Eating nutritional, healthy meals is hard at times but what can be even more difficult is finding clean eating snacks to replace all of those sweet, salty, fatty, crunchy snacks that call to use when we are tired, overwhelmed and hangry.
Clean eating snacks should be low in unhealthy fats, contain nutrients, fiber, protein, and complex carbs. Treat snacks like mini meals that add value to your diet and stave off hunger.
This is why we need simple, quick, clean eating snacks that require minimal ingredients. This is a collection of bites that only require 2 ingredients! How awesome is that?
Below each picture, I’ll give you any non-apparent instructions for how to make them and then some ways to “level up” your 2 ingredient clean eating snacks with bonus ingredients if you’re feeling extra.
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Throwback to your childhood with this classic clean eating snack.
To Level Up: shredded coconut, dark chocolate chips, flaked sea salt
To Make: 1 cup of sweetened shredded coconut + 1 egg white. Bake 1/2 tbsp scoops at 350 F for 10-15 minutes, then broil for 1 minute for a toasty top.
To Level Up: melted dark chocolate drizzle, toasted sesame seeds
Use brie or blue or any kind of cheese you like!
To Level Up: a drizzle of honey makes this heavenly
To Make: 1 banana + 2 eggs. Mash banana, add eggs, mix. Cook on medium heat with non-stick pan (use butter if needed) in 2 tbsp sized drops. Cook for 1 minute, flip gently, cook for another 1-2+ minutes. This popular clean eating snack is a kid-favourite!
To Level Up: pinch of salt, 1/8 tsp baking powder (makes them fluffier), cinnamon, 1/4 tsp honey or maple syrup, chocolate chips.
To Make: 4 cups of watermelon + juice from 2 limes. Blend and freeze in ice pop molds.
To Level Up: 1 tbsp honey, splash of coconut cream
To Make: Just blend 1 cup of kefir with 1/2 cup of strawberries (or to taste). A clean eating snack that’s great for your gut, too!
To Level Up: 1 tsp honey, scoop of protein powder, 1/2 banana
To Make: 80g (2/3 cups) pitted dates, 1.5 tbsp coconut butter. Blend in Nutribullet, roll into balls .Store in fridge or freeze. Can be doubled or tripled,
To Level Up: pinch of salt, shredded coconut, oats, chocolate chips.
To Make: slice and saute apples in a nonstick pan until they are slightly soft but not mushy. You can also microwave them with a little to steam. Add cinnamon.
To Level Up: maple syrup, granola, yogurt
Lebneh is a delicious cheese made from yogurt. It’s also easy to make at home, but if you buy it, try it on crackers or make these bagel chips.
To Level Up: splash of olive oil, lemon juice, fresh herbs, minced garlic
To Make: 4 frozen bananas, sliced + 1/4 cup nutella. Blend. Serve immediately or freeze a while for harder ice cream consistency.
To Level Up: 1 tbsp cocoa powder mixed in, chocolate chips, strawberries, coconut whipped cream
If you didn’t know that sweet potato can become toast, this is an amazing healthy hack.
To Make: slice sweet potato length wise and toast. You may have to toast 2-3x depending on how thick your slice is. Top with topping of choice such as nutbutter, avocado, goat cheese, etc.
To Level Up: Add additional ingredients to your sweet potato toast or make an open faced sandwich!
To Make: Pop some popcorn (whatever method you choose. Here are instructions for making stove-top popcorn). Sprinkle with nutritional yeast (aka “nooch”), which is chock full of nutrients and tastes cheesy.
To Level Up: add vegan or regular butter, salt, cayenne, chili powder, cumin, oregeno, or whatever seasonings you choose. If you like nacho flavour, the popcorn instructions (linked above) include a recipe for healthy nacho popcorn seasoning.
To make: Take a cold egg from the fridge and add it to a pot of boiling water, 1″ deep. Add lid and set timer for 6 minutes. Remove egg immediately and place in ice water or run under a cold tap. Make toast and cut into strips (or “soldiers”) for dipping! Use whole grain toast for a truly clean eating snack.
To Level Up: salt and pepper, butter for the toast, sriracha. In fact, eating your egg without toast and just sriracha (great for low carb diets!) is a-MAZ-ing. I love this combo.
To Make: 1/2 cup shredded cheese + 1/2 cup almond flour. Combine (you may need to add a tiny bit of water, up to 1 tbsp). Pulse in food processor until it becomes dough-like, adding water if needed. Roll between parchment to 1/8″ thickness. Cut into desired shape, place on a baking sheet, not touching and bake at 400* F for 10 minutes, flip and bake up to 5 more minutes until crunchy.
To Level Up: Add spices and dried herbs as desired. Garlic, cayenne, chili powder, basil, oregano, etc.
Prosciutto and cantaloupe make a great match. Salty with sweet and cool. Give it a try!
To Level Up: any one of basil, salt and pepper, fresh mozzarella, or combine them all.
To Make: slice sweet potato with a mandoline or food processor (or use a sharp knife to make them very thin). Add a bit of olive oil. Bake at 300*F for 20-25 minutes (longer if necessary).
To Level Up: salt and pepper, any seasonings or spices you like. Dip into ranch, chipotle mayo, or even hummus (check out this amazing recipe for hummus and bagel chips)
To Make: Blend 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen pineapple with 1 cup of coconut milk (can use the kind from the carton or can).
To Level Up: honey, lime, banana, mango, spinach
To Make: 2 cups frozen mango cubes + 1/2 cup coconut milk (or coconut yogurt, almond milk, or any milk/yogurt you choose). Blend. Eat right away for soft serve, or freeze until more firm.
To Level Up: cardamom makes this taste like a mango lassi! Add lime for a tangy tropical flavour.
To Make: 1 avocado + 2 eggs. Slice avocado in half, remove pit, crack an egg in each half. Bake at 450* F for 15 minutes.
To Level Up: salt and pepper, cheese, chili flakes, chopped fresh or dried herbs.
You can use any berry you like and any type of yogurt.
To Level Up: chia, hemp hearts, bananas, honey drizzle, nutbutter
To Level Up: salt and pepper, cayenne, lime juice, feta, tomatoes, fried egg.
To Make: 1 pineapple, chopped + 2 cups of ice. Blend.
To Level Up: honey, lime, splash of coconut cream
Creamy ricotta makes a delicious high protein snack. Serve it with any fruit.
To Level Up: honey drizzle, extra fruit.