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How to Prepare Easy and Healthy Grain-Free Snacks

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Simple ideas for how to prepare both easy and healthy grain-free snacks with the help of Clorox Green Works.

grain_free_snacks graphicThe past week of doing the Whole 30 has reinforced something I already knew about myself: I am a snacker.  And while snacks generally are not a large component of the Whole 30, it is simply not realistic for me to only eat three meals each day.  While I have continued incorporating one or two snacks throughout my days, I am doing my best to keep my snacks healthy and veggie-focused as much as possible.  I am also trying to keep these snacks easy and simple in an effort to not get burnt out in the kitchen.

Over the last seven days, I have discovered two veggie-packed snacks that also happen to be a cinch to prepare.  And they both contain plenty of healthy fats that tide me over in between meals.  Let’s get to prepping and snacking!

grain_free_snacks 2How to Prepare Easy and Healthy Grain-Free Snacks

guacamole_peppers_snackI like to call these babies guacamole stuffed peppers.  And guess what?  They only require a whopping two ingredients!  I prefer to use several different colored peppers to keep things pretty because I definitely eat with my eyes first.  Simply stuff halved sweet peppers with homemade or store-bought guacamole.  You can stop here and you have a delicious snack.  I also sometimes like to add salsa, tomatoes, and/or green onions on top for extra flavor.

fancy_ants_on_a_logThe second snack that I have been loving lately are these “fancier” ants on a log.  These are easy-peasy to throw together, too!  Scoop your favorite nut or seed butter (sunflower seed, cashew, and almond butter can all be Whole 30-compliant) onto celery sticks and top each one with your favorite dried fruits, seeds, and nuts.  I generally go with sunflower seed butter or almond butter, chopped almonds, cacao nibs, raisins, and chia seeds.  It is the perfect balance of sweet and salty.

Both of these snacks are quick to prepare, but I love being a food-prepping queen on Sundays to get the ingredients prepared and ready to compile during the week while I am at work.

cut_peppersIt’s pretty simple, really.  I start by slicing the stem off of each pepper, cutting them in half, and scooping out the seeds.  I then place several pepper halves into containers to use throughout the week.

cut_peppers 2Since the juice from peppers can be pretty messy, I always clean up my knife and cutting board before going to work on prepping my celery.  My new favorite kitchen partner is the Clorox Green Works Pump ‘n Clean Kitchen and Dish Cleaner.  Since it is made from natural plant-and mineral-based ingredients, it is food safe and makes cleaning while you cook a breeze.  I love that it cleans powerfully without leaving behind chemical fumes or residue.  Who wants to continue using a knife that tastes or smells like chemicals?  Not me!

clorox_pump_n_cleanThe pump feature of this product makes one-handed cleaning simple, which is important when I am handling knives.  I just pump a bit of the cleaner onto a sponge and wipe my knife clean.

clorox_pump_n_clean 3I also prefer to wipe my cutting board so that my celery is not covered in pepper juices.

cut_celeryThen I am back to chopping!  Pretty cool, right?

Clorox_Pump_and_Clean_Target 2I found the Pump ‘n Clean product at Target in the natural section of the cleaning aisle.

Clorox_Pump_and_Clean_TargetTarget also carries Clorox Green Works sprays, wipes, soaps, and detergents, and they are the only retailer to carry the entire Green Works line.  As if I needed another reason to love Target!

I hope this post introduced you to three new amazing things: two easy and healthy grain-free snacks + one amazing effective and affordable cleaning product that you can feel good about using.  It is natural, it is not tested on animals, and environmentally sustainable packaging is used whenever possible.

I love clean snacks and a clean cooking environment!

*This product is not appropriate when cooking with raw fish or meat.  I recommend sticking with fruits and veggies.

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What are your favorite easy and healthy grain-free snacks?
How do you easily clean your kitchen while food prepping on the weekend?  Any tips?

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{ 22 comments… add one }
  • Jessie July 13, 2015, 4:17 am
    I'm with you girl - I don't know how people can only eat three meals a day. I need my snacks. Your "fancier" ants on a log look like a pretty delicious snack!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 13, 2015, 10:32 am
      It was really good! You have to love anything "fancy" right ;)
  • Kate July 13, 2015, 7:36 am
    Purposeful, planned snacking keeps me from raiding the pantry grabbing a little of everything in sight! Also, I love those peppers- never turn down a healthy vehicles for guacamole! Kate recently posted...Happy Monday & a cookie recipe for twoMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 13, 2015, 10:34 am
      Agreed. I think that being mindful is important, but it is also important to listen to our bodies. I know that when I don't I end up making some not-so-great food choices in the long run.
  • Farrah July 13, 2015, 7:43 am
    Hooray for fun and healthy snacks! I love well-designed and more natural cleansers (+ hooray for no animal cruelty and greener living! <3!!). :] Farrah recently posted...5 Tips For Securing Recommendation LettersMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 13, 2015, 10:35 am
      I do too!! I love when I can actually still breathe after cleaning! It's a nice perk ;)
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul July 13, 2015, 11:38 am
    I love the picture that has your ring in the shot! Ahh! Sorry, still getting used to you being engaged!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 13, 2015, 2:10 pm
      You and me both!! ;)
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine July 13, 2015, 11:41 am
    When I was a wee-one, my mom used to put cream cheese in celery sticks for me! Haha! We never did the whole ants-on-along pb raisin thing though!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 13, 2015, 2:11 pm
      Oh I bet that was good!!! Cream cheese tends to taste good with most things, though it has been quite awhile since I have had any!
  • Ilona @ Ilona's Passion July 13, 2015, 1:32 pm
    I love green works products. I'm using them a lot at my home:) Ilona @ Ilona's Passion recently posted...Orange Strawberry JamMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 13, 2015, 2:11 pm
      Aren't they great? I love the dish detergent and kitchen cleaners too!
  • Mary July 13, 2015, 7:10 pm
    Thanks for the info on the Green Works products. I've been wanting to convert to more natural cleaners so I'll check them out next time I'm at Target!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 13, 2015, 8:53 pm
      You definitely should. It is a great product line!
  • Joanna @Makingmine July 14, 2015, 6:46 am
    Hannah, you make everything look easy! We love Green Works in our house - it's the only dish soap I could stand the smell of when I was pregnant haha! Joanna @Makingmine recently posted...a bridal fiestaMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 14, 2015, 8:39 am
      I love it! It is so nice to having cleaning products that don't give me a headache!
  • Ashley July 14, 2015, 4:28 pm
    I love those little stuffed peppers! I've never thought to do that! Definitely will be happening. I'm a snacker too! Ashley recently posted...Smoked Mozzarella Caprese Pasta SaladMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 14, 2015, 4:56 pm
      They are super delicious and SO easy to throw together. It's a win-win!
  • Megan July 14, 2015, 5:30 pm
    Why have I never thought of stuffing a pepper with guacamole?! Such a perfect snack. Thanks for the idea!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 14, 2015, 10:05 pm
      Sometimes the most obvious things take us the longest to think of... it took me 27 years! ;)
  • David @ Spiced July 17, 2015, 10:50 am
    I am totally a snacker, too! I love the "grown-up" version of ants on a log you created. Thanks for sharing! #client David @ Spiced recently posted...Coconut Lime PopsiclesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 20, 2015, 2:43 pm
      YES for snacking! And yes to feeling like a kid again.. only fancier ;)

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