Top 20 Quick and Easy Healthy Snacks

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Many people trying to eat healthier are stumped by what good options are for snacking. Eating a sensible snack between meals is a good way of maintaining energy and stable blood sugars throughout the day. For some people, it may also be a way of encouraging the metabolism to kick into a higher gear.

Following is a list of my favorite snacks. As always, please note that all ingredients mentioned are organic:

  • Make or buy dehydrated veggies to use as a great portable, no-mess snack. Make your own using a food dehydrator to Appleensure no added chemicals were used.
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  • Make a custom blend of nuts, seeds and goji or acai berries.
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  • Slice a zucchini into slices and top them with hummus, almond butter, salsa or guacamole.
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  • Slice veggies and dip in pesto.
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  • Slice an apple and dip the slices in almond butter or other nut butters.
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  • Blend one part chia seeds into two parts green tea and two parts coconut milk. Add stevia to taste if needed. Cinnamon or other spices also liven this up. Allow to sit for about ten minutes, then drink it down. It is very filling and provides powerful nutrition!
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  • Make a veggie pate from soaked nuts, soaked seeds, leafy greens and soft veggies. Eat it by the spoon or spread on veggies or gluten-free crackers.
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  • Spread roasted garlic on zucchini slices or on a few gluten-free crackers.
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  • Stir cacao chips and sunflower seeds into vanilla coconut yogurt.
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  • Wrap slices of organic turkey around tomato boats, fermented pickles or other veggies.
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  • Wrap wasabi seaweed snacks around avocado slices.
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  • Stuff dates with almonds. Dates are incredibly high in sugar, so it only takes a few of these snacks to be very filling and energizing.
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  • Load toothpicks with a cherry tomato, mozzarella cube and basil leaf.
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  • Make guacamole to eat on veggies or by the spoonful.
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  • Stuff celery or mini-peppers with hummus, almond butter or guacamole.
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  • Make a plate of avocado slices and tomato slices.
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  • Make a smoothie with 1/3 dark leafy greens, 1/3 veggies and 1/3 fruit.
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  • Stuff half an avocado with a small scoop of chicken, egg or tuna salad.
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  • Pop organic popcorn in organic extra virgin coconut oil and top with a bit of Himalayan Sea Salt and Organic Garlic Powder.
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  • Dip non-GMO corn chips into homemade salsa.
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  • Pack a salad in a jar. Place chopped veggies on the bottom of a Mason jar, top with a variety of mixed greens, then place a dressing on top. Shake when ready to eat. (Don’t forget to pack a fork.)

Oops. That was 21 instead of 20. Oh well!

What snacks would you add to the list?

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Dr. Pamela Reilly is a Naturopathic Physician dedicated to helping people improve their health and eliminate symptoms using natural, integrative methods. She has over 25 years of experience and has helped men, women and children improve their health using a holistic, client-centered focus. She sees clients in Indianapolis, does house calls, and also conducts consultations via Skype or telephone. Please feel free to contact her or visit her Consultations page for more information. Dr. Pamela speaks nationwide on a wide variety of health topics and welcomes speaking invitations.

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