“All I’ve been doing is eating” is a common phrase thrown around when being asked how you are coping during isolation. Many have found that the Covid-19 situation has disrupted eating patterns and inflated our experiences with food. Being at home means less active movement and more access to food. Maybe you’re bored, stressed or a bit of both, mindless and stress snacking comes into play naturally, and it’s okay. Restricting yourself from enjoying the foods you enjoy will only make you crave them more, so how to combat eating too much and improving your snack choices whilst being stuck at home? Try some of our favourite healthy snack options that take away the negative thoughts of “all I’ve been doing is eating”
10 Guilt Free Snack Choices
Balancing snack choices with whole-grains, protein, fruits/ vegetables and healthy fats will help you to feel more satisfied and also go a long way in helping you stay on track nutritionally. These are our top 10 Snack options.
Apple Slices with Nut Butter
You can never go wrong with Nut butter on anything, especially crisp apple slices. These together make an excellent and quick snack packed with protein and good source of healthy fats. Peanut Butter and Almond Butter are the personal favourites in my household
Stuffed Dates with Tahini or Nut Butter
The hardest part about these is stopping at 1, 2 or even 3 stuffed dates! These are simply made by removing the pits from some medjool dates, slicing down the centre and spooning in some tahini or nut butter. I sometimes like to drizzle some dark chocolate on top for some extra bit of sweetness. Difficulty- 0/10 Taste 10/10
Wholegrain Crackers/ Rice Cakes with Fresh Avocado
Finding Whole-grain options at the supermarket is incredibly easy thanks to the many delicious and guilt free options available. Try and stay clear of the crazy BBQ or Sour cream options and stick to something plain and reduced salt.
I’m a sucker for a good smoothie bowl and always create my own little bowls at home. Simply blend some frozen bananas with a dash of soy/ nut milk until a smooth and thick consistency is formed and there you have it, your own healthy nice-cream. Add your toppings and enjoy. I love topping my nice-cream with coconut yoghurt, hemp seeds and a bit (a lot) of peanut butter.
Vegetable Sticks with Home-made Hummus
Hummus is super easy to make and tastes absolutely incredible with some carrot sticks, crackers or pita. Heres how to make my homemade hummus;
Crispy Roasted Chickpeas/ Broad Beans
These are packed with fibre and protein which make them the perfect crunchy snack when you’re feeling a little peckish. Try make these at home by roasting any soaked beans or legumes with your favourite spices on high heat to give them that crunchy texture. If you prefer to buy them already made, they’re usually found in the health food isle at the supermarket or from bulk food stores.
Homemade Trail Mix
Having some pre-packed snacks on the go that you can quickly grab before your zoom meeting is a good way to get that extra bit of energy and nutrients you need to stay focused during the day. To make a good trail mix get a whole heap of your favourite nuts, seeds, dried fruits and some dark chocolate pieces for that extra bit of energy and antioxidants. Divide your mix evenly into little containers and store in your pantry ready for you to grab.
Peanut Butter Protein Balls
A high protein snack you can keep in your fridge when you’re getting a little stressed or bored and need something to satisfy any cravings. This recipe calls for 1 cup of oats, 1 cup of peanut butter, 2tbps honey or maple syrup, pinch of salt and two scoops of your preferred protein powder. Mix all ingredients together, roll into balls and store in the fridge in an airtight container.
Activating nuts is an ancient process which involves soaking almonds in water and salt and then drying them at a low temperature for 12-24 hours to improve digestibility and nutrient uptake. You can buy already activated nuts at health food stores, but these are fairly costly, why pay an extra arm or leg for some nuts when you can activate them yourself. To “activate” your almonds simply soak them over night or for 24 hours in water then dry it out again.
Whether its air popped, or old-fashioned popcorn made in a pot, you can never go wrong with some homemade popcorn. Popcorn is a wholegrain food naturally high in nutrients. It can be super healthy or unhealthy depending on how you prepare it. Going easy on the salt and adding some herbs and spices is a great way to season your popcorn and turn it into a delicious snack. Try some onion powder, garlic, rosemary or some nutritional yeast flakes for a cheesy vitamin rich flavour. For a sweet option pair up some cinnamon, brown sugar and a pinch of salt.
Enjoy these simple snack ideas without the guilt of eating them. Start creating healthy habits and balance during isolation without the restrictions.