5 healthy snack recipes

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If you start the day early, train regularly or have a family of hungry, growing little people you will be very familiar with the struggle of finding tasty and nutritious snacks on the run. While there are some nutritionally sound  packaged options around, if your dietary preference is to make you own snacks, I thought it was a perfect time of year to share with you some of my favourite homemade bites and balls that are not only easy to make but a rich source of good fats, protein and fibre to help keep you and the little ones full for at least a couple of hours. While there are some of us who cannot have nuts at home, for those who can don’t forget that nuts and seeds are extremely nutritious and as such including them in the diet regularly is a great addition to our overall nutritional intake.

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When it comes to the difference between morning and afternoon snacks, in general I aim for morning snacks to be slightly higher in carbohydrates – think crackers, homemade energy balls and banana bread while in the afternoon I focus on more good fat and protein to keep you satisfied throughout the afternoon. Here are 5 healthy snack recipes to try.

Screen Shot 2019-02-04 at 11.46.31 amCacao & Orange Protein Balls

gluten-free | vegetarian | vegan | dairy-free | egg-free

Serves 6 – per serve: 175 cals | 12g fat | 5g protein | 13g carbs | 4g fibre


2 tbsp. cacao powder

Juice of 1 orange

Zest of 1 orange

Preparation Method:

1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and blitz until ingredients have come together.

2. Roll 1 tbsp. scoops of the mixture into a ball. Place on a plate or tray and then repeat for the remaining mix.

3. Place the tray or plate of protein balls into the fridge to set until firm.

Screen Shot 2019-02-04 at 11.46.03 amCrackers & Nut Spread

vegetarian | vegan | dairy-free | egg-free

Serves 1 – per serve: 200 cals | 14g fat | 7g protein | 11g carbs | 2g fibre


2 Vita Weat or Rye Cruskits

1 tbsp. Mayver’s Peanut Butter

Energy Juice

gluten-free | vegetarian | Low FODMAPS | dairy-free | nut-free | egg-free | wheat-free

Serves 1 – per serve: 200 cals | 1g fat | 1g protein | 24g carbs | 4g fibre


1/2 cup spinach leaves

1/2 cup pineapple

1/2 cup No Added Sugar coconut water

1 small banana

2-3 mint leaves

1/2 cup ice

Preparation Method:

1. Blend ingredients for a delicious afternoon energy boost

Screen Shot 2019-02-04 at 11.47.36 amLemon & Coconut Protein Balls

vegetarian | vegan | dairy-free | egg-free

Serves 6 – per serve: 190 cals | 13g fat | 8g protein | 11g carbs | 3g fibre


10 dates

1 cup Mayver’s Almond, Brazil Nuts & Cashew Spread

1 scoop vanilla protein powder of your choice

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

1/4 cup desiccated coconut + extra for rolling

Preparation Method:

1. Put all ingredients in a food processor and mix together.

2. Place the extra coconut on a plate then take 2 tablespoon scoops of the mix and roll into a ball. Roll in the extra coconut then place on a separate plate or tray. Repeat for the remaining mix.

3. Place in the fridge until firm.

Screen Shot 2019-02-04 at 11.47.18 amGreen Pea Hummus with Veg

gluten-free | vegetarian | vegan | dairy-free | nut-free | egg-free | wheat-free

Serves 4 – per serve: 100 cals | 4g fat | 3g protein | 3g carbs | 3g fibre


2 cups frozen peas

1 tbsp. tahini

1 garlic clove

1/4 tbsp. cumin

1 tbsp. mint

Juice of 1 lemon

Pinch of salt, to taste

4 cups of your preferred vegetables for serving (such as carrots, cucumber, green beans, red capsicum etc), cut into sticks.

Preparation Method:

1. In a saucepan of boiling water, blanch the peas.

2. Place the peas and all remaining ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

3. Serve a quarter of the hummus along with one cup of vegetables for an afternoon snack.

*Susie is currently in partnership with Mayver’s, however the content above is based on Susie’s professional opinion of these products and is not sponsored.