Happy Fri-yey it’s time to talk healthy snacks! We had the most fun little family date-day last weekend and made a super easy (sugar free) popcorn trail mix snack to nosh on in our PJ’s while watchin’ a movie together. Since I was planning on sharing it here anyway, I thought I’d throw in a few more snack ideas for all of those cozy weekends we’ve got coming our way.
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You’ve heard the phrase, “don’t wake the bear”, right? Well in our house it’s, “Oh, sweet Jesus don’t forget to feed the bear(s)” plural because every single one of the members of our little trio LOVES to eat.
As such, we had a little bear-themed family date-day last weekend, fully equipped with matching pj’s (cuties for the kiddo and robes for the hubs and I!), fuzzy blankies with bear hoods, a great “movie” (JK, we watched kids baking championship instead) and a whole lotta healthy snacks – fit for a…bear…and also people.
Popcorn is my jam
If you’ve read the random things about me post, you know that popcorn is both my most favorite thing to eat and also my arch-nemesis in foodland (because if there’s popcorn, I’m eating all of it. ALL. OF. IT).
It got tricky a few years back when I ditched grains because popcorn is…a grain and therefore did not fit into the way I was eating. I went an entire year without it and this past year started bringing the joy back into my life because…I’m a grown-up and if I want to eat popcorn I’m gonna eat popcorn (it is after all one of the healthier snacks out there if you make it right).
Self-control is key, and while sometimes, I can admit it’s lacking in the popcorn department, I would much rather be air popping and decorating it with ingredients I can understand and trust, than bellying up to a bag of potato chips (also, an arch-nemesis of mine).
I’m rambling…back the popcorn.
Trail mix popcorn (do it)
We had some fun in the kitchen making these sugar free candied almonds and decided to add them to some air-popped popcorn for our bear-themed family date-day (bears like popcorn, right?). Because adding candied almonds wasn’t enough, we drizzled our popcorn with a sweet, sugar-free, cinnamon butter and stevia-sweetened chocolate chips. There were raisins too, but someone (probably my 5yo) picked them all out and shoved them in the cracks of the couch.
We cut a few brown bags in half and filled those for funzies and, I made sweet girl take 7k pics because…there were bears, guys.
The trail mix made for a delicious healthy snack that was as fun to make as it was to eat. You can snag the full recipe at the bottom of this post!
9 more healthy snacks for the whole fam
While there are tons of store-bought healthy snacks out there, I love to make my own because I can control the ingredients, make it on the fly (last minute!) or invite the kiddo into the kitchen to get baking with me. Some of our favorite sugar free, grain free and low carb healthy snacks to bake are:
We just made these last weekend and OMG. So good! Add them to a mason jar with a ribbon and a cute tag and BOOM! Grandparents gift! RECIPE HERE
Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
If you want to take your chocolate chip cookie game to the next level, these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are the perfect gateway. Filled with fresh pumpkin and browned butter…trust me. You’ll have a hard time eating just one (and you don’t have to!). RECIPE HERE
Chocolate cream cheese muffins
There is a reason this is the most popular recipe on my blog, shared thousands (and thousands) of times! The magic of chocolate and cream cheese with a hint of sweetness is incredible and they are super easy for grab-and-go noshing! RECIPE HERE
Everything but the bagel zucchini chips
Are you noticing a trend here? Most of the healthy snacks I make are sweet, but this salty “chip”? I die over them. The whole family loves them and they go great on salads too. RECIPE HERE
We made these earlier this month and used a “secret ingredient” to make them taste just like apple cider donuts! You can totally omit the “secret ingredient” and make regular ol’ fashioned donuts if you choose with this recipe. Either way. Donuts. Sugar-free, guilt-free donuts for the whole family! RECIPE HERE
Almond butter and jelly muffins
These will take you right back to grade school. One of my favorite healthy snacks to serve up to the kiddo after school. Aren’t they pretty? RECIPE HERE
Takes like, 2 seconds to prepare (and eat). I wonder what they’d taste like if I made them in a skillet next time? RECIPE HERE
This was actually my 5 year old’s idea after school one day. She came up with most of the ingredients, and I modified to keep things healthy without any added sugar. You can make this all year round (it kinda tastes like toast with jelly) 🙂 RECIPE HERE
Edible cookie dough
This might be the easiest of the healthy snacks on this list. I think this cookie dough takes around 10 minutes to make, tops? We absolutely love it and it’s even better if you add in a few stevia-sweetened chocolate chips 🙂 RECIPE HERE
Trail mix popcorn recipe
The recipe for the trail mix popcorn is below if you’re interested in giving it a try! It’s fun to take your regular ol’ popcorn and kick it up a notch with some wholesome, sugar free ingredients.
What are your favorite snacks to bake and feed your family? Feel free to share your recipes in the comments below!
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