10 Whole Food Snacks That You Can Pack

Who loves snacks? I do, I do. Okay, I’m singing a little song in my head, but really, who doesn’t want easy, convenient, healthy snacks that they know are good for them and made from real food?

Sign me up.

We’re all busy people with busy lives. One of the things that most people struggle with is having great tasting, “good-for-you” food that they can take with them on the go. Eating real for breakfast and dinner is pretty straight-forward, but it’s the in-between meals that we sometimes get stuck on. Also, the dreaded “hanger” has a way of luring us into grabbing convenience food that isn’t good for us or for the kiddos. With that in mind, I present you with 10 delicious whole food snacks that you can keep in your pack when hunger attacks and you can feel good knowing that the food is real.

1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Monkey Bars

With a name like that, it just makes you feel like a kid. Not only are these little gems packed with flavor but they’re big on protein and natural fats. Oh, and your kids will love them too :)

2. The “Best” Almond Butter Protein “Bars”

Best is obviously a relative term, but how about bars? Not following me yet? Well, these aren’t actually protein bars. They’re protein balls. But you could always call them protein bars in a globe like shape. Honestly, I don’t care what you call them. Just don’t call them bad. Words like amazing, incredible, heavenly, and divine might spring to your lips while eating these delicious protein “bars” inspired by Shelley Adams, author of Whitewater Cooks.

3. Insanity Styled Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

This is the perfect snack to keep in your bag in a lock tight container alongside a bag of fresh veggies like carrots, red peppers or celery. This yummy snack is full of protein, slow carbs, good fat, and is super colorful. Just make sure you’ve got a well sealed container. 

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

4. Blueberry Basil Muffins with Sprouted Flour and Blue Cornmeal

If you really want the coworkers – or the kids classmates – to love you, then bake up a batch of these and watch them smile with delight.  You’ll make real food believers out of them in no time.

5. Salt & Pepper Yam Chips 

Sometimes you’re just craving something salty and crunchy, but you don’t want to reach for that bag of processed veggie oil drenched potatoes. Here’s a healthier take on potato chips that uses delicious yams which have more nutritional benefits than plane Jane white potatoes. 

6. Three Berry Scones With Apple Butter

These are another little gem of a treat that have a smooth, simple, and lovely flavor. These berry scones make me happy just thinking about them.

7. Homemade Almond Power Bars for Non-Lazy People

If you’re an athlete then these are made for you. If you’re not, then it’s best to stay away from these – or at the very least, indulge sparingly. I love to pack these when I’m out skiing all day. They are loaded with protein, fat, and slow carbs and are great for keeping my energy up during high intensity activities.

8. Walnut Feta Cheese Dip With Veggies

Here’s another great snack to keep in the pack – but make sure it’s in a lock-tight container. This yummy walnut feta dip pairs well with mixed veggies, so throw some chopped up carrots, peppers, celery, and broccoli in a zip-lock bag and you’ll be set to manage the munchies in style.

9. Dried Cherry, Almond & Black Pepper Biscotti

This really is the perfect snack to go with mid-morning or mid-afternoon coffee. It’s crunchy and flavorful just like a biscotti should be, and it’s totally okay to dip it in your cup o’ java.  Feel free to bring a few extra for your friends or coworkers.

10. Chocolate Chip Walnut Protein Cookies

Now here is a cookie that you can enjoy guilt free. These babies are loaded with protein and good fiber, and, best of all, they don’t use any of that processed protein powder crap. The whole family will love them.

What are your favorite packable whole food snacks?

I’m sharing this with Real Food 101Mangia MondayMonday Mania, My Meatless MondaysSlightly Indulgent Tuesdays, A Little Birdie Told Me,  Whole New Mom,  Real Food ForagerThis Chick CooksCast Party WednesdayAllergy Free WednesdayThe Tasty AlternativeWhat’s Cooking Wednesday, Gluten Free WednesdayReal Food WednesdaySimple Lives ThursdayFull Plate ThursdayPennyWise Platter ThursdayFood FridayFreaky FridayFight Back Friday, and Foodie Friday.

Post written by Joshua

41 Responses to 10 Whole Food Snacks That You Can Pack

  1. Adrienne @ Whole New Mom February 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    Nice – just shared on FB. Snacks are always a hit!

  2. Joshua February 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    Thanks Adrienne! Always appreciated :)

  3. Alyssa February 21, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Love the sound or protein cookies. They look perfect for a post-workout treat! Thanks for sharing :)

    • France Morissette February 21, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

      Alyssa, you’re right on the money. I love those protein cookies after a good workout. Have a great day!

