Clean Eating Snacks: Top 100 snack ideas & recipes

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Clean Eating Snacks for weight management will be the focus of this week's challenge. To maintain an easy approach you will find in the following many suggestions for wholesome ideas with little or no preparation time.

clean eating snacks

If you need to watch your weight then you will love the fact that I've specified some quantities for good snack foods I recommend to indulge wisely;) In addition, expect three easy steps that will help you “automate” your smart snacking habits.

For your convenience I've packed the suggestions in 3 different categories:

  1. 50 Single ingredient foods without or just a little preparation time
  2. 25 Plant-based snack recipes with two main ingredients
  3. 25 Healthful snack ideas with more than three ingredients 

Why you should opt for fiber loaded alternatives 

Nutrient-poor junk food with added sugar, like candy bars or pastries, act similar to fuel that runs hot and flames out. Yes, they can give you a quick energy shot, but it is often followed by a crash that can leave you sleepy, hungry and unable to concentrate.

Fiber-rich snack foods, in contrast, will work like slow-burning fuel providing you with a flow of steady energy that keeps you satiated much longer. All of the 100 inspirations are at least vegetarian and a big bunch of them are naturally vegan and gluten-free.

Let’s start with some quick snack ideas for times when you are super-lazy in your kitchen.

Easy & quick ideas 

If you’re short on time, it is still better to opt for nutrient-dense single ingredient snacks instead of unhealthy treats. Use easy no-cook groceries that need no preparation, like fruits, veggies, eggs or nuts. In the summertime, frozen grapes are amazing options.

If chosen wisely, a handful of dry fruits are wonderful energy providers too. But please take note of the ingredient list – choose packages that say “no sulfites”; only the fruit should be listed. For the best possible weight management, limit your fruit consumption to two portions per day.

50 single ingredient ideas without or little preparation time

Choose from the following list of healthy filling snacks. Don' t miss the links below.50 clean snacks with one ingredient

  1. Frozen blended banana “ice cream”
    frozen banana ice cream
  2. Fresh grapes
  3. A medium banana
  4. Sliced bell peppers
  5. Nibbling some carrots (a great strategy against sugar cravings)
  6. Fresh cherry tomatoes
    cherry tomatoes
  7. Apple wedges (preferably organic)apple wedges
  8. 1 tablespoon of almonds (high in fiber!)
  9. Fresh strawberries
  10. Kiwi
  11. Fresh watermelon chunks
    watermelon chunks
  12. Sliced kohlrabi
  13. Hard boiled egg (extreme high satiation, healthy snack for he office)
  14. Fresh pineapple chunks
  15. Dried self-made fruit chips (ideal cinema snacks)
    baked apple chips
  16. Fresh cherries
  17. Sliced cucumbers
  18. A handful of sunflower seeds
  19. Fresh blueberries
    hand full blueberries
  20. Frozen grapes (great summer snack)
  21. 1 tablespoon of cashews
  22. Fresh grapefruit
  23. Green pears
    green pears
  24. 1 tablespoon of walnuts
  25. Dried mango slices
  26. A handful of  peanuts
    peanuts - clean snack idea
  27. Homemade popsicles
  28. Some dark chocolate (max. 1 oz./30 gr. per day)
    dark chocolate snack
  29. Clean olives & pickles
  30. 1 – 2 apricots
    apricots
  31. 1 tablespoon of hazelnuts
  32. 2-3 Medjool dates
  33. A handful of pumpkin seeds that are extra rich in fiber. Click here to check out my list of Top 11 high fiber snacks!
    pumpkin seeds
  34. A small cup of brown rice
  35. 1 Peach
  36. Steamed edamame with sea salt
    edamame snack
  37. Baked sweet potato toast
  38. 1 tablespoon of pistachios
    Pistachios
  39. 1 tablespoon of clean raisins
  40. 1 tablespoon of mixed nuts
  41. A cup of cottage cheese
  42. Plain baked potato
  43. Fresh raspberries
  44. 2-3 Prunes
  45. 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
    pommegranate seeds
  46. Radishes slightly salted
  47. Fresh figs
    fresh figues
  48. Toasted coconut chips
  49. Roasted chickpeas
  50. Fresh honeydew chunks

25 Wholesome Snack Recipes with Two Ingredients

These are complex carbohydrates with lean protein or healthy fats – with a few exceptions. From a clean eating standpoint, most snacks should be a combination of complex carbohydrates (veggies, fruits, nuts, whole wheat) with lean protein.

