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101 Easy Healthy Snack Recipes Round-Up

101 Bloggers Favorite Easy Healthy Snack Recipes

Oh my goodness you guys, I have been working on this healthy snack recipe round-up for a MONTH. It was definitely a labor of love. Ha ha! I really had no idea when I set out to round up 101 healthy snack recipes what an undertaking that was! I started out with my favorite healthy snack recipes. That made about 40. I asked my blogger friends for their favorites. That made about 75. So I asked more blogger friends for their favorite healthy snack recipes... It was quite the process. 101 is more than you think. Anyway, ramble ramble, it was a lot more work than I realized from the beginning, but I was determined to finish it!

Finally, here you are, my favorite healthy snack recipes along with my blogger friends favorite healthy snack recipes. 

Whether you're paleo, vegan, gluten-free, or just trying to eat lighter I've tried to round up a little something for everyone. I've separated it into categories to make it a little easier to peruse.

Enjoy!


Muffins

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins from Simple Swaps

Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins from The Lean Green Bean

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins from The Lean Green Bean

Cranberry Sweet Potato Muffins from The Lean Green Bean

Sweet Potato Banana Bites (gluten-free) from The Lean Green Bean

Skinny Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins from Oh My Goodness Chocolate Desserts

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins from Fit Foodie Finds



Whole Grain Double Chocolate Muffins from Nutritioulicious

Ricotta Berry Oatmeal Cups from Nutritioulicious

Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins from Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal Bites with Chocolate Chips (vegan) from Veggie Inspired

Healthy Honey Cinnamon Banana Bread Muffins from Running in a Skirt

Chocolate Tahini Muffins (paleo / gluten-free) from Katalyst Health


101 Healthy Snack Recipes - Chocolate Tahini Muffins

Paleo Zucchini Banana Muffins from Joy Food Sunshine

Lemon Blueberry Blender Muffins from Eat Yourself Skinny

Healthy Carrot Zucchini Mini Muffins from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Blueberry Almond Muffins (paleo) from Living Well Kitchen

Blueberry Oatmeal Greek Yogurt Muffins from Frugal Momeh


Smoothies - Shakes

Blood Orange Banana Smoothie from The Pretty Bee

Cherry Almond Smoothie Bowl from The Lean Green Bean

Rainbow Fruit Smoothie from Sprinkle of Green

Almond Butter Grape Smoothie from Katalyst Health

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie (vegan) from Veggie Inspired

Lemon Smoothie from Food Fanatic

Pineapple Coconut Smoothie from Dinner at the Zoo

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie from Recipe Runner

Berry Mud Power Smoothie Bowl from FitViews


101 Healthy Snacks - Frozen Green Tea, Vanilla, Melon Smoothie

Purple Monster Protein Smoothie from FitViews

Sweet Chocolate Mint Protein Shake from FitViews

Double Cherry Vanilla Protein Smoothie from FitViews

Apple Pie a la Mode Protein Smoothie from FitViews

Tropical Carrot Smoothie from The Chunky Chef

Paleo Summer Grapefruit Peach Raspberry Smoothie from Whitty Paleo

Strawberry Kefir Smoothie from Nutritioulicious

Chocolate Beet Smoothie (vegan, paleo) from Katalyst Health

Strawberry Limeade Smoothie from Mama Shire

Wild Blueberry, Blood Orange + Ginger Smoothie from The Grateful Grazer


101 Healthy Snack Recipes - Wild Blueberry, Blood Orange, Ginger Smoothie


Bars



Chocolate Cherry Coconut Bars from The Grateful Grazer

Chocolate Nut and Seed Energy Bars from The Grateful Grazer

Warm Chai Spice Bars from The Grateful Grazer

Warm Chai Spice Bars - 101 Healthy Snacks

Coconut Matcha Energy Bars from The Grateful Grazer

Super Cinnamon Raisin Banana Oat Bars from Go Dairy Free

Healthy Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bars from Go Dairy Free

