Delicious Clean Eating Snacks

Tips, Ideas, and Recipes for Healthy Snacking

Clean eating snacks do not have to be boring or tasteless. Yes, there are days when you only have time to grab an apple or a hard-boiled egg on the way out the door; but, with minimal planning and preparation, you can enjoy delicious, healthy snacks that you actually look forward to eating.

Many doctors and nutritionists are encouraging people to “clean up” their diet by eating more fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats while also limiting processed or refined foods. They also suggest eating 5 times a day – either 3 meals and 2 snacks or 5 mini-meals. 

The idea is that frequent eating will keep your metabolism active and help regulate blood sugar levels, which will assist with weight management and prevent those mid-morning or mid-afternoon lulls. You really shouldn't go more than 4 hours without eating or your energy starts to lag and you begin to crave all those sugar-laden, sodium-filled, calorie-packed junk foods. 


Sweet Tooth Satisfaction

If your sweet tooth is screaming for satisfaction and you can hear the vending machine calling your name, then you better have a few nutritious clean eating snack within reach, or you just might be too weak to resist those unhealthy temptations.

Since the goal is to eat whole, natural foods, making “clean” snacks is really quite simple. Whether it's throwing together a few of your favorite nuts and dried fruits to make an energy-packed trail mix, or dipping a sliced apple in pure peanut butter, snacking has never been so easy or so tasty. Plus, many clean eating snacks can be prepared – or partially prepared – ahead of time so you can make healthy choices, even on your busiest days.

The beauty of clean eating snacks and meals is that they are simple. The most diligent clean eating foodies will suggest keeping ingredients to a minimum (eating a banana and a handful of nuts rather than a banana-nut muffin). The fewer ingredients the better. But, there really isn't anything wrong with some healthy indulgence, is there?  A “clean” cookie or muffin every once in a while won't hurt you. And, it is still far better than the donut or cinnamon roll your co-workers are eating!


clean eating snacks

Clean Eating Snacks

  • Hummus and veggies
  • Yogurt with homemade granola
  • Healthy homemade granola/energy bars
  • Kale chips
  • Root veggie chips
  • Fresh fruit and yogurt dip
  • Grainless banana muffins
  • Homemade trail mix
  • Hard-boiled egg

    CLICK HERE for Recipes and Tips for the Above Cleaning Eating Snacks.

  • Sliced apples with almond butter – If you don't have access to an apple cutter at work or on-the-go, slice your apple ahead of time and sprinkle with cinnamon to prevent browning (even if it does go brown, you won't notice!)
  • Sliced apples with cheese.
  • Whole grain crackers with organic cheese or hummus – Read the labels to make sure the crackers do not contain processed flours, chemical preservatives, or artificial ingredients. Also try to choose a cheese that is free from food colorings.
  • Grilled fruit – Grilling fruit brings out its sweetness and will satisfy even the most dedicated dessert lover. (see recipes below)
  • Salad with homemade or healthy dressing.
  • Smoothie – Throw your favorite fruits and veggies into a blender, add yogurt (if desired), and some healthy spices like cinnamon, turmeric, or parsley. The combinations are only limited by your imagination. Not creative? No problem, there are hundreds of recipes online.
  • Banana-nut cookies (see recipe below) – Yes, eating the bananas and the nuts separately is best, but these easy-to-make cookies contain all “clean” ingredients, combined perfectly to make a sweet, yet nutritious, treat.
  • Guacamole with veggies or whole grain pita bites. (see recipe below)
  • Air-popped popcorn (see recipe ideas below) – Plain popcorn is great, but you can spice it up or satisfy your sweet tooth with some easy to make seasonings.
  • Nuts and seeds (see seasoning ideas below) – Raw or roasted nuts are a protein-packed snack that also provide healthy fats and beneficial nutrients. If you are looking for something more exciting, try one of the sweet or spicy recipes below.
  • Fresh fruit
  • Cut veggies
  • Yogurt parfait (see recipe below)
  • Homemade popsicles (see recipes below)



Clean Eating Snacks Recipes


Grilled Fruit Platter

1-2 pineapple spears

1 peach halved with pit removed (leave skin on)

1 mango, peeled, pitted, sliced

2-3 watermelon wedges

  • Place fruit on a hot grill, peaches flat side down. Cook about 5-8 minutes then turn fruit. 
  • Depending on the thickness of the pineapple spears, you may have to grill all 4 sides. The skin side of the peach will only need to grill for about 1-2 minutes.
  • Remove fruit from grill and eat. May be served with yogurt. 
  • Grilled fruit is also delicious cold, so double the recipe (or triple, or quadruple....) to take to work or school.

 

clean eating snacks can be things like grilled fruit


Grilled Fruit Kabobs

Fresh pineapple chunks

Fresh strawberries

Fresh watermelon chunks

Fresh cantaloupe chunks

1-2 Tablespoons raw honey, slightly warmed to liquify. (amount needed may vary depending on how many kabobs you are making)

  • Slide fruit onto a kabob skewer and place on the grill, turning as needed. When kabobs are done, remove from heat and brush with warm honey. Eat immediately or let cool.

