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30 MORE Healthy Snack Ideas (paleo, dairy-free, refined sugar-free)

Our clients are always asking for snack ideas. It’s very daunting, this world of clean-eating, when you’re not really sure what you can eat and you miss all of your old favorites. We are a snacking society. Everywhere you go people are pulling out boxes and bags of processed and artificially colored “food”. Kids are given 2 snack times during a full schoolday; and snack machines are everywhere. And filled with anti-nutrients at best. I’m okay with snacks. As I said in my first post, 30 Healthy Snack Ideas, I LOVE snacks. But the word “snack” does not need to be synonymous with “junk food” or even unhealthy. Let’s redefine the snack. Let’s take the snack back. Let’s find healthy ways to get our snack on while still maintaining the integrity of what a snack really should be – what food really should be.

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Here are 30 MORE Healthy Snack Ideas for you to chew on. Pun intended.


  1. Avocado with salt.
  2. Almond butter or Sunbutter on a spoon.
  3. Apples with date paste (tastes like a caramel apple – really!)
  4. Dates stuffed with coconut butter
  5. Apple “sandwiches”: spread almond butter between two slices of apple
  6. Plantain Chips (clean, with salt and a healthy oil)
  7. Paleo muffins
  8. Coconut milk yogurt with fruit
  9. Banana slices with maple syrup and shredded coconut
  10. Pear slices with cinnamon
  11. Chocolate and almonds or pistachios
  12. Scallops or salmon wrapped in prosciutto (make sure the fish is wild caught and the prosciutto is “clean”)
  13. Veggies dipped in Spinach-Avocado-Herb dip
  14. Leftover meats
  15. These wraps filled with almond butter and honey
  16. Berry and/or spinach smoothie made with this collagen
  17. Tomatoes with basil and olive oil
  18. This Chia-Flax Super Cereal
  19. These sunbutter balls 
  20. These cassava chips
  21. This mango milkshake
  22. Diced apple with walnuts and cinnamon
  23. Almond butter with honey and chocolate pieces
  24. Macadamia nuts. I need not say more.
  25. A new discovery I’ve made is these Lara Bar Nut and Seed Bars – they are delicious and have a little protein to help keep you going (and they come in chocolate too :))!
  26. Olives. Not my favorite but I hear they make a great little salty snack!
  27. My Sunny Banana Bread
  28. My Chocolate Coconut Butter Cups
  29. Meatballs, like these
  30. BACON (it’s worth repeating)
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Sunny Banana Bread (paleo, grain-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free)

We finally broke down and turned on the air conditioning. We lasted until the end of June, which is pretty good for living in Philadelphia where the humidity will suck the energy from you, reducing you to a pile of deflated sticky and sweaty mess. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. Anyway, I missed the cool air, and am once again struck by how fortunate we are to have things like air conditioning. Really – how great is it that we can choose whether or not we want to use cool air in our house? Sometimes I think about things like that. It’s not weird.

During our A/C hiatus we also had to forego some things, like cooking in the oven. For some reason the air does not circulate well in our house, so the temperature stayed higher than the outside temperature, and any oven use increased the temp of the upper level of the house by at least a degree or two. So when we finally turned on the A/C, cooled ourselves down, and could once again function like humans, the kids requested banana bread. It’s no secret that we don’t eat much bread in our house, but when that craving strikes, I usually whip up a loaf of this paleo-friendly banana bread and it hits the spot! The kids love it. And it’s always fun to dress it up with coconut butter, honey, ice cream and or chocolate, or to make it into French toast. Mostly though, I love it just by itself, warm right out of the oven. *Just to note: because of the chemical reaction of sunflower seeds to baking soda, the bread will turn green once cooked. Do not be afraid! It is perfectly safe – and delicious – regardless.

And by the way, it’s easy too. Really easy. You’ll need a food processor, a whisk, a bowl and a bread pan.


