I’ll be honest, I enjoy a snack or special treat and believe I should be able to enjoy them without feeling guilty when I do.
Snacks can keep us going between meals, give us a lift emotionally and physically as well as being a little treat when we need one. In my experience, if I don’t have healthy snacks available, that’s when I can be tempted to eat something that’s not so nutritious. The key is to select snacks that are nutritious and healthy.
For me, snacks can be savoury or sweet: I enjoy both.
To help you find some raw food snacks to enjoy, here is a list of snacks that I regularly have on hand:
- How much simpler and easy can you get than a piece of fruit? It doesn’t even need a container – it has its own. Some fruits you don’t even need to peel. Choose fruits in season so that you get the maximum nutrition and natural sweetness.
A handful of nuts
- Another simple one that’s quick and easy to have as a snack. My favourite nuts are almonds and cashews. I activate all my nuts prior to eating to remove the phytic acid and maximise the nutrients for my body. Nuts are moreish so before you know it, you may have eaten a lot of them. Having them pre-prepared in small individual containers or zip-lock bags will give you portion control and keep them a snack.
- It might sound boring but when you eat them with a veggie dip they’re no longer boring. My favourite veggie dip is pumpkin, cashew and mint.
- I make my mix up from sunflower and pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, goji berries, cacao nibs and shredded coconut: the ingredients simply put together on in small zip lock bags. It’s a great idea to make a few at a time so they are at hand when you want a snack and a short on time.
- I make these from the almond pulp left over from making almond milk. Combined with dates and/or figs and spices and/or cacoa then rolled in chia seeds or coconut these are a yummy treat. I generally make a double batch so I have plenty stored in the freezer. They can be great snack when you know it may be sometime before you can get a more substantial meal prepared.
70% dark chocolate
- This is my extra special treat and my weakness. Given the high cacoa content (purchase fair trade chocolate whenever you can) you won’t want to eat too much as it is very rich. If it’s in the cupboard I do tend to eat more than I probably should so limit how often I purchase a block. Some days though it’s the only treat that will suffice – I think we’ve all been there!
Carrot & beetroot scones
- I make these using the pulp left over from juicing. I mix the pulp with psyllium husks, cinnamon, ginger and a few currants or raisins then dehydrate. I freeze them so that I can take one or two to work to snack on.
Dehydrated seed crackers
- I make these myself from a mix of seeds, vegetables and spices. They are a staple I always have on hand to eat just as they are or with hommus or a dip. There are a number of companies making similar crackers so have a look in the health food stores or section of your supermarket.
- I’m a big fan of ferments. Apart from enjoying the taste, they are fantastic for your gut health. I make my own sauerkraut and love the combination of purple cabbage, carrot, apple and dill. My danger time for eating things I shouldn’t is when I first get home from work so by eating a couple of tablespoons of sauerkraut, I’m able to fill the gap until dinner is ready.
Non-food snacks (I consider them snacks as they still have the ability to take the edge off your hunger)
- Not a traditional snack and yes it’s not food however a cup of warm herbal tea (cool or iced if it’s a warm day) can be a great energy boost when you need one. I feel we sometimes reach for snacks when where feeling a bit stuck or overwhelmed so the action of getting up from my desk and moving to the kitchen to make a cup of tea can have as much benefit as a food snack to give me a lift. On a cold day too, holding a warm cup of tea in both hands can be very comforting and soothing.
- With so many juice bars, cafes and supermarkets offering rawjuice in single serve containers, this is perfect snack when you’re at work or out and about. Make sure it’s a vegetable juice (or a veggie/fruit combo that is mainly veg) that you choose so that your blood sugars are not elevated.
- Another ferment snack that I love. I make my own kombucha and will usually drink a small portion every day. Like sauerkraut, it’s amazing how a small amount can take away the temptation to have a not so nutritious sweet snack.
Snacks are that, snacks: they are not a meal so keep that in mind when you do have one or two. Snacks help fill the time between meals so if you keep the serving size small, you’ll still want your next main meal.
For me the key to snacks is having a range of them prepared in advance so that I have a range of things to choose from and are ready to go when I want them.
Until next time, wishing you a day filled with love, laughter, happiness and nutritious snacks!