Pantry Snacks


When you transition to a whole foods diet, snacks are the hardest habit to change, especially for kids.  My monkeys snack way less than they used to, but we still need our snacks!  Fruits and veggies are first on our list for snacks, but sometimes it’s not practical or convenient. 

It takes a lot of time, planning, and creativity to stay on top of healthy eating for the whole family. Baked goods are easy to grab and go.  Realistically though, there isn’t always time to bake something homemade — like our favorite Simple Coconut Chocolate Bars recipe.   

Snacks in packages are typically filled with preservatives and chemicals that won’t help your body stay healthy and strong.  But they are convenient!  And when you’re hungry, it’s generally what you grab.

I made a list of snacks that we keep in our pantry.  Yes, these snacks are processed; however, they are a better choice because they are organic and contain fewer ingredients.  These snacks are non-GMO, dairy free, gluten free, vegan, soy free, and peanut free.  We don’t eat this stuff every day, but we do keep it on hand for when I don’t have time to make something homemade.  

Pantry snacks, as we call them, are also great for snowstorms, when snack lovin’ friends visit, and when I don’t have time to be supermom.  Some days you just have to fly without a cape, and let it go….

Under the Monkey Bars Snack List
Lesser Evil Buddha Bowl Organic Popcorn: 3 ingredients

Dang Toasted Coconut Chips: 3 ingredients

The Good Bean Crispy Crunchy Chickpeas, sea salt: 4 ingredients

GoGo Squeez Organic Applesauce: 2 ingredients

Green Mountain Gringo Organic Tortilla Chips: 3 ingredients

Sun-dried Organic Figs: 1 ingredient

Sunmaid Organic Raisins: 1 ingredient

Wonderfully Raw Coco-Roons, Lemon Pie or Brownie: 7 ingredients

Dark Chocolate Mint Sun Cups: 6 ingredients

Pascha Organic Dark Chocolate Bar, Maca: 5 ingredients

Blue Mountain Organics Raw Nuts and Seeds: 1 ingredient each  
{NOTE: Use code TAKE5 at Blue Mountain Organics for $5 off a minimum purchase of $50!  This nut company does not process any peanuts.}


I’ve included links so you can check out these products online.  Some will be available at your local grocery store.  Our Whole Foods offers everything except the Buddha popcorn, Pascha chocolate bars, and Blue Mountain nuts.  Definitely stock up if you find these items on sale! 

One more idea: Try mixing some of these goodies together for your own personal trail-mix.  Bean and Sweet Pea love when I put out our mason jars filled with snack items on the table so they can fill their reusable snack bags.  Pantry snacks are a real treat at our house!

Don and I are getting ready for a ski get-away next week.   I’ll be blogging from Stowe, VT (yes, we are escaping the snowbanks of Newburyport for the snowy slopes of Stowe).  I already have some of these snacks stashed away and ready to pack in our new duffel bags.  Until then…happy, healthy snacking!  Have a great weekend!