Fitness and Health
Five Healthy Treats for any Snacking Ocassion
Almost everyone has a snacking habit. Some can’t resist something sweet after dinner while others can’t get through a day in the office without drifting towards the vending machine.
But, when you’re trying to lose weight, those habitual snacks are guaranteed to be the one thing that hinders progress.
Take control of your snacky side and keep it satisfied with these 5 simple, healthy treats for any occasion:
If you rely on a mid-afternoon munch to see you through the day, eat a muffin. Not the sugary, fatty store-bought ones, but something healthy you rustled up at home.
Muffins are easy to bake and this muesli based recipe from Teresa Cutter is packed with healthy seeds and oats, is sweetened with apples, honey and vanilla and is sure to give you the slow-release of energy you need to make it to home time.
Chickpeas are a great source of iron and fibre and are versatile enough to use in a number of dishes including this perfect cinema snack.
Take one can of chickpeas, rinse them, place them on a lined baking tray then then dust them with your choice of spices.
For a spicy kick, use sweet paprika, curry seasoning and ground cumin. For something savoury try garlic and rosemary or to satisfy that sweet tooth, drizzle them with warm honey and cinnamon.
Bake in the oven at 190°C/Gas 5, for around 35-40 minutes until they’re deliciously crunchy and you’ll wonder why you ever bothered with popcorn.
The Sunny Day
On a beautiful sunny day, that tub of cold, full-fat ice-cream in your freezer can be very tempting.
Try something that’s far more refreshing and much better for you by making your own ice-blocks.
You can pick up a silicone or plastic mould in most homeware stores. Just fill them with your favourite fruit; pureed berries, melon, peaches, apples – anything juicy works. Pour your mix into the moulds and in an hour or two you’ve got refreshing, healthy, icy snacks to go.
The Family Dinner
Sometimes, the urge for a warm, gooey, sweet pudding after dinner creeps up on you and with this baked apple pudding, you can afford to let it!
You don’t need measurements; this recipe is so easy you can go freestyle.
Combine whole oats, sunflower seeds and sliced almonds in a bowl and add cinnamon, ginger and allspice or even throw in some dried fruit. Use a little water and honey to bind them together, then core your apples and fill the centre with the mixture.
Bake at 190°C for 35-40 minutes until the apples feel tender. Serve them warm and wait for everyone to make appreciative, ‘Mmmm’ noises.
The Romantic Dinner
Sometimes a treat needs to really feel like, well, a treat.
With chocolate coated strawberries you get a little healthy slice of heaven. Place a baking tray lined with greaseproof in the freezer. Melt some chocolate over a pan of steam, then simply dip cold strawberries in, give them a thorough coating and pop them straight into the freezer until the chocolate sets.
This super-sweet treat is enough to satisfy any sweet tooth so you should have plenty to share.
Do make the effort to share them…
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