  4. Raising Isabella February 21, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

    This is exactly what I needed! I’ve come a long way providing my family with healthy traditional alternatives, but snack time has always eluded me. These all look like just the kind of snacks my family will like and what their bodies need!


  5. Jill February 21, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    I pinned several of these recipes to try very soon! I am always on the lookout for healthy snacks…some of which can double as breakfast. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles February 21, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    What a great roundup France. How did those blueberry basil muffins ever escape my attention?!! lol. (I must have been up at the lake) – fabulous post full of portable, protein-rich whole food ideas!

    • France Morissette February 23, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

      Kelly, I need to make those blueberry basil muffins again. They are definitely a repeat!

  7. France Morissette February 22, 2012 at 1:22 am #

    Hi Jill,
    I have my husband to thank. If he wasn’t so active and didn’t metabolize so quickly I probably wouldn’t have been forced into finding a solution. I hope you like them.

  8. Emma Galloway February 22, 2012 at 3:33 am #

    Great list, thanks for sharing. Those salt and pepper yam chips are calling out to me… 😉

  9. Candy February 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    Great list! I’m especially intrigued with the biscotti.

  10. Amber February 22, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    France…oh my! I’m such a huge snack girl too and you have some amazing snacks here lady. Great job! And thank you so much for sharing them with us this week on AFW!!


    • France Morissette February 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

      Amber, thanks for swinging by and hosting AFW. Have a great day!

  11. Steph (The Cheapskate Cook) February 22, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    I clicked on just about every link to check it out, lol. Thanks for the suggestions!
    (from Allergy-Free Wed)

  12. Elise February 23, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    Great list! Those sweet potato chips look like a must try. We’re sweet potato fiends around here!

    • France Morissette February 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

      Elise, you’ll love them. They’re delish! What are your favorite sweet potato recipes?

  13. Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry February 23, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    WOW-10 tasty, wholesome snacks that my kids will love! Thank you so much for sharing your great post on Allergy-Free Wednesdays! Be sure to check back next week for recipe highlights (including the top 3 reader choice submissions and hostess favorites).

    Be Well!

  14. Laura's Last Ditch--Vintage Kitchenwares February 24, 2012 at 3:08 am #

    Air-popped popcorn, and spicy bean patties.

    • France Morissette February 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

      Laura, do you have a recipe for those bean patties?

  15. Sara February 24, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    I’d love the recipe for the monkey bars….the link isn’t working :(

    • France Morissette February 24, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

      Hi Sara, I’ve fixed it now. It should be good to go!

  16. karla from colorado February 24, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    Do you have any snack recipes without chocolate??? Really, not everyone likes chocolate… :)

  17. Anita February 24, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    All you snack recipes look fabulous! Can’t wait to try the chips and the peanut butter monkey bars! Protein is the only thing that keeps the hunger monster in check with my boys. Thanks again.

  18. Just Winging It February 25, 2012 at 2:07 am #

    I am inviting you come and be part of my blog hop:

  19. Leslie @ Real Food Freaks February 26, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Made the mistake of checking out this post with my kids… let’s just say they are looking forward to some snacking! :)

    • France Morissette February 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

      Hi Leslie, Well that’s a good thing. I know your kids must eat all kinds of healthy things at your house.

  20. Miz Helen February 26, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    What a wonderful Round Up of great snacks, I could just snack for a week!
    Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  21. Sugar Mama Bakehsop February 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    These are so great!! I would love for you to share them at my Recipe Party link up :) https://sites.google.com/site/sugarmamabakeshop/peanut-butter-cookies

  22. Katie February 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    These snacks look so good! I’m going to have to feature them for tomorrow’s link party :) Hope you all are having a good week!


  23. Joshua February 28, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    Katie, that sounds wonderful. Thanks so much!

  24. Jenn/Rook No. 17 February 28, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    Joshua and France, this is a wonderful collection of recipes. Each one sounds so delicious, and I love the fact that they’re made with healthy non-processed ingredients. I’ve pinned the whole article as well as pinning some of the individual recipes. I’ve also spotlighted your post on my Facebook page.


  25. Joshua February 28, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    Jenn, these are our go-to snacks. Thanks for all the sharing love!

  26. maiylah February 29, 2012 at 6:19 am #

    oh my…serious case of drooling here!!!! bookmarked!

    thank you so much for sharing over at Food Friday, Joshua

  27. Shelley Alexander June 22, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    Hi, I love this list of yummy whole food snacks that are so easy to make and take with you. With all these suggestions no one should have to eat processed junk foods for their snacks. Thanks for the great suggestions!

  28. Alexi December 10, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! All of these sound absolutely delicious.
    Especially the chocolate peanut butter monkey bars. I like all the variety and
    easy recipes. These make it simple to eat healthier. Awesome list, thanks


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