The Best Clean Eating Snacks: Recipes and Ideas (2024)

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Here are my favorite homemade clean eating snacks and snack ideas to keep you full all day! Everything from savory snacks to sweet treats! I’ll even provide some shopping tips and helpful clean eating guidelines.

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I started eating clean soon after starting my weight loss journey, and I have to say, now it’s my preferred way to eat meals.

I eat three main meals a day and include snacks around 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. I eat a snack between breakfast and lunch, then again between lunch and dinner. This help me stay full and satisfied between meals. Some people like to have a snack after dinner. I don’t like to eat past 7:00 pm, but do what works for you.

Eating five small meals a day requires you to think a little differently about food!

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1 Helpful Guidelines

2 How to meal prep snacks

3 Supplies

4 Shopping tips

6 Be Ready to Start Your Weight Loss Journey on Monday!

7 Clean Eating Snacks Ideas and Recipes

8 Baked Goods

9 Fruit Snacks

10 Homemade Granola

11 Overnight Oats

12 Energy Balls

13 Savory Snacks

14 Healthy Smoothies

Helpful Guidelines

Here are some easy clean eating guidelines when choosing ingredients for snack recipes.

  • Purchase organic when you can.
  • Choose whole-grain over white.
  • Choose healthy oils (coconut, olive, sunflower, walnut, etc.) over canola or vegetable oil. Stay away from hydrogenated oils.
  • Choose natural sweeteners (honey, pure maple syrup, etc.) instead of white sugar.
  • Don’t use low-fat or light ingredients. These are filled with chemicals, additives, and sugar. You’re better off using less of the full-fat version.
  • Lower in calories. My goal is to keep snack calories under 200 to stay on track with my lifestyle goals.
  • Read labels. Most ingredients you purchase won’t even have a label (ex. apples), and if they do, they should only have a couple of ingredients. For example, the only ingredient in peanut butter should be peanuts.
  • Choose ingredients that are high in protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Remember, the purpose of these clean snacks is to keep you full between meals.
  • A variety of flavors. You don’t want to get bored with snacks; I like to have variety to switch it up depending on the craving.
  • Keep a stocked healthy pantry. This makes it easy to throw together clean snacks when you don’t have time to run to the store. My favorite snack ingredients on hand are chia seeds, flaxseed, rolled oats, almond butter, dried fruit, chickpeas, olive oil, and more. Here’s a list of healthy pantry items I like to have in stock.

Keep in mind clean eating is about eating food in its most natural form- free of chemicals, preservatives, and additives.

Check out my How to Eat Clean For Beginner’s Guide to learn more.

How to meal prep snacks

The best clean eating tip I can give is to make sure snacks are ready ahead of time, and this means snacks should be a part of your meal planning and meal prep routine.

Every Sunday, I take time to prepare my meals and snacks for the week, which helps tremendously with sticking to eating clean during the week. Check out my clean eating meal prep guide for all of my best tips and ideas.

Supplies

Having the right supplies makes it easier not only to prepare snacks but to transport snacks when you’re on the go. These are the containers, equipment, and other supplies I use every week.

  • Mason Jars– I use4-ounce containersto store nuts,16-ounce containersfor parfaits, and to store fruit, and I also use32-ounce containersto store cut-up fruit and vegetables.
  • Pyrex Simply Store Containers– I use these to storeenergy balls, tuna and chicken salad, vegetables, fruit, and whatever else. These are great containers to have available.
  • Pyrex mixing bowlsare essential for whipping up a batch of energy balls or anything that needs mixing.
  • Small cooler bag– I use a small cooler all the time to transport clean eating snacks with me.
  • Ice packs– Again, I often have a cooler with me. So, having a bunch of ice packs available is essential.
  • High-speed blender – I use this for smoothies, but it also comes in handy to quickly blend hummus or nut butter.

Shopping tips

Fortunately, most grocery stores carry clean ingredients and organic brands.

Stores like Wegmans and Tops have a natural foods section with a more extensive selection of clean ingredients. Or, if you have Whole Foods near you, they offer a vast selection of clean eating ingredients. Remember to look for organic and foods in their most natural form.

Believe it or not, another great place to get clean ingredients is BJ’s Wholesale. Over the years, they have offered more organic ingredients. Many readers have said there’s also an excellent organic selection at Costco and Sam’s Club.

My advice is to do a little shopping around and get familiar with where you can get the best deal on clean eating snacks and ingredients.

If you don’t have easy access to these stores or are super busy, consider shopping online at Thrive Market. This is my favorite place to shop for gluten-free items and some of my favorite healthy brands, and it’s been an excellent resource for me.

Thrive Market has a lot of the same items as Wholefoods but at better prices. Not only can you grab ingredients to stock a healthy pantry, but you’ll also find a nice selection of packaged clean eating snacks.

You can see myThrive Market reviewfor more information.

Clean Eating Snacks Ideas and Recipes

Here are some of my favorite go-to snacks and snack ideas (homemade and store-bought) I keep in my meal prep rotation.

You can also find more in the healthy snacks category.

Baked Goods

Healthy Banana Bread

Thishealthy banana bread recipeis the best you’ll ever eat! Made with sweet ripe bananas, a touch of cinnamon, and other delicious, wholesome ingredients. And, it only uses one bowl-so less cleanup for you!

Check out this recipe

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Pumpkin Apple Bread

ThisPumpkin Apple Breadis everything you love about fall baked into a healthy quick bread recipe. Bake a loaf for healthy snacks all week or freeze for a tasty treat throughout the month.

