Healthy Snacks

I find the hardest part about eating a healthy diet is snacking. There are so many cheesy and sugary snacks that find their way sneaking their way into my hands in the afternoon. I find keeping myself away from junk is by keeping healthy and appetizing snacks close by. Here are three of my favourites, which are filling, full of vitamins and minerals and don’t lack flavour.

Kale Chips

This certainly the isn’t only recipe for kale chips on the internet, but I thought I’d add it as it’s a much better alternative to potato chips and can satisfy salt cravings. Just over a year ago I had never heard of kale, now it’s everywhere in the health world. It’s a versatile vegetable high in vitamin K and holds it shape much more than spinach when cooking. The recipe for them is so simple, even those who hate being in the kitchen can conquer the kale chip.

Simply turn oven onto 180C and line tray with baking paper.

Tear kale into two to three inch pieces and spread in a single layer on tray.

Sprinkle pepper and pink salt then spray with coconut oil.

Cook for twenty minutes.

Remove from oven and let them cool for five minutes.Enjoy!

ImageHummus

This homemade version of the classic Middle Eastern dip is so much better than store bought. Free from preservatives and you can adjust the amount of ingredients to suit your taste preference. Chickpeas are full of protein (great for vegans and vegetarians) and fibre, so they keep you full for hours. This dip can be enjoyed with carrots, celery, crackers or in a falafel wrap.

Drain and rinse 400g can of organic chickpeas.

Place in food processor, along with extra virgin olive oil, juice of half a lemon, one clove of garlic and paprika.

Blend until desired smoothness.

Not the most flattering picture, but you can see the texture and colour is like peanut butter.

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Trail Mix

Nuts are one of the most healthiest snacks, along with fruit and it’s so simple and less expensive to make your own. It really depends on what kind of nuts you like. My current mix includes walnuts, cashews, almonds and macadamias. I also added craisins (dried cranberries), plain and dark chocolate covered goji berries. I also sometimes throw in a few sneaky chocolate pieces which you can see in my picture. It keeps me from fully pigging out on chocolate and I don’t feel as guilty eating it.

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