Mealtimes on a whole food diet are actually pretty easy. I have over 300 recipes on this blog that make perfectly balanced breakfasts, lunches, and dinners… but what about healthy snacks? In my experience, snacking is the biggest challenge when transitioning to unprocessed food. The cravings for a sugary or processed snack come on strong. There are times when you want to run straight towards the nearest convenience store to devour every bag of junk food in sight.

1-Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Pecans

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound pecans raw halves

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt optional

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

  • Combine the above ingredients in the slow cooker. Stir pecans to coat with honey and spices.
  • Cover and cook on high for 15 minutes.
  • Turn on low, stir occasionally and cook for approximately 1 hour.
  • Transfer nuts to a baking sheet and cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container.

2-No-Bake Fudge Brownie Bites

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup dates no added sweeteners

  • 1/2 cup almonds raw

  • 1/2 cup walnuts raw

  • 1/4 cup cocoa good quality

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon water use additional water if needed

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa optional

Directions

  • In a food processor combine walnuts ad almonds and pulse to a crumb-like consistency…being sure to leave some coarse pieces for texture. Remove nuts and place in a medium bowl.
  • Combine crumbled nuts with cocoa and vanilla, mix with a large spoon.
  • Add dates to the food processor and pulse several times until they are a gooey consistency.
  • This is very important…must be very gooey, as in one big ball. Add to nut mixture along with vanilla and water. You will need to use your hands to knead the mixture until there is one large ball…this will take a few minutes. Shape into 1-2 inch truffles as seen in photo.
  • Combine additional cocoa and sprinkle on half of the truffles (optional). If preferred, shape into small bars instead of balls. Cover and refrigerate. Enjoy!

2-Slow Cooker Cinnamon & Honey Nuts

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups almonds, pecans, and walnuts raw, 1 cup each type of nut

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

  • 1/3 cup honey

Directions

  • Combine nuts and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add honey, toss to thoroughly coat nuts. Add the cinnamon-honey coated nuts to the slow cooker, being sure to get all the honey in. Cover and cook in the slow cooker for 1 to 1-1/2 hours on low. See below for the oven method.
  • Prefer the oven method? Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spread nuts over a non-stick cookie sheet, stir every 10 minutes. Roast until lightly golden, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container.

Notes

The total fat content in Cinnamon & Honey Nuts is also known as “good fat” or monounsaturated fat. These fats are considered heart-healthy Omega 3’s

3-Sweet Potato Chips

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Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato medium, organic

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder

  • salt to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  • Since the peeling has a lot of nutritional benefits, it’s recommended to leave it on. Scrub the potatoes, remove blemishes and pat dry. Using a mandolin or knife, slice into 1/16” to 1/8” round pieces…depending on the thickness preferred.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add sliced potatoes and oil, toss to coat.
  • Line a rimmed cookie sheet with non-stick foil, place potato slices next to each other until the cookie sheet is filled. More than one cookie sheet may be needed, if so, place sheets on the middle and bottom racks, switch positions after the first 40 minutes. If using only one cookie sheet bake on the middle rack.
  • Bake for 40 minutes, turn potatoes over and bake an additional 40 minutes. If the edges are crispy remove from oven, if not, bake an additional 2-3 minutes or until lightly browned and crispy around the edges. Sprinkle with curry powder or your favorite spices.
  • Allow potatoes to cool at room temperature. Chips will continue to get crispier as they cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Notes

The potatoes shrink quite a lot; regardless the taste is pure delight and the nutrients are many.

4-Guacamole Verde

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Ingredients

  • 4 avocados medium

  • 1 cup salsa verde no sugar added

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 lemon juiced

Directions

  • Mash all ingredients together, and serve.

5-Curry Greek-Style Yogurt Dip

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt plain, nonfat

  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • salt to taste

Directions

  • Blend everything together using a whisk, and serve with whole-grain crackers or vegetables.

6-Skinny Strawberry Yogurt

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt plain, non-fat

  • 3/4 cup strawberry fruit spread or jam, no sweeteners added

Directions

  • Mix ingredients and store in the refrigerator until ready to eat. For an added treat add sliced strawberries. Any flavor fruit spread or jam can be used…raspberry, pineapple, grape, etc..

Notes

The ingredients label should read something like this: strawberries, white grape juice, sugar free pectin, citric acid

7-Skinny Berry Parfait

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats

  • 1/2 cup almonds with skins, sliced

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 3 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil

  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries

  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries

  • 1/2 cup fresh blackberries

  • 2 cups raspberry yogurt

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, combine oats, almonds and cinnamon. Stir in melted coconut oil to combine with other ingredients. Line a cookie sheet with parchment, spread oats evenly and bake approximately 20 minutes or until golden. Stir after 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
  • You’ll likely have leftover granola. This granola is a wonderful snack or topping. Try adding raisins or other dried fruit without added sweeteners.
  • Alternate yogurt, granola and berries in parfait glasses.
  • Choose other berries if you prefer.

8-Skinny Salsa Dip

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Ingredients

  • 2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or canola oil

  • 12 ounces salsa jarred, no sugar added

  • 1 cup cheese non-fat, shredded (almost any cheese will work)

Directions

  • Cut the chicken into small pieces. Add oil to a medium skillet and saute over medium heat until done. Add salsa and simmer 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat, add cheese, and stir until melted.

9-Pea and Avocado Dip

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups snow peas shelled, steamed and cooled

  • 1 avocado peeled and seed removed

  • 1 garlic clove halved

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

  • Place all the ingredients into a food processor and mix to the consistency you prefer.

