Snacking is one of those things that can either help your diet or completely ruin it. If you are reaching for sugary biscuits, chippies, crackers, muesli bars as your go to then chances are you will be struggling to get that body you want. When you start exercising with weights don’t be surprised that your appetite will increase making you want to snack more. This makes it so important to eat regularly but it needs to be the right foods, including your snacks. If you are stuck for finding some healthy snack options I thought I’d share with you my favourites, some of which will even help with those afternoon sweet tooth cravings.
Vege sticks and dip
Fresh vege sticks are so good to snack on. You get that awesome crunchiness to satiate hunger and they are super low on calories too. I like to mix it up with different vegetables and use carrots, cucumber, capsicums, zucchinis and celery. Then I have them with some homemade dip which just depends on what I have made up for the week. I have a range of dips that I make like hummus and guacamole which are all in my 28 day shred program. Though this spicy beetroot dip recipe is one of my favourites.
Ingredients (Makes 2 serves)
200g of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1⁄2 tsp. curry powder
1⁄2 tsp. ground cumin
1⁄4 tsp. chilli powder
1 small beetroot, peeled, boiled and chopped roughly
1⁄2 carrot, zucchini or capsicum, cut into strips
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
2. Serve with your selected vegetable fingers.
It’s so important to have the right amount of protein in your diet and a clean protein shake is one of the quickest easiest snacks to grab when hunger strikes and will give your body the nutrients it needs post workout. In fact I always carry a shaker and scoop of protein on me, in case I get caught out I can just quickly add water and have something healthy on hand at any time. I’ve just recently launched my own clean organic vegan protein powder. It’s nice and gentle on the tummy and tastes great too. One of my guilty pleasures is to add a scoop of the chocolate protein, with a frozen banana and a little bit of unsweetened almond milk into the blender and voila you have your very own healthy protein vegan chocolate ice cream. Perfect for those sweet tooth cravings and super healthy.
Smoothies are another great snack to have that are super nutrient dense. Personally my favourite is a green smoothie but if you can’t quite get your head around the idea of drinking something that colour, then go to berries for your nutrients. Things like raspberries and blueberries are so high in anti-oxidiants plus they add a great flavour too. I also like to add in some super foods to my smoothies like raw cacao, chia seeds or flax seeds for added energy.
I bet you didn’t think you would see muffins on here, but I have some great healthy muffin recipes. You can make them in bulk for the week and have on hand anytime. Here is a favourite muffin recipe of mine, that’s vegan and gluten free too.
Banana Cinnamon Muffins
1 1⁄4 cups of almond meal
1⁄2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 1/8 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla essence
1⁄2 cup Natvia or stevia
1 ripe banana, mashed
2 tbsp. flaxseed
6 tbsp. warm water
1 tbsp. natural peanut butter
1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C
2. Mix two tbsp. flax with 6 tbsp. warm water in a small bowl. Set aside (for at least 5 mins).
3. Mix your dry ingredients into a large bowl — almond meal, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg and stevia/Natvia.
4. Mix your wet ingredients together in another bowl — banana, vanilla, peanut butter and flax mixture.
5. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until smooth.
6. Line a muffin tin with 10 liners. Evenly distribute the mixture into the 10 liners.
7. Bake for 22-25 minutes.
8. Enjoy 1-2 muffins for a snack.
I hope you enjoyed some of these recipes and make sure you stay tuned on the blog where I’ll be sharing a lot more healthy eating and recipe ideas.