Healthy snacks this Spring
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Spring has finally arrived and with it the first glimpse of the glorious fresh fruits and vegetables the warmer months of the year offer. For many Spring is the time that we re-evaluate our diets to focus on fresh, unprocessed foods with the goal of leaning up a little before Summer hits.
Busy people who are exercising regularly need plenty of energy, and this means the snacks that we choose need to be nutritious, filling and as natural as possible.
So, if you are in need of some snack time inspiration, here are some healthy options to complement your Spring healthy eating regime.
Fresh fruit and nuts
At this time of year you cannot go past snacking on a piece of delicious fresh fruit along with a handful of nutrient rich nuts. Fruit offers fibre and good quality carbs for energy, while nuts add a dose of essential fats and protein. Great combos include a banana and handful of walnuts, an apple with almonds or even some sliced banana, spread with 100% peanut butter.
There are now plenty of flavoursome Greek and higher protein yoghurts available in supermarkets. A serve of fresh or frozen yoghurt teamed with fruit, nuts, seeds or granola can make a delicious, nutrient rich snack option at any time of day or night. Or, if you have kids, try freezing yoghurt into individual ice block serves for a cooling treat.
Mixed snack plates
The word snacking inevitably lends itself to images of crackers, chips and other packaged products which are rarely the best options nutritionally. It is actually very easy to make your own healthy snack platter once you get the right mix of foods. All you need to do is start with chopped vegetables; add some protein rich options such as cottage cheese, sliced cheddar or hommus, and some healthier crunchy options such as popcorn or edamame – and VOILA – you have your own healthy snack platter to go!
Who does not love to snack on some delicious home baked treats? There are plenty of ways to make sure your baking is healthy! Simply swap in wholemeal flour, some grated fresh vegetables and use fresh fruit as a substitute for extra sugar. You can create a tasty and healthy snack option.
Here is one of my favourite healthy recipes for Zucchini Banana Bread.
Recipe: Zucchini Banana Bread
2 cups grated zucchini
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup self raising flour
1 cup wholemeal self raising flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
½ cup dark choc bits
1 egg, beaten
½ cup milk
1. Combine sifted flours with dry ingredients. Add mashed banana and grated zucchini.
2. Mix melted butter, beaten egg & milk.
3. Bake at 180°C for 50-60min.
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