Health food expert, Clara Luboff, walks us through healthy snacks to keep at our desks and keep us going all day long.
We all know that having the right food at an arm’s reach for when we feel peckish is the key to avoid binging on empty calories from sugary or fatty snacks. Naturally, snacks that are good for you can require some time to prepare, but a small amount of effort can impact greatly on how you feel for the rest of the day, or even the entire week.
As a rule of thumb, eating a snack that contains good fats, vitamins and proteins will keep your body satisfied for longer, you will feel energised and it will keep your mind on track to sustaining a balanced and healthy diet. Here are a few great recipes and suggestions that I’m hoping will inspire your next morning or afternoon teas, at home or at your work desk. And please don’t forget, keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day!
1. Curried roasted nuts and seeds
This recipe is taken from my site, https://www.chiliandclay.com. We all know that nuts are a great form of slow releasing energy and a wonderful source of various nutrients. With this recipe, I just add a bit of flavour and spice to make the humble nut somewhat more exciting.
200g raw cashew nuts
100g sunflower seeds
100g pumpkin seeds
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp ground white pepper
1tsp sea salt
Pre heat the oven to 180C. Toss cashew, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, oil, curry powder, pepper and salt to coat. Place on a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container for up to one month.
2. Raw date and chocolate balls
For this with a sweet tooth, this recipe taken from my kids book is the perfect mid-morning or mid-afternoon treat. Tasty and nutritious, these will stop you reaching for a sugary pick me up.
5 tablespoons uncooked baby oats
2 tablespoons raw tahini
1 1/2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 ripe banana, peeled and mashed
2 tablespoons date or maple syrup
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon raisins (soaked in warm water for 15 min)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
touch of Himalayan pink sea salt
shredded coconut, rolled baby oats, chia seeds and raw cacao powder
1 Place oats, tahini, cacao powder, banana, syrup, chia seeds, raisins, cinnamon, vanilla and salt in a large bowl and stir until combined. Taste the mixture and adjust the sweetness if necessary (you can add in another ripe banana or another tablespoon of date syrup.
2 Cover the mixture and place in the fridge for 1 hour
3 Remove from fridge and using wet hands roll into little balls, rolling into
the coconut, raw cacao power or chia seeds. Freeze until ready to use.
Some other healthy and satisfying snack suggestions:
• Apple wedges dipped in peanut butter
• Greek yogurt topped with grapes, toasted flaked almonds and a drizzle of honey (prepare this in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator until ready to consume).
• Protein powder + coconut water shake (place coconut water and protein powder in a plastic bottle with a fitting lid and shake just before drinking it. Add ice too if it’s available).
• Avocado lightly smashed with lemon juice and olive oil + healthy crackers and carrot sticks
• Steamed edamame with a sprinkle of sea salt flakes
• Popcorn with a sprinkle of sea salt flakes
• Hard boiled eggs seasoned with cracked black pepper and sea salt flakes
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