Before you reach for that next Tim Tam, take a look at these healthy snack alternatives…
You know that feeling when you’ve had your very healthy lunch, but it’s still hours until dinner and you just need something, anything, to nibble on. We all know we’re not really hungry but there is something about an afternoon snack that is so satiating.
If you’re at home chances are you’ll reach for the biscuit tin, and at work you’ll likely take a walk to the nearest café. It’s convenience snacking at its best. The issue however, is that while you eat well all day, your 3pm snacking is wreaking havoc on your healthy food plan. I’ll admit it, healthy snacking does involve some prep work, but let’s just say your body will thank you for it. Try our healthy snacking ideas as substitutes for what you really want…
Instead of chocolate try: A date with almond butter
When I first heard of this one I laughed and laughed – how could a date and some almond butter possibly taste good? Well, surprisingly it does and will really satisfy your sweet tooth and any afternoon sugar cravings. Simply use a knife to spread some almond butter on a date for a late afternoon sweet treat and you’re done!
Instead of potato chips try: Kale Chips
Okay they’re not as good as the real deal and I have to be honest, I really didn’t think these would cut it with the crunch factor, but strangely they do. Make your own by ripping the leaves from the stem, drizzling them in olive oil and sprinkling them with salt. Turn the oven onto 210 degrees celsius, and pop on a tray in the oven for 10-15 minutes. When the edges turn brown and crispy take them out.
Instead of biscuits try: Fruit n’ nuts
Want something crunchy and sweet? Then make your own trail-type mix by combining unsalted nuts and seeds with some dried fruit. Try mixing almonds, walnuts and sunflower seeds with Goji berries. And if you’re desperate, you can always add a very small amount of dark chocolate pieces through it.
Instead of ice cream try: Nice Cream
My sister introduced this to her daughter as ‘ice cream’ and she has never seemed to notice the difference. I’ve got to say it’s pretty tasty. Slice two bananas and pop them in the freezer. When they’re frozen take out and put in the food processor to blend until smooth. You’ll have to occasionally scrape the sides down. Next, scoop into a bowl to enjoy a soft-serve type consistency or put in a air-tight container in the freezer for about an hour for a firmer ice cream. To make different flavours add things like strawberries or to make it creamier add coconut milk.
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