There’s nothing worse after a workout than finding yourself without snacks in the house. It’s situations like this where McDonald’s and UberEats start to sound really good… and all of your healthy eating commitments go out of the window!
The best way to avoid this happening is to keep the house well-stocked with some healthy snacks. Preparing these in advance makes it easy to grab one during work, after a workout, or to take with you on a long walk!
Let’s take a look at 5 healthy snack ideas that are quick and easy to make at home!
Snack 1: Healthy, Plant-Based Snacks from Harrogate Fuel Mule
A locally-run business with a great mission, Harrogate Fuel Mule delivers freshly-prepared, plant-based snacks. The company also offers three-day meal plans designed by you, if you’re looking for a fuller nutrition plan. Check out their menus here!
Some of their delicious recipes include:
Mushroom & lentil meatballs in a rich tomato sauce with spaghetti
Cauliflower & cashew masala with paneer
Chickpea & dill pancakes
Creamy miso mushroom pancakes, topped with a rich tomato sauce
Raw cheesecake pot topped with strawberry & Biscoff
Snack 2: Peanut Butter Bliss Balls
Healthy snacks can make up an important part of your daily diet, and so they should be nutritious. However, this doesn’t mean they shouldn’t taste good! For sweet-tasting but healthy snacks, try Kayla Itsine’s Bliss Balls. Full of the good stuff, including protein, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates and fibre!
Ingredients: 14 Medjool dates, pitted
200g raw or roasted almonds
4 tbsp 100% natural peanut butter
1 tbsp cacao powder
1-2 tbsp water, if needed
Crushed peanuts, to garnish (optional)
Instructions: Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until a dough begins to form. If the mixture looks and feels a bit dry, add a little water. The mixture should feel a little sticky.
Using your hands, roll tablespoonfuls of the mixture into snack-sized balls. Place the balls on the prepared tray.
Pour the crushed peanuts onto a plate or flat surface and roll the balls in the nuts to coat. Return them to the prepared tray and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Serve the Peanut Butter Bliss Balls straight from the fridge or store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Snack 3: Banana Oat Cookies
You can’t go wrong with this recipe for banana oat cookies from One Ingredient Chef. Easy to make, sugar-free and flour-free, these healthy snacks are a household pleaser!
Ingredients: 3 bananas
1 ¾ cup of rolled oats
½ cup of date sugar
1 tsp of vanilla
2 tsp of cinnamon
Instructions: Mash 3 bananas.
Pour in 1 ¾ cups rolled oats and ½ cup date sugar and mix.
Stir in the cinnamon and vanilla.
Spoon the batter into 12 rounds and place them on a baking sheet.
Cook for 10 minutes.
Drizzle some dark chocolate over the cookies and enjoy!
Snack 4: Spiced Nuts
Nuts are one of the healthiest snacks you could find. Filled with protein, fats, and fibre, they’re very good for you, although they can tend to be a bit bland. To avoid that, try this recipe for spiced nuts from Eat This, and spice up your snacking.
Instructions: Toss a combination of nuts—pecans, almonds, peanuts, cashews—with chili powder, black pepper, and a pinch of cayenne.
Add these to a baking tray and roast in a 400° Fahrenheit oven (approximately 205° Celsius) for 10 minutes, until warm and toasty.
Snack 5: Broccoli Bites
For a slightly more complicated, yet just as tasty, healthy snack, try out these broccoli bites from Taste.com. They take twenty minutes to prepare and twenty to cook, but will last you several days in the fridge. Packed with fibre, these will provide a long-lasting energy boost, and taste good as well!
Ingredients: 250g broccoli florets
¾ cup breadcrumbs
¾ cup shredded cheddar
2 spring onions, finely chopped
1 egg, lightly whisked
20g melted butter
Instructions: Boil the broccoli for three minutes until tender; drain and cool.
Finely chop the broccoli and add it to the breadcrumbs, cheddar, spring onions, egg, and melted butter.
Mix well and then chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Roll the mixture into balls and place on a baking tray.
Bake for ten minutes at 230° Celsius, and enjoy!
Prepare Healthy Snacks in Advance and Be Energised All Week
There’s nothing wrong with intermittent snacking if that’s what works best for you. The key is to make sure the snacks you are having are healthy and nutritious. Based on your specific fitness and dietary goals, you can adjust the ratio of your snacks as needed. You might prefer all savoury, all sweet, or a mix of both!
Give the above recipes a try and let us know your thoughts! Send your pictures to Beckwith Health Club on Instagram by tagging us in your posts: @beckwithgym. We look forward to seeing your creations!