Healthy Back to School Snacks!

10 better for you snacks for back to school or work, plus ways to cut back on your sugar intake as we head into the holiday season!

collage of healthy snack recipe images with text overlay

If you know me, you know that I sometimes always have a hard time resisting a sweet treat.

What I’ve found though, is that being a food blogger can sometimes make eating like a normal healthy person a little more difficult.

There are those times I’ve been baking and photographing all morning with one or two children under my feet and have no energy to make a proper lunch. Or those times when you cook a turkey dinner for breakfast so that you can photograph it while the light is good. Or those weeks when all you have on the agenda is your Christmas cookie/Halloween candy/Thanksgiving pie recipes and it’s hard to even think about wanting to cook a proper dinner.

Even though the end of summer didn’t mark much of a change for me, I think it’s a good time to get back on the healthy eating bandwagon. The hardest part of healthy eating for me is snack food. The meals I cook for our family are generally from scratch and don’t contain much processed food. I generally bake from scratch, too, but snacking on half a dozen cupcakes isn’t really the best choice on an empty stomach!

I’ve gathered up some awesome healthy snack recipes to keep on hand over the next few months!

Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies from Kristine’s Kitchen

peanut butter oat snack cookies on white plate with glass of milk on the side

No Bake Fruit ‘n’ Nut Snack Bars from Whole and Heavenly Oven

fruit and nut snack bars cut into rectangles lined up on parchment

Honey Chai Roasted Almonds from Sweet Peas and Saffron

honey chai roasted almonds on a parchment lined baking sheet

Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars from Live Well Bake Often

peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip bars on a white plate on blue background

Berry Beet Smoothie from Floating Kitchen

berry beet smoothie in mason jars with fresh berries all around

Traditional Hummus from My Kitchen Craze

small white bowl of hummus with celery stick stuck into bowl

Apple Dippers with Honey Cinnamon Yogurt from Kristine’s Kitchen

apple dippers on white plate with honey cinnamon yogurt in small bowl

3 Ingredient Cashew Date Snack Balls from The Well Floured Kitchen

3 ingredient cashew date snack balls on wooden cutting board with cashews and dates in the background

Classic Banana Bread from The Recipe Rebel

healthier classic banana bread with one slice cut on wooden cutting board

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl from Pumpkin ‘n Spice

chocolate peanut butter smoothie bowl topped with banana strawberry kiwi and granola

There are so many easy ways to cut back on sugar while enjoying many of the foods you already love:

  • Making your own sauces, dips, snack mixes and granola so you can control the amount of sugar and the quality of ingredients
  • Swap out soft drinks for water — this one I’m pretty good at. I actually very, very rarely drink pop!
  • Using unsweetened applesauce as a sugar/oil substitute in baking — this one I also do a lot of! It adds such great moisture to baked goods as well.

What are some easy ways that you reduce your sugar intake? I can definitely use all the help I can get!

Meet Ashley

My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Kristine | Kristine's Kitchen says

    I’m always looking for healthy snack ideas! These are great recipes and tips! I love using applesauce or mashed banana or pumpkin puree in place of some of the butter and/or sugar in a recipe. Thanks so much for including my snack cookies and apple dippers! 🙂

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    These snacks all look so good, Ashley! I’m always on the hunt for new treats to munch on throughout the day, so I can’t wait to try some of these. Thanks for including my smoothie bowl!

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