clean eating snack ideas

clean eating snack ideasI don’t know about you, but I need a detox. There is WAY too much post-Halloween sugar running through my veins right now. This revelation may or may not have been brought on by the fact that I sat on my iPhone this weekend and shattered the screen. Or maybe it has something to do with my 7-year old talking about how big my butt is all weekend (both before and after the now infamous phone crushing experience).

Truth is, the revelation should have come months ago. I’ve been on a downward spiral ever since I messed up my ankle in the middle of my first attempt at Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred. Note to anyone with half a brain like me: 1) Sneakers are kind of essential to high impact workouts. 2) If you’re experiencing pain that is making it slightly difficult to walk, maybe don’t “power through” until it’s nearly impossible to walk.
My messed up ankle meant that I couldn’t work out for a bit and I fell off the healthy bandwagon—hard. The healthier eating habits that I picked up while working out and feeling better quickly went out the door and my obsession with sugar kicked itself back up into an even higher gear.

That was early July. It is now November and I’m sluggish, exploding out of my fat jeans and on a constant rollercoaster of sugar highs and lows. BOO.

My problem in life is not meals. I’m usually great with breakfast and lunch and my husband always makes healthy dinners. My problem is snacks. As in, I like them. A lot. And I have little to no willpower against them.

I’ve decided that my best bet in this epic battle is preparation. If I have options available that are healthy and ready to eat, I’m way more likely to grab them than if I have to make it. Also essential is trying to keep the amount of sugar in my house to a minimum. I decided to go on a hunt for some clean eating snacks that sound yummy and are actually not half bad for me. I even created a clean eating snacks board on Pinterest. It’s worth a try, right?

Here are a few of the recipes I found that made it to my Must Try list:

Spinach Dip by The Gracious Pantry

clean eating ranch dip

Ranch Dip by Skinny Ms.

clean eating coconut popcorn

Coconut Popcorn by The Gracious Pantry

clean eating pumpkin spice mini muffins

Pumpkin Spice Mini Muffins by The Gracious Pantry

clean eating granola

Granola by Maggie Hamilton

clean eating pumpkin oat balls

Pumpkin Oat Balls by Stilettos and Diapers

clean eating quinoa almond joy bars

Quinoa Almond Joy Bars by Skinny Ms.

clean eating spinach dip

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Do you ever find yourself in a place where you just can’t tear yourself away from unhealthy choices? There are times in the day where I am literally aware of the fact that I’m making a bad decision. And I do it anyway. How do you stop? What do you do to stay healthy?

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Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.