If you find yourself struggling to lay your hands on a snack that isn’t damaging to your physique, then this ‘snack attack’ will keep you on the straight and narrow. Remember, not all healthy snacks have to be ‘low in calories’ or ‘low in fat’, in fact, some of the best ways to maintain lean mass and burn fat is to get a ‘drip flow’ of healthy fats and carbs to keep the body in fat burning mode. First on the list are…
Peanut Butter Granola Bites
As seen on Sweet Treats & More, these little finger food snacks are ideal as a morning, mid- morning or mid- afternoon snack. The raw ingredients are naturally protein dense, which once you add your whey protein powder, were always going to deliver a perfect protein punch.
There are just 5 ingredients, peanut butter, granola, sugar (optional), vanilla and 1 egg and 1 scoop of whey protein powder. The ingredients are simply mixed in a bowl, shaped into balls and baked. You can then either drop a few balls into a bowl of milk and enjoy, or use as finger foods throughout the day.
Frozen Protein Yoghurt Covered Blueberries
This is a clever little snack that is ideal for a cooling treat during the summer months, the antioxidant density of blueberries make them great for minimising the effects of overtraining, and for topping up the energy levels on sapping hot days. Add the soluble and insoluble fibre present in blueberries and you have a useful weight loss tool that could physically increase the transit rate of fat through the bowel, resulting in greater fat excretion. A nice little trick is to stir approx. a 30g scoop of whey protein into the yoghurt, then smother the blueberries in this mixture for a delicious, protein enriched snack. You can use a cocktail stick to apply the yoghurt by simply skewering the blueberry and dipping away. Place them onto a tray on grease proof paper and place in freezer until frozen, then add these to a zip-lock bag and store in freezer. When the time comes, remove a few and place in cool bag for a snack! Job done… Novel and nutritious.
Honey- Roasted Cinnamon Chickpeas
A sweet snack with substance, these honey- roasted cinnamon chickpeas are perfect for a protein and fibre filled treat. Chickpeas aren’t generally considered a sweet food, however their consistency and unexpected versatility make them a great option. They are extremely simple to make too, you’ll need a tin of chick peas, ½ teaspoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon of honey, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg, and sea salt to taste. Drain and rinse chick peas and place on grease proof paper on baking tray, place in oven and bake for approximately 45 mins until crisp. While still hot toss in a bowl with honey and spices. You can consume them as they come, or place them back in oven for 10 mins to achieve a caramelised, crisp texture. You choose. A handful of these will suffice, any more than this and the calories will begin to rise beyond the ‘healthy’ range.
Sweet treats & more, (2014). Peanut Butter Granola Bites. Retrieved 5th May, 2015, from http://sweettreatsmore.com/2012/02/peanut-butter-granola-bites/