You’ve either been really good and stuck to your healthy resolutions, or you’ve been like me, exercise has taken a back seat and you’re still trying to get through all that Christmas chocolate because you always buy too much! So, today I thought I’d share with you a few of my favourite healthy snacks. These are things I’ve snacked on whilst trying to shake off my extra weight over the past few years. Let’s hope this post inspires you *and me* to get back on the healthy track…
Celery and Peanut Butter Wraps
I went through a stage of eating these practically every day at work, I couldn’t get enough of them. When I mention “celery and peanut butter” to friends, they either say “ohh that’s a good idea” or “urgh, what on earth are you thinking?” – I think it’s a bit like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. Personally I love it, it was a bit strange to eat at first but I grew to love the fresh yet filling texture and taste of this snack.
It couldn’t be more simple to put together… grab a wrap of your choice, spread the peanut butter, cut up the celery, pop it on the wrap…and roll!
Sometimes we need to quickly grab a healthy snack as we’re running out of the house, and for me that snack is a Nakd bar. It’s the perfect size to pop in your bag to stop you reaching for something unhealthy when you get hunger pangs whilst out and about. The bars are made from ingredients such as fruit and nuts, which are “smooshed” together to make a great tasting snack. Nakd bars come in a variety of types and flavours and you can see them all on their website here: Nakd Bar Website
Most of them count towards 1 of your 5 a day too. Perfect!
Pictured above are two of my favourite flavours, Cashew Cookie and Bakewell Tart. Yum!
You can find some Nakd bars in most supermarkets, but do check out their website (linked above) as they have so many more flavours to try.
Rice Cakes and Peanut Butter
If you fancy something crispy in texture, how about rice cakes? I like putting peanut butter on mine (yeap! I’m a PB fan!), but there’s so many other toppings you can try.
Here’s a few ideas to get you started…
Salmon and cream cheese
One slightly naughtier one…Nutella!
…or why not try dipping it in your soup or breaking it up and using it as croutons?
Blueberries and Natural Yogurt
If someone asked me what my favourite fruit was, I’d umm and ahh for a few moments, because I love my fruit, but I’d probably end up saying blueberries. I can’t get enough of them! Blueberries and natural yogurt makes a lovely breakfast or healthy snack. I love the contrast between the acidic fruity blueberries and the cooling natural yogurt. It’s just so totally yum!
(HERE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A LOVELY PICTURE OF POPCORN – HOWEVER TESCO LET ME DOWN LAST NIGHT AS I COULDN’T FIND ANY KERNELS! *INSERT UNHAPPY FACE*)
Have you ever tried popping your own popcorn from the kernels? Grab a bag from the supermarket (I promise they sell them!), cover the base of a saucepan with oil and then the kernels, pop a lid on top (clear lids are best because you can look inside), then turn up the heat and watch the kernels pop away to their heart’s content producing lots of lovely little popcorn pieces. (Oh, look at me telling you to cook something! I can only “cook” popcorn and fried egg on toast!)
Once the popping noises have really slowed down you can tell that there’s only a few little kernels that haven’t popped. Turn off the heat and use a ladle to dish out the popcorn into a bowl. Now, here’s the fun part…eat it! Yeap. I can happily eat popcorn with nothing on it – give it a go! Be open minded :) it’s best when it’s fresh and still slightly warm. However…if you can’t be that open minded and you *need* to put something on it, at least you can control the amount of flavouring.
Disclaimer: Obviously, (well not obviously, but) I’m not a nutritionist and I’m sure someone out there will say how much sugar/salt/other not so good thing is in X, Y and Z and etc etc etc. However, I feel these are pretty damn good alternatives to grabbing crisps, chocolate bars and sweets all the time and can help you work towards an even healthier lifestyle if you so wish :)
What are your favourite healthy snacks? Do let me know by leaving a comment below or tweeting me on Twitter: @Amanda_Alston. I’m always on the hunt for new healthy snack ideas!
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