Most of us love to eat, I surely do. However we tend to eat a lot of rubbish that comes our way in order to fulfill our hunger pangs. Personally, post work and late at night are times where I really crave snacks.
When we hear the word snacks, we generally assume it to be junk and healthy. However, it doesn’t need to be that way. There are so many easy to make recipes that are not only nutritious but also extremely tasty as well. Gone are the days where need to compromise on taste for health.
Here is a list of my favorite recipes/snacks that I can eat with little or no guilt:
- Chocolate oats bites
This is a super quick and super delicious recipe that I make all the time. Just mix together all the ingredients and roll it into balls. It’s really that simple. You can experiment with it as you like. However I use rolled oats, peanut butter or any nut butter, nuts, finely chopped dates and melted chocolate to make the dough.
- Peanut butter – Coconut Cookies
This recipe involves a lot of healthy fats, which are good to speed up your metabolism. Again, this is a 5-minute recipe which involves mixing together melted peanut butter or any nut butter, coconut oil, shredded coconut, maple syrup and topped with a drizzle of chocolate which is totally optional. Roll these into cookies and freeze until solid.
- Frozen banana and peanut butter dipped in chocolate
This one requires two steps to make. Cut bananas into slices and keep it to freeze. Once frozen, spread some peanut butter or any nut butter of choice and sandwich with another slice of banana. Lastly dunk it into melted chocolate. Freeze again and enjoy once set.
- Vegetable straws
Although I usually have the store bought ones, which are delicious and definitely healthier than the regular fried kind, you can just as easily make these at home. Cut your favorite vegetable and season it well. Drizzle a bit of olive oil and let it bake until dehydrated and crispy.
- Whole grain baked chips
I’ll be honest, these are store bought as well. But you get them in whole grain or multi-grain variant making it a good substitute to fried potato chips on a lazy day. They taste as good as regular chips if not better. In moderation, this can be a guilt-free option to potato chips.
- Oats and banana pancake
I usually make these for breakfast, but it can be had at any point in the day. It’s basically a bunch of healthy ingredients mixed together. I normally mix mashed ripe banana, an egg, cinnamon for flavoring and oats to make the batter. Cook it on the pan with a bit of low-fat butter and it’s a power-packed substitute to regular refined flour pancake. Also you can add toppings of your choice to make it a heartier snack.
- Chocolate covered nuts
This recipe includes two of my favorite ingredients, chocolate and nuts. What’s not to like. Add a bit of sea salt as garnishing and you’ll have a lip-smacking snack in less than 5 minutes. Dip your choice of nuts in melted chocolate and sprinkle some sea salt as garnishing, let it set for some time and enjoy.
- Corn salad
This is a great filling snack when you want something salty. Mix corn, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, and cheese in a bowl. Add salt, pepper and any spice that you may like. Mix everything together and eat it at room temperature or slightly heated until the cheese has melted.
- Healthy chocolate fudge
This sounds like false advertising but its really not. This is like eating a jar of healthy melted chocolate, only if that was a thing. This will satisfy any sweet cravings that you have and its something you will keep going back for without much guilt. In order to make this, you will need to add nut butter of your choice, some pureed dates just for the nutrition but this is totally optional, melted coconut oil, maple syrup or honey and unsweetened cocoa powder. Mix all the ingredients and top with your favorite toppings. You can also add your favorite nuts roughly chopped inside the fudge and for garnishing.
- Oats and chia pudding
This is a recipe that will require some patience from your end. However the end result will be totally worth it. It will be a dessert by itself. Everyone knows the health benefit of oats and chia just enhances it further making it full of healthy fats and high in protein. Add rolled oats with a bit of water and your choice of milk. Add a few spoons of chia seeds, mix and put it in the fridge to thicken for a few hours or overnight. Add toppings as per your taste.
These recipes are tried and tested and don’t take much time and effort to make at all. There is no cooking or baking required and does not require more than 4-5 ingredients on average. I highly recommend them and guarantee you that will be totally fulfilling and will keep those hunger pangs at bay. It is never a good idea to starve yourself or deprive yourself of your favorite food.
Always remember, you don’t have to eat less, just have to eat right!