25 clean eating snacks with 2 ingredients

These kinds of snacks guarantee the highest satiation effect, and the protein content will create an extra mental boost:

  1. Self-made crunchy baked savoy cabbage chips with olive oil
    cabbage chips
  2. Passionfruit with Soy yogurt
  3. Banana with 1 tablespoon almonds or some dark chocolate chips
  4. Frozen strawberries in Greek yogurt
  5. Hard-boiled eggs with nuts or an apple (Tip: prepare eggs on the weekend)
  6. Some mozzarella (15 g/0.5 oz) with sliced radishes.
  7. 2 tomatoes with 1/2 a cup of cottage cheese
  8. Banana topped with almond butter
  9. Clean eating banana oatmeal cookies
    clean eating cookies: 2 ingredient cookie recipe - quick and easy
  10. Kiwi carpaccio with almonds (great for summer parties)
  11. Herb roasted nuts
  12. Sliced tomato with a balsamic drizzle
  13. Almonds and raisins
  14. Baked zucchini chips with clean eating ketchup
  15. Self-made crispy baked carrot chips with coconut oil
  16. Leftover grilled veggies
  17. Sweet potato fries (baked)
  18. Apple slices with almond butter
  19. Self-made crispy baked kale chips
  20. Plantain fries
  21. Clean Almond milk
    almond milk health benefits
  22. Grilled fruits
  23. Butternut squash chips
  24. 1 cup air-popped cinnamon popcorn
  25. Spiralized carrots with cottage cheese
    spiralized carrots with cottage cheese

25 nutrient-dense snack ideas with more than 3 ingredients 

25 clean eating snack recipes with 3 or more ingredients

  1. Energy balls with dried plums and almonds + Top 12 no-bake energy balls (also with peanut butter)
    energy balls recipe
  2. Tomato Mozzarella Skewers
    tomato mozzarella skewers
  3. Strawberry banana smoothie
    strawberry banana smoothie
  4. Fresh veggies and guacamole
    veggies with guacamole
  5. Mango salad with cucumber and red pepper
    mango pepper cucumber salad
  6. Veggies with pesto dip
  7. Clean eating raspberry muffins
    clean eating raspberry muffin
  8. Clean fruit and nut bar
  9. Parsley root soup
    parsley root soup recipe: clean, quick and easy
  10. Celery sticks with some hummus
  11. Spiralized apple cranberry salad
    spiralized apple cranberry salad
  12. Parmesan roasted carrots
    parmesan roasted carrots recipe: quick, easy and skinny
  13. Small Endive salad with clean dressing
  14. Clean Eating cabbage soup
    clean eating soup recipe
  15. Leftover red beet burger or black bean patty
    red beet burger: yummy beetroot dish even for vegans

16. Roasted Brussels sprouts
roasted brussels sprouts recipe17. Marinated mushrooms

18. Clean eating pear salad with walnuts

19. Veggies with lentil dip

20. Kohlrabi celeriac soup
kohlrabi celeriac soup

21. Breakfast egg muffins

22. Vegetable broth from clean vegetable stock concentrate
vegetable stock concentrate

23. Ice smoothie: blend frozen berries and unsweetened coconut milk (a little ginger adds zing)

24. Cabbage salad with carrots and pineapples
clean eating cabbage salad recipe

25. Clean eating vegetable soup
clean eating vegetable soup

These were my top 100 snack inspirations for you. And I have a last one (number 101) which is not really clean but perfect for my 80/20 approach to clean eating – a coffee treat: “Latte Macchiato.”latte macchiato coffee snack

It might not be as healthy as the above suggestions, but it is a great compromise with a high satiation effect that won't make you craving any cookies, promised. The satiation comes from low-fat milk. This very common “snack idea” in Europe is made of 1 espresso, warm low-fat milk, and some milk foam (see picture above).

3 baby action steps for switching to healthier habits

clean eating snacks: 3 easy steps to switching to clean snacks

  1. Think about your single most unhealthy food that you tend to desire most often. Do you find yourself often craving greasy potato chips or something similarly addictive?
  2. Try to replace it with one of the fiber-rich foods above. (e.g. replace potato chips with crispy baked savoy cabbage chips).
  3. Remember: it's all about balance. If you slip and eat something unhealthy, don't beat yourself up! Try it again the next time and replace your unhealthy snack with something different on the list, like dried fruit chips.  Iterate as often as necessary till you find your optimal replacement. With 90 clean ideas, I'm sure you'll find your all-time favorite:)

healthy snacks

5 additional tips for fiber-rich snacking

  1. Eating small meals every three to five hours can help to resist the urge to overeat. It keeps your metabolism revved up and helps normalize blood sugar.
  2. With several snacks per day, you can actively prevent post-meal sleepiness that comes from consuming too many calories in one sitting.
  3. Make sure that snacking happens during your active times of the day in between your meal time. That way you'll be better off with your weight-control goals.
  4. Keep healthy snacks easily-accessible; hide or ban unhealthy snacks around you.
  5. Stock your handbag with healthy treats (I have always a box of raw almonds or a homemade trail mix in my bag).
    Click here for my top 11 high fiber snacks!

And what about healthful bedtime snacks?

I’m often asked for healthy midnight snacks… and if you followed my 52-week clean eating habits challenge so far, then you know how important it is to develop a pre-bedtime routine (challenge week #3). This recommendation is still valid: Finish eating at least two hours before bedtime, and eat no later than 9 p.m.

What are your favorite clean eating ideas for breaks?

Could you successfully switch an unhealthy habit to a better alternative? Please share your clean recipes with us in the comment section below!

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10 thoughts on “Clean Eating Snacks: Top 100 snack ideas & recipes”

  1. this is spectacular and I appreciate all the work that went into this post for clean and healthy eating. I am going to go back and take a long stroll now to see what I want to make first

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  2. This is a great list of clean eating snacks. We also like to keep many of these things on hand for snacking because its so much better to grab a handful of olives than a sugary sweet.

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