15 Good-for-You (and Non-Traditional) Snacks Ideas While in Quarantine

Updated: Mar 24



Are you finding yourself mindlessly snacking away now that you're home? Many of us have transitioned from a structured day, waking up the same time each morning, getting ready for work, walking the dog, taking the kids to school, and working before home to make dinner. My furloughed friends are talking about how they're sleeping later, eating (and drinking) more and trying to fill up the day with activities for the kids.


The good news? We can create a temporary schedule while we are home to help us and our families stay healthy, both physically and mentally. First things first — create a super simple morning routine that takes less than five minutes a day. This sets the pace for the rest of the day, helping to make better food choices, perceive situations in a positive light and, overall, have a better day with a healthy mindset.


Next, create times for meals and snacks. Schedule a daily healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner with small snacks in between each meal. Of course this could vary person to person. Not everyone needs to follow this plan, so choose a plan that works for you and stick with those times. For example, if you normally skip breakfast while you're intermittent fasting, then stick to that, but make sure you have a plan for the rest of the day. Maybe you eat a meal at noon, snack at 2 pm, dinner at 5 pm and another snack or mini meal at 7:30 pm. Sticking to a regular schedule can help minimize mindless eating throughout the day while keeping you and your family nourished, energized and happy. Combined with a mindful morning routine, your day will be set up for success!


What about snack ideas? Sure, an apple and peanut butter, a bowl of fruit or hummus and vegetables are great snack ideas, but what about something different yet still simple? Below are 15 healthy and non-traditional nutrition-packed snacks that are tasty, fulfilling and nourishing. Choose 2-3 that sound good to you and prepare them ahead of time for a snack that's easy to grab during the day.


For the sweet tooth


1. Cinnamon Carrot Cake Bites

You guys, I'm not even a carrot fan and absolutely love these bites, raw or cooked! What's really awesome is that they only take about 10 minutes to prepare. You have two options here: stick them in the refrigerator for a softer texture with raw ingredients or cook them for a crispy outside and cake-like consistency on the inside. Carrots are packed with beta carotene, lutein, and many more phytonutrients that support skin, heart, eye, liver and colon health. These bites are also packed with omega- 3 essential fatty acids from the walnuts and chia seeds, as well as the potent nutrients in cinnamon and nutmeg. Nutmeg is abundant in phytonutrients as well as magnesium, manganese, and copper. Enjoy these as a snack or for breakfast!



2. Oatmeal Almond Butter Balls


These raw, fiber-rich and protein-packed oatmeal almond butter balls are perfect for an on-the-go snack or breakfast. Make them early in the week and keep them in the refrigerator for days you need something already prepared. They’re satisfying and will keep you full for a couple of hours (until you’re ready for your next meal!).


Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp flax meal (or ground flaxseed)

  • 3 Tbsp water, warm

  • 1/4 cup almond butter

  • 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup

  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil or mashed banana for oil free

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp salt (optional)

  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 cup organic rolled oats

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

  • 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips (optional)


How to make

  • In a small bowl, combine the flaxseed and warm water and set aside to thicken for about 5 minutes.

  • In a food processor, combine the almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil or banana, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Add the flaxseed mixture and blend until smooth.

  • Add the walnuts and pulse until combined. Add 1/2 the oats (1/2 cup) and coconut and pulse until combined.

  • Scoop into a medium size bowl.

  • Stir in the remaining oats and chocolate chips, if using.

  • Roll the mixture into 12 balls and chill until firm, at least 30 minutes. If the dough is too sticky to work with, chill it for several minutes before rolling.

  • Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.



3. Homemade Granola

This granola is so simple to make and is perfect for breakfast as a cereal topped with berries, hemp seeds, flax meal or as an afternoon snack by itself or sprinkle on top of plant-based yogurt. If you want less oil, cut the coconut oil in half and add more maple to ensure the granola-like texture. To make it higher in plant-based protein and more diverse in nutrients, add pumpkin seeds, walnuts or almonds.


Ingredients

  • 4 cups oats

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil

  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • salt to taste


How to make

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Combine dry ingredients, oats, cinnamon and pecans, in a large bowl.

  • Warm coconut oil, maple and vanilla on the stove top in a small sauce pan. Stir to combine ingredients.

  • Once coconut oil is fully melted, pour into the dry mixture. Stir until all of the oats are coated with the coconut oil and maple syrup mixture.

  • Spread out evenly on the parchment-line baking sheet.

  • Sprinkle lightly with sea salt.

  • Bake for 13 minutes. Take out of oven and let cool before placing in a container for use all week!



4. Fluffa-Nutta Banana "Sandwich" (banana, date, nut butter)

This snack barely requires instructions! Make this naturally sweet "sandwich" by slicing a banana in half then slicing longways to make four pieces. Spread peanut butter (or other nut o