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Healthy Snacks for at Home and On the Go

Updated on July 29, 2015
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Occasionally Chris will have something to say about food preparation, but only if he has tried it and had good results.

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Voices in My Head

"Step away from the cookie jar. Step-away-from-the-cookie-jar." That's a quote from just one of the voices in my head. It's the one that tries to protect me from poor food choices. I want to share a few of the easy, fast, healthy snacks and foods that have worked for me over the long haul, and the long haul is what it's all about when it comes to weight control and health maintenance.

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Frozen Grapes, as a Snack and in Fruit Smoothies to Replace Ice

I will share the easiest first. Grapes, but not just grapes. Frozen Grapes. Red or green, they turn out great. Why are frozen grapes so sweet? Anyone involved in the wine industry knows the answer to that. When we put grapes in the freezer, it's the water that freezes. The grape juice that remains has all of the sugar concentrated in it. When you pop that little frozen orb into your mouth, the first reaction is shock at how cold it is. But with the first bite, you forget all about that.

Do you like fruit smoothies? Instead of using ice in your next fruit smoothie, throw in some frozen grapes. Instead of diluting your smoothie with frozen water, enhance the fruit flavor with frozen grapes.

Here is one side benefit of frozen grapes that I have noticed. This may not work for anyone else, but it has worked for me repeatedly. If I have a sinus headache and eat some frozen grapes, it goes away. I assume the cold shrinks swelling in the sinuses above the roof of the mouth. I'm no doctor, so I will stop with that. I just thought it was worth mentioning. If it works for you, call Dr. Oz so he can tell the world.

Cheese, Veggies and Almonds

This snack is more like a meal. One ounce of cheese, a small handful of raw almonds and small portions of several raw vegetables. Eating all of these at once makes a unique flavor. The only word that describes it for me is "earthy." I like to take this with me when I go for a hike. It is all finger food, so it works well with eating while I walk. The taste of the food and the natural surroundings blend beautifully. The hike does not have to be in the mountains or forest. Take a bag of this mix to work and eat it as you walk a few blocks at lunch time.

I used to get carried away at the grocery store in the produce section. I would grab far too much, intending on using it all. I would often end up wasting a lot of food that way. I have since learned to grab a few things and eat them till they are gone.

Dried Cherries from Traverse City, Michigan, the Cherry Capital of the world

Homemade Trail Mix

Here is a snack that will send the Cookie Monster in you running for cover. It is a blend of raw almonds, sunflower seeds, dried cherries and chocolate morsels. This snack will leave you feeling full for a while and is packed with good stuff. Almonds are twenty percent protein. Grab a handful and think of every fifth one as a chunk of solid protein. Sunflower seeds are amazing. They provide healthy acids and fats as well as a variety of minerals. I eat cherries partly just to support the cherry farmers in my area of northern Michigan. The bright red of the cherry reminds us that it is packed with antioxidants. Did you know that cherries have an anti-inflammatory effect on the human body? Finally we come to the chocolate. Why chocolate you ask? Well, all I can say is, it's chocolate.

Chocolate Man Snack
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Here is another of my healthy snack articles

Simple, Easy, Healty Snacks and Foods

These are three simple, easy, healthy snacks and foods that will satisfy your hunger in different ways. The key is that they are so easy. Why do we eat the packaged cookies and other packaged snacks? Well, they taste great, yes, but it is also because they are easy. If we make easy snacks, quick snacks and healthy snacks, snacks that are also good healthy food, they will have a better chance at competing with the junk foods.

You might still be wondering why I put those chocolate morsels in an otherwise healthy snack. All I can say is that it has to do with one of the other voices in my head. The voice says something like this: "Eat chocolate and no body gets hurt."

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      Chris Mills 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Michelle, everything tastes better on the trail. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Efficient Admin 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      cam8510 I think me and you are kindred spirits because I love to do a lot of hiking too. I never thought about freezing grapes and will sure try it this summer - and grapes sound like a great snack to take on the trail, with some cheese! Voted up and useful.

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      I should have included frozen blueberries. I can't believe I forgot it. I keep loads of them on hand. I put half and half on them, let the cream freeze and it is a good breakfast or snack. I know....half and half. Thanks for reading Robin. Nice to see you.

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      Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

      I like the quote, "no body gets hurt." Great ideas. I freeze my blueberries and bananas because it makes a great frozen treat or great in a smoothie without losing the good nutrients.

      I did enjoy the Beyond Diet video because I learned that my soy milk product and cereal might be hindering my fat losing ability a bit. Although, the soy I consume in very low sugar, I do think it can be tweaked, but more so the cereal (hot cereal) addiction every morning. So, thanks!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Good job!

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      haha, m&ms are no worse than chocolate morsels. The subtitles are titles of books or distortions of the titles. I don't know how I got started on that, but I carried it through.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      sorry, I just found them pertinent and relatable! That still, small voice is pretty constant at this house probably because they want to be part of the girth filler. Hopefully, the earthly delights will win out! That is if I stop adding m&m s to the mix!

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Is anybody wondering about my strange subtitles or did you just consider the source and let it go? :)

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      Heaven L Burkes 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Thanks! I bookmarked the Amazon page. Hopefully cherries will do better next year!

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      You too, Randi.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      sounds good! looking forward to that! Have a nice weekend!

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Thanks Randi, finding all the ingredients in bulk makes it so nice. The price is much better. I am going to do another hub on larabars. My son made them for his hike on the Appalachian Trail. They are energy bars and taste great.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      very good hub and great ideas. We just did our shopping and found a new store that has all the bulk tgrail mixes, etc. I also buy energy bars to try to curb my huner and satisfy the urge to chew on something! Thank you for this great hub! up+

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      aviannovice, thank you for that feedback. I am glad you enjoyed the article.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      A beautiful piece. Entertaining and right to the point. Awesome and up.

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      heavenleigh, thanks for the enthusiastic response. I love it. The cherry season here this year was a disaster due to a warm up in March (80 degrees for a week or so) then it turned cold again. The cherry trees started coming out of their winter dormancy and got zapped by several frosts. The price of cherries reflects that. If you like cherries, I get mine locally in 4Lb boxes. Here is a place you can get them. http://www.amazon.com/Traverse-Bay-Fruit-Cherries-... . The price is normally about $22, but not this year.

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      Heaven L Burkes 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      I LOVE this - thank you! I'm going to make the "trail mix" you mention. Cherries are my favorite dried fruit. Thx for the tips for healthy snacks! Voted up and "Yay" across the board! ;) Good reminders, and I love the Bart Simpson reference and cartoon.

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Thanks Becky. I'm glad somebody is willing to give me permission to eat chocolate. I was going to anyway. Great suggestions.

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I buy bags of trail mix, with nuts, dried fruit and chocolate candies in it. Chocolate is a food for your mental health. It is good for us in small quantities but the dark chocolate is the best for us. Less sugar and fats. I also take Cinnamon cereals and mix with M&M's, nuts and snack on that. Get the cereals that are made with oats or wheat, check the sugar content. They should not be full of sugars and fats.

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Thanks phdast7, The grapes have become a regular snack for me. I love those things. Thanks for reading and sharing.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great suggestions. I like all these foods and I know they are good for me. Maybe your hub will remind me to mix them together on a more regular basis. I love grapes and I really love red grapes, but I always forget to put them in the freezer. May have to put a sticky note on the freezer. :) Good Hub. Sharing.

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