Healthy Snack Recipes
Why would you want make a snack healthy? Well, I don’t believe there’s any need to cut out snacks altogether. After all, eating should be pleasurable and studies have shown that people who enjoy their food will be more compliant, sticking to a diet in the short-term and carrying it into the rest of their lives in the long-term. Enjoyable food is an important part of a sustainable eating plan.
Whether you’re making the change to eating clean, dieting for a contest or just trying to be a healthier you, chances are you’re serious about cutting sugar from your nutrition plan. It’s typically one of the first things to drop if you want to see some changes in your body. But… doesn’t cutting out sugar mean missing out on sweet treats, after-dinner desserts and fun snacks? No way! In fact, creating a healthy snack using clean ingredients is a pretty fun challenge with some great outcomes! You can still have your cake and eat it too. Here’s how!
But sugar is the bad guy. Sorry, but it is. It messes with your hormonal response to food, kicks up cravings and quite simply just is not needed by your body. Your body sees sugar as an outsider, an enemy, and doesn’t know what to do with it. So, let’s be clear, you need to minimise sugar including artificial sweeteners if you want to make a go of clean eating.
The only sweeteners I use and recommend are those from fruit and Stevia (an all-natural sweetener made from plants).
Here are some of my healthy easy desserts for after dinner, before bed or any time I am looking for a sweeter snack:
Greek yogurt, berries and pumpkin seeds. This dish has everything: protein from the yoghurt, sweetness from the berries and good healthy fats (and a little crunch) from the seeds. Choose any berries you like, and use frozen on hot days. Sub out the pumpkin seeds for sesame seeds, almonds or walnuts if you prefer. You can also add a bit of stevia for extra sweetness!
Cottage cheese, protein powder and nut butter (YUM!) – Mix plain cottage cheese, your favorite flavor protein powder (I like chocolate or vanilla) and your choice of nut butter for a delicious treat!
Homemade trail mix. Mix your choice of nuts, seeds, dried fruit (not too much) and chopped dark chocolate for a cheap and healthy trail mix bursting with fiber, good fats and antioxidants. Great to pack in your purse for an on-the-go snack any time, and so indulgent! Choose the darkest chocolate you can for the most nutritional benefits.
Health dessert recipe: Zeudy’s sweet protein pancakes
This is my favorite after-dinner dessert to whip up when I fancy something sweet and tasty. It’s so easy!
- 4oz egg whites, or 3oz egg whites and one egg
- Scoop protein powder (your choice of flavor)
- 2oz oatmeal (uncooked) or sweet potato (cooked and cooled)
- Blend the ingredients, add a little Stevia to taste, and mix through a pinch of baking powder at the end.
- Grease a non-stick pan with a little coconut oil (my favorite fat for cooking) and drop the mixture on to the pan. Once the mixture is firm, flip once and then remove from the pan when cooked.
- Top with nut butter or flaked coconut, berries or Greek yogurt. Yum!
Let me know if you try this recipe, and feel free to share your own favorite healthy snack recipe!
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