This post is dedicated to my friend at greenembers.wordpress.com, who has convinced me to write about a few of my favourite snacks. As one of many dancers, I love snacking because it lets you pace your hunger throughout the day. Of course, the healthiest choices are raw and unprocessed foods, but we all know how to enjoy fruit salad, veggies with dip, or some almonds. However, there are different ways to fix and combine them with other products. So here is a countdown of my favourite snacks to eat that are simple, healthy, and above all, delicious:
7. My favourite smoothie
When my mom first made green smoothies, I was skeptical. That was a first impression that didn’t last long. Because fruits and vegetables lose lots of volume when they are blended, you can fit a lot of good stuff into one smoothie. I believe the one I drink has: half an apple, half an avocado, a kiwi, brown rice protein powder, flax meal (ground up flax seeds) or hemp hearts, almond milk, and one serving of vegetable – usually a handful of pea or broccoli sprouts. You can also use water and whey protein as the liquifier, and substitute the veggies with whatever you have, kale, bok choy, you name it. Trust me when I say you don’t taste vegetables here, so it’s an awesome way to sneak in your veggies! You can adjust the amounts of ingredients to your liking and hunger as well. Smoothies condense all sorts of nutrients and are powerhouse snacks ( and breakfasts too)!
6. Dried seaweed chips
If you are craving something crispy and salty, but are trying to stay away from those deep fried potato chips, here’s a new idea: seaweed chips! They are light, surprisingly addicting, and will give you an extra portion of greens without you realizing it. You can get these in sheets, or in smaller “snack-pack” versions; they are becoming more popular and I can understand why – they’re good! If you like sushi, you’ll probably like this, and if you don’t, you’ll probably still like this.
5. Dark chocolate stuffed raspberries
Yup, it’s as simple and tempting as in the picture – chocolate chips and raspberries. I like 70% or more dark chocolate; anything less, especially white chocolate which is basically pure sugar, does not give you the full benefits of cocoa. Of course, you can eat dark chocolate chips alongside other berries as well. They are a potent shot of antioxidants and a refreshing blend of chocolaty fruitiness!
4. Trail mix with natural sweets
A handful of nuts, seeds, and dried fruits is a yummy way to get pure protein and healthy fats. I often pair the following: dates and almonds, dried/dehydrated apple rings and walnuts, pumpkin/sunflower seeds and craisins. Raisins are good with everything, and other good trail mix elements are hazelnuts, cashews, and brazil nuts. I have a friend who makes candied pecans by adding agave syrup (a sweeter than sugar natural sweetener) and cinnamon; that kind of counts as a trail mix too, I guess. Sorry if you’re allergic to nuts, but this is an easy, fast snack option that is perfect for on the go!
3. Granola with all the fixings
Any granola. Because it is processed, just be sure to buy some that doesn’t contain so much sugar. You can eat it as cereal, but my favourite way is with yogourt. Add a few crushed almonds or walnuts, or raisins if they don’t already come in the granola. And top with lots and lots of berries for the antioxidants! For an immune system boost, you can also add a drizzle of honey and cinnamon. Use Greek yogourt, or if you’re feeling adventurous, try using yogourt from goat’s or sheep’s milk as they are generally ‘cleaner’ than ones from cows, and cause less bloating. This is also a great breakfast that is sure to keep my energy up until lunch!
2. Baked Cinnamon Plantain
It’s basically dessert. Cut ripe plantain into slices and lay them out on a baking sheet (use coconut oil to stop them from sticking). Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake for about 10 minutes or until browned at the bottom edges, then flip the slices, add more cinnamon and bake for another 10 minutes. Perfectly delicious, one pan will be gone in minutes.
1. Almond butter
You know how people eat spoonfuls of peanut butter or Nutella? Well,that’s me with almond butter. I really do live off this stuff – it’s so tasty (and a healthy substitute for the other two)! Make almond butter and jam sandwiches, mix it into oatmeal, or just eat it plain – it’s rich, filling, and packed with protein. It is also easier to digest because the almonds have been ‘ground up’ for you, so it’s good for quick energy. I love this one so much, I gave it up for Lent (only one more week, so excited!).
Please leave any questions or comments you may have – this is my first food post and I hope you enjoyed and decide to try some of these if you haven’t already. Happy snacking and conquering those munchies!
Thanks for reading,