Our Favourite Snack Options to Combat your 3pm Hanger
A comment I hear from my clients again and again is that they consume so many 'accidental' sugary snacks throughout their day - where it be office birthday cakes, the convenient vending machine, not wanting to be rude by saying no to a food offer, or that quick muffin purchase when you go out to buy your mid-morning coffee (those cafe muffins are always huge and so very inviting, we get it).
We covered our top 4 protein bar options for those on the go and want to know what the best choices are, however let's look at some fabulous home-made snack ideas for those who like to be prepared.
1. Veggie Paleo Bread by I Quit Sugar/Sarah Wilson
This gluten-free, flavoursome bread and makes for a seriously satisfying snack. We love ours toasted and topped with avocado and sauerkraut.
PS If dairy is not for you, sub with nutritional yeast flakes!
2. 3 Ingredient peanut butter choc cookies by Liv Kaplan
We had to include a recipe by the dessert queen in our list, and there is no better combo than PB and chocolate. This recipe is totally sugar free and sweetness will depend on the type chocolate you use - we find 70% to be perfect.
3. Roasted carrot and pumpkin Paleo hummus by Jax Cave
The flavours in this 'hummus' are zingy and fresh, thanks to the addition of ginger root and lemon zest. The roasted vegetables bring a beautiful depth of flavour, but if you're short on time, steaming them works too.
4. Create your own trail mix
This is a fabulous option for a snack that only takes a handful of seconds to throw together. I like creating a bulk version of this and taking some in a jar to work with me each day. The great thing is if you don't eat it throughout the day (unlikely, but possible), it doesn't go off or get squished, you can just bring it home and leave it in the cupboard for another day.
2 parts almonds and/or cashews
2 parts coconut flakes
1 part pepitas
1 part goji berries
1 part cacao nibs
Pinch of flaky salt
Choose different nuts, seeds and fruit combinations so that you don't get bored!
4. Kale chips with garlic and sun-dried tomatoes by Pete Evans
These chips are so moreish, so we recommend making big batches! They last well for 2 - 3 days in the fridge.
6. Homemade co-fro-yo
The lazy guide to snacking. This is a foolproof recipe that you can add additional ingredients to you as you please - activated nuts and seeds, granola, cacao nibs, a dollop of nut butter, fresh berries.
1/2 cup coconut yoghurt
1 - 2 tablespoons of protein powder
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Stevia to taste
Combine and consume!
Hopefully you're feeling snack-inspired by now, try picking a new recipe each week to explore and enjoy. If you're looking for breakfast inspiration, head to our blog 5 Healthy Breakfast Options.
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Thank you for reading!
Jaclyn Cave, BHSc Nat, BComm Soc
Jaclyn is a qualified naturopath with a focus on anxiety, hormones, acne and stress.
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