Guilty-not-guilty snacks

Sweet or savoury, have a look at the below and see if anything works for you!

COCOA-NUT DATE BALLS

Measurements are really to taste, but roughly chop 1kg dates (you can buy some ready chopped). If they are dry, add a little water to the mix to make them sticky. This gets messy!

Add a good few spoonfuls of desiccated coconut (or any chopped nuts you like, almonds are also good)

Add a couple of tablespoons of raw cacao powder. This tastes quite bitter on its own, but added to dates really brings out the choccy-sweetness.

GET YOUR HANDS IN THERE and roll into balls.If the mix is too dry or too wet it won’t stick together so add water sparingly.

The balls should be about golf-ball sized, pop onto a baking sheet and stick in the freezer and get out whenever you fancy a sweet treat! Dates are quite high in natural sugars so, despite these being a good, natural alternative to chocolate or sweets, try to limit intake to only a couple a day!

NB: Add protein powder if you want a yummy high-protein snack. Bear in mind this will dry the mix out a little. 

FRUIT SALAD SHOT

It’s pretty simple – get a load of fruit you like – vary the colours. Good ones for lower-fruit sugars are Guava (with only 5 grams of sugar in one piece of fruit), Papaya, Kiwi, Blueberries, Grapefruit and Pineapple, Cranberries, Raspberries and Strawberries. Get a big, air tight container and chop them all up and pop in. Kept in the fridge, this should last 3-4 days. Measure out a fist-sized amount for a mid morning or afternoon snack. Add some no-added-sugar greek yoghurt (or, my personal favourite, Quark) if you want something a little more filling. This can also be taken to work as a packed-snack, just make sure your pot is sealed tight…don’t want sticky purple juice all over your handbag…

VEG STICKS

Yes, not very fun on their own, but what you dunk them in can be!

Salsa – 4-5 peeled, chopped and de-seeded tomatoes, 1/2 a medium red onion, small garlic clove, squeeze of lime, a bunch of fresh coriander (chopped well) and salt and pepper to taste. Low fat, low sugar, full of flavour!

Houmous/ Hummus (I never know the correct spelling!) -Chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt, tahini and water blended to a creamy texture. A flavourful alternative to shop-bought and all natural!

Tzaziki – greek yoghurt, cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, dried mint and salt and pepper to taste! Simple, fresh, and very tasty.

NB: Make sure you portion out the dips you have, take to work, on the go, great for a yummy alternative snack when those processed nibbles are winking at you!

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