It’s so tempting (and easy!) to reach for pre-packaged, carb-laden snacks when you’re feeling a bit peckish. A packet of crisps, a biscuit or two or a slice of cake may fill the gap, but all of these options are packed with hydrogenated fats, salt, sugar, and empty calories. In fact, it’s proven that snacking on unhealthy, highly processed, sugary foods is one of the biggest causes of weight gain. While shop-bought treats may seem like a fast fix, it’s just as easy to indulge in a healthy snack, especially if you have prepared it in advance! Here are 5 of my favourite quick-and-easy to make snack ideas that you can make in just 5 minutes at home. And the biggest bonus is that don’t just taste delicious, they are good for you too!
Easy Snacks to Make in 5 Minutes
1. Sea Salt and Garlic Crackers
These sea salt and garlic crackers are not only delicious but are also packed with nutritious seeds and garlic. High in fibre, pumpkin and sunflower seeds are a source of healthy monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, and many important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Chia seeds contain a high amount of fibre which means you will stay feeling fuller for longer too! Garlic is also nutrient-rich, and a reliable source of Vitamin C, selenium, calcium, copper, phosphorus, iron, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, and potassium.
2. Almond Butter Stuffed Dates
These delicious snack-friendly dates are stuffed with nut butter which is high in protein and healthy fats. They are also very easy snacks to make in 5 minutes at home. High protein foods are digested slowly, keeping our appetite satisfied for longer than carbohydrate treats.
And when it comes to nut butters, almond butter is the healthiest option containing a higher amount of magnesium and potassium and less saturated fat than peanut butter. Almonds also have the added benefit of being alkaline, whereas peanuts are highly acidic. Peanuts also contain a mold that produces aflatoxin (a family of toxins produced by fungi found on many commercially grown agricultural crops) which is potentially carcinogenic in excessive amounts.
3. Cherry Blueberry Coconut Popsicles
Give the ice cream van a swerve and opt for a healthier treat by making your own fruity popsicles! These blueberry and coconut lollies make the perfect snack for a balmy day! Blueberries and cherries are not only high in antioxidants, but they are also low in sugar and packed with nutrients. Coconut milk is also an excellent source of vitamin B, C and E and contains plenty of health-boosting minerals too.
4. Apple Cinnamon Chips
These homemade apple chips are a much healthier option than a regular packet of crisps that has little nutritional content and is loaded with fat! Also, did you know that if you fill your body with food with no nutritional value, your body keeps sending signals to your brain that you are still hungry because it needs fuel? And that is why we can still feel hungry after eating a bumper bag of crisps! These tasty apple cinnamon chips are quick and easy to make, and full of vitamins, fibre, and minerals. An extra health boost comes from the cinnamon, proven to lower blood sugar levels and help reduce heart disease.
5. Toasted Walnuts
A quick and easy snack, toasted walnuts are high in antioxidants and rich in healthy fat. They have also been shown to improve brain function and reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. These taste so good straight out of the oven and if you’re not counting calories, you could coat them in some maple syrup before toasting. Yum!
Will you try these 5 minute healthy snack ideas? Having some healthy easy snacks around can help stop unhealthy snacking, especially when they only take 5 minutes to make at home!
|Natalie Shirlaw is a healthy living expert with 10 years of experience in the field of holistic health, wellbeing, and fitness. If you enjoyed this article be sure to pin or share it!|