Healthy Snacks Part 2

Veggie Wraps
Vegetables might not sound like an alluring snack, but if you wrap them up it makes it more attractive. These vegetables all bring tremendous nutritional value to the table, and getting them all to coexist inside a wrap means extra health benefits for you.

What You Need:
1 Whole-Wheat Tortilla
1/2 Cucumber, julienned
1/2 Avocado, sliced
1/4 cup Carrots, shredded
1/2 Tomato, sliced
1 tsp Balsamic Vinaigrette

Wrap up the veggies in the tortilla so that it resembles a burrito. Dip the wrap in the vinaigrette or add it to the wrap before folding it up.


Apple Chips
So far we’ve seen plenty of chips, like kale chips and sweet potato chips. Now it’s time to give apples the chip treatment. They lend their natural sweetness to the chip, and come out just as crunchy and delicious as you’d expect. They’re baked so you’ll be sidestepping plenty of oil and excess fat.

What You Need:
1 Apple
1 tsp Cinnamon

Go with a lower heat for these, set your oven at 200 degrees. Slice the apples widthwise to create chip-like slices. A mandoline slicer makes for nice even cuts without a headache. Add the slices to a greased non-stick baking sheet, and sprinkle with the cinnamon before baking. These take patience because we need to dry out the moisture in the apple. Give it one hour, then flip the chips and bake for another hour or two, flipping when necessary.


Gummy Snacks
It’s rather easy to make your own gummy snacks, and once you see how delicious these are you might take them out of the category of being a kid’s snack, and start to enjoy them more often. You get to control the ingredients in these, so no worries about the sugar or other additives that go into regular gummy candies.

This recipe is for grape gummies, but you could easily switch it by switching the fruit juice you’re using.

What You Need:
1/2 cup Orange Juice (only use freshly squeezed juice)
1/2 cup Grape Juice (or other fruit juice of your choice)
2 tbsp Gelatin
1 tbsp Organic Honey

Combine the juices and gelatin and stir them up, heating on medium heat until the gelatin is fully dissolved. Take it off the stove and add in the honey, stirring until the honey is dissolved. Pour this mixture into a glass baking dish or a mold if you have one and want cool shapes. Pop in in the refrigerator until it sets and you have chewy sweet gummy snacks with no refined sugar.


Zucchini Chips
Chips make the perfect snack because they’re crunchy, salty, and savory. Potato chips are not really your best option, especially if they’re fried. Make your own chips out of zucchini and you’ll not only get that same crunchiness and chip experience, you’ll also get an additional vegetable serving for the day. Win!

What You Need:
1 Zucchini
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

It’s easiest to use a spiralizer or a mandoline slicer in order to make the perfect sized chips and have this turn out really well. Once you have the slices made you lay them out on a baking sheet greased with the olive oil, and make sure that each slice has a dab of oil on it. Bake in a 400 degree oven until desired crispiness, about 15 minutes.


Real Food Energy Bars
The energy bars found in stores are usually loaded with all sorts of chemicals and artificial ingredients. It’s possible to make your own energy bars and skip out on all of these questionable additions by putting in only real food that is proven to provide the body with what it really needs.

What You Need:
1/2 cup Raw Almonds
1/2 cup Dried Cherries
1/2 cup Medjool Dates, pitted
1 tbsp Coconut Flakes, unsweetened
2 tbsp Cacao Nibs

The ease of making these energy bars is the real beauty of this recipe. You simply blend up the ingredients in a food processor, add that mixture to a glass baking dish, and press it into the dish to form bars. Let it cool in the refrigerator to harden and cut into bars.


Homer’s Healthy Snack
Homer Simpson is definitely the antithesis of a healthy snacker, but if we deconstruct his favorite food, donuts, and take out the ingredients that lead to a large, Homer-sized belly, it’s quite alright to have these as the occasional treat. Here they’re using no grains, and no dairy, so all that’s left is chocolatey goodness.

Chocolate Chip Donuts
These donuts will satisfy both a donut craving as well as a chocolate chip cookie craving, making them the perfect snack when you feel like you’re in the mood for something sweet and classic. Coconut flour is used to give these donuts something that most donuts lack: fiber.


