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I love snacks!
I know that might sound strange coming from a health coach, but I’m a sucker for salty snacks.
I’ve never been a fan of traditional lunch foods, so I’ve been a fan of a mid-day snack for as long as I can remember.
However, finding healthy snack options can be a challenge.
A lot of snack foods are full of what we call “empty calories”. This means they are highly processed, high in calories, and low in nutrients.
Ditch the classic snack foods and add these clean eating snack ideas to your diet.
These snacks will keep you full and satisfied in between meals. Or, you can even combine a few for a bento-box style lunch.
Clean Eating Snack Tips
When you’re picking out snacks, I always recommend reading the nutritional label of any pre-packaged food.
The key to healthy snacking is to find foods that have as much nutritional value as possible that will fill you up so you aren’t hungry again a short time later.
For example: A 100-calorie pack of chips or cookies will leave you feeling hungry again very soon AND they are not providing you with any nutrients.
If you eat a banana and a few almonds, you are eating something nutritious (vitamins, minerals, fiber, etc.) that will fill you up longer (and help you feel better) and help you avoid the sugar crash.
The more “whole foods” (unprocessed or minimally processed) you eat, the better.
Have different snacks during the week to keep it interesting and to increase the different types of nutrients you are getting.
Note: Eating organic is best, but do what your budget and preferences allow.
The best way to eat healthy snacks is by making it yourself, but that’s not always possible.
I’m a busy mom myself, so convenience is definitely important!
Try out these 30 clean eating snack ideas to still healthy and eating clean all day long.
Clean Eating Snack Ideas
1. Sunflower seeds and raisins
2. Celery and almond butter (peanut butter or sun butter) 1-2 tbsp
3. Almonds, Walnuts or Cashews (a small palm full is usually a serving)
4. Rice chips or Rice Cake with hummus
5. Organic Tortilla Chips and salsa or guacamole
For those that just HAVE to have chips, aim for organic tortilla chips. Try to find low-sodium content and chips made from healthier oils such as avocado oil if possible.
6. Veggie sticks (celery, carrots, cucumber) and hummus or guacamole
7. Kale chips (make your own)
Learn to make your own with this recipe from Minimalist Baker.
8. Zucchini oven chips (make your own)
9. Sweet Potato Chips or Fries
For a heartier snack or lunch, you can make your own sweet potato nachos.
Or simply make the sweet potato chips from this recipe and dip them in your favorite salsa or guacamole
10. Apple Slices with Nut Butter or Sun Butter
11. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and dried cranberries
12. Greek Yogurt with Granola
(IF you tolerate dairy. Tip: read labels – avoid high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors & sweeteners)
Greek Yogurt is higher in protein than regular yogurt. Aim for unsweetened if possible. Instead, buy plain Greek Yogurt and top with a sprinkle of honey for a little sweetness.
13. Green Smoothie with flax or chia seeds
Green smoothies with protein powder and flax seeds are my favorite mid-morning snack.
I love Orgain protein powders which are plant-based and made from clean ingredients.
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14. Fresh Fruit or Fruit Salad
Fruit by itself may not keep you full as long as other snack options. But, it’s loaded with nutrients.
Plus, fruit is a perfect snack if you’re craving a sweet treat.
15. Trail Mix
Save money and calories and make your own trail mix. Add with raw nuts, seeds, and dried fruit for a great grab and go snack.
16. Dinner Leftovers
If you have just a little bit leftover from dinner, this is a perfect snack. I love to roast extra vegetables for a mid-day snack.
No-Bake energy balls are a family favorite in our house. These are perfect to bring to school or work all week long.
18. Salad with a variety of vegetables and olive oil-based dressing
19. Lara Bars (get the ones without added sugar).
20. Mixed berries (or mixed berry smoothie with flax seeds or chia seeds)
22. Tomato and Mozzarella (Be mindful of portion size)
Roasted chickpeas are my latest obsession.
I love them with garlic, salt, and pepper for a traditional snack. Or for a sweeter snack, you can top them with cinnamon and a teaspoon of brown sugar.
25. Air-Popped Popcorn
26. Hard-Boiled Eggs
(Learn to make them in your pressure cooker in minutes!)
If you’re craving a sweet treat, NICE cream is the perfect option! It’s made from frozen bananas plus your favorite toppings.
It tastes just like ice cream, but is low in sugar and calories.
29. Grilled Fruit
30. Organic Crackers With Peanut Butter
This is one of my favorite snacks for when I’m in a pinch. I love peanut butter on anything, but these organic crackers are so satisfying and made with clean ingredients.
For more clean eating ideas, make sure to grab my 7-day clean eating meal plan.
Grab a week’s worth of meals plus your shopping list with this great freebie!
Also, you can learn more about clean eating here.
What are your favorite healthy snacks? Any that weren’t on the list?