If you’re anything like me, you eat three decent healthy meals a day, well prepared perhaps even the day before (okay, only sometimes..).
You think you’ve got it all under control….until you get hungry and it’s not lunchtime.
For me, it’s usually the late afternoon crisis.
I’m craving something to eat, don’t want to wait til dinner time yet I have NO SNACKS prepared…only biscuits and the likes.
It really came to a point where I was scratching my head thinking, ‘Surely there’s a better way? Surely I’m not the only one struggling with this problem?’
Ladies and gents, I’m here today to resolve this problem. No more late afternoon guilt for caving at the pastries.
I’ve put together a hand picked selection of the best healthy snacks I’ve found out there. Trust me, there’s something for everyone. Now let’s get started!
1) Low carb Granola
Who knew you could make granola at home. And even more astonishing is the fact it’s actually really simple to make.
I know that a handful of granola with a splash of milk is enough to keep off my cravings for a little while.
This Low Carb Granola recipe by Katrin from Sugarfreelondoner will hit the spot, I’m telling you.
Not only will you satisfy your sweet tooth, but it’s also packed with protein, nuts and other nutrition-dense foods.
Much better than the sugar-filled store bought version. Go check it out!
2) Healthy Twix Bars
Be warned: I’ve got an incredibly naughty recipe turned good.
Seriously, now you can really have your twix bar and eat it. Yes, it is higher in calories than the other recipes mentioned so far so do keep it to a minimum.
I give you: Healthy Twix Bar recipe by Monique from Ambitious Kitchen.
That’s not the only healthy snack recipe on there though, her blog is full of ideas so have a roam around like I did…and watch out below for another recipe of hers cropping up.
3) Savoury Rainbow Cupcakes
If the title has you doubting, wait until you hear about the recipe.
Filled with yummy meditarranean veggies like pepper and courgette, it’s almost like pizza…in the form of a healthy snack.
Even better still, this Savoury Rainbow Cupcake recipe by Samira from AlphaFoodie, includes a healthy ‘frosting’ layer of avocado, making this the most irristable treat ever.
Avocado is packed with vitamins and more potassium than banana, as well as containing monunsaturated fats (‘good’ fats that support brain functioning). (1)
Share them with friends and family, or hide yourself in the pantry and eat half the tin – the choice is yours.
Sticking with the savoury, this is definetly something you can store in your fridge in large quantities and just pop out when you’re feelin’ peckish.
It wasn’t until I went back to making hummus myself, that I learned the secret ingredient that I was missing all along…the tahini!
Just like avocados, chickpeas are a really nutrient-dense food – in fact, just 100g of hummus will give you 39% of your RDA of magnesium. Bye bye fatigue! (2)
That’s without stating the obvious high protein amount in chickpeas, which is great if you’re on a plant based diet.
Quick tip: do watch what you dip it with! There’s no use whipping up this incredbly delicious Hummus recipe by Jess from Choosingchia, if you’re then going to eat it with doritos!
Instead, slice up some raw veggies – think carrot, cucumber, tomato – and enjoy.
5) Kale chips
Voila, the healthy alternative to a usually satured-fatty food.
Kale is naturally low in calories, low carb and low fat, which means you can have a decent portion, without the guilt afterward.
This Perfectly Baked Kale recipe by Aberdeen from Aberdeen’s kitchen will have all the family fighting over it!
BUT there’s a way of getting your kale crispy rather than soggy, so I do recommend you read the post ahead of the recipe to check out her tricks beforehand.
6) Healthy Peanut Butter Bananana Muffins
If all these veggies just aren’t doing it for ya, here I’ve gone and searched for the perfect healthy muffin recipe.
Monique from Ambitious Kitchen has done it again with this recipe for Healthy Peanut Banana Muffins.
Though it’s dairy and gluten free, personally I would take out the chocolate chips and maple syrup to make it less sugary.
Banana is very sweet on it’s own, I’ve found.
7) Cajun spiced trail mix
It always amazes me to see how expensive store bought trail mix can be. Not only that, but they’re often with added sugar, tons of salt and who knows what else.
Did you know you can skip all that and just get to the very core of a trail mix by just going homemade?
The nuts and dried fruit you choose depend on the vitamins, minerals and proteins you’re looking for, so you can completely customize it.
For today, I found this Cajun Spiced Trail Mix recipe by Becca from Easycheesyvegetarian.
Don’t get me wrong, I have a real sweet tooth, but there are those days where you just want a little somethin’ to share with friends and family. I think savoury is better suited for apero!
8) Teriyaki Salmon Bites
Okay, maybe I cheated here. This is something labelled as an appetizer, but why wait for a special occasion to try it out right?
High in protein and essential omegas, it’s natural to see why salmon is a crowd pleaser. Top that with a homemade sauce, and you might just have a bite of heaven.
So try this Teriyaki Salmon bite recipe by Beachbodyondemand.
Do bear in mind where you source your salmon and it’s origin as there are difference in farmed salmon and wild salmon. Of course, wild salmon is more costy so if choosing it is not an option for you, then limit your intake of farmed salmon.
It’s wise to know the nutritional values of each anyway, which you can read here.
9) Garlic & Herb Roasted Chickpeas
Ahhhh, chickpeas are just so versatile right?
You can use them to make the creamy hummus I mentioned earlier, put together a cold salad or toss them in some Tabouleh.
But whoever thought of roasting them?!
The first time I tried it, they were almost vacuumed from the speed that hubs gulfed them down. This time I’ll be making double.
Again, high protein, packed with good stuff, they make the perfect healthy snack.
10) Cucumber with Creole Shrimp and Guacamole
WOah, that sounds fancy. Fancy, maybe. Difficult? Nah.
In fact, according to the recipe it should take you just 12 minutes. Which is fabulous when you think that most of the time we crave in front of unhealthy quick fixes because they’re just so instantenous.
My mouth is already watering at the sight of this Cucumber, Creole Shrimp and Cucumber recipe by Marion from Ourlifetastesgood.
I think it’s time to organize a party.