Get your snack on
Our snacking habits are adding too many calories and too few nutrients to our diets.
It doesn’t have to be this way. When done right, snacking keeps your energy levels up and gives you more opportunities to get in all your nutritional needs.
With that in mind, here’s three super simple and super healthy recipes for you to try.
Even better, we’ve been using ingredients from Irish health food companies: Wyldsson, Chia Bia and Nua Naturals.
We don’t think Dublin-based sports nutrition company Wyldsson can be outdone for their top notch (gluten free) products and stellar customer service. Waterford company Chia Bia are in the business of chia, the tiny black seeds from South America which pack a powerful nutritional punch while Galway-based Nua Naturals have rebranded and are all about the superfoods .
Check them out and support them if you can…We used a number of the products for our snack recipes so have a try and let us know how you get on.
Energy bars (that need no baking)
Forget shop-bought cereal bars…What could be easier than throwing a bunch of ingredients in a bowl and rolling them into balls? No cooking involved and gluten-free too.
1 cup GF muesli
½ cup almond butter (or other nut butter)
⅓ cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes
½ cup ground flaxseed
½ cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
1 tsp vanilla
Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated.
Let chill in the fridge for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!
Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Chocolate Chia Seed Superfood Pudding
(Gluten-free and Vegan) serves 2
1 1/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (almond or coconut are our favourites)
1/4 cup chia seeds
3 tablespoons raw cacao powder (baking cocoa will also work)
Dash of pink Himalayan sea salt
1 tablespoon organic maple syrup or raw honey
Dark Chocolate shavings for garnish
Add all of the ingredients to a large glass jar with a lid, give it a quick stir, then put the lid on.
Shake it like crazy to mix it all up. Refrigerate until very thick and pudding-like, at least 4 hours or overnight, shaking or stirring occasionally.
Serve the pudding chilled with whatever topping you’d like. We like berries, or the Wyldsson porridge and yogurt topping.
Kale, Berry and Acai Power Smoothie
Makes 1 large glass
1 ripe banana
1/3 of a cup of blueberries
1/3 of a cup of strawberries
1/2 a cup of kale leaves (remove the hard parts of the stalks)
1/4 of a cup of almond milk or water
1 tablespoon of ground flax seed
1 tablespoon of hemp powder
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
1 tablespoon of acai
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
It seems like a long list of ingredients, but it’s worth it! Whizz together until smooth and it’s ready.