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Your tummy is growling but lunch break is still 90 minutes away? In this post I will share with you my six favorite healthy snack ideas for moments like that. They are all easy and simple to prepare, keep you fuller than a piece of toast or a cookie from the supermarket plus they are full of vitamins and minerals!
Personally, I try to stick to three bigger meals every day as that’s what works best for me and my body. Of course I have days where nothing seems to fill me up and I am constantly snacking or I don’t have time to cook a proper meal throughout the day. Luckily, I am usually prepared and have at least one of the ideas listed below in my fridge to quickly fill the hole in my stomach.
Smoothies are ideal as a snack! The best thing about them: You can throw any kind of fruit in your blender, blend and it will always taste delicious. To add more vitamins and minerals, add vegetables such as celery or cucumber or leafy greens like kale or baby spinach.
My favourite smoothie combinations:
- 1/2 large mango, 1 nectarine or peach, 1 frozen banana, 100g silken tofu, 1 tablespoon coconut butter, coconut water to thin out – And to turn it into a green smoothie, simply add some spinach or kale!
- 1/2 cup of your favorite berries, 1 frozen banana, 1 tablespoon almond butter, plant milk or water to thin out
- 1 apple, a banana, 1 tablespoon crunchy peanut butter, plant milk
My tip to make your smoothies even creamier
I recently got a new blender – the Sage Super Q with the Vac Q vacuum pump and my smoothies now get even creamier. My high speed blender is my number 1 kitchen appliance and my new vacuum pump gives me a whole new smoothie experience! It draws out the air from the jug which results in a smoother texture, brighter colors and richer flavors. It’s also perfect to make dips, spreads and soups!
I used my Sage Super Q for the date-nut energy balls, hummus, black bean brownies, to make my own nut butter and for so much more!
Medjool dates stuffed with nut butter
If you have never tried (medjool) dates with nut butter you need to change that asap! It almost tastes like a piece of candy while actually being good for you. That is because both dates and nuts are packed with vitamins and minerals. You can sub other kinds of dates for Medjool dates such as Mazafati, Deglet Nour or soft dates. I love to fill them with peanut butter (tastes like Reese’s peanut butter cups!) or hazelnut butter. They are perfect when you crave something really sweet or as dessert after dinner.
Date-nut energy balls
Take dates and nuts, throw them in your blender and your perfect healthy snack is ready. I am a huuuge fan of those energy balls. They are so simply to prepare, taste delicious and perfect to take on the go. You can easily make different flavors by mixing up the kind of nuts you use, adding cinnamon, cacao powder, vanilla or coconut or using dried figs instead of dates.
Two of my favourite combinations:
- Hazelnut-chocolate: 1 cup dates, 1 cup hazelnuts, 1 tablespoon hazelnut butter, 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- Cashew-coconut: 1 cup dates, 1 cup cashews, 1/2 cup shredded coconut, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 tablespoon maple syrup
Just add the ingredients to your blender, blend for a few seconds and form small balls. If you like, coat the balls in cacao powder or shredded coconut. Store them in the fridge for up to ten days (if they actually make it that long..).
Sweet treats for coffee & co
If I don’t have a box full of date-nut energy balls in my fridge, you can usually find some baked goods in there. I looove to bake banana bread, healthy brownies or cookies. Those go perfect with a cup of coffee in the afternoon – I always need something sweet with my coffee!
You can find some recipes on my blog:
- Banana bread
- Hazelnut cookies with chocolate chips – sugar free and gluten free
- Blueberry muffins with coconut blossom sugar
- Black bean brownies without flour – sugar free and gluten free
All those recipes are super easy to make, made without refined sugar and can be stored in the fridge for a few days!
Hummus with vegetable sticks
Personally, I have a huge sweet tooth and usually crave sweet snacks. When I want something salty for a change, my go-to option is hummus with vegetable sticks. Ideally, I will make the hummus myself but let’s be honest here – nothing beats store-bought hummus, right?
Crispy roasted chickpeas
These chickpeas are the perfect alternative for when you crave chips or other salted snacks! They are just as addicting, all while being higher in protein and lower in sodium.
To make them:
- Rinse and dry 1 can of chickpeas. Mix with 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of paprika powder and other spices you like such as 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon curry, chili powder etc.
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Spread the chickpeas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden-brown and crispy.
What are your favorite healthy snacks? Would love to read your ideas in the comments down below or under my instagram post!