Toasted Cashew Coconut Bars from The Honour System

No Bake Apple Pie Protein Bars from The Big Man's World

Honey Nut Bars from Our Paleo Life

No Bake Almond Butter Granola Bars from Eat Yourself Skinny

Tahini Dark Chocolate Vegan Granola Bars from Veggie Inspired

Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars from Joy Food Sunshine

Homemade "Kind" Bars from Eat Yourself Skinny

101 Healthy Snack Recipes - Homemade "Kind" Bars

Snack Balls

Mint Energy Balls from Run to the Finish


Healthy Strawberry Shortcake Energy Bites from Desserts With Benefits

Healthy No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites from Fit Foodie Finds

Protein Brownie Bites from Lara Clevenger

Maca Mocha Energy Bites from A Wisk and Two Wands

Paleo Carrot Cake Energy Balls from Physical Kitchness

Cinnamon Vanilla Breakfast Protein Bites (no-bake, gluten-free) from Cotter Crunch



5 Ingredient No Bake Gluten Free Cake Bites - 101 Healthy Snacks


Cinnamon Roll Snack Bites from Healthy Swaps

Apple Pie Energy Bites from The Grateful Grazer

Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls from Natalie's Food and Health

Paleo Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites from Joy Food Sunshine

Vegan Fruit, Nut & Seed Energy Bites from Emily Kyle Nutrition

Chocolate Orange Bliss Ball Truffles from Sprinkle of Green

Banana Split Energy Balls from Destination Delish

Apple Pie Larabar Balls from Eating Bird Food

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Date Balls from Spinach for Breakfast


Turmeric Date Balls - 101 Healthy Snack Recipes


Everything else...

Easy Paleo Trail Mix from FitViews

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip from Living Well Kitchen


Cheesy Dairy-Free Quinoa Bites from Go Dairy Free

No Bake Power Cookies from Go Dairy Free


Easy Kale Chips from Cook Eat Paleo

Blistered Sesame Garlic Shishito Peppers from Spinach for Breakfast

Skinny Sweet Potato Nachos from Spinach for Breakfast


Chunky Monkey Popcorn from Running in a Skirt

101 Healthy Snacks - Chunky Monkey Popcorn

Healthier Coconut Brownies from My Crazy Good Life

Frozen Yogurt Fruit Bark from Courtney's Sweets

Healthy Baked Carrot Chips from A Spicy Perspective

Cinnamon Apple Chips from Carrie's Experimental Kitchen

Apple Slice "Cookies" from One Little Project

Apple Nachos with Peanut Butter and Chocolate from Trial and Eater

Homemade Baked Banana Chips from Diethood

Strawberry Granola Yogurt Bark from Six Sisters' Stuff

Frozen Blueberry Bites from Live Eat Learn

FroYo Berry Bites from Skinny Ms.

Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles from One Lovely Life



Happy Snacking!





Fitness Fashion Friday 3/17

FitViews Fitness Fashion Friday 3/17

Hey guys! You know how I love my fitness fashion. I really and truly believe that it goes deeper than the clothes. It's about feeling good and taking care of ourselves. Let me go wayyyy back to the beginning. I used to think fitness fashion was a total waste of money and deep down I didn't think I was worth it. I reasoned, why waste money on something I was just going to sweat in? I also constantly told myself that I would be worth it when. When I reached a certain size... When the scale read a certain number...

Nonsense!

When we take care of ourselves (and yes, even pamper ourselves sometimes) everything else goes better. Including our workouts! Fitness fashion motivates me. It makes me feel good. It's fun. It's also quite functional. Oh my goodness how much better it is to wear things meant for the job. Seriously.

But I haven't found a great way to share that obsession, er...LOVE, with you guys yet. Well, I decided to start a Fitness Fashion Friday series. Just a quick post on here every Friday sharing what fitness fashion I'm crushing on right now.

I know, I know, being St. Patrick's Day this should probably be green-themed, but I'm just not that into green. What I AM into right now...









What are you crushing on lately?

