Snacking gets a bad wrap sometimes. Of course, that’s more to do with the fact that many conventional snacks are unhealthy. We’ve all been guilty of reaching for a packet of chips or a chocolate bar to get us through to our next meal.
The good news is that there are plenty of healthy recipes for snacks out there. Whether you’re after a mid-morning bite, a lunchtime snack or an after dinner nibble, there are quick and healthy options galore.
Looking for something to pop into a lunchbox or munch on until dinner time? Here are some suggestions for quick snacks.
Muesli bars – store-bought muesli bars can be packed with hidden sugar. Make them yourself, using rolled oats, coconut, seeds, nuts, cinnamon, dates, honey and vanilla, and you have a chewy treat that satisfies.
Banana bread – a slice of banana bread can be so sustaining. Bake yours with ripe bananas, dates, almond butter, coconut flour, lemon juice and cinnamon for a flavourful dose of protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates.
Healthy snacks are about so much more than cutting up some carrot sticks or grabbing a handful of unsalted nuts. Take a look at these tips for snacking on nutritious foods.
Veggie chips – once you try beetroot, sweet potato, butternut squash, and kale chips, you won’t look at the humble potato chip the same way ever again. Slice, bake and season with salt, pepper, chilli, or almond dukkah and lemon salt for a crunchy snack.
Herb and veggie flatbreads – making your own flatbread is a simple and healthy way to wrap up your favourite spreads, salads, and lunch meats. Blend vegetables (try broccoli, beetroot or pumpkin for a vibrant zing) with complementary herbs, almond meal and eggs, then roll out and bake for 20-25 minutes – voila!
If you feel the need for something decadent, there’s nothing wrong with snacking on something from the store. Try to go for dark chocolate over the kind with milk and sugar, or some seasoned nuts and seeds, rather than chips.