Obviously, what is deemed to be “healthy” is relative due to one’s personal health and genetic background. Some people are allergic to foods otherwise deemed to be healthy to most other people, and some people need a different macronutrient profile than most others due to their ability (or inability) to process certain foods. Of course, if one has a specific goal for one’s body – such as adding 15 pounds of muscle in a year – then food demands would be needed for someone simply trying to reduce the risk of allergies due to nuts, gluten, or other foods which their bodies have trouble tolerating.
With all of that said, and if you can consume some of the foods mentioned, here are some ideas for “healthy” snacks which you might be able to consume in smaller amounts. Of course, talk with your doctor about which foods you can and cannot consume and in what quantities. Please also explore other topics with your medical professional such as:
- the effects of food storage and how it affects your body’s absorption and reaction
- whether you store food in ceramic, glass, plastic, etc.
- if you reheat foods in the oven, a toaster oven, or the microwave
- if you use plastic, how to store foods properly to prevent the effects of light or heat (especially in the Dallas summer time!) and making certain foods go “rancid” which, instead, could last for a long time if stored in a cool, dry place in your home
Here are some of the ideas for snacks (from a good friend) which may be of interest that can store long-term, again with the understanding that you will need approval from your medical professionals before making any change in your nutrition:
- honey –> especially locally-grown (be sure that you have no allergies to honey, bees or any related concerns)
- nuts –> again be careful with allergies
- dried/dehydrated vegetables and fruits
- pre-cooked meats and fish –> talk first with your doctor about any risks of aluminum, packaging with metals and mercury plus finding choices which have minimal/zero preservatives. You may have to dry/dehydrate your own meats/fish to ensure minimal chemical/preservative risks, so get educated on how to do so
- home made energy bars with natural ingredients, stored properly to last a long time
- talk with your doctor about how to freeze leftovers properly so you can have them a few weeks later without any health risks
Again, all of these are subject to your medical professionals’ permission as well as personal tastes. Having snacks which last a long time that are at least somewhat “healthy” in small-to-moderate doses can help you maintain blood sugar levels, add variety in your daily eating, and possibly reduce your food budget a little bit each month. Use the above list as a starting guide to help you get creative and discover new options for healthy, minimal-chemical snacks.