Healthy Snacks that are quick, easy and simple!

Here's a list of healthy snack ideas that are simple and easy to put together. They require no cooking and are perfect for busy schedules, just take a few minutes prep in the morning and you're good to go!

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6/21/20249 min read

17 Healthy Snacks

That don't require cooking

I know how hard it is to stay on track with Clean Eating when you're super busy. It's so much easier just to put your health goals on hold while you battle through demanding schedules, work loads, family commitments, children, sport and fitness etc.

The last thing you feel like doing (or can be bothered doing) is preparing healthy snacks for yourself and your family on top of preparing meals and everything else that has to be done in a day. It all adds up to be more and more jobs that look less and less appealing because another job means less time for you to take a well-earned break and relax.

I too, was in the same position when I was a single mum to 2 kids (they're all grown up now). I didn't want to be constantly in the kitchen whipping up countless healthy treats that usually had some sort of recipe attached to them and I couldn't afford to buy pre-made healthy snacks like fancy salads, bliss balls, muesli bars or healthy muffins.

Which is good, because most of the "clean and healthy" pre-made snacks aren't what you think they are, so you end up spending good money on rubbish and defeating your Clean Eating goals.

It really is best to make all your food from home (or as much of it as you can) and I needed snatch and grab food that was quick and easy to put together while I'm making lunches for the next day, and foods that my kids would also eat.

Here's my list of no-cooking, quick and simple healthy snacks for Clean Eating:

  1. Smashed Avocado Dip with Crackers.

    One half of an avocado is one serve - make sure it's soft enough to mash with a fork, squeeze in some lemon or lime juice (this helps it stay fresh and not go brown, also adds to the flavour), add Celtic sea salt (for your saltiness preference) and mix through.

    If you can stand it and want to be super healthy; add a clove of crushed garlic - this is totally optional and maybe not a good idea if you're taking it to the office!

    Put the mixture in a small bowl or airtight container. Add your favourite plain (unflavoured)crackers and tomato if you like.

  1. Sliced Apple and Carrot with Cashews

Really easy to put together, just slice up an apple, peel and cut 1-2 carrots into sticks and add a handful of cashews.

If this is going to be a work or school snack, pack the nuts separately in an airtight container to keep them fresh from the produce. The apple and carrot can be packed together in an airtight container.

  1. Homemade Trail Mix

    It is healthier and "cleaner" to make your own trail mix, however if you're super pressed for time, you can buy store bought - just make sure it's a good brand and read the ingredients to make sure they're all natural.

    Making your own trail mix is quick and easy, plus you get to control what goes into it, so you can add your favourite ingredients. Mix up a variety of nuts, seeds and dried fruit, store in airtight containers. That's it! You're done!

    Trail mix can be stored in the fridge or the pantry.

  1. Celery and Peanut Butter

    It's an oldie but a goodie. Just cut up stalks of celery and dip into peanut butter. This works as a snack at home as well as out and about. Just put the peanut butter in a separate, small airtight container to keep it fresh, if it's part of a packed lunch.

  1. Yoghurt and Berries

    Plain, unflavoured yoghurt is best, that way there's no added sugars or unnatural flavours. It's totally up to you if you use dairy or non-dairy here. I personally prefer coconut yoghurt, but Greek, natural and other non-dairy varieties work just as well.

    Add fresh berries or frozen.

    If you're packing this one as a snack to take out with you, pack the berries and yoghurt separately and add together when you're ready to eat. This will just keep everything fresher.

  2. Boiled Eggs

    Ok, it's a tiny bit of cooking here - but boiling eggs can be done anytime. You can store them in the fridge for a few days until you're ready to eat them.

    Boiled eggs are great on their own as a snack or you can pair them with veggie sticks, fruit or crackers for a more filling snack.

    Add a little Celtic sea salt to season.

  1. Hummus and Veggie Sticks

    I recommend making your own hummus - store bought varieties most often have canola oil and citric acid in them; 2 ingredients that terrible for health and have nothing to do with Clean Eating, as well as preservatives and additives.

    It's very quick and easy to make and can last for a few weeks in the fridge in an airtight container.

    Ingredients:

    2 Cans of chickpeas (or the equivalent of dried chickpeas already soaked in water and ready to use).

    1/2 cup roasted Tahini

    1/4 cup cold pressed extra virgin olive oil

    1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

    2 cloves of freshly crushed garlic

    1/2 cup filtered water

    1/2 teaspoon of Celtic sea salt

    Put all the ingredients into a food processor and blend - simple!