Sunny Banana Bread (paleo, grain-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free)

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 medium, very ripe bananas
  • 1.5c sunflower seeds
  • 1/2c coconut flour
  • 1/2c tapioca flour
  • 2T avocado oil
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1T raw local honey
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2c chopped walnuts, optional
  • coconut oil, for greasing pan

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Add sunflower seeds to food processor and grind down to a fine meal.
  3. With processor running, add oil and keep processing until it turns to sunbutter.
  4. Peel bananas and throw them in food processor with sunbutter. Combine until smooth.
  5. In large bowl, whisk eggs, and combine with the sunbutter mixture. Add in flours, baking soda and powder, honey, cinnamon and salt.
  6. If adding walnuts, add them now.
  7. Grease loaf pan with coconut oil. Pour batter into pan.
  8. Bake in oven for 30-35min, or until cooked through and browned on top.

Try it! And let me know how you like. Happy clean-eating!

30 Healthy Snack Ideas (paleo, dairy-free, refined sugar-free)

I love to snack. Much like my 3- and 5-year-old, I get excited to open up a snack bag (even thought it’s one I packed) when we’re out for the day and it’s their (ahem, our) snack time. Japheth can literally go all day without snacking once. He will eat his 4-5 meals and be perfectly content. But me? I love having something to munch on. And as anyone who eats clean knows, it’s not always easy to be a snacker in this world. It’s not like we can grab a tin of Pringles or some cheese and crackers and go to town. And it’s quite a challenge to find good snacks at the store…don’t get me started on that subject. But, in this post, I have for you 30 – yes, 30 – snack ideas that are clean. I’m talking paleo-friendly, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, grain-free, you got it. And many of these ideas are just a little twist on things you already have at home! Of course, I’ve also included a few that you can buy and stick to use when in a pinch, and not feel guilty about!

30 Healthy Snack Ideas

  1. Nuts, seeds, fruits, veggies
  2. Carrot sticks dipped in mashed avocado
  3. Ants on a log (nut butter on celery pieces, topped with raisins)
  4. Ants on a stump (banana slices topped with nut butter, then topped with raisins)
  5. Homemade Trail Mix (nuts, dried fruit, coconut flakes, even dark chocolate)
  6. Paleo granola
  7. Maple-glazed walnuts (add 2c walnuts and 1/3c maple syrup to pan on
    medium-high heat. Cook and stir about 3 minutes, until syrup is
    caramelized).
  8. Coconut date poppers (can also make these in bars)
  9. Dark chocolate covered nuts
  10. Nut or seed butters (make your own!)
  11. Dried Fruit (with no added sugar or sulfur)
  12. Dates stuffed with almond butter
  13. Frozen grapes
  14. Frozen bananas
  15. Dark chocolate covered frozen bananas
  16. Smoothies like this super-healthy and yet somehow delicious one!
  17. Homemade Popsicles
  18. Boiled Eggs (sprinkle with favorite seasoning)
  19. Deviled eggs (yolks mixed with avocado and stuffed into whites)
  20. BACON
  21. Bacon Avocado sandwiches (avocado between two slices of bacon)
  22. Anything wrapped in bacon
  23. This chocolate. After all, as their slogan says, chocolate is food, not candy.
  24. Beef or pork sticks
  25. Kale chips
  26. Sweet potato chips **read the ingredients and make sure it’s clean, like Jackson’s brand!
  27. Paleo-friendly macaroons
  28. Lara bars are great, just make sure to avoid the ones with peanut butter!
  29. Coconut flakesthese have a little sweetness!
  30. Beef jerky bites – we love Epic bites and bars!

So there you have it, 30 healthy snack ideas for you to stay on track with your clean-eating, but also to satisfy that snack-craving! What are your favorite healthy snacks when the craving hits?

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How to Make Healthy Homemade Sunbutter (nut-free, sugar-free)

 

How to Make Healthy Homemade Sunbutter (nut-free, sugar-free)

I love nut butters, and with my paleo lifestyle, nuts were my not-so-guilty pleasure for a long time. Almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, macadamia nuts, no nut was safe! I started making my own nut butters a couple of years ago, when I became more aware of what my habit was costing me, and also when I became more conscious of all of the unnecessary and often unhealthy ingredients that are added to most store-bought versions…oils, sugar, words I didn’t recognize. Making your own nut butter is not only super-easy, but also cost-efficient, especially when you buy your nuts in bulk. All you need is a food processor and a jar to store it in!

