Whole Snacks To Always Have On-Hand for Back To School

By Chelsea Becker

One of the toughest things about a busy schedule is having healthy snacks that are ready to grab and go. If you take a Sunday afternoon to plan a few things out and make snacks in advance, you're setting yourself up for a successful week!

1. Peanut butter energy bites

Energy balls are one of the easiest snacks to prep, bag and have on hand for quick eats. The best part is a lot of the time you don't feel like you're sacrificing anything because these goodies taste like heaven.

Energy Bites
credit: Chef Savvy

Ingredients:

  • ⅔ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup ground flax seed
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Instructions:

  1. Mix all five ingredients in a medium bowl
  2. Once combined, place in the fridge for 15-30 minutes to make easier to roll
  3. Roll into balls, makes approx. 12 bites lasting up to week stored in the fridge

2. Baked sugar snap peas

Anytime you can incorporate a few extra veggies into your life, it's a good day. Throwing these little guys in baggies or small glass containers makes it super easy to snack on them throughout the day.

Ingredients:

  • ½ pound sugar snap peas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Sea salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Spread sugar snap peas as a single layer on a foil covered baking sheet
  3. Coat peas in olive oil and sprinkle in garlic, thyme and salt
  4. Bake 7-8 minutes

3. Cinnamon apple chips

A bag of grapes or sliced banana is great, but sometimes you need a little something more. That's where these cinnamon covered apple chips come in—a little bit of crunch and sweet, perfect for an afternoon craving.

Ingredients:

  • 4 apples cored and sliced ⅛" thick
  • 1-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-2 teaspoons sugar (we recommend substituting an organic coconut palm sugar or other low glycemic index sweetener)
  • Cooking spray

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees
  2. Add apple slices to a large bowl and toss in cinnamon and sugar
  3. Spray a baking sheet and line it with the apple slices making sure not to overlap
  4. Bake 2-3 hours until chips are dry, yet soft
  5. Let cool completely before putting in an airtight container

4. Avocado egg salad roll ups

Everyone needs a little bit (or a lot) of avocado in their lives and what better way to do it than in a whole wheat wrap? Easy to whip up in advance and even easier to eat as your afternoon snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • 4-5 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2-4 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon red onion, diced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3-4 whole wheat tortillas
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients, except the tortillas, and mix thoroughly
  2. Spread the mixture over a single tortilla until the mixture is gone
  3. Tightly roll the filled tortillas and put in the fridge for 30 minutes
  4. Slice tortillas to make bite size wraps

What are your go-to snack recipes? Dish in the comments!