13 Fast Homemade Snacks for the Busy Bee
Modern life is busy, and your schedule is hectic. It makes eating healthy often the loser in a battle between expedience and availability.
What’s the health-conscious person to do?
Find a list of healthy homemade snacks just like this one! That’s right, there are plenty of good ideas for fast and easy snacks that are also healthy, perfect for someone with a busy bee lifestyle like yours. Check out some of our suggestions for healthy savory snacks that you can easily fit into your busy schedule without sacrificing nutritional value.
A popular snack with lots of room for customization, trail mix is always an easy choice. A combination of nuts and fruits and sometimes candies (M&Ms are a common choice), trail mix is as cheap as it is easy to make. Mix up some nuts (cashews, almonds) with raisins, small pieces of dried fruits, and a few pieces of candy (keep it light to keep it healthy!), put them in plastic zip bags, and you’re ready to go!
Yogurt is versatile and delicious. Put a little in a small plastic container, mix some berries and granola in, and you have yourself a tasty sweet treat that’s also portable.
Any number of granola- or fruit-based energy bars are available at your market. Many of these are loaded down with ingredients you don’t want or need. The good news is that you can make them at home in your favorite flavors! Rolled oats, nut butter, honey, coconut oil, and things like dates give you healthy carbs. You can sweeten them with chocolate chips, and the best part is that you don’t even need to bake them!
Kale chips are extremely healthy and easy to make, drizzled with some coconut oil and baked in the oven. Prep them ahead of time and you can take them with you the next day, satisfying that need for finger foods without hurting yourself on the scale.
Slice some fruit in the morning, slip it into some plastic baggies, and maybe include a bit of peanut or almond butter for dipping. It’s sweet, swift, and packed full of health benefits. You can even combine this one with the yogurt idea to have a little bit of a sweeter edge.
In the same vein, try some sliced bananas. They’re easy, they require very little prep work (literally just slice them up), and you can store them somewhere cold to have a nice refreshing snack when you need it. Bananas pair well with any of the other options on this list, and you can even include dried banana chips in your trail mix.
Pumpkin Pie Bites
This one sounds too good to be true, but it’s not. These delicious bite-sized homemade snacks are chock full of fiber while also being gluten-free. There are vegan varieties, too. Combining pure pumpkin puree, roasted almond butter, some cinnamon, quick oats, and a few other select ingredients, you can mix these without baking them, roll the dough into balls, refrigerate so they’ll keep their shape, and voila!
Homemade Gummy Snacks
Believe it or not, it’s actually possible to have healthy fruit snacks! Made using only 3 ingredients: fruit puree, lemonade, and unflavored gelatin—with the possibility of sugar or honey for desired sweetness—you slowly heat your fruit puree, whisk in the gelatin, allow it all to come to a low boil for 30 seconds, then pour into a baking dish and chill in the fridge.
Cut the giant gummy treat into bite-sized pieces and you’re ready to go!
Green Bean Chips
If you have a dehydrator (and you should get one, they’re amazing!), you can make some dried green beans. A great, healthy savory snack to satisfy that desire for something crunchy, you can dip them in a favorite dip to add a little extra zest to their flavor.
Sweet Potato Chips
We hear you: “How can potato chips be on a list of healthy homemade snacks?” When you bake them yourself from sliced sweet potatoes with just a light amount of olive oil and sprinkle them with some sea salt, you have a perfectly savory snack without all the grease!
Put some “Wow” in your Water!
With all these snacks, don’t neglect your water intake. While it’s easy enough to get a water bottle on the go, why not add a little something to it? An organic fruit-based supplement can add a delicious berry flavor to your water while also giving you daily recommended allowances of important nutrients like probiotics, antioxidants, and nitrates!
Ring the Bell
Slice up some bell peppers and pair it with a little bit of guacamole. Bell peppers are high in antioxidants and vitamin C, and the guac gives you a little bit of healthy fat and fiber for a treat that fills you up but won’t fill you out!
Hard-boiled (or soft-boiled) eggs can make for a filling and healthy savory snack. They’re also easy to make! They contain lots of protein, and while they do have cholesterol, studies have shown that eggs eaten in proper moderation actually have a lot of health benefits instead of increasing the risk of heart disease.