When it comes to snacks I go through phases.
I can eat apples for weeks and weeks without complaining, and then all of a sudden I’ve had it and I want something new. There are periods of carby snacks (cereal, crackers and hummus, oat things..), followed by periods of light fruit and veg snacks.
These last couple of weeks I did an extra effort to try new stuff to snack on.
Here are some of these new snacks, or old snacks I haven’t had in a long time 😉
1. Mock Pain au Chocolat
This . was . pure . heaven!!
Take some leftover slices of bread (I ‘saved’ two very small and almost dried out slices that were meant to be thrown away), chop up a piece of dark chocolate and put it on one loaf, smeared some peanut butter and the other, put them together and heat it in the microwave until the chocolate has melted.
2. Rediscovery of Greek Yoghurt
Kefir is great: it’s tart, it’s light, it combines great with other stuff … but after all those weeks with just kefir, Greek yoghurt tasted divine: so creamy and thick!
Greek yoghurt with blue berries, flax seeds and granola
3. No Bake Oatmeal Cookie
Based on all those breakfast cookies populating the internet
- half a banana, mashed
- about 5 t of oats
- add ins of choice: nuts, seeds, dried fruits, chocolate chips, any type of nut butter, jelly, granola, pretzels…
Mash the banana, add the oats, the cinnamon and the desired add ins. Mix everything together, form into a cookie on a plate. Place in the fridge overnight.
Do me a favour and drizzle it with some melted nut butter or honey/maple syrup!
One thing I’ve noticed is that you don’t always need a piece of pie, a cookie or a chocolate bar to treat yourself or satisfy your cravings.
A ‘healthy’ snack that takes your mood and what you’re craving into consideration and that is made with quality products and things you truly enjoy can sometimes feel more like a treat than any high sugar vending machine bar or pattiserie item.
Fruit doesn’t have to be boring, a fruit salad can be refreshing and energizing as long as you take into account which fruits you really like and come up with fun combinations.
Kefir with cinnamon and chocolate. Very desserty!
I found that one piece of high quality and very dark (i.e. 80%) chocolate is able to satisfy my chocolate craving better than a whole bar of milk chocolate.
Parfait with biscuits and soy pudding! Okay, this isn’t that healthy, but it’s still way better than, let’s say, a snickers.