Not everyone likes snacking or feels the need to snack but I’m a big fan, it keeps my energy levels up and stops me from getting too hungry between meals and then making poor choices come mealtime. I used to just stick to nuts but these days I am a lot more creative with my snack recipes…
Saying that my favourite snack of the moment is cherries and cashew nuts (or any nuts really), the cherries are in season so taste amazing!!
Below I have listed some of my quick fix healthy snacks, so if you are short on time there is still no reason to reach for chocolate bars or crisps, these snacks can be grabbed just as quickly and in my mind taste better as well as giving you energy rather than lethargy!
- Apple with a dessertspoon of cashew butter – I’ve just discovered the brand Pip n Nut and they do so many variations of nut butters.
- Fruit and nut/seed combos:
- Cherries and cashews
- Blueberries and pecans
- Raspberries and Walnuts
- Mango and chia seeds
- Pineapple and pumpkin seeds
- Hard-boiled eggs – boil up a batch when you have time and use them for snacks for the next few days, peeling them as and when you need them.
- Coconut yoghurt (Co Yo is the brand I use), two dessertspoons with a sprinkling of cacao nibs, chopped hazelnuts and a berry of your choice. A new favourite of mine!
- Smoked salmon with a homemade rustic guacamole – a quarter of an avocado chopped with chilli, coriander and a squeeze of lime.
If you have a little more time and enjoy cooking up a storm in the kitchen then you could make your eggs more interesting by turning them into mini egg muffins, or try some energy balls! There are many combos of both but I have listed two of my current go to recipes. These are still very quick to do taking 15-20 mins max:
Smoked salmon and spinach egg muffins (if you don’t like smoke salmon change for chicken or make a veggie version)
-6 free-range eggs (one per muffin)
-Spinach enough to line each section of the tin
-Himalayan pink salt
Line a muffin tin with greaseproof paper (I greased the tin with butter so the paper would stay in place). Line the paper with spinach leaves.
Shred the smoked salmon and pop on top of the spinach.
Beat an egg add a pinch of salt and pepper and stir in a pinch of chopped chives.
Repeat until you have filled the entire muffin tray and then add a little more smoked salmon at the end to each muffin.
Pop in the oven on 180 for 15 mins or until golden in colour and puffed up and then pop one in your mouth!
Chocolate Energy Balls
-100g cacao nibs
-50g desiccated coconut
-2 tablespoons of coconut oil
Blitz the almonds in a blender for 1 min. Then add the rest of the ingredients and blitz for another min or so (until you have a paste).
Roll into balls (at this point you could also roll them in chia seeds, desiccated coconut or black sesame seeds etc. Mix it up!) then pop into the fridge!
Makes about 10 balls depending on size.
I hope this has given you some snackspiration!