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?


52 Comments

  • Veronica
    Posted October 15, 2017 11:32 am 0Likes

    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!

    • Becca Hurst
      Posted October 20, 2017 6:53 am 0Likes

      Sugar could definitely be the cause of your low energy levels!

  • Zesty Olive
    Posted October 15, 2017 11:44 am 0Likes

    Great recipes! Need to make that granola now!!

  • Abby
    Posted October 15, 2017 1:02 pm 0Likes

    That granola looks oh so yummy!

  • Dr Sangita Daithankar.
    Posted October 16, 2017 2:06 am 0Likes

    Nice and quick recepies.
    Readers should also know why we should eat healthy food.

    https://havehealthylifestyle.blog/2017/07/09/why-a-healthy-diet-is-important/

  • Rachee
    Posted October 16, 2017 7:32 am 0Likes

    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!

    • Becca Hurst
      Posted October 20, 2017 6:52 am 0Likes

      You definitely should get and Instant Pot! I’m obsessed!

  • Saranya
    Posted October 16, 2017 8:11 am 0Likes

    I love quick recipes! And when they are healthy ones… woohooo winner!!

  • Somnath
    Posted October 16, 2017 8:17 am 0Likes

    Good thoughts and very informative article for dieticians and foodie lovers

  • Dagmara
    Posted October 16, 2017 10:54 am 0Likes

    Those banana muffins sound delicious. Thank you for sharing and pinned.

  • Anisa
    Posted October 16, 2017 11:34 am 0Likes

    Love these snack ideas ! Very healthy and easy to make

  • Emily
    Posted October 16, 2017 1:29 pm 0Likes

    Love these snack ideas. I’m pinning that chocolate chip cookie recipe!

  • Kelly
    Posted October 16, 2017 3:27 pm 0Likes

    Smoothie popsicles are a great idea! My kiddos would love them. You are brilliant!

  • cara
    Posted October 16, 2017 4:53 pm 0Likes

    These are all great healthy snack options! The pumpkin muffins look so yummy!

  • Heather McMaster
    Posted October 16, 2017 4:56 pm 0Likes

    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.

  • Anna
    Posted October 16, 2017 5:43 pm 0Likes

    These snacks ideas looks delicious, I love the granola and the muffins.

  • Felicia @ The Starving Chef
    Posted October 16, 2017 6:20 pm 0Likes

    The granola is amazing!!

  • silvia
    Posted October 17, 2017 1:56 am 0Likes

    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

  • courtney
    Posted October 17, 2017 8:34 am 0Likes

    im always looking for healthy snacks! ill have to try these out xo

  • Harmony, Momma To Go
    Posted October 17, 2017 8:37 am 0Likes

    I love granola – I have never thought to make my own! I love cheese for a snack, paired with an apple! i can see how these would satisfy the sweet cravings for sure!

  • Stef
    Posted October 17, 2017 1:01 pm 0Likes

    These are such great ideas. Easy, healthy and will keep my kids full rather than just leave them askin for another snack 5 minutes later.

  • Heather
    Posted October 17, 2017 2:18 pm 0Likes

    These are awesome! I used to be really good about making my own energy bites and granola bars. I need to do better and start doing that again.

  • Lindsay
    Posted October 17, 2017 2:29 pm 0Likes

    These are great ideas. I’m always looking for snacks. I’ll have to try the pumpkin muffins, I’ve been looking for a new recipe 🙂

  • Amanda
    Posted October 17, 2017 2:47 pm 0Likes

    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!

    • Becca Hurst
      Posted October 20, 2017 6:46 am 0Likes

      You’re welcome! I think that will be a great addition to the granola!

  • Katherine Fox
    Posted October 17, 2017 5:01 pm 0Likes

    I can’t wait to try these! Pinning them for later because I literally want to try them all. Lol, and healthy chocolate chip cookies?! DREAM. COME. TRUE.

  • June
    Posted October 18, 2017 9:49 am 0Likes

    The homemade smoothie Popsicle are such a great idea! Summer’s over but I will enjoy them regardless 🙂

  • Emily
    Posted October 19, 2017 6:30 pm 0Likes

    Those muffins are so good looking! Perfect to toss in my lunch bag for breakfast or for work!

  • Laura Jacques
    Posted November 8, 2017 8:12 am 0Likes

    Love these ideas! Think I might have to give the cookies a go 🙂

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted November 8, 2017 2:12 pm 0Likes

      They are delicious! I make them all the time to have on hand for a quick snack.

  • Jen | My Healthy Homemade Life
    Posted November 28, 2017 7:49 am 0Likes

    These are perfect for this time of year when we are tempted by so many sugary snacks!

  • evelyne
    Posted November 28, 2017 7:51 am 0Likes

    I love pumpkin spice anything, so I’ll definitely try your granola recipe soon!
    Also, I really need to get on the whole homemade granola bar train asap. Can’t believe I never tried making any!

  • Renee
    Posted November 28, 2017 7:52 am 0Likes

    These all definitely sound amazing!

  • Adree | The Keele Deal
    Posted November 28, 2017 8:23 am 0Likes

    All of these snacks look so yummy and I love that they are healthy! Can’t wait to try them.

  • Katie
    Posted November 28, 2017 10:55 am 0Likes

    These look so good! Thanks for sharing!

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