BCAA Lemonade Recipe

BCAA Lemonade Recipe - Low Carb, Clean, and Budget-Friendly

BCAA stands for branched-chain amino acid. To get technical a minute, Wikipedia says: 

A branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) is an amino acid having aliphatic side-chains with a branch (a central carbon atom bound to three or more carbon atoms). Among the proteinogenic amino acids, there are three BCAAs: leucine, isoleucine and valine. The three proteinogenic BCAAs are among the nine essential amino acids for humans, accounting for 35% of the essential amino acids in muscle proteins and 40% of the preformed amino acids required by mammals.

BCAAs are a popular supplement in the fitness community. I've read claims from they help grow muscle to they help retain lean muscle when cutting calories. I recently read an interesting article on BodyBuilding.com, BCAAs: The Many Benefits of Branch-Chained Amino Acid Supplements. It's a really great read if you're not familiar with BCAAs. 

Personally, I've taken BCAAs off and on for years and I do feel like I see a benefit in recovery and especially muscle soreness when I'm taking them. I try to take them when I'm upping my training, cutting my calories, or just doing a lot of strength training overall.

I used to be a big fan of the neon colored, koolaid-like flavored BCAA drinks. Though they were delicious, I began trying to avoid some of the ingredients in those types of supplements. Especially sucralose, aspartame, and artificial colors. So, I stopped taking them. And...noticed a difference. 

I was super frustrated. I couldn't seem to find BCAAs that I considered clean. Then I found plain, unflavored BCAA powder. Hooray! Well, sort of. Plain BCAAs are clean and even cost less, but don't tend to taste great. After a while of choking them down with plain water (to me they taste sort of mediciney) I started experimenting with recipes to make them taste better.

For me, lemon seems to be the key to making plain BCAAs more palatable! My current favorite, super easy BCAA recipe is my BCAA Lemonade. All the benefits of BCAAs without the junk!


BCAA Lemonade Recipe - Low Carb, Clean, and Budget-Friendly


BCAA Lemonade Recipe

Ingredients


20 oz water
1 serving Plain BCAA Powder(whatever that is for you, I do 1 teaspoon)
1 Tablespoon Organic Lemon Juice
1 to 2 packets Truviaor sweetener of choice (to taste)

Directions


Put all ingredients in a shaker bottleand mix well. To make a pitcher I triple or quadruple this recipe. I like to add fresh lemon slices to the pitcher. 

I use BCAA Branched Chain Essential Amino Acids Powder by BulkSupplements (500 grams) | 100% Pure 2:1:1.I found it on Amazon. I use this brand because it's JUST BCAAs. Other plain powders I've found also have added B vitamins. Personally, I prefer just BCAAs.




I take this intra-workout and sometimes pre-workout too. When I'm lifting a lot I mix up a pitcher and sip on it all day.


Have you ever tried BCAAs in your supplement routine?










Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Beachbody On Demand

Streaming fitness services are popping up all over the place these days. They seem to be the new "it" thing in fitness. I've been super curious about Beachbody On Demand since it came out and have had questions about it from readers. I haven't yet tried it myself though, so I've asked my friend Kim of Sorey Fitness to come guest post and fill us all in...


I can remember when we would order a workout program off TV or online, and it would be around $120 and take a week to get. My mom and I have been working out at home for over 10 years now, and it's so amazing how much things have changed.

Our favorite thing right now is Beachbody On Demand because it allows you to stream 100s of workouts, along with their meal plans and workout calendar to get the best results. Plus, it's under $10 a month which completely blows our old gym membership out of the water.

Streaming Workouts at Home

Years ago we tried online workouts, but the quality of the sets and workouts were pretty terrible & there was not a meal plan to speak of. Now, you can stream the most popular Beachbody workouts anywhere you have wi-fi. Plus, they all include a set meal plan.

Some of our favorite workouts on Beachbody on Demand are:

  • The 21 Day Fix
  • Core de Force
  • Insanity Max 30
  • T25
  • Cize
  • PiYo
  • P90X3
  • A Full Yoga Studio

Besides having access to all of the workouts, we love how easy it is to use.

Stream Your Workouts on Beachbody on Demand

You just log in, and you'll immediately see any new workouts or features plus the daily workout. You can choose to do the daily Challenge Du Jour where you'll do a new program each day, or you can scroll down and pick out your favorite program.

