Healthy Snack Recipes & Ideas

recipes and ideas list below

Avocado Dip

Avocado Dip:  Easy Recipe

Healthy Snack recipes provide us with a small, quick meal. From it, we expect energy, taste, and lots of nutrients in a small amount of food. It also must be easy to prepare. Many of us have our snacks away from home and on the go. Therefore, snack quality is often limited based on whatever is accessible.

See Many Healthy Snack Recipes Below

It is easy to keep snacks healthy with a little planning. Brown bagging is essential. Or if you can, create a pantry wherever you spend most of your time, for example, in the office, your locker, or glove compartment of your car. It could be your knapsack or purse. The idea is never to be caught without having your healthy snack options with you.

I suggest at least two snacks per day for the average adult or child; between breakfast and lunch and lunch and dinner. Some diabetes may require a snack between dinner and bedtime.

Types of Snacks

There are many healthy plant-based snacks from which to choose. The type of snack depends on the activities of your day. For example, if you are in an academic, management, or high-stress environment, a protein snack is more beneficial. The brain requires protein in order to function properly. Therefore, nuts, nut butters, nut drinks, like soy or almond, bean dips like hummus, whole-grain crackers, breads, and yogurt (soy or rice).

An athlete, dancer, or construction work, benefits more from a healthy high-carbohydrate snack. This would include fresh fruit or vegetables, beans, seeds, and whole grains. All of these are considered complex-carbohydrates which are the best energy source for the body. These foods are slow absorbing and provide energy for the long haul.

A combination of protein and carbohydrates also works and can be beneficial for the construction worker, body builder, or one who needs to grow or maintain muscle mass.

Eziekel Bread and Creme Cheese

Healthy Snack Recipes & Ideas
Grains, Beans, Nuts, Seeds, Vegetables, and Fruit

Grains and Beans Healthy Snack Recipes

Raisin Bread and Nut Butter: 

  • Make your PBJ* as usual.
  • Cut in halves or quarters

*Choose almond, peanut, cashew or sunflower seed butter

Zucchini Bread Recipe

Delicious low fat, low sugar, (vegan) recipe.

Multi-grain Bagel (1/2 to a whole):

  • Warm bagel if possible
  • Top with soy cream cheese or 
  • Mashed avocado with a dash of Braggs Liquid Aminos ®    (see glossary), or 
  • Hummus Spread

Raisin Bread and Soy Cream Cheese:

  • If possible use a sprouted bread like Ezekiel bread
  • Spread a tablespoon (or more) of cream cheese on one slice of bread
  • Top with second slice
  • Cut into quarters

Butter-less Popcorn:

  • Use hot air popper for less fat
  • While popped corn is still warm place it in a bag. Lightly spray with olive or canola spread. Sprinkle with one of the following combinations:
  • Garlic powder, sea salt and nutritional yeast to taste
  • Curry powder and sea salt to taste 
  • Lightly drizzle (should not be soggy) with agave sweetener and sprinkle cinnamon

Oatmeal & Raisins:

  • Rolled oats (raw or toasted), raisins, and cinnamon or add nuts

Homemade Ginger Cookies Easy Recipe

Ginger Cookies and warm

soy or almond milk


Whole-Grain English Muffin or Whole-Grain Pita or Flatbread:

  • Brush with olive oil and oregano
  • Add natural pizza sauce
  • Top with a slice or shredded cheese (nondairy)

Whole-Grain cereal (1/2 to 1 cup):

  • Serve with berries and soy milk or
  • Whole grain cereal and eat dry like a trail mix

Hummus (Chickpea Spread):

See hummus recipe or purchase in the health food refrigerated section:

  • Use as a dip with fresh carrots, celery, broccoli, or other raw veggies or
  • With whole-grain pita bread wedges or pita pocket with veggies or
  • With crackers, bagels

Warm cup of Broth:

Nuts and Seeds Healthy Snack Recipes

Trail Mix:

  • Raw or dry roasted nuts and seeds
  • Add raisins or other dried fruit and/or
  • Add carob chips

Nut Butters:

  • Almond, cashew, soy, or peanut butter
  • Have with celery sticks topped with raisins
  • Ezekiel bread and all natural fruit spread
  • Nut butter and sliced banana
  • Eat with apple slices

Seed Butter:

  • Sunflower seed butter can be used instead of the nut butters. May be the answer for those with nut allergies.
  • Sesame seed butter is also known as tahni. It is also good when mixed with salad dressings.

Vegetables and Fruit Healthy Snack Recipes

Fresh Veggies & Dip:

  • Favorites include baby organic carrots, celery sticks or wedges, and broccoli florets
  • With all natural salad dressing
  • Add a dash of kelp for a little extra iodine

Grape Tomatoes (sliced or whole):

  • Olive oil, garlic powder, 1/8 sea salt or
  • Sprinkle with Braggs Liquid Aminos ®

Fresh Vegetable Juice:

  • 3-4 oz = 5 Medium Carrots and ½ apple
  • Drink immediately or put a tight cap on it

Stuffed Celery Sticks (2 to 3 stalks)

  • Remove top and bottom portion of each stick
  • Insert soy cream cheese or a nut butter into the middle (curve) of the celery
  • Top with raisins or dried cranberries

Fruit Smoothie:

  • Use an overripe banana as a base (freeze in advance)
  • Add berries and/or citrus fruit, one cup or more of nondairy milk (Add 1tbsp. nut butter for more protein or green powder)

Kiwi Fruit:

  • Select a slightly soft kiwi. It does not have to be organic because most kiwi fruit have very low pesticide levels.
  • Cut the top of the kiwi as if you are removing the lead from a small jar.
  • Hold kiwi by wrapping your fingers around it to maintain its shape.
  • Wedge the spoon between the skin and the meat of the kiwi. Enjoy!

Melon In Season:

  • Cut melon into small pieces and place in a bowl (about 1 cup)
  • Top with 2 tbsp. of organic raisins

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