Quick and Easy Snack Recipes for when you've got no time to cook

Why is that every time you think about eating healthier, maybe even losing a bit of weight, your stomach starts to rumble?

It's like a chain reaction...

I've just eaten. I'm not hungry. I'm actually quite full. I definitely don't want anything else to eat. 

I'd really like to lose a bit of weight...where's the chocolate. 

Does it happen to you?

Please tell me I'm not the only one.

The thing is, it's human nature, wired into our DNA to want the things that we shouldn't have. 

But, you know you can have cake and eat it with a few snacks. 

Snacks can be a really helpful part of a healthy diet. 

If you plan them in advance you're less likely to reach for the high sugar convenience snacks you find in most shops. And if you're stuck for ideas, here are a few, healthy, REALLY tasty snacks that take just moments to prepare...

Quick and Easy Snack Recipes - Frozen Blueberry Yogurt

Frozen blueberry yogurt...just blend all of the ingredients together and serve with your favourite toppings.

What you need...

  • 2 cups (28g) blueberries, frozen
  • 1/3 cup (80g) Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2tsp lemon juice

What you need to do...

Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix until smooth. Serve immediately with your favourite toppings. 

Quick and Easy Snack Recipes - Peanut Butter Protein Fluff

What you need...

  • 1 cup (250g) Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter or almond butter
  • 2 tsp. stevia
  • Favourite garnish (banana, granola, blueberries)

What you need to do...

Add the yogurt, nut butter and stevia into a small mixing bowl and whisk together using a hand mixer, until fluffy. 

Transfer the mix into a bowl and top with your favourite toppings to serve. 

Plenty of protein in this peanut butter fluff. It will keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Quick and Easy Snack Recipes - Fit Almond Energy Balls

Yummy almond balls are great for a healthy sweet fix and don't take long to prepare.

What you need...

  • 1 cup (120g) almond meal
  • 2tbsp. of honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. desiccated coconut or poppy seeds

What you need to do...

Place the almond flour into a bowl, add the honey and oil and mix well using your hand, pressing firmly. 

Form 6 balls. 

You can also add half a teaspoon of lemon juice to break the sweetness. 

Roll the energy balls in coconut or poppy seeds. 

Quick and Easy Snack Recipes - Strawberry Protein Chia Pudding

What you need...

  • 1/2 cup (100g) frozen strawberries
  • scant 1/2 cup (100ml) milk, dairy or coconut
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla whey
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup (50g) chia seeds

What you need to do...

Blitz the strawberries, milk, whey and maple syrup in a speed blender or food processor. 

Add the chia seeds and mix well. Leave to thicken in the fridge for 10mins, mixing 2-3 times, to ensure it thickens evenly. Serve straight away or store in a refrigerator. 

Strawberry chia pudding, takes minutes to make and can be made in advance.

If you leave the pudding in the fridge overnight, you might want to add some extra milk to it before serving as it will become thicker as the chia seeds absorb the liquid

Quick and Easy Snack Recipes - Coconut Banana Millet Custard

Coconut banana millet custard takes a little longer to make but the tropical taste is delicious.

Serving suggestions:

maple syrup, passion fruit, pomegranate seeds, mixed berries, jam

What you need

  • 1/3 cup (75g) raw millet
  • 1 cup (240ml) coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp. of lemon juice

What you need to do...

Before cooking the millet, rinse it thoroughly in hot water, then bring to the boil with 1/2 cup of coconut milk and 1/4 cup of water. Simmer for about 15 mins, until the liquids are completely absorbed. 

Place the soft groats in the blender or food processor, add the remaining coconut milk, honey, peeled banana and lemon juice. Mix for a perfectly smooth mouse (about 1-2 minutes of high speed mixing). 

To obtain a very smooth consistency, you might need to mix it for a longer period of time, so be patient.

Serve warm or cold. 

Quick and Easy Snack Recipes - When is snacking bad?

Whilst there is certainly nothing wrong with reaching for a snack, if you find you're getting really hungry just after eating you might want to have a closer look at the meals you're eating. 

You should be able to go for about 3-4 hours before getting hungry. 

If you can't, the first thing you should do is increase the amount of protein and/or fat you're having in your meal. More protein, more fat, less sugar, will all help you to feel fuller for longer and reduce your need for snacks. 

Quick and Easy Snack Recipes - What's your favourite?

So what's your favourite snack?

Whether it's savoury or sweet, just make sure they make you feel awesome. 

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