Snack Box One
Snack Box One
Healthy Snacks | Blueberries, Coconut Ice, Chia Pudding and Trail Mix
Treats
Treats
Healthy Snacks | Blueberries, Coconut Ice, Chia Pudding and Trail Mix
Snack Box Two
Snack Box Two
Healthy Snacks | Beetroot Dip | Hard Boiled Eggs | Bliss Balls | Carrot Sticks
nibbles
nibbles
Healthy Snacks | Beetroot Dip | Hard Boiled Eggs | Bliss Balls | Carrot Sticks
snack box three
snack box three
Healthy Snacks | Avocado and seeds | Spiced Chickpeas | Vegetable snacks | Nakd bites
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Healthy Snacks On The Go

Author: Lauren Coleman

Since I became more conscious about upping my fruit and veg intake and reducing processed foods I find snacking one of the hardest things to contend with. Have you ever hit a motorway service station with hunger pangs? I tell you now you’d be hard pushed to hunt down an apple in amongst all those bags of Doritos and wine gums. The lure of the family size bag of Sensations can be tricky to fight!

Today we share Family Health Coach Bronwyn Hudson’s favourite snacks for times when you need a nibble without the guilt (or the subsequent sugar dip). Rather than snap umpteen images of different tidbits Bron packed together these super cute and handy snack boxes packed full of protein and healthy fats so we could illustrate four ideas on one image. We’re not suggesting you go all out and devour ALL these treats for elevenses. I’d probably only have two of these twelve ideas in one day if I was feeling peckish. Of course everyone’s different though.


Snack Box One

  • Pop in a serving of trail mix. Any nuts and seeds work work for this. Bron sometimes adds dried fruit (less than 1/4 of the amount of nuts and seeds) such as freeze-dried berries, chopped sulphur-free apricots, raisins, cranberries, or perhaps even some dark chocolate chopped up. Finally throw in some coconut flakes or desiccated coconut and a generous sprinkling of cinnamon and mix it all around. Keep in a jar in the cupboard ready to go whenever you need it. Serve yourself around a quarter of a cup.
  • Try a few cubes of Coconut Ice. We featured a naughtier version of this on RMS last year. Bronwyn’s is a healthier option using freeze dried strawberries.
  • Dollop in a portion of chia pudding. I’d be the first to admit, this really doesn’t look very pretty but I tried making one for the first time last week and it was seriously delicious. Even if I do say so myself. There are a million and one recipes out there on the internet. Basically it’s a cup of milk ( I used almond), 1/4 cup of chia seeds, 1 teaspoon of cacao and a small drizzle of honey combined together in a jar and left in the fridge overnight. Bronwyn recommends mixing a couple of times before heading to bed to remove any clumps.
  • Pile in the blueberries. Low in calories and high in nutrients, a handful of the antioxidant packed berries can make a great snack.

Snack Box Two

  • Veggie sticks are always a good option to combine with a dip. You could dunk carrot, cucumber, celery or pepper in to any of the dips we recently featured on the site.
  • There’s not really any other way to describe these sweet treats, other than ‘balls’. Bronwyn has loads of recipes on her site for easy no-cook gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free bites. Take a look at the nut-free version, the energy bliss balls, the walnut and cacao brain balls and a whole platter of truffles. The lemon ones are divine!
  • If you can remember to pop an egg on the hob when you’re making dinner then you have a protein packed snack for the next day.

Snack Box Three

  • Whip up a batch of roasted chickpeas when you have the oven on for a dinner and you’ll have several days of crunchy snacks. You can find the recipe over on Fuel For Family.
  • Slice up an avocado and sprinkle a few seeds on top for an extra nutritious crunch. Over on Kitchn there are some useful tips for working out if your avocado is ripe enough for eating.
  • A few green beans or cherry tomatoes are also really portable.
  • If you are out and about and need a packaged treat then you could try the Nakd range. They’re available in Waitrose and most other supermarkets but can be tricky to track down as they’re often away from the usual snack and cereal bars.

Bronwyn’s Notes On Portion Size
  • With nuts and seeds I definitely recommend limiting the serving size across the day to 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup per day (including nut/seed butters, bliss balls, trail mix etc). Like David Wolfe says “if you eat too many nuts, you will go nuts, eat too many bananas and you will go bananas”. Nuts and seeds contain many valuable nutrients, but they also contain anti-nutrients and are high calorie-density.
  • Only snack if you are actually hungry! Sip a drink of water first as often thirst is mistaken as hunger.
  • People often overlook vegetables in favour of fruit as a snack, but many vegetables are just as portable as fruit, delicious, and don’t have the same effect on blood sugar levels.
  • Bliss balls are usually high in sugar due to the dried fruit component, so limit those to one a day. I keep mine in the freezer so they are not staring me in the face when I open the fridge (and I love the chewy texture they have when eaten straight from the freezer).
  • Planning your snacks the day before and pre-packing them means you are deciding your portion size with a rational brain, rather than a ‘I could eat my arm right now’ one.

What snacks are you munching on? Any favourites you’d like to recommend?

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11 thoughts on “Healthy Snacks On The Go

  1. I am off to make that coconut ice now. Looks AMAZE! I’m guessing it’s not portion control to eat it all in one go?!!! I find snacking when trying to be healthy so hard so this is great. If I’m ever passing an Aldi I stop in and stock up on nuts and dried fruit as they are ridiculously cheap compared to everywhere else. Surely they can’t be that much different to Holland and Barret?! x

    1. I’ve found it really pays to shop around Lottie. I have a fab health food shop near me where flaxseed and sunflowers seeds are super duper cheap. Their quinoa is ridiculously expensive though, about three times the amount of sainsbo’s!

    2. Hi Lottie – how did you get on with the coconut ice? It is a favourite in our house. I tend to keep it in the freezer to help my portion control! I agree, snacking is often the hardest struggle, especially when out and about. Great idea with the nuts at Aldi! Pleased you loved the tips x

  2. These are some really fab ideas – I’ve been wanting to try chia pudding for ages so will grab some almond milk and try it out! I find that the Nakd bars are often in with the gluten-free foods in supermarkets, so it’s often worth checking there!

    1. Great tip on the Nakd bars.
      Madeline Shaw has a very simple banana and coconut milk chia pudding I’m keen to try out next.

    2. Katie, if you love the Nakd bars try having a go at making some yourself. You do need a food processor but basically just put lots of yummy things in like nuts, dates etc (just read the back of a bar and see whats in it!!). I didn’t really measure mine but just pulse it all together till its a doughy like consistency and spread in to a lined tin and pop in the fridge. You can flavour it however you like. My favourite was a squeeze of orange juice and a sprinkling of cacao. xx

    3. Hi Katie, have you given the chia pudding a try yet? You can have so much fun with chia pudding, there are endless recipes online for it. We love layering it with quinoa and berries in a little jar for breakfast. x x

  3. I need to get back into healthy eating once after my annual leave in September. My diet has been atrocious the last few months. Snacks are the hardest thing when you are trying to be good but there are some great ideas in here and I love the Maskerade snack pots.

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