10-Tex-Mex Salsa

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Ingredients

  • 6 roma tomatoes diced

  • 1 garlic clove minced

  • 1/2 cup red onion diced

  • 2 jalapenos seeded and skinned

  • 1/3 cup cilantro chopped

  • 1 lime juiced

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • kosher or sea salt to taste

Directions

  • Method 1:
  • Add all the above ingredients to a food processor and pulse 2 to 3 times or until ingredients are a chunky consistency. Store salsa in a glass container with lid and refrigerate for 8 hours allowing the flavors time to marry.
  • Method 2:
  • Add all diced ingredients to a slow-cooker, cover and cook on low 3 hours. Allow salsa to cool at room temperature and store in a glass container with lid…refrigerate until ready to use. This method is more like the commercial version or restaurant-style.

11-Skinny Pimento Cheese Spread

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cheddar cheese reduced-fat, shredded

  • 1 green onion diced

  • 1 garlic clove minced

  • 8 ounces cream cheese fat-free

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt plain, fat free

  • 4 ounce diced pimentos jarred, drained

  • 1 small jalapeno pepper seeded and minced

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • kosher or sea salt to taste

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well combined. Or, use an electric mixer and beat until creamy. Add spread to a glass-covered container and refrigerate until ready to eat.
  • Pimento cheese spread tastes great as a sandwich spread, dip, on burgers, wheat crackers and even on homemade pizza.

12-Skinny Nutella Spread – The Healthier Version

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup hazelnuts skinned

  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

  • 3/4 cup lite coconut milk optional almond milk

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey

  • pinch of kosher or sea salt

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Evenly spread hazelnuts on a cookie sheet and roast approximately 15 minutes. Remove and wrap hot hazelnuts in a kitchen towel and allow to cool 10 minutes. Remove skins by rubbing with the kitchen towel. Discard skins.
  • In a medium saucepan, add chocolate chips, milk, honey and salt, turn to low heat and heat until chips are completely melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly while preparing hazelnuts.
  • Add hazelnuts to a food processor and pulse until a butter-like consistency…about 5 minutes. The nuts will have a slightly grainy consistency and that’s okay, a little is fine. Add chocolate mixture to the food processor and pulse until well combined with hazelnut butter.
  • Add nutella to a glass container, allow to cool completely, cover and refrigerate. Nutella will thicken after being refrigerated. This recipe makes approximately one pint.

Notes

The fats in this recipe are healthy fats which come from the hazelnuts and coconut milk…both are superfoods that are packed with health benefits.Homemade Nutella makes wonderful gifts for the holidays. Add Nutella to 1/2 pint-sized canning jars, tie a bow around the lid and you’ve got your gifts!

13-Sweet Potato Hummus

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup sweet potatoes peeled and diced

  • 19 ounces garbanzo beans canned – rinsed and drained

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice fresh squeezed

  • 1/4 cup tahini sesame paste

  • 5 garlic cloves roasted or raw

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • water

Directions

  • Steam or slow cook the sweet potatoes until soft.
  • Transfer cooked sweet potatoes to a food processor. Add garbanzo beans, lemon juice, Tahini, garlic (I used roasted), olive oil, cumin, salt and about 2 tbsp of water to start with.
  • Pulse the mixture until smooth, scraping down the sides of bowl and adding water to thin mixture if it seems too thick.
  • Adjust seasoning and serve with a drizzle of olive oil and don’t forget to sprinkle some paprika. Sweet Potato Hummus makes a perfect dip or spread.

14-Gluten Free, Grain Free Cheesy Garlic Cauliflower Bread Sticks

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Ingredients

  • Bread Stick Ingredients
  • 1 cup cauliflower cooked

  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded

  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese

  • 1 egg beaten

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

  • olive oil

  • Topping Ingredients
  • 2 garlic cloves finely minced

  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated

  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese grated

  • marinara sauce optional for dipping

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Chop the cauliflower florets into chunks and steam them in a steamer or on the stove until slightly soft for 15 minutes. Place in a ricer or grate until a rice like consistency.
  • One large head should produce approximately 3 cups of riced cauliflower. The remainder can be used to make additional pizza crusts immediately, or can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  • To Make the Bread
  • Prepare your baking stone or sheet by spreading a small amount of olive oil on it and top with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup cauliflower, egg, Parmesan and Mozzarella. Add oregano, crushed garlic and garlic salt, stir.
  • Transfer to the baking stone or sheet, and using your hands, pat out into a large rectangle.
  • Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Spread the minced garlic over baked cauliflower bread and top with Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses.
  • Place back in the 450 degree oven until all cheese is melted.
  • Slice and Serve!

15-Clean Eating Banana Apple Bread

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Ingredients

  • 2 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and diced

  • 1 tablespoon stevia

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup almond meal

  • 1 cup oat bran

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/2 cup extra light olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons stevia

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/4 cup almond milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3 bananas very ripe, mashed

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius (350 degrees Fahrenheit). Lightly coat your loaf tin with 1/2 tsp olive oil.
  • Apples
  • Put diced apples in a small pot on medium heat.
  • Add stevia, cinnamon & vanilla & saute until golden brown – about 5 mins and set aside.
  • Banana Bread
  • In a medium bowl whisk the almond meal, oat bran, baking powder, cinnamon, stevia and nutmeg.
  • In another bowl whisk the olive oil, eggs, almond milk and vanilla.
  • Slowly add the liquid mixture to the almond meal mixture, in about 4 batches.
  • Once combined, stir in the mashed bananas and fold in the apples.
  • Pour the batter into the loaf tin and bake for approx. 50 mins, or when wooden skewer comes out clean.
  • Once ready, let cool inside the tin & then remove & serve!

Notes

This bread freezes very well, so its great to make a big batch & portion for snacks!

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