It can be difficult finding those staple snacks to combat hunger, at that moment it is very easy to turn to unhealthy options but we are here to make sure that you don’t need too! These are our go-to-snacks, and each one is suitable for vegans, and dietary requirements of gluten-free, and dairy-free. You could take these snacks on road trips, have them with your lunch for school, you can even bring them on a plane. They are super quick and easy to make!
Homemade Oat biscuits
This is a common after-dinner dessert snack in our household. The reason I love it is because it is so simple to make using simple healthy ingredients and they taste great. As well as being delicious it also features so many variations, you can adjust the recipe to your taste swapping out different ingredients.
You may be thinking “Avocado and chocolate?” But honestly, the combination is amazing. The avocado provides the texture of the mouse and doesn’t flavour it much at all, the chocolate comes through and makes it into a luxurious snack to have with your lunch or to have after dinner as a pudding. Realistically you could make a strawberry or banana mousse variation. Leave it in the fridge to harden, and it will taste even better.
Made using only popcorn kernels that are popped in a little oil, These are whole grain, and are very good for you because of their vitamins, minerals and polyphenol antioxidants. Whilst they are high in carbs, one-fifth of the carbohydrates are in the form of dietary fibre which is also good for your health.
For them to remain healthy you shouldn’t add anything else, but if you do fancy making it a little tastier and are not concerned with health you could make sweet popcorn, salty, sweet & salty or make an indulgent toffee popcorn that is the ultimate treat when watching a movie or binge-watching a series. There are plenty of popcorn recipes online so try switching it up If you’d like!
These are one of the best healthier alternatives to crisps, but for it to remain healthy you should choose rice cakes made with brown rice and without salt. They don’t have to be plain, you could top them with delicious peanut butter, humous, fruit jam, butter, or dark chocolate spread.
Fruit is a wonderful natural healthy sweet snack and you are not just limited to apples and bananas. Great options for snack includes oranges, pineapple, melon, dragonfruit, kiwis, grapes, cherries, berries, figs, apricots, peaches, grapefruit, coconut, nectarines, Sharon fruit, lychees, dates, raisins, guava, kumquat, mango, mandarin, plum, pomegranate, pear, passion fruit, papaya, prunes, and more.
There are so many types of fruit and as a snack, they can be enjoyed fresh, tinned, or dried. If you want you can even make them into a delicious juice smoothie, just don’t drink too much! If you are purchasing dried fruits, they should be organic to avoid added sugars and unnecessary additives such as antioxidant sulfur dioxide (a chemical used to dry the fruit) – Whilst occurring naturally it does come from volcanic rock and the burning of fossil fuels, not something you really want to be eating.
Carrot baton sticks & humous
This is by far my favourite snack, these are two of those ingredients that just work so well together. The crunch and natural sweetness from the carrot paired with the flavour of sesame seeds and chickpeas from the humous is too yummy.
At the same time as eating this tasty snack, you are also getting a good source of protein and fibre, the chickpeas used in hummus are high in iron, folate, phosphorus and B vitamins, carrots contain vitamin A, antioxidants, and other nutrients that may fend of disease and illness.
Snacking in moderation
All of these snacks are rich in nutrients, however, you should remember that moderation is the key. Eating too much of anything good is bad for you. For pregnant women, you should find out whether the individual ingredients above are safe.