Unprocessed Snacks

Unprocessed Snacks

About 6 months ago, I created a list of clean eating snacks, with this handy image for easy reference, and have been blown away with how popular it was.  As I’m writing this, it has been pinned over 88,000 times! That’s makes me super happy, both because I love when the posts I write are shared, but also that so many people are trying to rid their diet of junk and eat healthier foods.   

Clean Eating Snacks

This is a great list to get you started, but I wanted to elaborate on this list a bit, and come up with some more, delicious reasons to snack well.  Here are some more unprocessed snacks to inspire you to eat healthy: 

Fruit Leather

Unprocessed Snacks Fruit Roll-up

Fruit leather, or dehydrated fruit, is a great snack for anyone who has a sweet tooth.  It is super simple to make, and is a great way to use up fruit that is about to go bad.  All you do is add your fruit of choice to a food processor, with a little honey (optional), and blend until smooth.  Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper, and spread out the fruit puree thinly.  Bake in preheated oven on the lowest setting your oven can go.  It takes between 6-12 hours for it to dehydrate.  

Our favorites are strawberries and mangos.  This is a great way to get my daughter to eat fruit, when she is in one of her picky-eating moods. 

Baked Veggie Chips

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If you have a salty tooth (like me), sometimes you just crave chips.  The salt and crunch of these baked veggie chips will satisfy your craving.  Grab a couple sweet potatoes, parsnips and beets, and thinly slice them with a mandolin slicer.   Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sprinkle veggies with sea salt while the oven is preheating.  This will help draw out the moisture, and help them get extra crunchy in the oven.  Blot them gently with a paper towel, and line them on a lightly greased baking sheet.  Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until crispy.  Finish them off with a little more sea salt and enjoy!

Stuffed Peppers

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This is an easy and quick snack or appetizer.  Sweet mini peppers are stuffed with a homemade pimento mixture of cheese, roasted red peppers and greek yogurt.  Here is the recipe for stuffed peppers.

Other Unprocessed Snacks

Below are some of my favorite recipes from other talented foodie bloggers.  

Quick and Easy Unprocessed Snacks

  • Freeze grapes.  Just try it. 
  • Melt dark chocolate, and dip banana slices into the chocolate.  Freeze and enjoy. 
  • Core an apple, and slice into rings.  Make apple peanut butter sandwiches using the apples as the “bread”. 
  • Puree fruit and place it into popsicle molds.  Freeze and enjoy healthy, homemade fruit pops. 
  • Baked Kale Chips.  Slice kale, toss with a little bit of olive oil and sea salt and bake at 350 for 10 minutes.  This recipe is life changing. 
  • Carrot sticks.  Peel and slice carrots into sticks.  Toss with olive oil and sea salt and bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. 
  • Peel and slice a cucumber in half, vertically.  scoop out a little bowl down the center of the cucumber, then stuff with cottage cheese.  
  • Parmesan Crackers.  Shred good parmesan cheese, and sprinkle into a disk on a greased baking dish.  Bake at 400 in preheated oven for 5 minutes.

So there are 20 more unprocessed snack ideas to get you started! 

What are your favorite unprocessed snacks?



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