I love a good snack, and I love to snack! I want to share with you how to make your snacks productive ie. they fill you up and perk you up. Not leave you feeling sluggish and heavy.
The best kind of snack is one that is protein rich and full of good fats such as omegas. This is going to keep you feeling fuller for longer to get you through to your next meal. It's going to give you the energy you need to keep going about your day and being your best with a sharp and alert mind.
Here are some great snack ideas full of all the good stuff we need:
Celery boats. This one is great for kiddies too!
Cut celery stalks into 4-5 cm long pieces and fill the concaves with canned tuna mixed together with whole egg mayonnaise and any kind of seasoning you like. Chives would be a good one. (My clients, and husband know I'm chive obsessed right now) You could also fill them with a nut butter of your choice.
A handful of almonds is a super easy snack you can carry around with you. I tend to eat a handful of almonds along with my apple at work for morning tea if I'm hungry. The protein from the almonds allows the natural sugars from the apple to released more slowly to give a sustained energy release.
Mini egg muffins can be made ahead of time and frozen. Just take one out in the morning and it will be defrosted ready for re-heating when you want to eat it. Whisk some eggs together and pour them into greased muffin tray holes. You can add any kind of fillings you like. Cheese and bacon, capsicum and kale, feta and pumpkin. Whatever flavours you like. Also great for kids lunch boxes if the are not in an egg free school.
Bliss balls are a great snack idea, or a great dessert if you are really feeling like a chocolate hit. Backed with protein they are filling and energy giving. They're also a great post-workout snack to assist with muscle repair and function.
My Choc Raspberry Bliss Balls
Makes 8-10 Bliss Balls
1 1/2 cup of raw almonds
2 tablespoons of cacao powder
2 tablespoons of coconut oil (melted)
1/2 cup of frozen raspberries
2 teaspoons of maple syrup or honey '
Using a blender, blend the almonds to make a smooth almond meal, pour into a mixing bowl.
Blend the raspberries until they are a smooth pulp, add to the mixing bowl.
Add all other ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix thoroughly until evenly combined, the mixture will start to stick together, but it shouldn't be too wet. If it is, add more ground almonds.
Use a tablespoon to scoop out some mixture, roll into a ball using your hands and place onto a lined tray.
Repeat the process using up all the mixture.
Place the tray into the freezer for 10 minutes, then store in the fridge.
Lasts for up to a week (as if they will last that long!)