If you struggle with the temptation of unhealthy snacks try some of these healthy ideas to curb your cravings.
If you feel like something crunchy, salty or savoury try…
- Kale chips – Put some kale leaves (with the stems off) on to a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and salt, then pop them in the oven for around 15 minutes until crisp.
- Veggie chips – Thinly slice some sweet potato, parsnip and beetroot, toss in olive oil and salt, then stick in the oven until crisp.
- Half an avocado sprinkled with salt, olive oil and lime (one of my favourites).
- Carrot and celery sticks dipped in hummus or mashed up avocado.
- Nori strips.
- A lettuce leaf filled with a diced tomato, crushed almonds and goat’s cheese.
- Salt and vinegar chickpeas – Toss chickpeas in olive oil and apple cider then roast until crisp.
- Edamame, freeze them for extra crunch.
- Bocconcini and basil sandwiched between two pieces of tomato.
- Cucumber slices with goat’s cheese and dill on top.
- Grate some sweet potato, mix it with one egg and cook in a pan to make a fritter.
- Kale massaged with lemon juice, olive oil and salt to soften (it doesn’t sound like much but it tastes great).
- Toss some almonds in coconut oil and turmeric powder and roast until golden.
For something sweet try…
- A couple of dates stuffed with almond butter, shredded coconut and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
- Homemade mango ice-cream – Blend 2 mangoes, 1 banana, 1 cup of coconut cream in a food processer then pour into a container and stick in the freezer until frozen (this tastes amazing!)
- Spread some almond butter onto chopped up pieces of apple.
- Cook some brown rice Mochi in the oven for 7 minutes then drizzle with honey and berries.
- Pieces of watermelon popped into a blender, then stick into the freezer until it forms a slushy like texture.
- Frozen berries drizzled with coconut cream.
- A spoonful of macadamia nut butter sprinkled with Goji Berries.
- A fig cut in half, stuffed with toasted hazelnuts and drizzled with honey.
- Pan fry some blueberries in coconut oil and cinnamon until they look like they are about to burst. Eat them while they are warm.
When you have a chocolate craving try…
- Some cacao nibs and nuts.
- A few spoonfuls of almond butter mixed with cacao, cinnamon and a few drops of stevia.
- Cacao mouse – Mix half a banana, 1 very soft avocado, 1 tablespoon cacao powder with 2 tablespoons of water in a food processor until combined, then eat away!
- Hot chocolate – Heat up some almond milk, stir in some cacao powder or nibs with a few drops of stevia or honey and drink away.
- Chocolate dipped strawberries – melt some coconut oil and cacao powder with a few drops of stevia then dip the strawberries in. You can eat them straight away or wait for the mixture to harden.