Beachbody On Demand Platform Preview

Once you've found the program you want to do, you have access to all of the workouts, meal plan and calendar all right there on the screen. You just click play.

There are also exclusive bonus workouts!

Workouts Organized with Beachbody On Demand Streaming

I've done the 21 Day Fix several times. I started it before my wedding, and then it also was good at getting off that married weight, hehe. Needless to say, the same 7 workouts can get old; however, there are 2 new bonus workouts I can use exclusively on Beachbody on Demand.

Plus the trainers will do exclusive workouts to stream as well as full bonus programs like the 3 Week Yoga Retreat. That are only available to stream.

The ability to stream is everywhere with good wi-fi.


You can stream your workouts from any computer, iPad or iPhone. You can also use Beachbody on Demand on your TV either with an HDMI cord or through several devices like an AppleTV, Roku, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire.

I love the variety it offers too.


I am a huge hybrid junkie - mixing 2 or 3 workout programs at a time. This can leave the living room a mess with DVDs. Now I can just easily switch between programs as I want, or I can do the daily workout challenge listed.

You can continue to hit and set new fitness goals since it's not just 1 program.


A bad habit that sneaks up on me is that once I finish a workout program, I will kind of just "do my own thing" (aka a cupcake and sleeping in). I feel like I just finished a 30-, 60- or 90-days of hard work and am pretty happy with my progress - so why not "treat my myself"?
Not the best habit!

With On Demand, I don't feel that temptation. I also find myself trying out a harder workout than I normally would because it's just sitting there staring at me when I log in. I just started Insanity Max 30 after finishing the 3 Week Yoga Retreat. Both programs are out of my comfort zone and on different levels of fitness. By having the option to any Beachbody program without paying for each one gives me the freedom and excitement to try new things.

You're motivated by others.


The other thing I will say about my recent venture into Insanity Max 30 is that my fit friends encouraged me to do it without knowing it. One of my friends is a Shaun T (who is the trainer behind Insanity) fan, and another friend is trying his workouts for the first time. Seeing their posts on social media showed me I could do it, too.

So just because you're working out at home doesn't mean it's only you - or you and your dog. My mom and I are a part of an amazing year-round accountability group that breaks it down into 21 Day Challenges each month.

We've also taken a leadership role - even though we aren't super buff or only eating broccoli.

What it looks like as a Beachbody Coach

We became Beachbody Coaches about 5 years ago to be able to share our simple, balanced approach to eating healthy and working out at home. It's still amazing how far the company has come in just the past decade in staying relevant in fitness and nutrition.

Thanks for letting it us share our experience and take on healthy living Kerri!


Berry Mud Power Smoothie Bowl

Berry Mud Protein-Packed Power Smoothie Bowl

I was doing smoothie bowls before smoothie bowls were cool. I was always making too much smoothie for a glass and making them way too thick. So, I started putting them in a bowl and eating them with a spoon. I kind of thought I was weird. I just quietly made my smoothies super thick, poured them in the bowl, topped them with yummy stuff and, mmmm. They've been a favorite breakfast for years. I didn't even know they were a thing until they started popping up all over Pinterest.

Well, then, no quiet smoothie bowl consuming here! Oh, the recipes I have to share. Let's start with the first one I started with years ago. The Berry Mud Power Smoothie Bowl...

Berry Mud Power Smoothie Bowl


This power smoothie bowl is very thick, very satisfying, packed with nutrient-dense superfoods, and oh so good!


How to Make a Smoothie Bowl


Berry Mud SuperFood Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients


1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla cashew milk
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen sliced strawberries (I find these easier to measure than whole frozen)
Smoothie Bowl Ingredients

Directions


Blend cashew milk, whey protein, and frozen blueberries in your blender. Then, add the frozen strawberries slowly. It will be very thick. If you don't have a great blender you may need to add a bit more CashewMilk to this to get it to blend well.

Top with whatever you'd like. I did sliced fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, and Organic Chia Seeds. Try also with Coconut Flakes, chopped nuts, Cacao Nibs, or sliced bananas.


Berry Mud SuperFood Smoothie Bowl


Let me know if you try it!




