We all love snacking but the trick is to find healthy snacks that taste delicious and are nourishing for your body and not full of empty calories and refined sugars & fats. Here is a vid with written recipes below of 3 of our favourite snacks that will take your snacking game to the next level!!
1. Pitted medjool dates stuffed with almond/peanut butter and then coated in dark chocolate!!
These are one of the more elaborate of our snack suggestions and of course the chocolate covering is optional
A handful of medjool or other dates 200g
100g nut butter of choice
100g dark chocolate
Melt your chocolate in a water bath/ban marie or in the microwave.
Take the stone out of the dates, spoon in a teaspoon of nut butter of choice and then dunk the dates in the bowl of melted chocolate!!
We land the choc coated dates onto a cooling rack with parchment paper below it so that we can scrap off any excess chocolate from the backing parchment after!
Decorate with freeze dried raspberries/dessicated coconut or any other pretty garnishes such as chopped pistachios to take your choc dates to the next level!!
2. Tahini and fruit platter
One of our daily go to snacks. Tahini is ground sesame seed paste, so the same as peanut butter only made with sesame seeds instead of peanuts, its high in calcium, really satiating and we love it! This one you can customise to what fruits you like and whether you like tahini or your nut butter of choice
fruits of choice - we tend to go for bananas and apples but go for whatever you like best and whatever is in season
eg strawberries, chopped pineapple, ripe prepared mango, blackberries, chopped pear, nectarines... the list is endless
Tahini/nut butter of choice
Wash and prepare your fruit to your choice
Spoon out some tahini/nut butter of choice into a bowl
DEVOUR IT!! we love dunking bananas in tahini as do our kids!
3. Customised Trail mix
Trail mix is only limited by your imagination and what you buy in the store!! Trail mix lasts really well, simply store in an air tight container and it wont go off. It is higher in calories as nuts, seeds and dried fruit are all high on the energy density scale but they are all packed with fibre and other nutrients too. Walnuts are the healthiest of all nuts as the highest in omega 3's and pumpkin seeds are the highest seed in terms of protein.
We love to mix lots of different nuts, seeds, dried fruits - a selection of some of the below
- almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecan nuts
- pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
- raisins, chopped dried mango, dried apricots, chopped dried figs
- cacao nibs
- some chopped dark chocolate makes it taste even more elaborate and decadent!!
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