It’s 4pm. Lunch feels like decades ago and dinner feels like a lifetime away. You’re hungry and also really over what you’ve been working on for the past hour at the office. It’s time for a snack. But what should you have? There are so many options these days on the shelves it is incredibly overwhelming to decide what is healthy and what is not. And should you really be having a snack now? I mean lunch was so delicious and what if I spoil my dinner by eating something now?
The questions, the questions. It’s hard, we know. But we’ve got some easy tips for you on how to decide if you should have a snack (it is a choice after all!), and what to have if you want one. We’ve made it simple for you (and added a super easy recipe!).
First start out by listening to your body. Do you have a headache? Drink some water and see how you feel. Still? Then eat something. Stomach growling? Eat something. Feeling faint? You should've eaten something like an hour ago. Got the shakes? Either you drank too much wine last night (yeah I'm lookin' at you!) or you REALLY have to stop starving yourself! Eat a snack.
So here are our top fave of faves. We love all these snacks and our lives would be incomplete without them. All of these are healthy, balanced options. One really great tip is to try to go for something with a little bit of fat and protein and carbs to keep your blood sugar balanced and to get that slow release of energy.
- The classic staple: an apple with nut butter (1 tsp to 1 tbsp...depending on how hungry you are).
- Superbars - these babies are SO healthy and packed with only raw wholefood goodness. AND they are the cheapest of the wholefood energy bars on the market and produced locally so go and support!
- A date or two with some almond butter stuffed inside
- A raw cacao smoothie in a smaller than breakfast portion with some Wazoogles Superfood Powder to get all the superfood goodness.
- A handful of plain oven roasted nuts (try and stick to unsalted to avoid unnecessary excess sodium)
- Our latest obsession (and we must say this is more as a dessert than as a snack) is two blocks of raw dark chocolate dipped in unsalted (and no added oil) peanut butter……….all I can say is go DO IT NOW. You won't be sorry.
- AND last but not least - these puppies down below: Chocolate Chia Freezer Bites
Chia seeds are THE BEST - loaded with omega 3 fats (great for your skin and keeping your brain sharp), packed with fibre and SO good for your digestive system, and also packed with a decent amount of protein! Plus they give a really great crunch to these bites since you don't soak them before using.
We like to cut these into small pieces, maybe like 5cm x 5cm, so that you can eat them in two bites max. They are GREAT straight from the freezer and thus such a great snack for these hot summer days (that don’t seem to be ending anytime soon!). Also - keeping them in the freezer means they'll last super long. W wouldn't recommend keeping them in the fridge because they go soft pretty fast, but equally yummy if you're more of a 'soft and chewy' kinda person.
Anel + Jen
Choc Chia Freezer Bites
- 20 dates (you can use the cheap, dry kind here!)
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted
- ½ cup soft macadamia butter (or any other nut butter you fancy)
- 2 cups oats
- 3/4 cup raw cacao powder
- 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
- 3/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 big pinch salt
- Put the dates into a small bowl and top with boiling water until covered. Let them soak for about 10 minutes until they are nice and soft
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients together
- Line a square brownie pan with non-stick baking paper
- Drain the dates but don't squeeze them out (you want a little water to stay behind and add moisture to the mix)
- Add the drained dates, coconut oil, and nut butter to a food processor and blend until super smooth
- Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly blended
- Spoon into the lined pan and press down VERY firmly - you want the mixture to be pressed down really tightly so that it sticks together better once frozen
- Place in freezer for 30 minutes, remove and slice into small bite sized square.
Store in an airtight Tupperware container in the freezer