9 Easy Healthy Snacks
Whether you need a healthy snack to take for your next party or something easy and tasty for the kids or for lunch, we’ve got you covered! Over the years, we’ve found that oftentimes we struggle the most to eat well and healthfully anytime we veer away from our daily routines, which usually means weekend hangouts with friends, donut days at work, or pretty much any party. Desserts and junk food, which we usually avoid purchasing and keeping around the house for this very reason, tend to abound at large gatherings, and our willpower depletes more quickly with every cookie or handful of Doritos.
To stay on top of our health goals and to truly feel our best, we find preparation is key, which means making sure we bring healthy snacks to share and enjoy. The nine recipes below are some of our favorite go-to healthy options, and since no one wants to spend hours slaving over party snacks, they all come together quickly and easily and/or with minimal hands-on time!
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Always a crowd pleaser, this salsa needs only a little chopping and a food processor to make if you purchase pre-roasted peppers at the grocery store. If you do roast your own, it adds a little prep time, but the results are worth it! Literally every time we take one of Cory’s salsa’s to a get-together, it gets rave reviews. Seriously, you must try this one! If you’re really pressed for time or can’t find hatch, keep the peaches raw, and swap hatch for anaheim or jalapeno, and you’ll still have a delicious salsa!
For another great take on salsa, check out this Mango Jalapeno Salsa!
The perfect partner to any salsa, this super simple guac takes practically no time to create. You can even prep all the “mix-ins” (onion, cilantro, bell, etc.) in advance with a simple mini food processor, so all you have to do when the time comes is combine the mix-ins with avocados and lime juice. Easy peasy. To up the veggie and healthy factors, swap traditional tortilla chips for halved mini bell peppers!
If you love the sweet and salty combinations as much as we do, you’ll love this trail mix. We make batches of this both for parties and to keep in our desks at work as a much healthier choice than the donuts and cakes lurking in the break rooms. Just mix together the ingredients, and you’ve got the perfect on-the-go treat!
Sometimes my favorite snacks are the ones that take the least amount of effort, and that’s where these shine! I take this to work all the time to tide me over from morning smoothie to my typically later lunch. Oh, and want to keep those apples from browning for several days without adding lime/lemon juice? Use a ceramic knife to cut them! I freaking love this trick, and it allows me to prep in advance—always a bonus!
For a quirky, fun sweet or savory snack, pick a few (or all!) of these coconut chips for your next gathering. I adore the pumpkin pie and mocha flavors, while Cory always reaches for the curried ones. Make sure to use coconut chips or flakes, not shredded coconut (you want to get the larger pieces), and steer clear of the sweetened stuff!
For a higher protein/lower carb choice, you have to try this crazy simple buffalo chicken dip served with celery sticks! It’s a hit at any party and just ridiculously easy to make. Scale the recipe up or down easily (ingredients below are for 2 pound of chicken, so halve, double, or triple to your liking; just be prepared to adjust cook times), and make shredding in the crock pot even easier with these awesome meat claws!
A smoky, slightly spicy twist on a classic, this hummus makes a delicious dip for pita bread and all sorts of veggies. We often eat this for an easy, light lunch as well. The roasting of the poblanos does take some ahead of time prep, which we often do the day before while we’re making dinner or something, and a bit of extra hands-on time to peel the pepper skins off shortly after roasting. We definitely believe that little bit of extra time is worth it, though! Sometimes you can buy pre-roasted and peeled peppers, making this a cinch!
With my sweet tooth and general chocolate addiction, I couldn’t create a list of my favorite snacks without including these chocolate cherry brownie bites. Basically energy balls, just a few of these rich, dense bites of cherry chocolate magic will satisfy your craving for sweets without leaving you with the jittery, exhausting aftermath of their highly processed counterparts. I eat these as a healthy dessert, an afternoon snack, or even for an easy breakfast on-the-go.
Perfect for a movie marathon with friends or a light afternoon snack, I highly recommend you try this easy popcorn recipe, especially if you’re a fan of spicy foods. It’s not super hot as is, but you could definitely kick it up a notch if you so desire, and if spicy isn’t your thing, go a little lighter on the green chile powder (it does add great flavor) or leave it out entirely! Cory and I love the hint of chile flavor in this, but I regularly make it without the chile powder if I’m not feeling quite as spicy. Either way, it’s super tasty! (Oh, and if you want the best pepper grinder EVER, this is it!)
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