Whole Food Snack Ideas Using a Dehydrator

I find that making meals from scratch is not so difficult.  I mix up a meat and a few veggies, and sometimes a sauce. I try to keep it simple! It is making snacks that is way more difficult when you are trying to stay away from the pre-packaged foods. So my husband got me a dehydrator for my last birthday.  There are many simple recipes to make food in the dehydrator using real foods.  And dehydrated foods will keep fresh for long periods of time. 

My favorite snack from the dehydrator is kale chips.  I make about 2 batches each week because we eat them up so quickly.  The dehydrator is a great way to get in some extra veggies. I just cover in olive oil and season. I enjoy green beans, sweet potatoes, and broccoli.

I also make a lot of jerky using grass fed beef or turkey.  These are a great protein snack when you are on the go.

Every once in a while I make homemade fruit roll ups. You just puree fresh or frozen fruit and spread out on a fruit roll sheet. Dehydrated fruit is high in sugar, so these should be made sparingly. But if you have a child that is used to eating pre-packaged roll ups and/or fruit snacks this is a much healthier alternative. 

The only downfall for the dehydrator is that it does take a long time to “cook” foods. Foods usually take at least 8 hours and up to 14 hours.  I find it depends upon the humidity in the air.   So you do have to plan ahead.  But it is worth it to have delicious whole food snacks!

If you do not have a dehydrator, these snacks can be made in the oven at a very low temperature.  It is just a lot easier in the dehydrator!


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