Stuffed Banana Pepperst
The heat from banana peppers is just right for most people that like spicy foods. Not so hot that it brings your day to a stop, but definitely will make you take note. When you stuff these peppers with a meaty middle, you’ll be getting a high protein, low calorie snack that satisfies without going overboard.

What You Need:
Whole Banana Peppers
Nitrate-Free Lunch Meat

Slice the peppers lengthwise and remove the seeds. Roll up slices of lunch meat and place inside the pepper. Eat em up!

Stuffed Banana Peppers


Not-Fried Chicken Wings
Perhaps you think of chicken wings as an unhealthy food, but that’s really not fair to the chicken. If you remove the skin from the wings, and bake them instead of fry them they can be a protein-packed snack that will easily get you through to dinner. For the seasoning go with a dry rub to avoid added fat and calories.

What You Need:
Fresh Organic Chicken Wings, skinned
Seasoning of choice: Garlic Powder, Ranch Powder, Buffalo Powder

Set oven to 400 degrees. Arrange chicken wings in a single layer and dab a bit of the oil onto each wing. Sprinkle with desire seasoning. For added flavor you can fully coat the wings in seasoning using a ziplock bag. Bake for an hour and check to make sure they’re fully cooked before diving in.


Hot or Cold Tomato Soup
You can use soup as a way to combat the heat or the cold, and it makes a great snack option because it’s mostly liquid, so it will fill you up for the short term while still allowing you to be ready for your meal later. Heat it up in the winter, and pop it in the fridge for a cooldown in the summer.

What You Need:
1 can Organic Stewed Tomato
1 can Coconut Milk
1 tsp Dried Basil

Combine the two cans and add in the basil. Heat until fully warmed. You’ll want to heat it up even if you’re going to cool it down in the summer. It all needs to intermingle during the heating process and become one before cooling down. For a spicy option try using Ro*Tel tomatoes. If you need more heartiness in your snack try it with some Pita Chips as a side (found below).


Fruit Kebabs
Sometimes a bit of novelty goes a long way, and if you’re not interested in eating fruit for a snack, you may just need to see it presented in a delicious way. Food on a kebab makes it look fun, and makes it more enjoyable to eat. Take the extra time to prepare your food in an attractive way and you’ll be surprised how much more satisfying it is.

What You Need:
An assortment of your favorite fruit.

Skewer each piece of prepared fruit, making sure to alternate between the different fruits. This will make things more interesting as you bite each one off the skewer and get a new taste sensation, rather than just one boring bite after another of the same fruit.

Fruit Kabobs


Pita Chips
It’s easy to buy pita chips in the store, but for maximum quality you can make your own at home and have a healthy snack to dip in all sorts of creations. For example, our Guaca-Salsa, Spicy Hummus, or Pesto Dip. Since this is a snack and time is of the essence we’ll be using a shortcut and making these out of pre-made pitas, rather than making the dough from scratch.

What You Need:
1 Organic Whole Wheat Pita Bread
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Break the pita in half and open it up so that it is just one single, thin piece of bread. You should have four half-circles now. Cut each half circle in half, and in half again and you’ll have a total of 16 triangles. Place on a baking sheet and brush olive oil onto each triangle. Place into a 400 degree oven for 10 minute, or until they just start to brown.


Avocado Wrap
We’ve already seen how an avocado by itself can be a satisfying snack, but what if you want to dress it up a bit and make a little more substantial. The best way we’ve found is to tuck it inside of a wrap, and add in a some spinach, tomato, and if you’re following a workout regimen, a protein to help with lean muscle building.

What You Need:
1/2 Avocado
1 Whole Wheat Tortilla
1/2 handful Baby Spinach
1/4 Tomato, diced

Add the avocado and other items to the tortilla. Wrap it or roll it and consume.


Kimchi all by itself can be all that you need in times of hunger. This is a spicy dish originating in Korea, with cabbage being the most ubiquitous variety. It comes in varying degrees of spiciness, so you may need to shop around for one that suits your palate, but it’s worth the effort. Once you find a kimchi that you like it will probably become an indispensable item in your fridge.

What You Need:
1 tbsp Cabbage Kimchi

Use kimchi for those slight feelings of hunger, or when there’s not much time left before your next meal. It’s a way to give your stomach something to work on while you prepare your meal, and introduces healthy bacteria into the digestive system.


~ by Colorful Soul on 05/07/2014.

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