. If you want to learn the truth about healthy fats and protein, feel free to check out the link I posted to another commenter below – Why I Eat a High Fat Diet, then feel free to come back and share your thoughts.

  14. says

    This is a great list. I like how it runs the gamut from quinoa pudding and lettuce wraps to cold pancakes and chocolate dipped strawberries. Something for everyone!

  15. Xxjones21 says

    Thank you so much for making this website. i am seventeen and recently started this beyond strict diet to repair my body from Lyme disease. Although i wasn’t a fan of eating so healthy in the beginning, restricting processed food and eating organically  has helped a lot so far and i just read above about 100 snacks that i most likely will be able to try (finally!) this will be a big help(:

    • says

      Check out this post that I wrote on Why I Eat a High-Fat Diet… http://redandhoney.com/2011/05/why-i-eat-a-high-fat-diet-and-why-i-think-you-should-too/

  16. Shawndaholcomb says

    Edamame is one of our favorites!  Just steam in the microwave or a little water on the stove and sea salt.  My 3 year old loves them, it may be the fun of squirting them out of the pod, but I am ok with that.  They are packed with protein!

  17. Hillary says

    These were some great suggestions. Next fall, I’ll be returning to college for my second year, and I’m looking for some unprocessed snacks to take to school with me. I have no access to Walmart or a grocery store, and it’s so hard to find food that will stay good in my room and be delicious AND be health (most importantly). I’ll definitely be bringing a lot of these foods with me next fall, so I’m not snacking on nasty food like Goldfish and Doritos. :)

    • Achyhart says

      I found that ANY kind of chips that is packaged is bad for you and that includes Pringles and Sun chips. I have been a Sun chips lover for a very long time (until I got the jist on them). Also when you use butter, make sure it is REAL butter (I usually get the unsalted kind; you can always add some salt if you desire). Anyway, I understand what all the jibe is about the butter and the bacon, it is your opinion and you can ‘NOT’ make those snacks if you choose OR moderate as you feel! You ALWAYS have a choice and no one will take that away from you. I am new at ‘A LOT’ of this and really am at a loss when it comes to eating healthy (up until a few months ago). I have always wanted to eat healthy but was not shown how as a child and now as an adult, I am a newbie at this. I want to give up on all the goodies and will eventually get there (being optimistic here)… I love your list and there are a few items I have never tried before but I have always lived with the motto, ‘At least TRY it before you make your opinion’, and I do live by that! I just tried hummus for the first time about 6 months ago and am still trying to get my room mates to try it without any success (YET! I don’t give up that easy!!!) :D Thank you so very much for the list and I will try it and will try to get my roomies to try it also!!! ;)

    • says

      The lettuce wraps are pretty easy – not really a “recipe” per say – I just make tuna salad or egg salad or whatever, as per usual, and plop it into a big lettuce leaf, wrap it all up and eat it. Basically just using a lettuce leaf instead of a bread-type wrap. It’s really yummy!

    • Achyhart says

      That is wrapping the ingredients in lettuce instead of bread. I called that my ‘BREADLESS sandwich’ from years ago when my exhusband and I were so poor we couldn’t afford a loaf of bread. He loved the idea! So, I can help with this answer!!! :D :D :D <3

    • redandhoney says

      Haha! That’s great! Just make sure that it’s REAL sourdough – made at home and not the stuff from stores, which is not true sourdough. The GNOWFLGINS blog has an excellent e-book about sourdough and making your own starter and everything :)

    • Samanthaboon says

      1/4 cup whole wheat flour
      1/2 cup brown sugar
      1/2 puréed dried figs (that have been soaked)
      2 egg whites
      Tsp vanilla extract
      *mix these ingredients together then add…
      2 cups granola ( your choice of mix)
      1/2 cup of raisins
      *side note: I added a 1/4 cup of goji berries

    • says

      Here is my recipe: http://redandhoney.com/2012/05/healthy-homemade-granola-bars-recipe/

      I wouldn’t personally consider sugar and wheat flour to be real healthy ingredients, although it would be healthier than what you buy in the stores at least.

    • redandhoney says

      I don’t really use a recipe – it’s just egg salad (boiled eggs mashed up with mayo, s&p) wrapped in a piece of lettuce, just like you’d use a regular wrap. make sense?

  18. says

    This list made me hungry!  I need to be better at providing non-processed snacks for my kids… I used to do pretty well when I was a stay-at-home mom, but after my divorce and going back to work I’ve slacked.

  19. cassie l. says

    Great list – thanks for posting! I could do much better I know — but the applesauce one I loved. I have never understood why they add sugar to applesauce!! And I also loved the veggies in butter — I’m a fan of real butter. I’m not sure why people eat that fake stuff.

    • says

      It is so sad that people actually believe margarine is better for them, since butter tastes SO much better and is so healthy! (Margarine is horrible for you!!)

  20. says

    I would be intrigued to see recipes for the quinoa pudding (we recently discovered quinoa with the start of our gluten-free journey, and LOVE it) and the chocolate avocado pudding (neither my son nor o were all that impressed by avocado when I started introducing hm to solids, but everything deserves a second chance, right?). Also, the homemade. Potato chips… how do you make them? I’m familiar with homemade french fries, but am not sure how to go about doing homemade potato chips.

    Thank you for the list… I am hoping to make some homemade larabars if I can get some dates in the budget this month. :)

    • says

      You basically just wash and dry the leaves, tear them into chip-sized pieces, toss them with some olive oil and salt and pepper, then bake til crispy but not burnt. If you google it I’m sure you’ll find tons of “recipes”. I wasn’t a big fan of them, but I included them on the list because I know lots of people love them!

  21. Alicia says

    Oh Beth, thank you! Sometimes just seeing a list helps so much more in buying & preparing throughout the day/week. These are so wholesome & I’m more than willing to have them on hand for say; the 1000+ times snacks & small meals are requested.. ( ok throughout the year ;)

  22. says

    lots of great snack ideas Beth! I just made up a list of snacks a couple of weeks ago and these are some things that we like; frozen fruit & veggies, smoothie pops, and raw kabobs are fun (veggies, cheese, cooked meat, fruit), Leftover pancakes w/ Jam, Maple syrup kettle corn/nut mix, Bananas and Yogurt Dip (w/ honey & cinnamon or strawberry puree), & Fruit pudding (basically berries cooked down w/ a little honey)
    The girls also love these two recipes:
    http://thismama.wordpress.com/2011/02/11/the-give-away-winner-and-a-couple-of-recipes/
    http://thismama.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/almondwalnut-macaroons/
    Thanks for all the ideas!

    • says

      raw kabobs… I think my kids would love that! we do a maple syrup kettle corn as well, and it is so good.

      thanks for the recipes, too!

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