Friday, 4 September 2015

How to give snacks a nutrition boost in 7 days

A week's worth of healthy snacking made easy

How to give snacks a nutrition boost in 7 days


Blend a refreshing morning smoothie. A creamy, vitamin-rich drink can be made in minutes by blending frozen berries or a banana with three-quarters of a cup of organic, rice or almond milk and a splash of vanilla extract. For a tropical twist, add a quarter cup of coconut milk.


Check out the supermarket’s health-food aisle. Crackers are a handy and nutritious lunch-box snack and are available in tasty varieties such as wholegrain, brown rice, quinoa and flaxseed. Spread with a low-sugar almond, brazil or cashew nut butter, which are packed with essential fatty acids and are great brain food. 


Beat the afternoon sugar slump. To balance your blood sugar, try these protein balls: In a blender, mix one cup of chopped almonds or walnuts, half a cup of chopped organic dates, a quarter cup of shredded coconut and a teaspoon of cocoa powder, blend for three minutes, then roll into balls and refrigerate for a daily treat.   


Spice up your nuts. Tamari almonds are delicious and a great source of protein. To make them, spread almonds, nuts and seeds on a baking tray, sprinkle tamari sauce (available at health-food stores) over the top and bake on a low heat for 15 minutes.


Give nachos a nutritious twist. Spread baked (not fried) corn chips on a baking dish, add a can of drained and rinsed kidney beans and a can of all-natural salsa, and sprinkle a small amount of cheddar cheese over the top. Place in a preheated oven and bake until the cheese melts.


Have breakfast as an afternoon snack. For a quick dish that’s packed with energy and will stabilise your blood sugar, try eggs or oats. In five minutes, scramble an egg, place it in a wrap and top with natural tomato sauce. Or for something sweet, mix oats with frozen blueberries and a splash of pure maple syrup. 


Indulge with a yoghurt sundae. For a nutritious, low-sugar treat, place a few scoops of natural yoghurt in a bowl, add berries and sliced banana around the edge and top with shredded or toasted coconut and chopped nuts. Chocolate lovers can sprinkle cocoa nibs on top.

What do you guys think? Will you try any of these snack recipes out? Let me know what you think of them?


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