FitViews Valentine's Day Fit List Gift Guide

FitViews Valentine's Day Fit List Gift Guide

I have a confession. I order my own gifts sometimes. Maybe, a lot. While that might sound weird it's actually quite freeing for hubby and I. He's never been one to pick up on hint dropping and he really wants to get me something I'll really love. I'm not great at hint dropping, and I'm maybe, kind of, a wee bit...picky. So, it works for us. I either just send him a link to something or flat out order it myself. He wraps it up pretty and squeal, what a perfectly thoughtful something I love, thank you so much, gift. Hey, it works for us.

If you're the order your own gift type too, or if you don't know what to get your special someone, or your special someone doesn't know what to get you...I have a few healthy, fit, and fun Valentine's Day gift suggestions. 


POPSUGAR Must Have Box Subscription


POPSUGAR has sent me their Must Have Box to try the last few months and it's so much fun. I just love it. The box says "Happiness Delivered" on the inside and it really is! It's always packed with really fun surprises every single month. I completely stalk my mailbox when I know it's coming. This was January's box contents:

POPSUGAR Must Have Box January 2017

And this was December's:

POPSUGAR Must Have Box December 2016

Good subscription boxes make such amazing gifts. You can choose how many months to give and they keep getting fun surprises beyond just Valentine's Day! You can't go wrong with this one. Use code SHOP5 to get 5 bucks off their first Must Have Box.


Activity Tracker


I LOVE my Garmin activity tracker. IMHO everyone should have a tracker. I don't know many that wouldn't love one as a gift! These are some great choices...




OK, if you're going to go the old chocolates and flowers route, at least make it healthier! Find some good dark chocolate without a lot of junky ingredients. TAZA chocolate is what I might have ordered myself for Valentine's Day last year. It's amazing!

From their site:

At Taza Chocolate we make stone ground chocolate. Cacao is so complex in flavor that we want to let it shout loud and proud. That is why we do less to bring you more. We stone grind organic cacao beans into perfectly unrefined, minimally processed chocolate with bold flavor and texture, unlike anything you have ever tasted.



A photo posted by Kerri Olkjer (@kerriolkjer) on


I love all things TAZA, but these are favorites:





And last on my list...Nothing says love like KitchenAid. No. Really.





What's the best Valentine's Day gift you ever received?



Mock Green Tea Frapp Protein Power Smoothie

Copy Cat Green Tea Frapp Protein Power Smoothie

I LOVE me a Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino. I craved them like nobody's business when I was pregnant with Baby O. I still splurge on the real thing once or twice during the summer, but you know I would love to have them all. the. time! I am however trying to lose weight, so that's a no for me.

I've been playing around with a Healthier Green Tea Frappuccino Swap Recipe for years and I think I finally have it just right. These, now these, I can have every single day!

No, it's not exactly the same as the real thing. You might not be fooled in a blind taste test, but it's a pretty amazing healthier version. And? It's really, really good! 

This Mock Green Tea Frapp Protein Power Smoothie is packed with great ingredients and has far fewer calories and sugar than the real thing. Plus, it's got an added protein punch. Win-win.


Matcha Green Tea Protein Power Smoothie


Frozen Green Tea Vanilla Melon Protein Power Smoothie

Ingredients


1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla CashewMilk
1 heaping cup frozen honeydew melon 
1 packet stevia or Truvia(optional)


Mock Green Tea Frapp Protein Power Smoothie


Directions


You'll want to be sure to freeze the honeydew melon the night before, or at least a few hours before you want to make this. Then, simply blend all ingredients well in your blender. About a minute. Top with a little spray whip if you'd like. Makes one x-large smoothie, or 2 medium sized. 


Healthier Version Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino


Notes


The sweetener is totally optional here. I prefer it without, but some may want to add a packet or even 2. A Starbucks Frapp is definitely sweeter.

Also, if you're not a big matcha fan, you may want to use 1/2 teaspoon. I love it with the teaspoon, but hubby prefers it with a 1/2 teaspoon.

If you want a little thicker, more frappuccino-like consistency add a couple of ice cubes. 


YUM! Let me know if you try it.


Copy Cat Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino