5 Minute Healing Foods Snacks to Keep You Energized and Healthy

5 Minute Healing Foods Snacks to Keep You Energized and Healthy

Who doesn’t like a good snack? I know I do!

 

The supermarket shelves are filled with snack foods that don’t contribute to vibrant health. These unhealthy snacks or junk food may taste good but the lasting effect on your health are not worth it.

 

Junk snack foods have low nutritional value and empty calories. Many of the junk snack foods contain monosodium glutamate, excessive amounts of salt, refined sugar, refined grains, high fructose corn syrup, unhealthy fats, chemical preservatives, artificial colors, and genetically modified foods.

 

Eating these junk snack foods will lead to excess cravings, weight gain, low energy, and long term health problems like obesity and diabetes.

 

I have put together a list along with the recipes and health benefits of some of my favorite summer healing foods snacks to keep you energized and healthy while you’re enjoying all the fun activities that summer offers.

 

All of my healing foods snacks come together in 5 minutes or less and will satisfy your tastes for sweet, salty, crunchy, and creamy foods. I have given you 7 recipes so you can enjoy a healthy snack for every day of the week.

 

Once you try these healing foods snacks you will never want to go back to eating junk snack foods.

 

5 Minute Healing Foods Snacks to Keep You Energized and Healthy

 
 
This simple Carpaccio really showcases the unique delicious flavor of heirloom tomatoes. The basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and sea salt all contribute their own unique qualities to make this a truly satisfying and energizing snack.

 

 

HEIRLOOM TOMATOES

Heirloom tomatoes are my absolute favorite variety of tomatoes! In the summer months these unique varieties of tomatoes are overflowing at the farmers’ market stands. There are hundreds of varieties of heirlooms to enjoy and they vary in color, taste, shape, and texture.

 

Heirloom tomatoes are called heirlooms because they are a unique variety of tomato whose seeds have been passed down from generation to generation due to its unique characteristics. Tomato experts Craig LeHoullier and Carolyn Male, classified heirloom tomatoes into 4 types including commercial heirlooms, family heirlooms, created heirlooms, and mystery heirlooms.

 

All tomatoes are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, calcium, and lycopene. Lycopene is a fat soluble carotenoid that can protect your body against cancer. Maximum absorption of lycopene comes from cooking tomatoes with a healthy fat source.

 

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Heirloom Tomato Basil Carpaccio

Raw Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Dairy-Free, Wheat-Free

Serves 2

3 heirloom tomatoes —use different varieties

8 basil leaves—tear into smaller pieces

Extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar

Himalayan or Celtic sea salt­—to taste

 

 

1. Remove stem from tomatoes, wash, pat dry and cut into slices.

2. Layer tomato slices onto a plate with the basil leaves. Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and sea salt to taste.

 

 

 

Ripe figs are juicy, lush, and meant to be savored. Once you pair them with the tangy, creamy yogurt and floral honey you have a healthy snack that is unforgettable!

 

FIGS

Figs are a rich source of B vitamins, potassium, calcium, and fiber. Figs also contain mucin which cleans toxins and mucus from our bodies and helps prevent constipation.

 

RAW HONEY

Raw honey contains antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Raw honey also has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.

 

GREEK YOGURT

In this recipe I used organic whole milk Greek yogurt. One cup of their organic whole milk Greek yogurt has 19 grams of protein along with calcium, vitamin A, and iron. I like the flavor and texture of their whole milk yogurt but feel free to try the recipe with your favorite organic Greek yogurt or dairy-free yogurt if you don’t eat dairy.

 

 

Honeyed Figs with Yogurt

Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Wheat-Free

Serves 1

2 ripe fresh figs

1 cup organic Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons raw honey

 

 

1. Wash figs, pat dry and remove hard stems from figs.

2. Cut figs into quarter slices and set aside.

3. Spoon the yogurt into a bowl and place cut figs on top of yogurt. Drizzle with honey and enjoy.

 

Recipe Variation:

Substitute 1 cup of organic blueberries, ¼ cup goji berries, and ¼ cup of sprouted or raw pumpkin seeds for the fresh figs.

