We know how easy it can be to pick up unhealthy, expensive snacks to get you through the day. However, these snacks soon add up both in terms of monetary pounds and physical lbs. A lot of us struggle to find the time to make breakfast, let alone healthy snacks we can take to work.
We have put together a list of snacks that you can make quickly at home that will save you both money and time in the long run. They have been designed to help sustain your energy and concentration keeping your productivity levels at an all time high.
1. Protein bars with seeds, peanut butter and dried fruits
This easy and healthy recipe can be made the night before you go to work. Simply add all of the ingredients together in a large bowl and mix together. Spread over a tray and place in the fridge overnight. When you wake up you will have vegan, refined sugar free and healthy bars you can take to work as a snack. The low GI of the oats will leave you feeling energised and the healthy fats from the nuts and flaxseed oil will balance sugar levels while helping to protect your heart and support overall good health.
- 1 cup wholegrain rolled oats
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup flaked almonds
- 4 tbsp flaxseed oil
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1/3 cup of milk (Vegans could use almond milk)
- 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
2. Blood oranges dipped in dark raw chocolate
Blood oranges are in season right now and not only is this quick snack really tasty but it hosts a variety of health benefits too. Blood oranges are high in dietary fibre, vitamin C and potassium. The cocoa in dark chocolate contains more than 300 natural compounds making it a very complex food. Dark chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants and has been proven to help prevent skin damage. This tasty snack won’t take you longer than 10 minutes to make. Simply melt a bar of quality dark, raw chocolate in a bowl, dip the segmented orange pieces into the chocolate and place in the fridge overnight. Just make sure you don’t eat them all at once the next day.
3. Nut and seed trail mix
You know the saying fail to prepare, prepare to fail? Well that is often very true of eating and snacks. If you’re one of those people who can’t dedicate enough time to make homemade oat bars I’m confident you can spare 5 minutes to throw together a tasty, healthy trail mix of berries and nuts. Not only can you unleash your creative side and add a variety of different seeds, berries and nuts but you will save a lot of time, energy and money not waiting in queues at the supermarkets. Nuts are rich in essential nutrients like dietary fibre, protein, minerals, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, and antioxidants. This trail mix is perfect if you want a quick pick me up towards the end of a long day to sustain your energy and concentration levels.
Our favourite snacks you can buy
Jerky / Biltong
Both jerky and biltong are becoming more popular in the UK as more and more shops stock these healthy snacks. They are a great source of protein (it is more than 50% protein) and can easily be taken to work or on long trips. Our favourite can be found here.
If you have eaten all of your homemade bars for the week then Dynabites are a good back up option to buy. Free from any additives or artificial ingredients they are 100% natural.
Tribe Trail mix
These guys are the original trail mix and are perfect if you want energy from natural ingredients while taking part in long distance runs or endurance events. A perfect blend of healthy fats and fruits these bars are great for those who want a little bit of help during those tough challenges.
Are you struggling to make quick, healthy, great tasting dinners too? If so take inspiration from next weeks recipes. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be bland, boring or take a long time.