Check out this recipe

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Blueberry Greek Yogurt Muffins

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Muffins will quickly become your new favorite muffin recipe. These healthy blueberry muffins are moist, flavorful, and bursting with juicy blueberries. Made with whole grains, coconut oil, Greek yogurt,and low sugar so you can feel good enjoying one with your morning coffee or letting the kids gobble them up for a healthy snack.

Check out this recipe

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Other recipes

  • Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookie
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Breakfast Bar

Fruit Snacks

Apple Sandwich

A delicious apple sandwich made with creamy peanut butter, crunchy granola, and other toppings makes for the perfect kid-friendly healthy snack.

Check out this recipe

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Yogurt Bowls

Yogurt bowls are the perfect healthy breakfast or snack for the entire family. These Greek Yogurt Bowls are easy to prepare using simple ingredients and are packed with protein, calcium, healthy fats, and good carbs.

Check out this recipe

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Other recipes

  • Banana Split Yogurt Parfait
  • Strawberry Lemon Yogurt Jar
  • Organic apple chips or other dried fruit.
  • Trail mix
  • Fresh fruit and yogurt dip or organic pudding

Homemade Granola

Almond Butter Granola

After you make this almond butter granola, it will surely be on repeat in your house. This gluten-free granola recipe is refined sugar-free, has no oil, and uses simple pantry ingredients.

Check out this recipe

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Pumpkin Granola

This Pumpkin Granola is everything Fall dreams are made of. Each bite is filled with crunchy pecans, maple, and all the flavors of pumpkin spice. It’s delicious and addicting! Enjoy this perfect healthy breakfast or snack recipe sprinkled on top of yogurt, in a bowl with milk, or with a side of fruit.

Check out this recipe

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Overnight Oats

Vanilla Overnight Oats

Vanilla overnight oats is a healthy breakfast recipe that’s sure to become your new favorite. All you need to do is quickly prepare a jar using basic pantry ingredients, then let the oats sit in the refrigerator overnight. When you wake up, a delicious breakfast is ready! Trust me, you will love overnight oats!

Check out this recipe

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Cherry Overnight Oats

This Cherry Overnight Oats is a delicious plant-based recipe that’s creamy, wholesome, and delicious! Make a few jars ahead of time for an easy healthy breakfast recipe to enjoy all week.

Check out this recipe

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Blueberry Overnight Oats

Blueberry overnight oats are made with fresh blueberries and sweetened with ripe bananas for an easy wholesome, make-ahead breakfast recipe.

Check out this recipe

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Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats

This Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats recipe is rich, chocolaty, and delicious. It’s easy to make, uses simple, wholesome pantry ingredients, and the perfect portable healthy breakfast recipe. Make a few jars on Sunday to enjoy all week.

Check out this recipe

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Energy Balls

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls

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Check out this recipe

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  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites
  • Salted Turtle Energy Bites
  • Salted Dark Chocolate and Almond Energy Bites
  • Banana and Chocolate Energy Bites
  • Blueberry Banana Energy Bites

Savory Snacks

  • Hard-boiled egg
  • Almonds or other nuts
  • Celery sticks and nut butter
  • Veggies, crackers, and cheese
  • Avocado Toast
  • Homemade popcorn (I like sprinkling with garlic powder and parmesan)
  • ‘No Mayo’ Tuna Salad
  • Chicken ‘No Mayo’ Salad
  • Healthy Deviled Eggs
  • Greek “No Bread” Rollups
  • Turkey and Avocado “No Bread” Rollups
  • Cucumber Sandwich Bites

Healthy Smoothies

Blueberry Kale Smoothie

This Blueberry Kale Smoothie recipe is a nutritional powerhouse that’ll keep you satisfied all morning and feeling fabulous all day! It’s creamy, delicious, and you don’t even taste the kale!

Check out this recipe

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Cherry Blueberry Smoothie

This Cherry Blueberry Smoothie is delicious, refreshing, and is filled with antioxidants! It’s gluten-free, vegan, and a great way to start your day.

Check out this recipe

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Detox Smoothie

This easy detox smoothie recipe includes mixed berries, banana, apple, cucumber, lemon, spinach, chia seeds, and almond milk. Only natural nutrient-dense ingredients that'll clean out your system, boost your energy, and help you refocus on feeling your best.

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Vitamix Green Juice Recipe

Did you know that you can use a high-speed blender like Vitamix to make green juice! That's right! There's no need to purchase an expensive juicer with thisVitamix Green Juicerecipe.

Check out this recipe

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As you can see, clean eating doesn’t mean eating the same foods over and over again for snack time, nor does it mean complicated recipes.

Depending on your craving, there are many simple recipes and snack ideas to choose from. Again, the key is to plan then prep your snacks ahead of time, ensuring you will have your clean eating snacks ready when you need them.

What are some clean eating snacks you would add to this list? Share a picture andtag me on InstagramorFacebookif you decide to make any of these clean eating snacks!

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About Tammy Overhoff

Hi, I’m Tammy Overhoff, a busy mom, wife, and entrepreneur. I am the owner, author, and recipe developer here at Organize Yourself Skinny. Since 2011 Organize Yourself Skinny has become a trusted resource for clean eating recipes to meal prep, reviews, and lifestyle hacks to help you fit healthy habits and routines into your busy schedule. Check out my online shop Reset & Flourish for all of my eBooks, Guides, and Bundles!

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  1. Racheal says

    These snack recipes are the ones I really need recently. I plan to make some healthy snacks for my son and daughter. These recipes give me some ideas. I will try them one by one.

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  2. James Gerber says

    I found this board and I find it really useful and it has helped me a lot. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Debra says

    Love these tips. Simple and doable! Love the ideas and thought process. Thanks for sharing!

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