 

Avocados are one of my favorite fruits because of their great taste and impressive health benefits! This easy snack really highlights their delectable creamy taste because it simply uses sea salt to enhance the pure flavor of the avocado.

 

 

AVOCADOS

Avocados contain an amazing amount of carotenoids including beta-carotene, lutein, alpha-carotene, and zeaxanthin that function as antioxidants which all work together to fight inflammation, strengthen your immune system, and protect your body against free radical damage.

 

Avocados are nutrient-rich with high levels of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, potassium, folate, and fiber which will keep you energized and healthy.

 

Avocados are also an excellent source of healthy fats including monounsaturated fat and alpha-linolenic acid an omega-3 essential fatty acid.

 

Salted Avocado

Raw Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Dairy-Free, Wheat-Free

Serves 2

1 large avocado

¼ teaspoon Himalayan or Celtic sea salt

 

 

1. Cut avocado in half and remove pit.

2. Sprinkle halves with sea salt to taste and eat with a spoon.

Note: You can also enjoy this avocado with baked organic tortilla chips and or your favorite brand of preservative-free salsa.

 

 

Olives have a salty briny taste that is irresistible! I love making olive tapenade from scratch with my favorite varieties of olives when I have the time but when I don’t I rely on O Olive Oil’s tempting varieties to satisfy me. Their blood orange olive tapenade is a favorite of mine and it contains an exotic blend of kalamata olives, blood orange extra virgin olive oil, orange zest, capers, and bay leaf.

 

When you combine the delicious blood orange tapenade with the crisp refreshing cucumbers and the creamy tangy bite of goat cheese you have a fabulous healthy snack that you will want to make frequently.

 

 

OLIVES

Olives are high in vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, and omega-3 essential fatty acids.

 

CUCUMBERS

Cucumbers are a water-rich fruit and the skin contains silica/silicon which is a mineral which aids in bone health and the natural formation of collagen. Cucumbers also contain good amounts of potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C.

 

 

Olive Cucumber Goat Cheese Bites

Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Wheat-Free

Serves 2

4 organic Persian cucumbers

¼ cup creamy raw goat cheese

4 tablespoons olive tapenade (I used O Blood Orange Tapenade)

 

 

1. Wash cucumbers, dry and cut in half lengthwise.

2. Spread cucumber halves with goat cheese and top with olive tapenade.

 

 

The summer months are pure peach perfection! Peaches are in season and their juicy sweet taste is absolutely amazing. I enjoy eating peaches plain but when I want to jazz them up I combine peaches with creamy pecan butter sweetened with a small amount of coconut sugar and cinnamon for a healthy snack that satisfies my taste for creamy and sweet.

 

PEACHES

Peaches are nutrient-rich and contain vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, beta-carotene, iron, potassium, lycopene, lutein, and fiber which all work together to keep our bodies healthy and energized.

 

 

PECANS

Raw pecans are one of my favorite nuts and are a great source of vitamin E and B vitamins. Pecans contain oleic acid a heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acid. Pecans also contain important minerals and ellagic acid which can protect the body against cancer and free radicals.

 

Peach Pecan Bites

Raw Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Serves 2

2 large organic Peaches

3 tablespoons sprouted or raw pecan butter

2 teaspoons organic coconut sugar or your favorite natural sweetener

⅛ teaspoon cinnamon

 

 

1. Clean peaches, cut in half and remove pit. Set peaches aside while you make the pecan filling.

2. Place pecan butter, coconut sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix together.

3. Spoon pecan filling into center of peaches.

 

 

This trail mix features hemp and pumpkin seeds two of my favorite super seeds for energy, strength, and immunity.

 

This wonderful mix of dried fruits and seeds will keep you happy for hours! I like to take this convenient snack with me when I’m out so I always have a healthy snack at my fingertips when I’m hungry.

