Healthy Snacking

How often do you go and stare into a fridge and visualise some tasty snacks? If I have a day at home with Belle then the amount of times I do this is relentless…

The one thing I have changed in my household is – no chocolate, biscuits, crisps or anything remotely quick and easy to snack on that is considered ‘bad’. The temptation is real, especially when you have very little time to breathe let alone cook something.

That’s why healthy snacking is something that I have had to introduce into my household as a firm rule.

No calorie packed crisps!

No chocolate digestives!

And absolutely NO chocolates (sharing bags in our case – does anybody even share them?)!

Other than a bowl of unsalted nuts and a handful of grapes, I wanted to keep snacking enjoyable and visually appealing. So here are some of the healthy treats we now keep in our kitchen:

1. Squirrel Sisters Cacao Orange – £1.50 Waitrose

A delicious raw brownie with a creamy organic cacao butter – it’s the perfect guilt free treat. It contains naturally occurring sugars and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

2. Bio Synergy Skinny Water – £2.95 Muscle Food

I love flavoured water but it usually contains a load of flavouring and sugars. This refreshing sparkling water contains zero calories and zero sugars. Available in flavours: Bellini, Raspberry and Pomegranate. The ideal replacement for anyone who drinks a lot of fizz.

3. Choc Chick Quinoa Pops & Plantain Bites – £2

I wasn’t too sure about these upon reading the description, but the quinoa pops in particular are absolutely gorgeous. They remind me of eating my favourite chocolates – Munchies! The plantain bites are beautiful and the organic raw flavours really do come through very quickly. These are my favourite for when I’m craving naughty chocolate treats.

4. Crazy Jack Apricot Snack Pack – 59p Waitrose

I LOVE dried fruit and these on-the-go snack packs are perfect for popping in your handbag, or in my case the changing bag.

5. Harvest Cereal Bars by Atkins – £1.85 Tesco

This mixed nut and seed bar contains chocolate too, so don’t be fooled – it’s tastier than it looks!

6. Grenade Chocolate Fudge Brownie – £2.49 Holland & Barrett

These Grenade bars come in a range of different flavours but this one is perfect for that chocolate cake hit. It feels like you’re being naughty, but if you’re on a balanced diet then this brownie is the one for you.

7. Graze Smokin’ Protein Kick Snacking Nuts – £3 Sainsburys

This bag contains Chilli lemon broad beans with hickory smoked almonds, raw almonds and roasted pumpkin seeds. It’s one of my ‘pick up for out and about’ on the go snacks. They are a great source of plant protein and contain lots of fibre and vitamin E.

8. Emily Veg Crisps – £1.20 Waitrose

These are actually my favourite crisps of all time. Each bag contains hand cooked sweet potato, carrot, beetroot and seasoned with salt. This bag is completely natural and contains 1 of your 5 a day too.

9. Weight Watchers Chocolate Digestives – £1.50 Sainsburys

Each biscuit contains 52 calories and made with real Belgian chocolate. It’s another great source of fibre and completely free from colours, flavourings and preservatives.

10. Bear Yo-yos Strawberry Snacking Fruit – £2 Sainsburys

This is a delicious sweetie alternative which uses whole fresh fruit and veg. They are high in fibre and use natural sugars from fruit.

Snacking doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Do it the right way!

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