Food: Healthy Snacks

We all know that feeling – longing for lunchtime. Avoid the siren call of crisps and chocolate with these simple healthy snacks you can make ahead to keep for when the hunger strikes.

If you like a spicy and savoury snack when the hunger cravings arrive try these smoked paprika chickpeas instead of crisps. They satisfy your need as they are crunchy but they are still packed with protein. Simply mix chickpeas with ½ tbsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp chilli powder, ¼ teaspoon sea salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Place chickpeas on a baking sheet, bake for 30 minutes and then snack away.

Don’t bother with store bought cereal bars or protein powders as they are often full of sugar. Instead create your own with by mixing desiccated coconut, strawberry whey protein and almond milk in a blender until you get a firm, putty-like substance. Mould the mixture into bar shapes about 2 cm thick, and place in fridge or freezer for 20 minutes until set. And then you’re ready to indulge; for half the price too!

Finally, one of my favourites – chocolate covered kale chips. You can buy these but making your own means that you know exactly what’s in them. They are a delicious combination of crispy and sweet! Just shred fresh curly kale (stems removed) into a large mixing bowl. Blend ½ cup cashews, 5 pitted dates, 1 tsp vanilla extract, ¼ cup raw cacao powder and ¼ teaspoon of sea salt in a blender until smooth. Pour sauce over kale until all leaves are well coated. Place on baking tray and bake for 8-12 minutes or until crisp. Warning: this is too good to share!

Do you have any recipes for tasty but healthy snack? I’d love to read them below if you do.

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