Recently, I've been making a conscious decision to make healthier choices when it comes to stuffing my gob. I'm determined to make healthy eating a permanent change, rather than just a post-Christmas whim. Realistically, I'm not going to be able to stick to it if I restrict myself to nothing but undressed salad, day and night. Anyway, where's the joy in that? Plus, I am such a grazer, cutting down on the snacking was simply not an option. So, in my quest for a healthy lifestyle, I've been experimenting with creating my own healthy snacks. Read on to see what I've been gnawing on lately...
As some of you may know, I'm cutting dairy out of my diet in a bid to lessen my acne woes. Problem is: I have quite the chocolate addiction. Instead of going cold turkey, I've started eating dark chocolate to satisfy my cravings. Dark chocolate can be pretty bitter, so I wouldn't necessarily eat a whole bar of the stuff as I would with the milk version. Hence, popcorn with a drizzling of dark chocolate has been my snack of choice. It's perfect for when I'm a hungry and a single square of dark chocolate on its own won't do. I find that this works best with lightly salted popcorn, or plain popcorn if you want to be super healthy.
Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate: Helps fend off diabetes, helps prevent heart disease, helps lowers blood pressure.
Next is for a ridiculously obvious one, but it couldn't be excluded since it's the ultimate guilt-free snack. It's my favourite food to quieten a rumbling belly when doing uni assignments. I am, of course, talking about hummus and *insert dipper of choice here*! My choice, as you can see, would be carrot sticks or multigrain crispbread. For convenience I buy it ready made, but I hear that it's very easy and cheap to make so I might have to give that a go!
Health Benefits of Hummus: Helps lower cholesterol, great source of protein.
Since I'm steering clear of dairy, I actually opt for a yogurt alternative by Alpro, but this will work with greek yogurt or regular yogurt too. I'll add frozen blueberries and a sprinkling of milled flaxseed to make it particularly delicious and filling. Milled superfoods are one of the more expensive products in my shopping basket, but it's worth forking out the extra euros when they have such great health benefits. Also, I love the texture they give yogurts when mixed in.
Health Benefits of Flaxseed: Great source of fiber, great source of omega-3.
I hope I've provided some inspiration for those of you with healthy eating resolutions for 2015! Let me know if you have any suggestions for healthy snacking... I'm always eating so I'm always in need of new food inspiration!