Got the 3pm munchies? Or maybe you’re good at sticking to healthy meals but your resolve weakens at snack time? Put down the Tim-Tams, the swiish team have compiled the best of the best hunger-busters to see you snacking well and sticking to that kilo shedding routine.
Apple and Peanut butter
Sweet and salty are the perfect combo! Simply slice a Granny Smith apple and slather with a tablespoon of 100% natural peanut butter. At 150 calories per serve, this protein and fibre rich snack is the perfect tummy filler.
Beet chips with curried yogurt
But chips can’t be healthy … can they? Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, the beetroot makes a wholesome alternative. Thinly slice 4 beets and rub with olive oil and salt to taste, roasting at 180°C until they are dry and crispy. While that’s happening, mix a pinch of curry powder with low-fat Greek yoghurt for a guilt-free dipping sauce! Makes 4 serves, at 72 calories each. Ummm.. YUM!
Pineapple, kale and almond milk smoothie
As you probably know, I absolutely LOVE my green smoothies. One of the biggest reasons is because of how much a smoothie can fill you up. This is a deceptively healthy recipe you need to taste to believe. Just blend a frozen banana, 2 cups of kale, 1 cup of organic unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup of diced pineapple. At just 253 calories, sip this smoothie to keep your energy up for longer.
Rice cake with peanut butter, coconut and dried cranberries
A rice cake is only as good as what you put on it! This recipe is sweet, savoury and just plain yum. Spread two rice cakes with 1 tbsp of natural peanut butter, 1 tsp of shredded coconut and 1 tsp of dried cranberries. At 177 calories per rice cake, this could make a light energy boost just before the gym.
Cherry tomatoes with goats cheese
Cherry tomatoes, goats cheese, fresh herbs – I think I’m in snack heaven… Simply chop cherry tomatoes in half, dollop with goats cheese and sprinkle with basil, chives or parsley. At 30 calories a pop, you can go nuts!
I loooooove popcorn and when it has been air-popped it is much, much healthier. Coat 4 cups of air-popped popcorn in 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil and 1/2 tbsp of toasted sesame seeds for a nutty, Asian-inspired twist. And it’s only 152 calories a serve.
Celery sticks with hummus and olives
We all know celery is good for you, but not many of us like to eat it on it’s own. But given it’s low-cal, fibre-rich and full of vitamins, it makes for great snack food. To make it tastier, we like adding a tablespoon of hummus and black olives. Suddenly, celery is deeelicious. Even with the olives, it’s still only 41 calories a stalk.
Dark chocolate nut clusters
You know dark chocolate is good for you, right – yup, with antioxidants and heart-healthy qualities it’s practically a vegetable! Okay, ignore that last bit, but seriously, a little dark chocolate every day is legitimately healthy. I melt organic dark chocolate over mixed raw nuts and freeze overnight for a tummy-filling, protein-rich snack. At 285 calories a batch, this is perfect to store away until you have a sweet craving.
Spicy watermelon and pistachios
While watermelon is absolutely delicious on its own, we also love this sophisticated snack with a spicy kick. All you have to do is soak a cup of diced watermelon in 1 teaspoon of lime juice and zest. Then sprinkle with a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon of raw chopped pistachios. Plus it’s just 67 calories a serve – totally guilt-free.