Snacks

Snacks that are actually good for you.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Mozzarella

Prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella is the perfect low-carb snack. It’s delicious, easy to make (the only difficult part is remembering to freeze the cheese the night before), and quite healthy, if you use uncured, additive-free prosciutto. I like to use pre-sliced Prosciutto di Parma by Citterio, which I get at Trader Joe’s and I believe you can also get at Costco. The only ingredients are pork and salt. Click for the recipe

Homemade Fruit Snacks

These homemade fruit snacks are not just fun and delicious- they are also healthy. Made with unflavored gelatin (here’s why gelatin is healthy), 100% fruit juice and honey, they are a far better choice than commercial fruit snacks, and although their texture is a bit different, they are still delightful.

It’s difficult to tell how many fruit snacks this recipe is going to yield for you, because it depends on the mold you use. For me, it yielded 30 truffle-size gummies (using this mold) plus two bigger ones (filling 2 silicone muffin cups 1/4 full), so I would say about 12 servings.

I used 100% grape juice to make my fruit snacks. You can use any juice you like, of course. Click for the recipe

Bacon Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are always a delicacy. In this recipe, the addition of bacon bits and smoked paprika adds extra flavor and warmth, making this classic appetizer extra irresistible. Click for the recipe

Bacon Wrapped Mozzarella Sticks

Bacon wrapped mozzarella sticks! Use organic uncured bacon and enjoy these once in awhile – while not exactly health food, they are low-carb, grain-free, and (this probably goes without saying) delicious. Click for the recipe

Cheddar Guacamole Cups

If you’re still looking for game day snacks for Sunday, here’s a great low-carb snack that you can also serve as a tasty appetizer. While definitely not low calorie, it is delicious, wholesome, and very filling. Click for the recipe

Date Balls

They’re date balls, filled with wholesome goodness, but they taste like a decadent dessert – sweet, rich and chocolaty. I think they actually taste, and give the mouthfeel, of eating chocolate cookie dough!

While definitely healthy in terms of what goes into them, these date balls are more of a dessert than a snack, to be savored slowly and enjoyed only once in a while, since they are very high in sugar and carbs because, well, medjool dates are naturally high in sugar and carbs.  Click for the recipe

Beef Jerky Recipe: Paleo and Gluten Free

Beef jerky is one of my favorite snacks, but it’s very difficult to find commercial beef jerky that isn’t made with soy sauce and sugar. Most beef jerkies contain quite a few carbs per serving, in addition to an insanely high amount of sodium. This homemade beef jerky is not only tastier than commercial versions, it’s also made with no soy sauce and no sugar.

It’s a very simple, easy beef jerky recipe that doesn’t even require marinating the beef prior to drying it in the oven. It’s so good, I now make it once a week for our family of four, and it doesn’t even last an entire week. The only drawback to this homemade beef jerky: it should be kept in the fridge (although placing it in a ziploc bag and carrying around for an hour or two before you eat it is probably fine). Click for the recipe