  2. Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter and Honey

    This is quite a filling snack that's also light, it's a good one when you're quite hungry or need an energy boost.

    If you're taking this snack to work with you, pack the ingredients separately and assemble when needed.

  3. Pineapple Chunks, Cucumber Chunks and Cheese Cubes

    Cut the pineapple and cucumber into chunks that are roughly the same size as the cheese cubes.

    These can be assembled onto toothpicks and put on a plate; 1 piece of pineapple with a cube of cheese, 1 piece of cucumber with a cube of cheese - perfect for eating while working on a computer, as you don't have to touch the food.

    These ingredients can be packed together in an airtight container and taken to work or school.

  1. Fresh Coconut Chunks with Berries

    It can be a little time consuming to bash a coconut and remove the flesh from it, however it's so rewarding! If stored properly in an airtight container in the fridge - fresh coconut can last for over a week.

    Fresh coconut is filling because it contains healthy fats. Strawberries are sweet and refreshing - making this duo the perfect combination.

    Simply cut the coconut into bite sized chunks and add fresh strawberries.

    These items can be packed together for school or work.

  1. Olives, Cheese Cubes and Veggie Sticks

    Very quick and simple to prepare, just choose all your favourite ingredients and arrange on a plate for home or pack into an airtight container for work or school. I'd recommend making sure the olives are packed separately to keep the cheese and veggie sticks fresh.

  1. Cream Cheese, Sweet Chili Sauce with Veggie Sticks

    Another really easy to assemble snack for either having at home or away.

    Unless you're buying the already made sweet chili and cream cheese products from the supermarket, you can also add the separate ingredients together yourself.

    Cream cheese and sweet chili sauce can be packed together in an airtight container, just put the veggie sticks into a separate container to keep them fresh until you're ready to eat them.

    This combination's great with a variety of veggie sticks or rice crackers.

  1. Mandarin and Peanuts

    Super quick and easy.

  1. Smashed Avocado on Rice Cakes with Tomato and Spanish Onion

    Very similar to number 1 but this one is a more filling snack or even a light meal.

    Use 2-4 rice cakes per serve and half to a whole avocado.

    Add Spanish onion.

  1. Cold Roast Chicken and Slices of Avocado

    This is technically a non-cooking snack because it'll be made with leftovers of a roast chicken or if you want - a store bought roast chicken.

    Slice the chicken and put into an airtight container or on a plate, add sliced avocado.

  1. Sliced Banana, Dates and Mixed Nuts

    A quick and easy snack to nibble on while you're at the computer - Good for home or work.

    If you're going to take this one to work, take a whole banana and put the dates and mixed nuts together in an airtight container.

    When you're ready to eat - slice the banana.

  1. Fresh Seasonal Fruit

    It's really quick and easy to cut up some fresh seasonal fruit and put it in a bowl or an airtight container.

    A lot of gurus tell you stay away from fruit because you shouldn't be eating so much sugar, but fruit is one of the best foods you can eat and it makes an ideal snack. The sugars in fruit are completely different to regular sugar, corn and glucose syrups etc.

    Eating fruit is one of the BEST things you can do for your health, I will go more in depth into why fruit is amazing for the body in a later post.

    But for now, fruit fills you up just enough to keep you going between meals, it's also packed full of vitamins and minerals and is a great way to keep you hydrated.

    Snack on as much fruit as you want!!

Airtight Containers

Food stays fresher in airtight containers and you can store any kind of food in them.

They're great for keeping crackers crisp, fruit fresh, vegetables crunchy and dips \ sauces from leaking out. They're also fantastic to store meals either in the fridge or freezer.

Not all containers are airtight though. Make sure you read the labels and only buy containers that state they're airtight.

To keep food Clean and not have any forever or harmful chemicals leach into it, also if you're buying plastic containers, make sure they're BPA free.

Glass airtight containers are free of all chemicals and are nicer to eat out of however, they're heavier than plastic, will most likely break if you drop them and are totally unsuitable for children's lunch boxes.

When choosing airtight containers, it's good to use a mixture of both glass and plastic. Keep the plastic ones for your snacking, kids lunches and general storing of food in the fridge, freezer and pantry.

Use the glass ones for meal prep (if you like to eat out of them and not transfer onto a plate) and also for storing food in the fridge and pantry.

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Conclusion

There you have it folks, 17 Clean Eating, healthy snacks that require no cooking and are very quick and easy to put together.

Perfect for anyone who's busy and short on time.