My 5 Favourite Healthy Snacks

I love a good snack, and I bet you do too. You know that time between lunch and dinner where you’re feeling a big peckish, and you’re reaching for the cupboard… Before you get too tempted by those sugary, less nutritious foods, take a look at some of these ideas. By eating nutritious snacks, those between-meal-hunger-strikes can be conquered and keep you full until your next meal.
Keep this list in handy and I promise you’ll get through those afternoon slumps feeling happy, satisfied, and healthier for it.

1. Raw Coconut

This snack is simple, full of healthy fats, and naturally sweet. Raw, whole coconut meat is versatile, and can be eaten on its own or used in smoothies, on top of bars, It can be eaten by the spoonful, or warmed up and used as a spread. There are a couple of different brands, all just as good as the next. Check that the coconut is non-GMO and organic. That way all those great fats aren’t tainted by strange chemicals.
Nature’s Way has a great raw coconut.

2. Apple and almond butter

For a fiber-rich snack, this is great. It’s really filling, and almond butter is beneficial for balancing blood sugar levels. Eat this as an evening snack to curb sugar cravings and keep you satisfied until bedtime. Apples on their own are full of vitamins like C, which is good for more than you think! It’s involved in the formation of collagen, which supports tissues in the body. Almonds are known for their vitamin E content, which acts as an antioxidant, meaning it protects body tissues from environmental damage and oxidation.

 3. Hummus and carrot sticks

Chickpeas are amazing. They are one of the only foods that keep my blood sugar completely balanced and keeps me full for longer. Hummus is not only easy to make, it makes enough for lots of snacking. The olive oil is full of healthy fats, and good for your skin and joints. Check out the recipe for my Holy-Smokes Hummus here. I like carrots best with hummus because they’re nice and crunchy, and have a good amount of vitamin A. Who doesn’t need a little more nutrition for their hair, skin, nails, and antioxidant levels?

4. Hard boiled eggs

Easy to make, easy to take, easy to break. Hard boiled eggs are a good source of protein and are great to take for lunch. The jury is mixed on whether the cholesterol in eggs is good or bad for us, so if you’re worried about that, I’d recommend doing some more research!
Tips here for making the perfect hard-boiled egg.

 5. Chocolate coconut fudge

I’m a bit (ahem) of a chocolate addict, but sugary chocolate makes me feel bloated, unhealthy, and never fully satisfied. This fudge, however, is the ticket to chocolate bliss. The trick is using the cream off of a can of full-fat coconut milk, because that fat keeps you full and more satisfied than a sugar-loaded chocolate. It also makes the fudge creams and helps to sweeten it, too!

 The recipe: 

Fill-You-Up Fudge
Delicious, rich chocolatey fudge, sweetened with maple syrup and full-fat coconut cream!
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 oz unsweetened, 100% baking chocolate
  2. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  3. 2 tbsp cacao powder
  4. about 3/4 cup coconut cream from a can of refrigerated coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (or two pots stacked on top of each other)*
  2. Add the cocao powder and maple syrup.
  3. When that's all melted and mixed in, whisk in the coconut cream until the mixture gets nice and thick.
  4. Transfer to a dish and refrigerate for a few hours, until solid. Cut into 1" squares and keep in the freezer.
  5. You can also add in chopped nuts, coconut flakes, or even cacao nibs
Notes
  1. *Make sure there's room for air to escape out of the bottom pot with water
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