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8 Healthy Snack Options at Walt Disney World

Healthy eating at Walt Disney World can be a challenge, with all of those tempting high-fat/high-sugar options around you!  But WDW has become increasingly health-conscious over the years, and it’s now definitely possible to find a wide variety of tasty low-calorie and low-fat food options that won’t send you running to your resort’s gym after a meal!  Here are a few of our favorite healthy snack options at Walt Disney World.

1. Sugar-Free Desserts

Craving something sweet, but wary of all the calories in that rich dessert you’re eyeing on the menu?  Well, you have another option at most table service restaurants in Walt Disney World, which typically serve a sugar-free dessert alongside those calorie-laden alternatives.  The dessert varies (we’ve found sugar-free chocolate brownies, tortes, and even cheesecakes!), but it’s bound to be a healthier option to satisfy that sweet tooth!

2. Veggies

You can’t go wrong with good ol’ fashioned veggies!  You’ll find them throughout the parks, often paired with hummus or dip (and sometimes accompanied by mini-pitas!).  This is a great way to get a fresh, healthy snack on the go.  We love that fresh vegetables are not only available at every park, but also at many resorts, should you want a healthy snack while relaxing in your room or by the pool.

3. Kakigori

This summer favorite will never beat out fruit or veggies as “healthiest snack”, but as a refreshing treat that’s low-fat and not ridiculously high in sugar, it earns a place on this list.  Kakigori is a Japanese dessert that consists of finely shaved ice, with sweet flavored syrup (choices might include strawberry, melon, cherry, and tangerine).  We love sitting in the Japanese pavilion in Epcot, enjoying Kakigori while looking at the exquisite architecture and beautiful gardens around us.

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4. Minute Maid Light Lemonade

Technically a drink, not a snack, this item wins points for its ability to quench thirst on a hot day while barely registering a calorie count!  You can find Minute Maid Light Lemonade, and/or the Light Pomegranate variety, throughout the parks and resorts at Walt Disney World.  We love the taste of both, and if you’re looking for an alternative to water that isn’t chock full of sugar, this is a perfect choice – as long as you’re not adverse to artificial sweeteners!  At 5-10 calories a serving, these refreshing beverages are a win in our books.

5. Edamame

Fun to say and fun to eat, edamame are green (young) soybeans.  Full of fibre and protein, they’re one of the healthiest snacks you can eat!  And luckily, you can find these in a couple of spots in Walt Disney World: try Caravan Road at the Animal Kingdom, or, if you’re in Epcot, the Kabuki Café in Japan.  Bonus: they’re gluten-free and vegan!

6. Dole Whip

Yes, you read that right!  The wildly popular Dole Whip is one of the healthier dessert options on Walt Disney World property!  Now, before you drop everything and head to Adventureland’s Aloha Isle, remember that this snack is not as healthy as fresh fruit or veggies – it’s still not doing anything good for your body.  But if you need a sugar fix and want to minimize the damage while still enjoying a tasty treat, this is the perfect option for you!  A Dole Whip (assuming you don’t add pineapple or rum or other toppings) is under 200 calories, and fat-free.  If you can part with half of it and share with a friend, it makes an even healthier guilt-free snack.

7. Fruit and Cheese Plate

If you’re looking for a snack to share with your family, or are just really hungry, a great healthy option is the Fruit and Cheese Plate at Epcot’s Sunshine Seasons.  With strawberries, grapes and three kinds of cheese (cheddar, swiss and pepper jack), it’s a huge portion of yumminess!  It’s also a smart meal option, especially if you want to save calories for a favorite dessert later on in the day.

8. Sushi

Last, but certainly not least, on our list of healthy snacks in Walt Disney World is sushi.  It’s fresh, it’s healthy, it’s delicious, and it’s a great on-the-go food choice!  Our favorite places to find sushi?  If you’re in Disney Springs, check out Morimoto Asia Street Food; if you’re in Epcot, go to Kabuki Café in Japan.

About Jason Dick

Jason is a Disney addict. Walt Disney World trips are an annual occurrence that his partner has had to come to terms with. In between Disney trips, he spends his time running the theatre company he started in 2007. As Artistic Director, he picks musicals to bring to his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario Canada that have never been produced in the area. Traveling is definitely a passion and in addition to his trips to the happiest place on earth, he and his partner also travel the world, most recently to India and Nepal. A carnivore by nature, Jason loves the incredible amount of steakhouses Walt Disney World has to offer - they are always at the top of his list for each and every visit.