 

 

HEMP SEEDS

Hemp seeds are one of the best plant-based sources of protein available with all the essential amino acids that your body needs. Hemp is also a great source of fiber, chlorophyll, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, along with the idea balance of essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 in a 3.75:1 ratio.

 

 

PUMPKIN SEEDS

Pumpkin seeds or Pepitas have a crunchy texture and savory taste that is hard to resist. Pumpkin seeds provide your body with protein, phytonutrients, magnesium, zinc, iron, antioxidants like beta carotene, B vitamins, and the amino acid tryptophan.

 

Tryptophan helps to relax you along with increasing serotonin in the brain. Pumpkin seeds are rich in fiber and contain oleic fatty acids, along with omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids.

 

 

Super Seed Fruit Mix

Raw Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free

Makes 2½ cups

½ cup sprouted or raw pumpkin seeds

½ cup raw hemp seeds

½ cup sprouted or raw sunflower seeds

½ cup dried unsulfured cherries

½ cup dried goji berries

 

 

1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and toss together.

2. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy whenever you want.

Note: Feel free to use your favorite dried fruits in this mix.

 

 

Whenever you get a craving for cookies made with refined white flour and refined sugar try these cookies and you will be completely satisfied. I like creamy nutty almond butter as the filling with these tasty cookies but feel free to use your favorite nut or seed butters.

 

 

ALMOND BUTTER

Almond butter is a great source of antioxidants, potassium, vitamin E, and magnesium along with healthy monounsaturated fats that help lower bad cholesterol.

 

GO RAW CARROT CAKE SUPER COOKIES

Go Raw’s carrot cake super cookies are raw vegan organic treats that taste just like carrot cake! These yummy crunchy cookies are gluten-free, wheat-free, and nut-free and contain organic sprouted sesame seeds, carrots, dates, coconut, and nutmeg.

 

These healthy cookies are a good source of beta-carotene, potassium, iron, fiber, and calcium.

 

Carrot Cake Almond Butter Cookies

Raw Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Serves 1

20—Go Raw carrot cake super cookies

2 tablespoons sprouted or raw almond butter

 

 

1. Remove cookies from bag and place on a plate.

2. Spread almond butter on half of the cookies and top with another cookie making a carrot cake sandwich cookie.

 

 

 

For all you snack lovers, what is your favorite snack?  If you would like to contribute to the conversation, please take a moment to leave a comment.

 

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Comments

  1. Hi Shelley,
    I love the healing recipes and the colors of the photos, they are mouth watering!
    My favorite is the Greek yogurt figs and honey, maybe because I am half Greek and I am a lover of all these ingredients!
    Thanks for the beautiful healthy tips ready to use and savor!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Patricia, Thanks so much for sharing your love of healing foods recipes! I’m glad your mouth is watering that’s what I like to hear when I post recipes! 🙂 Greek yogurt is so creamy and yummy and the figs and honey are divine with it. Enjoy!

  2. Hi Shelley, what a feast for one of my favorite topic (healthy lifestyles) I agree with all your informations shared and wow, your recipes.. what a great idea to introduce everyone to a wonderful healthy diet!!!!!

    I loved most the Heirloom Tomato Basil Carpaccio and Salted Avocado best.. of course loved all of them… but thse two are so readily available now and so you guessed, I done it both and enjoyed immensly..
    Thanks so much and look forward to learn more from your vast knowledge on healthy lifestyle… perhaps we can join forces at a later time… love to be involved with like minded people especially on the so important topic of health…

    best of everything, always!!!!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Wow Nick, thanks for all the great feedback on my post! I’m so happy to hear you loved the Tomato Basil Carpaccio and Salted Avocado they’re two of my favorites as well. I look forward to you visiting again soon. Best to you!

  3. What a wonderful sellection of snacks (we call them pupus where I live!) you’ve provided here Shelley. I have such a bad habit of falling back on the same old foods over and over, but I can always count on you to spark my imagination. Thanks!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Marty! I hope you enjoy all these easy snacks (pupus) when you feel the need to have a tasty snack.

