No Guilt Snacks

If you find yourself counting down the minutes until lunch or constantly thinking about scoffing down a big bar of chocolate, try stocking up on some of these delicious snacks instead. As a serial snacker myself, these are a few of my faves that kill the cravings and won't pack on the pounds.

Snacking gets quite a bad wrap but it's so good for you; helping to keep your blood sugar stable, which destroys cravings and speeds up the body’s metabolism. These five healthy, guilt-free snacks will keep you full between meals. Plus they're all so easy to make. Winning! 

Kale Chips

What to do
  • 1 large bunch of kale
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly grated parmesan
  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
  2. Rinse and dry kale as best you can with paper towels or in a salad spinner. Tear into bite-size pieces, discarding tough central stems.
  3. Toss kale with olive oil. Spread kale across baking sheets in one layer. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly grated Parmesan.
  4. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until edges start to brown and kale becomes crispy. Remove from oven and lay kale chips out on a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve immediately.
  • Recipe adapted from Bella Eats
Strawberry Banana Fruit Popsicles

What to do
  • 1 punnet strawberries, washed and stems removed
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  1. Blend the strawberries, banana, milk and yoghurt in a food processor or blender.
  2. Pour the liquid into popsicle molds, insert the handles and freeze until firm, generally overnight.
  3. Enjoy frozen the next day!
  •  *Recipe adapted from Hungry Little Girl

Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips

What to do
  • 4 apples
  • 1½ tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 95 degrees.
  2. Line a tray with baking paper. In a small bowl combine the cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt and sugar.
  3. Cut the ends off each apple. Using a mandolin or a sharp knife, slice the apple into very thin slices.
  4. Dip the apple slices into the cinnamon mixture and tap against the edge of the bowl to remove the excess. Coat both sides. Repeat until all of the apple slices have been evenly coated.
  5. Arrange the slices on the baking sheet, place in the oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes. Flip the slices over and bake for another 30 minutes, or until the apple slices are a bit crispy. The apples will still be flexible when they come out, but will crisp up after a few minutes.
  • Recipe courtesy of Sprinkle With Flour


Protein Balls

What to do
  • 4 scoops whey protein powder
  • 3 cups dates or sultanas
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1½ cup almonds
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa or cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2/3 cup shaved coconut, sesame seeds, poppy seeds or chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  1. Blend dates, water, honey and almonds in a food processor.
  2. Place in a small bowl and add chocolate chips, protein and cocoa powder. Fold the mixture with a spatula – if it seems dry, add more water.
  3. Spread your choice of coconut shavings or seeds across a board. Roll the mixture into small balls and coat them accordingly.
  • Recipe courtesy of Lifespan Fitness

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