snacks

How many of you are struggling with snacking while working from home/furloughed? I’m hearing this a lot from clients, friends and family who are making frequent trips to the snack draw or fridge because of boredom, because its accessible or as a way of coping, therefore finding healthy snack ideas to swap out is a great idea.

I have nothing against snacking if it’s healthy, it can be useful for instance to have a snack an hour before a workout to ensure you have sufficient energy or to keep blood sugar levels consistent.

So if you are snacking here are some healthy snack ideas –

  • Yoghurt, but keep an eye on the sugar content as some contain a lot of added sugar
  • Nuts, full of good fats, vitamins and minerals and high in protein so you will feel fuller for longer, watch the portion size as they are high in calories
  • Guacamole, high in good fats, vitamins and minerals

You can also try making your own –

  • Hummus, chickpeas are a powerhouse of goodness – protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals and good fats                                             Jump to Recipe
  • Roasted Chickpeas, these crunchy gems are moreish                                                                                                                          Jump to Recipe
  • Vegetable chips, vitamins, minerals and fibre, a way healthier crispy snack                                                                                        Jump to Recipe

If boredom is an issue then try these distractions –

  • A quick 10-minute workout
  • Use this time to take up meditation or learning a language – there are really good free apps available
  • Clear out a draw or a kitchen cupboard (you know the one where everything spills our when you open it) channel your inner Marie Kondo
  • Go for a walk, good for both our physical and mental health, if you are working from home having a reason to leave the house is important (and taking daily exercise is allowed as part of the governments social distancing policy)

 

These are really tough times and everyone finds their own way to get through and no decision is right or wrong, all you can do is try to make the best choices you can in the moment and remember no one is perfect

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Easy Hummus

Hummus is creamy, rich and nutritious! Super easy to make with everyday ingredients
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Course: Snack
Keyword: chickpeas, healthy snacks, hummus
Servings: 4
Author: Rebecca Jarman
Cost: £1.50

Equipment

  • blender
  • food processor

Ingredients

  • 1 400g Can of chickpeas drained and thoroughly rinsed
  • 80 ml Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves Garlic peeled and crushed
  • 1 Lemon juiced, and zested
  • 3 tbsp Tahini
  • 50 ml Water

Instructions

  • Place chickpeas into the jug or bowl of the blender or food processor with 80ml of the olive oil and blitz until smooth
  • Add garlic, lemon, tahini and 30ml of the water then blitz again for around 5 minutes until smooth
  • Add the rest of the water (20ml) a bit at a time if the mixture looks too thick and season to taste
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and drizzle with the remaining olive oil
  • Serve with crunchy veg or warm wholemeal pitta bread

 

Roasted Chickpeas

A crispy, savory snack
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Snack
Keyword: chickpeas, healthy snacks
Servings: 3
Calories: 115kcal
Author: Rebecca Jarman

Equipment

  • Baking sheet
  • Large bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 400g Can of chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp Rapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Ground cumin
  • 1 tsp Ground coriander

Instructions

  • Heat oven to Gas 4/160C fan/180C
  • Tip chickpeas onto the bowl with the seasoning and oil and toss really well so all chickpeas are coated
  • Transfer to the baking sheet and even out, place in the oven
  • Turn halfway through cooking
  • Remove from oven and leave to cool, store in an airtight container

 

Baked Vegetable Crisps

Amazing healthy snack swap
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Course: Snack
Keyword: healthy snacks, vegetable crisps
Servings: 4
Calories: 92kcal
Author: Rebecca Jarman

Equipment

  • Baking Tray
  • Large bowl
  • Mandolin

Ingredients

  • 1 large Potato
  • 1 large Carrot
  • 1 large Beetroot
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  • Heat oven to Gas 5/ Fan 180C/ 200 C
  • Using the mandolin or a knife slice carrot thinly
  • Dry the slices in a tea towel and place in the bowl, use a third of the oil to coat and place on the baking tray, then season
  • Repeat this process for each vegetable, keep them separate on the baking sheet
  • Bake for 6-8 minutes or until golden
  • Remove from oven, season more if needed and allow to cool