Easy, No Brainer Swaps
With just a little bit of planning and preparation, you can enjoy snacks that are tasty, healthy and nutritious instead of processed, packaged rubbish!
Here are some of my favourites:
Choc dipped strawberries/frozen banana
Dip strawberries in melted dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa) and freeze.
Take half a frozen banana, coat in melted dark chocolate and re-freeze. You could also roll it in chopped nuts after the chocolate.
Choc Nut Popcorn
Pop some natural popcorn and top with 1 tablespoon of your favourite nut butter, melted. Add a dusting of cocoa powder and enjoy.
Fresh fruit/veggie sticks
It’s a great idea to keep your favourite fresh fruit and containers of veggie sticks such as carrot, celery and peppers on hand for snacking. Knowing that they are already prepared is a simple way to avoid other temptations.
Kale and other root vegetable chips are a great party food alternative. If you don’t already have a recipe, have a look at mine here
Hard boiled egg
Hard boiled eggs are not just handy as a snack in their own right, but can also be added to other ingredients such as tomato, avocado, hummus, chicken breast or tinned salmon for a quick and nutritious lunch.
Banana or apple slices with peanut butter
No explanation needed!
Greek yoghurt and fruit
Mix some chopped fresh fruit or frozen berries to a tub of Greek yoghurt. You could also add some toasted muesli/granola, nuts, seeds or protein powder on top for an extra boost. Put it in a pretty bowl to make it feel special!
At least 70% cocoa, enjoy a couple of squares of dark chocolate with a cup of tea to take away the mid-afternoon slump. Make the tea Rooibos or green for an even bigger anti oxidant boost.
Five minute banana oat cookies
These are great with your afternoon cuppa, or with your mid-morning coffee. Get the recipe here
Greek yoghurt smoothie
Yoghurt blended with protein powder, banana & berries, (can be set in fridge overnight).
Frozen grapes/watermelon or berries
Freeze grapes, blueberries, raspberries or watermelon chunks with a drizzle of lime juice for a sweet and juicy cold treat.