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Healthy Snack Foods on the go!

We have all had those days where we reach for the snacks, either out of convenience, boredom, or desperation, it's so very tempting to snack in between meals.  I know that personally a little bit of nibbling during the day can help me focus that extra bit more...but nibbling on the right things, is essential; for your physical and mental health. Here are some quick and easy snack foods that are not just good for you, but leave your taste buds watering and longing for more!

Oat pots 

This next option, is an option that can be used for breakfast too. It's best pre-made, but if you make enough of it, it can last you a few snacks! Take a normal jar of some kind, with a lid on top. Fill with oats, dried fruit of your choice, dates are usually good and top it up with almond or coconut milk, or even regular milk (as long as it's not full fat because we are trying to be healthy afterall), and mix it all up, give it a good shake, and leave to cool overnight, and it's good to eat either as a snack, or for breakfast!! 

Photo cred: Thechicsite


Fruit Slices with a twist!

Unsweetened peanut butter regulates blood sugar, it also lowers cholesterol and aids in the maintaning of a normal healthy weight. A swipe of peanut butter over your slices of apple, or pear, or even banana slices (all delicious),  gives a little extra pizazz to a regular piece of fruit. For those who are allergic to peanuts, a nice alternative is a dusting of either cinnamon or nutmeg, which just flavours the fruit a little bit more and is a healthier alternative to anything sugary!

Photo cred: Rachelcooks


Rye Crackers spiced up!

For that midday snack, a rye cracker, or rice cracker, can be turned into something delicious very quickly. A dollop of hummus all over, topped off with a teaspoon of green pesto (yes it is amazing you have to try) or squeeze of zesty lemon, and some cherry or plum tomatoes cut up and put on top with a sprinkle of black pepper (optional obviously) and you are good to go for a healthy snack that fills you up and is full of fibre and protein!


Photo cred: Karen Mordechai


Go Greek! 

A little pot, and by little I mean no more than the size of an average yogurt pot, full of olives, feta and nuts is a great way to get a little bit of protein into your diet, as well as helping your immune system. Olives, especially green ones are really good for your immune system. So throw into a little pot, with some nuts of choice, and a little bit of crumbled up feta, not too much because feta is high in fat but it's packed full of nutrients. Mixed all together with a little dash of salt and you're good to go!


Photo cred: BBC Food website



Mini Rainbow Bowl

Because we are sticking to snacks, a mini rainbow bowl is perfect, especially during those drizzly horrible winter days! Get a small bowl, and assemble by colour! You can use anything from peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, mango, kale, carrots, and beetroot! It's a simple way to use leftovers, and also assembling it in each colour makes it look even more appetising to eat!

Photo cred: Sylvia Fountaine 


Throw on some yogurt! 

To make your leftover fruit taste a little bit more fulfilling and exciting, dip your fruit, such as strawberries and blueberries and dip them into yogurt, preferably fat free or greek yogurt. Then leave on a tray and place in the fridge for around an hour or so. When you pull them out, you have delicious, appealing looking yogurt covered fruit, perfect to go with a nice glass of juice or coffee! 

Photo cred: Jennifer @ Peanutbutterandpeppers

Popcorn!

Some regular unsweetened and unsalted popcorn can be a perfect snack food! You can buy the kernels separately in the dry food isle, and popping a little bit of coconut oil in a pan, melt it down, and throw in your popcorn, put the lid on (for obvious reasons haha) and within a few minutes you have healthy popcorn, with a nice delicate texture and cooked in super healthy oil too! If you liked it salted, add some pink salt, or if you prefer sweet, add a little bit of maple syrup on top, it is delicious!


Photo cred: 30poundsofApples

Happy healthy eating!!


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