Working from home, I struggle with the constant temptation of food. From the Dairy Milk chocolate to the pure butter shortbread, every sweet thing in the house calls my name come 3pm. As well as endless quantities of chamomile tea, I have these 5 healthy snacks lying around to feed my body and my mind.
Raw Energy Balls
Back in the UK, I saw a nutritional therapist to find out how I could improve my eating habits and feel healthier all-round. Sara Jackson was a godsend and shared with me a bunch of amazing recipes, including this one – Beautiful Raw Bliss Balls. These small, heavenly morsels are so delicious and the perfect raw snack when you’re craving something sweet!
Fresh, NutriBullet-blitzed Juice
Another really interesting thing Sara told me was that we should actually be eating more like 10 portions of fruit and veg a day! Yep … 10! One. Zero.
Ideally, that’s eight portions of veg and two of fruit. An easy and cheat way to achieve this is through juices or smoothies. I always make sure to have some kind of frozen fruit in the freezer and then together with whatever veg is lying around in the fridge, I throw it all into the NutriBullet, and voilà!
This glorious, chickpea-based spread is so simple and delicious. Hummus is a great source of protein, fibre and healthy fats, and is also packed with a variety of other tasty nutrients – it’s the perfect snack that you can munch on while you work. I particularly like hummus with carrot sticks but it tastes just as good with cucumber, cherry tomatoes and even celery.
Apple & Cinnamon Cookie
The Healthy Chef has been an amazing resource for me to find healthy recipes that also satisfy my sugar cravings. Teresa’s Apple & Cinnamon Cookies are to die for and she even provides gluten free alternatives, as well as ways to pump up the protein.
If you were to ask me what my last meal would be, it would be a bowl of the world’s juiciest strawberries! High in vitamin C, fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium, strawberries are also low in calories yet still feed the sweet cravings.
If you’re not as much of a fan of strawberries as I am but are sick of apples and bananas, try kiwi fruit which is packed full of vitamins, or pomegranates which have an impressive list of nutrient-rich and antioxidant characteristics.
If you have any other suggestions for healthy snack alternatives, please share them with me as I’m always on the lookout for new recipes! Also, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram – @dine_with_design – in order to see all the healthy and unhealthy #foodporn I devour (for the sake of the blog of course)!