Are you sick of snacking on chips, cookies, and ice cream and feeling terrible immediately afterward? Well, we’ve got some awesome alternatives for you! All of the following snacks are unprocessed, delicious, and full of nutrients, so you won’t only curb your hunger, you’ll be getting healthy at the same time.
There’s a pretty even mix of sweet and savoury to suit all of your various moods. Most take only minutes to prepare, don’t require more than three or four ingredients, and can be taken as part of a packed lunch. Bon appétit!
1. Spiced roasted pumpkin seeds
This snack is perfect for when you’re craving something salty and crunchy. Toast pumpkin seeds with some oil until golden brown, and then toss with a combination of tasty seasonings. Chili and lime or cumin and sea salt are always great combos.
2. Sweet potato fries
Just like normal fries except they come with some actual nutrients! Cook these up as you would normally with potatoes. When they’re ready you can season with oregano, pepper, or sea salt. Or all three!
3. Peppery tomato salad
Slice some tomatoes, shower them in as much pepper as you like, and drizzle some olive oil on top for a deliciously peppery hunger-buster. Sprinkle some basil on top for a more Italian-style flavor. To dress it up a bit you could also add some fresh mozzarella and turn it into a caprese salad.
4. Chunky guacamole
Mash up some avocado with a few drops of fresh lime juice, add some diced tomato and red onion, garnish with a sprinkle of cilantro and sea salt and you’ll be left with a very tasty way to cure those hunger pangs. Swap the traditional corn chips for some homemade sweet potato chips or eat it without any chips at all!
5. Mini veggie omelet muffins
These little protein fixes are terrific for eating fresh or taking as part of a packed lunch. Beat some eggs together and then add some diced onion, bell peppers, and spinach. Pour the mixture into a muffin baking tray and put in the oven until there are no mushy bits left. It should take between 15 and 20 minutes.
6. Chili chicken wings
As long as they’re not deep fried, chicken wings can be a great guilt-free snack. Rub with chili powder then barbecue for a spicy treat. If chili is not your thing you can try the same method with garlic salt or paprika.
7. Natural Greek yogurt with chia seeds and figs
A great option for a mid-morning fix or even dessert. Grab some natural yoghurt (check to make sure there is no sugar or flavoring added), add some chia seeds, and finish off with some wedges of fresh fig. Drizzle some organic honey on top if you want some extra sweetness.
8. Macadamia nut butter with celery sticks
If you aren’t using homemade nut butter, make sure the one you buy contains no other ingredients than the nuts themselves. A great alternative to highly processed mainstream peanut butters! This classic snack also works well with almond nut butter.
9. Coconut sautéed bananas with cinnamon
Toss some halved bananas in a pan with coconut oil. When they’re nice and golden sprinkle some cinnamon on top and eat while hot. For some extra flavor you can also add some shaved coconut, just make sure it doesn’t come with added sugar or preservatives.
10. Blueberries with ricotta cheese and nutmeg
This one is kind of like a much healthier version of a cheesecake. Mix a bit of nutmeg with some ricotta cheese and serve with blueberries. Of course, you’re free to use other berries instead, but if you want the cheesecake flavor, blueberries or blackberries are best.
11. Poached peach halves with honey
This one is a really great healthy dessert for anyone who loves sweet things. Poach a few peach halves in boiling water and when they’re close to done, put them in a pan with some coconut oil to brown them up a bit. When you’re satisfied, drizzle some organic honey over them. If you want to jazz it up a bit, a blob of fresh cream is perfect.