When the afternoon rolls around and you feel yourself slipping into a slump, it’s all too tempting to grab a red velvet cupcake to go with your latte macchiato or hit the vending machine at work. But as yummy as these treats can be, there are more nutritious ways to keep your energy up throughout the day – and satisfy your taste buds too.
Here are 10 healthy homemade snacks that you can bring to the office or eat on the go.
Munch on these Life Changing Crackers from My New Roots. You can customize the flavour of this crispbread by adding gourmet ingredients like fresh herbs, dried fruit or superfoods.
No time for baking? Go for toasted pumpkin seeds instead. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of minerals such as magnesium, zinc, manganese and copper.
Steal this smart idea from The Kitchn and pack Veggies and Dip in a Jar together. Hummus and baba ganoush are an easy way to jazz up raw vegetables like baby carrots, celery sticks and cherry tomatoes.
Mediterranean Mini Frittatas from Foodie Crush make a tasty, portable and protein-rich bite that will keep your energy levels high.
Eggs are nutritional powerhouses, packed with all essential amino acids (the building blocks of our bodies), vitamins and disease-fighting nutrients like lutein. So if you don’t have a muffin tray around to cook up these mini frittatas, snacking on a hard-boiled egg is also a great idea.
A blend of your favourite raw unsalted nuts, seeds and dried fruits is the perfect snack for on-the-go. Try this Healthier Trail Mix from Greatist with almonds, dried cherries and raw cacao nibs, or create your own combination.
Store-bought trail mix, however, is not always the health food it claims to be, when it containing sulfur, added sugar and unhealthy oils. Check out which 9 ingredients you should avoid.
Craving a salty snack? Don’t buy a bag of crisps but nibble on these Smokey Roasted Chickpeas from My Whole Food Life instead. Due to their high fiber content, chickpeas will hold off hunger until dinner time – and give you a healthy dose of folate, protein and antioxidants too.
Turmeric, known for its medicinal qualities, gives this snack an extra healthy touch. The active ingredient in the spice, curcumin, can help reduce inflammation in your body and relieve pain.
Sometimes only chocolate will do… and these Dark Chocolate Energy Bites from Undressed Skeleton make a luscious treat.
In small amounts (!!), dark chocolate with over 72% cacao can boost your cardiovascular health. Need a quick pick me up? Have two small pieces of bitter chocolate or grab a raw cacao bar.
If you have time to bake, indulge yourself with these Lemon and Coconut Bars from Green Kitchen Stories.
The coconut oil used in this tasty recipe is touted for its antibacterial and anti fungal qualities, but honestly, that’s not my main reason for drooling over this treat!
Almond Date Truffles from Sprouted Kitchen make a cute snack for kids or when you’re in the car all day long.
These nuggets of sweetness will give you a little energy boost, as well as plenty of fibers, iron, potassium and antioxidants.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with these delicious Carrot and Oat Cranberry Cookies from Love and Lemons.
The wholesome ingredients such as almond flour, rolled oats, shredded carrots, walnuts and dried cranberries will give you a good excuse to nibble on these cookies when the afternoon rolls around.
Which healthy (homemade) snacks do you like to take with you when you’re on the go?
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