DIY: How to Make a Healthy Snack Station

Liza Sternik, Healthy Planet’s Digging Coordinator, shares her secrets on how to keep snacking healthy!!!

Snacking is an inevitable part of life. No matter how much we pretend like we don’t or won’t snack, eventually we succumb to the temptation. Honestly, some people NEED to snack to stay energized throughout the day (I say guiltily before buying a cookie at the cafe)!  If you are someone like me who works from home, snacking can become an almost religious act:

What does my day look like?

  • Wake up
  • Tea
  • Breakfast
  • Work
  • Make a snack
  • Do a little more work
  • Procrastinate working more
  • Do a little more work
  • Shuffle around pretending to be busy
  • Eat another snack
  • Check facebook
  • Snack some more…
  • Oh look at the time, I need to start dinner!

What if you could snack, and still feel energized, healthy, and happy?

Here’s where the healthy snack station is critical: healthy yummy snacks are readily available, easily consumable, and fill you up with complex carbs, proteins, healthy fats, vitamins, and nutrients.

Let’s praise the Pinterest gods for supplying us with an endless assortment of drool-inducing pics:  We have put together a “Snack-spiration board” just for you!!!

Now that we have that out of our system, let’s go over a little shopping list, and then the organizing technique that works best. Here’s what to purchase at the grocery store/farmer’s market:


  • DIY or Organic Kale Chips
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Raisins
  • Trail Mix
  • Fig Newtons
  • DIY or Organic Fruit Leathers

Refrigerated Items:

  • Fresh Veggies: carrots, celery, bell peppers (washed & cut into sticks)
  • Homemade dip (thousand island; Aioli or mayo & ketchup)
  • Hummus
  • Olives
  • String Cheese
  • Eggs (hardboiled)
  • Yogurt
  • Fresh fruit: Grapes, strawberries, apples, oranges/citrus

Next, you will need to organize the goodies in containers. I would recommend using mason jars which you can find at most hardware stores.

Another option is to purchase a metal or hard plastic rectangular basket or large container to help you organize smaller items in ziplock bags.

After purchasing your snacks and containers, spend an hour (that’s honestly all the time it should take) actually organizing the different snack items into their containers! Wash and process the fruits and veggies for easy access, hardboil eggs, make some thousand island dressing, and write a little fun sign to spice up your snack station!