Try these quick and easy to prepare snacks that are yummy, cost effective and healthy … yes you can use those words in the same sentence!
Greek Yoghurt. Greek yoghurt is a fermented dairy product that is high in nutrients, with a refreshingly tart flavour. It’s low in carbohydrates and provides the benefits of calcium, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-12, potassium, and magnesium.
It’s easy to digest, and is a great base for a variety of tasty and nutritious, guilt-free snacks. Add berries or banana, dried fruit, nuts, honey, cinnamon or shredded coconut for a really delicious snack. How about try stirring through some of your favourite protein powder for an extra nutritional boost.
And if you’re handy in the kitchen, try whizzing other ingredients like spinach through to create a fabulous and healthy dip.
This super-easy snack idea is a fantastic treat – with a little organisation to prepare it the night before.
Put the following base ingredients into a container:
- 30 grams of dry rolled oats
- 50 grams of Greek yoghurt
- about 50ml of milk, almond milk or water and
- a tablespoon of Chia seeds – Chia seeds are a superfood, among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are loaded with nutrients that can have important benefits for your body and brain. And Chia seeds are extremely high in omega-3 fatty acids and also have other important nutrients such calcium, vitamin C, iron and potassium.
That’s the base for the oatmeal treat – the next ingredients are totally up to you!
You can try adding these delicious combination – add
- honey and blueberries,
- apple with cinnamon,
- banana and peanut butter,
- raspberries and orange rind or
- raw cacao powder and walnuts. Raw cacao powder is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans – this process keeps the living enzymes in the cocoa and removes the fat (cacao butter).
Once you’ve finished adding the ingredients you’ve chosen, seal the container and place it in the fridge overnight. The chia seeds and oats will absorb the moisture and turn your creation into a delicious oatmeal pudding.
If you are looking for a quick and easy snack that you can take with you while you’re on the go, check out the protein bars available at your local health food store. Some varieties contain a long list of artificial ingredients and added sugars, which can do more harm than good, but with a little discernment you can easily select a really delicious and nutritious snack.
Protein bars are available in indulgent flavours like chocolate or strawberry cheesecake which can satisfy your sweet tooth, but are high in fibre to help you feel fuller for longer.
They also tend to be really chewy, which can makes you feel like you’ve eaten more than you have – and they give your jaw muscles a good workout!
When choosing Protein bar products look at the nutritional information of the packaging for those which are high in protein, without containing too much fat or sugar.
Some protein bars can be up to 500 calories but these are more of a meal replacement, so for snacks, look for products with around 200 calories or less.
Celery with Nut Butter
You really can’t go past the trusty celery with peanut butter snack. It’s fresh, delicious, low carb and guilt free!
Place 2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter or other nut butter – or even tahini – on a few pieces of celery or mixed vegetables and you have yourself a great and easy snack with healthy fats, protein and essential vitamins and minerals.
You can add other sliced vegetables such as carrot, cucumber or a little steamed asparagus. You could even add some raisins, blueberries or slices of banana for a fruity twist.
This is a really clever and refreshing snack. Take a cucumber and cut it in half lengthways and scoop out the seeds. You now have a sub-style sandwich base to fill with some healthy fillings.
You could try some cream cheese and tuna. How about avocado and turkey breast? Maybe you’d prefer some seeded mustard and ham, or roast beef and antipasto vegetables? Get creative and see what you can come up with!
Cucumbers are a great source of vitamin K and vitamin C and have anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing effects.