26 Practical Steps to a Healthier You: Make & Pack Your Own Healthy Snacks {Week 1}

For the next 26 weeks I will be sharing a different way you can become healthier in your daily life. Some of these suggestions have to do with food or exercise, others have to do with lifestyle changes, but all of them are practical and relatively easy to execute. You may already be practicing some of these habits, but hopefully you’ll be inspired by at least one or two new ideas you can begin to implement.

MAKE & PACK YOUR OWN HEALTHY SNACKS

Since 2011 I have had to dramatically change my diet. I went from being able to eat anything at anytime to having to cut out all sugar, gluten, and dairy. This has had its challenges, but I quickly adapted. One thing I learned fast was to bring my own snacks with me wherever I go. I’m one of those people who likes to snack in between meals and am grumpy when I’m hungry. So to avoid “cheating” on my diet and the subsequent chronic pain that would result, I began to take food with me. Everywhere. To this day I rarely leave my house without a snack tucked away in my purse… just in case.

QUICK & EASY SNACK IDEAS:

1. Fresh Fruit
2. Fresh Cut-up vegetables
3. Air-popped Popcorn
4. String Cheese
5. Hard-Boiled Eggs
6. Rolled Turkey Breast
7. Handfull of Almonds
8. Dried Fruit, no sugar added
9. Greek Yogurt with Fresh Fruit and/or Granola
10. Tortilla Chips with Salsa or Guacamole
11. Whole Grain Crackers with Tuna
12. Frozen Peas (my husband’s favorite snack!)
13. Frozen Grapes
14. Whole Grain Crackers with Cheese
15. Rice Cake with Natural Peanut Butter

apple-fresh-apples-300x226MAKING YOUR OWN SNACKS IS HEALTHIER

Have you looked recently at the ingredient list of those crackers you’re consuming? Can you pronounce everything? Do you have any idea how much sugar is in those gummies, fruit roll ups, and other pre-packaged snacks you feed your children?

If we realized what we’re doing to our long-term health when we eat the snacks we’re accustomed to, we’d be appalled. More and more studies are showing that poor diet habits are linked with various diseases and health risks. We’re literally sending ourselves to heaven earlier!

Perhaps you’re thinking, “It’s too expensive to eat healthy.” Yet, if you compare your years of grocery bills to your future health bills down the road, you can’t afford NOT to choose healthier snacks. Your poor diet now could cost you thousands of dollars in doctor’s bills in the future. Plus, eating healthy doesn’t have to add hundreds of dollars to your grocery bill. In fact, making your own healthy snacks will probably save you money.

MAKING YOUR OWN SNACKS SAVES MONEY

saving moneyWhy pay over $4.00 a bag for sweet potato chips when you can make your own? Why buy sugar-laden popsicles when you can make your own from scratch and feel guilt-free when eating them? Why spend an outrageous amount on muffins at the bakery when you can whip up your own for less than half the price and store them in the freezer for weeks?

It sounds daunting to make your own snacks from scratch, but your bank account (and spouse) will thank you. I’ve compiled a list of simple snack ideas that you can make ahead of time and always have on hand for when you leave the house.

SIMPLE DIY SNACK IDEAS:

1. Trail Mix
2. Egg Muffins
3. Deviled Eggs
4. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

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5. Homemade Sweet Potato Chips
6. Blueberry Muffins
7. Roasted Chickpeas
8. Strawberry Rhubarb Popsicle

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9. Homemade Crockpot Applesauce
10. Ants on a Log
11. Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit
12. Homemade Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

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13. Frozen Banana Pops
14. Homemade Beef Jerky
15. Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

SOME OF MY FAVORITE SMOOTHIE RECIPES:

1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
2. Green Smoothie
3. Pineapple Banana Smoothie

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4. Anti-inflammatory Smoothie
5. Strawberry Banana Cream Smoothie

Tips & Tricks:

-Make smoothie packs ahead of time and store in the freezer.
-Bag snacks in individual Ziploc snack bags so they’re easy to grab before heading out the door.
-Make a snack bin to store your pre-bagged snacks in.
-Always have ingredients on hand to make your healthy snacks.
-Keep junk food out of your house to avoid temptation!

Are there any quick and easy snacks you like to keep on hand that I didn’t mention? Share them!

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