Healthy Snacks: 4 Quick and Easy Ideas for a Light Break
Snacks can help you curve your appetite; a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack can help you keep on track without overeating.
If you are looking for ideas, here's a few ways to fuel your days with healthy snacks
Seeds and dried fruits
Almonds, nuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, cashews and peanuts are not only an excellent source of fibre, but they are also rich in zinc and vitamin E, which are all essential for strengthening your defences and providing you with a boost of pure energy. You can eat them on their own or add to your salad or yogurt.
Low-fat yogurt with seasonal fruit
A healthy and balanced diet isn’t complete without the addition of fresh fruit and vegetables. Consume often, but be careful not to overdo your sugar content.
Some delicious examples of fruit to pair with your yogurt:
- Strawberries: rich in vitamins, especially vitamin C.
- Kiwi: Rich in vitamins A, C and E, potassium, copper and iron, with positive effects on heart function and blood pressure.
- Oranges: They have a low-calorie content, low sugars and are composed mainly of water, mineral salts and vitamins.
- Apples: rich in antioxidants, they are an essential food source of polyphenols and flavonoids.
- Pears: contain vitamins, minerals and fibre, but a low-calorie intake.
Baked vegetable crisps are a light, healthy and delicious snack, perfect for a quick snack or to enjoy during a night out with friends. In addition, they are very easy to prepare and can be enriched with the addition of herbs and spices, thus avoiding using salt!
DIY light cereal bar
Cornflakes & mixed nuts
Ingredients for 8 bars:
40g mixed dried fruit
20g salted pistachios
20g dried apricots
40g maple syrup
Preparation: crumble the cornflakes by hand or using a grinder (in this case it takes a few seconds: but please note the mix should not become flour)
Preheat the oven to 150 degrees
In a non-stick pan, melt the honey with the sugar and maple syrup for as long as it takes to obtain a single lump-free syrup
Add the syrup to the other ingredients and stir quickly, to make sure all the cornflakes are soaked in syrup
Pour everything into a small baking tray on a sheet of baking paper
With the help of a wet spoon mould into a square and smooth shape
Bake for 20 minutes. Then remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes
Cut into 8 bars and let them rest for another 30 minutes reshaping if needed.
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