Sunday, 24 May 2015

Healthy Snacking

There’s absolutely no reason why snacking should be unhealthy. With so many diverse ways to make a variety of sweet and savoury snacks, there’s no need to fell guilty about having a little munch on something in-between meals.

Banana ‘Nice-Cream’ and Banana Pudding

As summer is fast approaching, ice cream cravings are probably going to start to kick in. But this healthy alternative is absolutely delicious yet so easy. Simply chop up bananas and put them in the freezer, once they are frozen add them to a food processor or a blender and blend for a few minutes until the bananas become creamy. You can serve it as it is, or you can add different fruit, like strawberries, for various flavours. Alternatively,  you can add different toppings such as dried fruit or honey. Another favourite of mine is a take on ' banana pudding.' Simply whisk a mashed banana and two egg whites until the mixture is really fluffy, then microwave on a low heat for a few minutes. It tastes amazing on its own but you could also add some fresh fruit or a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Protein Balls

We found during revision we wanted something healthy to pick at, so we came up with this recipe. Add ground almonds, finely chopped dates and a splash of almond milk to a food processor and blend until the mixture is smooth. Then take a small amount of the mixture, roll out into a ball shape and keep in the fridge. They taste like little fudge bites and you can use whatever nuts you want as an alternative option.

Kale Crisps

Using a bag of fresh kale, spread out the contents of the bag onto a baking tray with some fry light and a pitch of salt. Put into the oven for about 15 minutes on 180 degrees or until you can see the kale start to crisp up. You will love this if you are a fan of salty crisps as the kale becomes a quite salty, but you obviously won’t have to feel bad about over indulging as it is literally just vegetables.

Frozen Yogurt and Dried Fruit

Another yummy summery snack, spread out an even level of Greek yogurt onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment, then sprinkle your favourite dried fruit and pop in the freezer overnight. Once it is set you can cut it into squares for bite sized pieces and keep in the freezer.

Apple Crisps

Slice up an apple and spread the slices out onto a baking tray.  Paint the apple slices with lemon juice and bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes, before turning them over to paint the other side with lemon juice and pop back in the over for another 15 minutes. They should then be nice and crispy, pop them in some Tupperware for a perfect snack for on the go.

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