If you’ve got kids, then you know that snacks are a must. It’s hard to resist packaged snacks at the grocery store. Here are some of our favorite whole food snacks that we eat daily to keep busy bodies full!
Grocery stores make buying packaged snacks so convenient. You can find them in almost every part of the store scattered throughout, for your convenience. I know it’s hard to resist buying something that is so readily available. Even if it says “Organic,” it’s still not the best snack choice. Though, if you do buy packaged snacks at any point, I would at least recommend buying Organic.
Eating whole foods for snacks is actually quite simple once it becomes a habit. I did not grow up eating healthy snacks. Once I became and wife and mother, however, I became rather conscious of what I was putting in my families bodies. I found that when I did find a decent “Organic” packaged snack at the store, I was going to have to pay and arm and a leg for it. So, I always passed them up because I couldn’t afford it.
Here are some whole food snacks that we eat daily to keep our busy bodies fueled. These are all items that I’m constantly keeping around the house, so I’m never really going outside of my norm to buy a special snack. The only change is when we switch up the produce with what’s currently in season.
Wholesome Sourdough Snack Ideas
Having a Sourdough starter has seriously saved my bacon plenty of times. It’s so nice to have a bubbly, probiotic rich snack that can be whipped up within minutes. Here is a list of things we are always making with our starter to use for snacks and meals daily!
- Sourdough Crackers– Simply heat a stone or skillet, pour on the starter, add some seasonings and Olive Oil, and pop it in the oven to cook for about 10 minutes. It doesn’t get any easier than that. We love to eat homemade hummus, raw cream cheese with homemade jam, and meat with cheese atop our crackers!
- Sourdough Tortillas– We love to make up a batch of these to utilize all day long. Some of our favorite wraps to make with these are pb&j, cream cheese and herbs, and meat and veggies. Often times, we will just eat them plain for a quick snack and they are delicious!
- Sourdough Pop Tarts– Switch out for whatever fruit is in season and these a fun snack to have around. Since they are sweetened with honey and the glaze is optional, you can customize this for pretty much any use, such as a snack.
- Sourdough English Muffins– These require on a few ingredients and are great for multiple uses. We like to use these for breakfast or snack time. Honey, butter, nut butter, homemade jam, cream cheese, and hummus are some of our favorite ways to eat them. We often just eat them plain for a quick snack and they are still super yummy and probiotic rich!
Other Wholesome Snacks
Aside from Sourdough making my life more simple, there are a few other items that I really am thankful for. We love to utilize things like raw cheese, nut butter, and seasonal fruits and veggies to fill our bellies between meals. Below is a handful of our favorite snack combos that only take a matter of minutes to fix up.
- Raw cheese and apples– We love to buy our raw, sharp Cheddar cheese in bulk from Azure Standard. The kind we buy is a random weight but usually is around 5 lbs. Sometimes we go through 2 of those blocks every month! As soon as I get the cheese home, I shred 1/2 of the block (My Kitchen Aid shredder attachment makes this take less than 3 minutes!) and chop up the other half into sticks for snacks for the whole month. I will slice up the apples whenever someone needs a snack, that way they don’t brown from me slicing them ahead of time. Apples are the one fruit we keep around the house all year long, mostly for snacks. You could also switch it up and eat whatever fruit is in season with the cheese sticks instead.
- Apples and nut butter– Since we always have apples on hand, we like to switch up how we are eating them. Our second favorite way to eat them for a snack is dipped in nut butter. You can use whatever type of nut butter you have on hand. We have really been enjoying a blend from Costco that includes things like chia seeds, cashews, flax seed, and pumpkin seeds. I love that my family is getting the extra nutrients from the seeds added to the nuts. Nuts and seeds are a great source of healthy fats and vitamins. The combination of both in one jar makes any snack supercharged!
- Celery and nut butter– Celery is a food we sneak into soups and pies for the kids to consume. Eating it raw is more of a challenge. Slathering the celery in nut butter helps hide the taste and texture of celery that some people don’t enjoy. We also love to slather the celery in our homemade cream cheese and top with golden raisins to switch up the flavor profile.
- Yogurt or Kefir smoothies– Milk Kefir is a probiotic rich food that has a tangy flavor. You can buy Kefir grains from places like, Cultures for health, to make your own kefir at home. I was able to get some for free from a fellow milk co-op member. My family loves smoothies with milk kefir. If your family doesn’t enjoy the flavor, you could use homemade or store bought yogurt in your smoothies instead. Aside from fruit in our smoothies with the kefir or yogurt, some of our favorite add ins for the smoothies include: Nut butter, Spinach, Whey, Flax meal, Avocados, and Essential Oils. Lemon and Grapefruit Essential Oils help detox the body and add a fresh taste to the smoothies. Here are some more ways that we use the Essential Oils daily for healthy bodies.
- Avocados– Watch for when Avocados go one sale and stalk up. They will typically keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks. Avocados are a great source of healthy fat, so they will keep your family full longer. You could also put these on your English muffins or Tortillas for a more filling snack.
- Carrots and hummus– Every week we make homemade hummus. They process is simple, you just have to plan ahead to make it. This is because it is best to soak the dried chickpeas overnight in some filtered water with a splash of apple cider vinegar. This helps break down the phytic-acid present in the chickpeas, making them easier to digest. Our favorite add ins are roasted red bell peppers, dried tomatoes, and roasted garlic. Hummus goes great with Sourdough crackers and carrot sticks. You could also dip whatever veggies are in season in the hummus to switch it up and get the highest nutritional value out of your food.
- Hard boiled eggs– Pastured eggs are high in protein, omegas, and other nutrients. I recommend using farm fresh, pastured eggs whenever possible. I often will hard boil a dozen eggs in the Instant Pot at the beginning of the week to use for snacks or in Egg Salad during the week.
- Homemade Granola– Making granola at home helps ensure you can control the ingredients. It’s as simple as adding things like nuts, oats, coconut flakes, dried fruits, flax seeds, chia seeds, honey, salt, and coconut oil to a sheet pan and cooking. You can switch up the ingredients for whatever you have on hand or for fruits in season. We love to enjoy homemade granola in a bowl or fresh, raw milk or homemade yogurt!
- Leftovers– Honestly a lot of the time we will just heat up leftovers for a snack. We often are eating things like pizza, soup, tacos, and pot pies. These meals are so simple to heat up or enjoy cold for a quick snack that requires virtually no effort. Cook in bulk whenever possible so that you can eat a meal several times without having to cook again.
As you can see, wholesome snacks can be simple if you just use whole food ingredients that you already have on hand. Once you get in the habit of eating wholesome snacks, you likely won’t be tempted to buy packaged snacks at your local convenient store. I truly see that food is medicine and we should treat it as such to fuel our bodies and keep us healthy! God gave us nutritious food to take care of our bodies, lets not take it for granted.
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