  4. I love this list! I think my mouth was watering a bit as I read it. 😉 Will have to try a few of these recipes while the good stuff is still in season. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Jen! I love that my favorite snacks make your mouth water. LOL! My mouth waters whenever I eat fresh real foods so I understand. Hope you enjoy the recipes!

  5. I now need to go fix a snack. The recipes sound so delicious and the pics are dreamy. I love Greek yogurt your recipe sealed the deal off to the store I go. Thank you for my future snack list.

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Lydia! I love snacks and if they’re healthy and delicious I don’t have to feel guilty about indulging. Enjoy!

  6. What a great list of foods and they look so appetizing! I love your Blog too Shelley
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  7. that tomato carpaccio has me over the moon! honestly, when everyone’s tomato plants are blooming like crazy, farmer’s market stands are bustin’ out, and CSA deliveries are loaded with tomatoes, we could all use a few more tomato recipes. love it 🙂

    thank you for taking the time to link up with us at the Wednesday Fresh Foods Blog Hop! We hope to see you again this Wednesday with more fantastic seasonal & real food posts 🙂 xo, kristy
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Kristy, I love tomato carpaccio it’s so easy to make yet so satisfying! Hope you enjoy it! I will come back again for your Fresh Foods Blog Hop, thanks for hosting it. 🙂

  8. These recipes sound delicious. I really like the cucumber one but I was wondering what exactly tapenade is and where you might be able to find it? I am not the best chef, but love the simplicity of these recipes. Even I might be able to make them!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Kristen, Tapenade is a olive spread that’s usually made with olives, capers, olive oil, herbs, and spices. You can usually find it at most local grocery stores or gourmet food shops. I hope you enjoy the recipes, I tried to make them easy, quick, and tasty and you don’t need to be a chef to make them!

  9. Most of these look very yummy to me! I love the fruit ones best. Where I live we have an abundance of avocados all year round, so we use it instead of butter on dried biscuits. Carrot cake almond butter cookies sound the yummiest here!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Julieanne!These snacks are so simple and satisfying. I like to keep my recipes easy during the week when we all are so busy. Avocados make a great spread on everything. I love avocados on sprouted whole grain toast.

  10. Shelley,

    This is my first time on your site and I must say, I’m impressed.

    You have some great content here. I really appreciate you sharing these recipes. I’m always looking for more ways to eat healthier.

    I’ll definitely be digging deeper to see what else you have archived on here. Thanks again!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Dewane, Welcome to my site! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on my content. I’m glad to know that you are making healthy food choices and I will be posting lots more recipes in the future along with releasing my first cookbook and holistic lifestyle guide soon. Please stop back again!

  11. WoW, Shelley, you have given so much interesting and useful and helpful information in this post!

    I like to print it and hang it up on my kitchen wall as a memory jogger, if you are okay with that?

    As with your other posts I appreciate the combination of information on the nutritional value as well as the yummy recipes!

    Thank you so much for your time and effort to put this together!

    To Health!
    Yorinda
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Yorinda, I’m would love for you to print out this post and keep it in your kitchen! I’m glad you like the recipes and nutritional info. To Your Vibrant Health!

  12. Wow, Shelley, I love these ideas. You can be sure I’ll be bookmarking this article so I can start making some of these healthy snacks. It’s crucial, to me, to snack in between breakfast and lunch, lunch and dinner. You’ve given me some great recipes here! Thanks!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Stephen, I’m so glad your going to try some of my healing foods snacks. I enjoy a good snack usually once or twice a day and having quick healthy options satisfy your hunger with nutrient-rich food. Now that fall is here you can try some of the wonderful fall fruits with the recipes like pears or apples with nut or seed butter, or cranberries and pomegranate seeds with yogurt and honey.

  13. Nice Shelley, I have followed all these recipes for my snacks. You know one thing, I am now 60 kg by following your recipes. They really work. I have lost more than 15 kg weight. I am so happy, my hubs love me very much. Thank you Shelley. Thank for sharing. Good Work.
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