You can also mix 2 Tbsp honey (warmed) with 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar and brush the fruit before grilling.


Banana Nut Cookies

2 ripe bananas

1 cup oats

1/2 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans)

Optional Ingredients:

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 tsp organic cinnamon

1/4 cup raisins or dates

  • Mix ingredients together and bake at 350 for about 15 minutes


"Clean" Guacamole

2 Avocados, peeled and de-pitted

2-3 Tablespoons finely chopped onion (or 1 Tbsp onion powder)

1 clove garlic, minced (or 2 tsp garlic powder)

Juice of 1/2 lemon or lime

1/4 – 1/2 tsp sea salt

Optional Ingredients:

1/8 cup cilantro, finely chopped

1/2 tomato

1/2 jalapeno chili, seeded and finely chopped (or 1/2 tsp hot sauce)

  • Mash all ingredients together and chill. Serve with chopped veggies or whole grain pita wedges.


try guacamole as one of your clean eating snacks


Coconut Popcorn

3 cups air-popped popcorn (try to find organic or non-GMO kernels)

2 tsp virgin coconut oil, melted

sea salt

  • Pour melted coconut oil over warm popcorn, sprinkle with sea salt and toss to coat.


high fiber popcorn as a clean eating snack


Lemon Parmesan Popcorn

3 cups air-popped popcorn

2 tsp extra virgin olive oil (warmed) or organic butter (melted)

1/2 tsp lemon or lemon pepper seasoning

1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese (organic and without artificial colorings)

Sea salt

Optional:

1/8 tsp dried oregano

Sprinkle of garlic powder

  • Pour olive oil or butter over popcorn and toss to completely coat. Mix remaining ingredients and add to popcorn, stirring to coat. 



Sweet Treat Popcorn

3 cups air-popped popcorn

2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, or organic butter

1-2 tsp cocoa powder

  • Slightly warm olive oil or melt coconut oil/butter. Pour over popcorn then sprinkle with cocoa, tossing to coat.


Spicy Popcorn

3 cups air-popped popcorn

2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, or organic butter

Sprinkle of curry seasoning, cumin, and/or chili powder

  • Pour warmed oil or butter over popcorn, sprinkle with spices to taste, then toss to coat.


a combination of high fiber and protein nuts


Honey Cinnamon Nuts

2 cups nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans)

1/4 cup raw honey

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (Ceylon cinnamon is healthier than cassia cinnamon)

1/2 tsp sea salt (or to taste)

  • Place nuts on a cookie sheet and bake at 325 for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently. 
  • In a separate bowl mix liquid honey (heat slightly to liquify if needed), cinnamon, and salt. 
  • Once nuts are warmed, remove and place in large bowl. Pour topping mixture over nuts and stir to coat. 
  • Place nuts back on tray and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until bubbly.


Spiced Nuts

3-4 cups nuts (pecans are best, but almonds or cashews are good, too)

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

pinch of cayenne (to taste)

Optional:

1 tsp fresh chopped thyme

1 tsp fresh chopped rosemary

  • Place nuts on cookie sheet and back at 325 for 15-20 minutes. Heat olive oil and maple syrup together. 
  • Mix spices together. When nuts are lightly roasted, remove from oven and place in a large bowl. 
  • Pour liquid mixture over nuts and toss to coat completely. 
  • Sprinkle with spice mixture to taste and stir. Place nuts back on cookie sheet and bake for an additional 15 minutes. 


healthy low fat yogurt with fruit


Yogurt Parfait

2 cups plain Greek yogurt

2 cups homemade granola

2 cups fresh fruit (any kind you like – cantaloupe, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)

Raw honey

2-inch vanilla bean or pure vanilla extract

  • Mix plain yogurt with the seeds from 2 inches of vanilla bean or about 10 drops of pure vanilla extract.
  • Place about 2 Tbsp of yogurt in the bottom of 4 parfait cups, then top with 2 Tbsp granola and a layer of fruit. Repeat. Chill.


a combination of popsicles


Clean Fruit Popsicles

2 cups berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)

3 Tbsp raw honey

1 cup plain organic Greek yogurt

  • Puree berries and add 1 Tbsp honey if desired. In a separate bowl mix yogurt with 2 Tbsp honey (and a little vanilla if desired). 
  • Combine yogurt mixture with pureed fruit and place in popsicle molds. Insert sticks and freeze. 
  • For an extra fancy treat, layer the yogurt with the fruit puree instead of mixing together.


Peach Banana Popsicles

3 ripe peaches, (chopped and de-pitted)

1 banana

1 cup organic plain Greek Yogurt

1/2 cup organic milk or almond milk

2 Tbsp raw honey

1 tsp vanilla (or vanilla bean equivalent)

Optional: 1/4 tsp allspice (or a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves)

  • Puree all ingredients and freeze in popsicle molds 


Easy Melon Popsicles

10 slices cantaloupe

1 cup yogurt

1 tsp pure vanilla extract or seeds from 2 inches of vanilla bean

  • Add vanilla to yogurt. Puree cantaloupe and mix with yogurt. Freeze in popsicle molds.



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