Snacks can help you curve your appetite; a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack can help you keep on track without overeating.
If you are looking for ideas, here’s a few ways to fuel your days with healthy snacks
Seeds and Dried Fruits
Almonds, nuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, cashews and peanuts are not only an excellent source of fibre, but they are also rich in zinc and vitamin E, which are all essential for strengthening your defences and providing you with a boost of pure energy. You can eat them on their own or add to your salad or yogurt.
Low-fat Yogurt with Seasonal Fruit
A healthy and balanced diet isn’t complete without the addition of fresh fruit and vegetables. Consume often, but be careful not to overdo your sugar content.
Some delicious examples of fruit to pair with your yogurt:
- Strawberries: Rich in vitamins, especially vitamin C.
- Kiwi: Rich in vitamins A, C and E, potassium, copper and iron, with positive effects on heart function and blood pressure.
- Oranges: They have a low-calorie content, low sugars and are composed mainly of water, mineral salts and vitamins.
- Apples: Rich in antioxidants, they are an essential food source of polyphenols and flavonoids.
- Pears: Contain vitamins, minerals and fibre, but a low-calorie intake.
Baked vegetable crisps are a light, healthy and delicious snack, perfect for a quick snack or to enjoy during a night out with friends. In addition, they are very easy to prepare and can be enriched with the addition of herbs and spices, thus avoiding using salt!
Get inspired by our Roasted Kale Crisps:
- 1 bunch kale (hard ribs removed), rinsed, torn into pieces and dried
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Heat the oven to 350°F.
- In a large bowl, toss the kale with the oil, salt, and pepper, massaging the oil into the leaves. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the edges get crispy but not burnt. Allow to cool.
Serves 6 to 8. Per serving: 49 calories, 2 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 147 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 2 g protein
DIY Light Cereal Bar
Cornflakes & Mixed Nuts
Ingredients for 8 Bars:
- 70g cornflakes
- 40g mixed dried fruit
- 20g salted pistachios
- 20g dried apricots
- 40g maple syrup
- Crumble the cornflakes by hand or using a grinder (in this case it takes a few seconds: but please note the mix should not become flour).
- Preheat the oven to 150 degrees.
- Add the maple syrup to the other ingredients and stir quickly, to make sure all the cornflakes are soaked.
- Pour everything into a small baking tray on a sheet of baking paper.
- With the help of a wet spoon mould into a square and smooth shape.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Then remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes.
- Cut into 8 bars and let them rest for another 30 minutes reshaping if needed.
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