Now, onto sunbutter. I discovered sunbutter when I started realizing that my beloved nuts were actually causing me some digestive distress. They made me bloated and uncomfortable. For many people they can also be a barrier to weight loss. Like many, I found that seeds do not have the same effect on my body, and I find them to be just as delicious. I often sprinkle them over salads, use them as a substitute for nut butters when baking, and even eat sunbutter drenched in honey for a treat sometimes. This homemade sunbutter is not only healthy, but with the added sweetness of the coconut sugar (sunbutter alone can be a little bitter), it is yummy enough for your whole family to enjoy!

Benefits of Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds are beneficial to your health for several reasons. They are a great source of vitamin E, magnesium, and selenium. Because of these properties, these delicious seeds can help promote cardiovascular health, detoxification, healthy cholesterol levels, and a healthy mood. They also, of course, make a healthy and delicious snack, and even dessert!

How to Make Healthy Homemade Sunbutter
4c. Shelled sunflower seeds
1/3c coconut sugar
1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt

Preheat oven to 350. Spread sunflower seeds in thin layer on parchment paper lined, rimmed baking sheet (you may need 2 if you’re sheets are smaller like mine). Toast them in the oven until they are lightly golden, about 20 minutes. Be sure to stir them every few minutes to keep them from burning. **Toasting the seeds first makes it easier for them to release their natural oils, thus eliminating the need for added oil!

Once they are toasted, pour them into your food processor and start processing. This will take several minutes, so just turn it on, go do a load of laundry and come back. Don’t stare at the sunbutter. I do that, and it doesn’t go any faster. If you are staring at it, you’ll notice that the sunflower seeds first turn into a ground meal-like substance, and then a few minutes later will turn into more of a sticky ball, as the oils begin releasing. Don’t stop here! Keep going for a few more minutes and the butter will reach a creamy consistency. At this point you can add the coconut sugar and salt and continue to process to combine. It will look like this

Spoon into a jar of your choice and try not to eat it all at once. Or eat it all, we’ve all been there.

I hope you try this healthy homemade sunbutter recipe, and enjoy it as much as I do! What other nut butters have you made?

 

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Paleo Granola (grain free, refined sugar-free)

Paleo Granola (grain free, refined sugar-free)

When going full Paleo, cereal is often missed.  I admit it, I used to be a cereal eater.  And then I tried granola and never looked back. It was so much more filling, and if I found a kind that was both tasty and packed with protein, I thought I’d hit the jackpot! I loved granola: on yogurt, in milk, with vanilla ice cream…but when I finally became conscious of how grains were making me feel I said goodbye to granola and the whole cereal aisle.  Transitioning to Paleo wasn’t as difficult for me as I expected. It was a new challenge, and I accepted it. Not without effort, cravings of the foods from my past, bloated life, and a little adjustment period while I found the clean foods that worked best for me and my hectic lifestyle. But I soon realized that I was and am only limited by my culinary creativity! From this perspective numerous delicious recipes have been tried in our kitchen, fed to our children, and created through trial and error. This granola recipe was adapted from a few of my favorite Paleo blogs and tweaked and refined to create my own take on it.  It has been raved about by our clients and family, and serves as gifts to teachers and friends.

This is a staple in our house. I make it almost every week! You
seriously have to try it – it hits that snack craving: crunchy, sweet,
salty all in one! One warning though: make sure you watch this the
first couple of times you make it so that it doesn’t burn. I found
that cooking times vary from oven to oven. Cook a little less for a
chewy texture; a little more for crunchier.

Paleo Granola

– 2c sliced almonds
– 1c pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
– 1c sunflower seeds
– 1c chopped pecans
– 1c unsweetened shredded coconut
– 2/3c raw, local honey
– 1/2c maple syrup
– 1/2c coconut oil
– 1T cinnamon
– dash of salt

Mix everything together and spread half of it on parchment paper lined
baking sheet. Cook at 325 degrees for 18-25 minutes (time varies
depending on oven), stirring occasionally. When golden remove from
oven and let cool. Continue to stir as it cools. Do same with second
half. Enjoy!

-Suzanne