I am someone who always needs to pack some kind of snack wherever I am going. I am very often out all day and need a little booster in the afternoon to push through to the end of the day. I would call myself an “organised snacker.” I am not one to wonder back and forth from the pantry anymore. Instead, I make myself a little snack and then get out of the kitchen.
In the past I would just graze end up eating so much food without even noticing…until I got a stomach ache half an hour later. For me an ideal afternoon snack needs to be enough to satisfy me but not too much that I won’t be able to enjoy my dinner.
Now I mentioned “organised snacker” earlier so I am going to explore that point a bit more now. It is no secret that I love to bake and prepare my own food. I like knowing exactly what is in the food I am consuming. Yes, there are plenty of healthy snack options that can be purchased out. This can be a great option when you’re really short for time and need something to tie you over. I do think it is important to be mindful when purchasing “health” snacks. Many of us don’t always have time to go through all the ingredients on the label and tend to rely on the health claims on the front of the packaging. These are often misleading. To avoid that, If I do need to buy a snack out most of the time I will get nuts, seeds, a fruit or a vegetable.
I have collated a few of my favourite snack recipes on my blog and linked them in this post so you can make them at home! I have also added some extra easy ones that require no baking at all and can be prepared in two minutes.
Peanut Butter Filled Dates
Choc Almond Bliss Balls
Lemon and Coconut Bliss Balls
Banana and Peanut Butter Muffins
Nutty Banana Bread
Homemade Nut Mix
This one is really easy to put together. I usually make a large container of it and keep it in the pantry. I just take a few cups of raw nuts and seeds. Put a little bit of coconut oil over the top and a sprinkle of salt (and sometimes cinnamon). Roast in a 180C oven for about 15-20 minutes. The key with this mix is to portion it before consumption. Believe me, if you bring the whole container to the couch you will struggle to stop mindlessly grabbing them.
Fruit and Nuts/Seeds
This is one is a regular one for me. I grab a piece of fruit (usually a few berries, a nectarine or an apple). I cut it up and put it in a container with a handful of nuts/seeds. Easy for on the go.
Vege Sticks and Dip
I love cutting up cucumber, capsicum and carrots to bring to uni or work, much to the dismay of my peers (they are so crunchy). I put them in a container with either a homemade dip (click here for my Roasted Carrot Dip) or simply with some pepitas.
I really hope this is helpful for you! If you have any questions send me a message on my Instagram. Also, if you create any of these recipes at home please take a photo and tag me in it because I would love to see your recreations!!