Friday, June 12, 2015

Healthy Swaps and Easy Snacks

healthy alternatives food
Having trouble finding healthy alternatives to high-calorie snacks? Here are some smart ideas from Libby Babet.

Have you made a new years resolution to eat clean this year, but already finding the lure of the vending machine too much? Eating healthy can be hard for those that are on the go or lead busy lifestyles, so here are some expert advice from Fitness guru Libby Babet to ensure you stick to your healthy eating resolutions.

• Can’t face heavy proteins for brekky just yet? Blend a handful of nuts, some almond or coconut milk,ice, berries and raw cacao and you have a delicious breakfast smoothie! Add oats or a banana for extra texture, or an egg for a protein boost!

• Craving chocolate? Mix one large cup of smashed/chopped nuts, a few big spoons of raw cacao, a handful of diced dates (or goji berries), a big spoon of honey or maple syrup and a dash of water in a big bowl, now mush together to make a mud-pie-like consistency. Roll the end product into small balls and sprinkle with desiccated coconut, then pop in the fridge and eat as your arvo snack, or press into a baking pan and cook at 200 degrees for about 10 minutes for a healthy brownie!

•Ditched the bread and cereal but feel like you need a carb fix now? In a bowl, use a fork to mix up two eggs, a few large spoons of LSA mix (or almond meal), a large spoon of either oat bran, wholemeal flour, or a gluten-free flour like quinoa/amaranth/buckwheat and a couple of big scoops of yoghurt. Now pour into a pan and cook like a pancake! This protein-packed ‘galette’ can be eaten warm, or tucked into your lunchbox for a friendly mid-morning snack.

Chopped veggies
•Sick of carrot sticks? Mix up your textures by chopping a big stack of veggies on Sunday afternoon and taking a combo of them with you each day. Carrots, celery, red/green capsicums, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and even crunchy fruits like apples will do the trick!

•Another yummy treat? Grate a mix of carrot, raw beetroot and a little hard cheese into a bowl and eat it up as is – delish!

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