The New “Fast Food” – 20 Super Fast Snacks

by McKenna Gordon on July 31, 2012

One of the biggest hurdles in quitting fast food for good is that it’s just so convenient. We are all running every-which-way and barely have time to shave more than one leg in the shower, let alone spend hours in the kitchen every day.

Luckily, there is such a thing as Mother Nature’s Fast Food for those extra busy weeks. In fact, I would argue that healthy “fast food” is much, much faster than the drive-thru. What’s faster than grabbing a banana, really? And it comes in its own biodegradable package, to boot.

Here’s a list of super-fast, unprocessed, all natural, highly nutritious snacks that you can port with you on the busiest of days:

  1. One handful of berries (any kind) stirred together with 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, sprinkled with cinnamon and a drop of honey
  2. One apple, sliced and spread with almond butter
  3. One cup (or more) raw veggies (broccoli, snap peas, carrots, bell peppers, etc.) dipped in hummus or healthy ranch dip
  4. 1/2 cup brown rice (cooked) and 1/2 avocado, mashed together, topped with your favorite healthy seasoning and/or unrefined sea salt
  5. One small baked sweet potato, topped with coconut oil and cinnamon (practically dessert)
  6. 1/2 cup blueberries and 1 apple
  7. 3 celery stalks, spread with 1 1/2 Tbsp all natural peanut butter and optionally topped with raisins
  8. A banana dipped in almond butter
  9. One hard-boild egg and either an apple, pear, orange or grapefruit
  10. 1/2 cucumber (sliced) and 5 whole grain crackers, all dipped in salsa
  11. Make ahead: Garbanzo beans tossed in olive oil or coconut oil, lightly sprinkled with garlic powder and rosemary (or your favorite herb) and roasted. They are crunchy and delicious!
  12. Make ahead: Kale chips! Break up one bunch of kale into potato-chip sized pieces. Toss in 1 Tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp. of unrefined sea salt. Spread out on a parchment-paper-lined cookie sheet and bake at 200 degrees until edges begin to brown and chips are crunchy
  13. Make ahead: use a pizza cutter to slice whole grain (preferably sprouted) pita bread into triangles. Brush with olive oil or coconut oil and top with either sea salt or cinnamon. Bake at 350 degrees (F) until crunchy like chips. Dip in mashed avocado (if you used salt) or almond butter (if you used cinnamon)
  14. Any green smoothie
  15. Apple slices with hummus – sounds weird, but try it–it’s great!
  16. Frozen grapes and mango cubes – this alone is like dessert.
  17. One slice of sprouted grain bread spread with all natural almond butter and 1 tsp raw honey
  18. 1/2 avocado, stirred and mashed in its own skin (like it’s own little bowl). Add a squeeze of lime and a dash of unrefined sea salt. Dip in 1 cup or baby carrots and maybe a few whole grain chips :)
  19. Green juices frozen into popsicles
  20. 1/2 can low-sodium, organic mixed beans (try to find black, garbanzo and kidney, it’s delicious) warmed and tossed together with a tiny bit of extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a dash of Italian Seasoning.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Amber July 31, 2012 at 10:57 am

Thanks for the list of snack ideas. I was looking for a healthy snack list. Do you have any easy lunch recipes?

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Gerardo March 15, 2014 at 11:50 am

something most of these food videos ceomlptely leave out is WHY each ingredient is added to the mix.is it for texture? is it for the salty, sweet, sour flavour? why cook it for that time? do you add all the ingredients at once or what are the timings for each?what does each ingredient bring to the completed product and how does it relate to all the others ..

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Johanna September 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I have been incorporating some of your recipes with THRIVE foods. It seems to be helping with the wast factor around my house. Check out my website if you haven’t heard about it. I think it might be a good fit for you and your readers! Thanks for the inspiration. After being diagnosed with liver problems I am determined to help my body out by eating healthier!

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Klaudia November 10, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Thanks for snack ideas. Some of them I am already using in my kitchen. It is nice to notice blog about healthy food ideas. I am trying to cook very healthy for my family.

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flat belly diet January 21, 2014 at 5:09 am

It also helps to find a workout partner who
will join you during your exercise sessions.
Perhaps you are inn your 30s and you haven’t been in shape
for over ten years. The person will have to eat fruits and vegetables and
food full of fier while turning away from meat and carbohydrates.

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Marilyn RYan February 11, 2014 at 2:10 am

awesome snack ideas

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