It’s essential to think ahead when you’re on a diet. It can be so easy to reach for the crisps and chocolates if temptation strikes and you’re unprepared. #MealPrepping is the answer. As well as a popular hashtag on social media, it’s an approach used by busy healthy eaters and dieters where you batch cook your favourite recipes in advance. After a busy day at work and the gym, you can simply heat up you prepared dinner. It’s simply convenience foods done right.
It’s also a good idea to apply meal-prepping your snacks. Spend half an hour organising your nibbles for the week ahead. In the long run, it will definitely save you money and time. Plus, by keeping a box of healthy snacks in your bag or desk drawer, you’re more likely to hit your nutritional goals and you won’t be consuming foods that included excess fats, salt, and added sugars.
So what are the top snacks to meal prep?
Houmous & Crudities
With only a few ingredients, houmous is easy to make and includes lots of heart-loving healthy fats. The healthiest way to serve this Mediterranean dip is with lots of raw veggies on the side. Try carrots, celery, cucumber and sugar snap peas.
Eggs are high in protein and will keep you full in between meals. Pop a few in a pot to boil, peel and sprinkle with a little salt and some chilli flakes for a kick.
A grazing box is a great snack for sitting in front of the TV. Prepare some veggies, pickles, cooked ham, chicken, and a little cheese for a healthy smorgasbord of healthy foods. If you have a sweet tooth, create a colourful fruit platter.
Fruit & Yoghurt
This classic combo makes for a great snack. Mix together some low-fat yoghurt, your favourite, seasonal fruit and maybe even a small sprinkle of nuts, you’ll create a healthily sweet snack.
Wash and pat dry a handful of kale and place flat onto a baking sheet. Spray a little oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and a little smoked paprika. Roast low and slow in the oven until crisp. This crunchy snack packs a punch! See the recipe here.
Spicy Nut Mix
Once you try this, you’re sure to be hooked! Be careful though, nuts are full of healthy fats and a portion is 30g. Visually, this is a small, cupped handful.
Place some nuts in a bowl, you can use any combination you fancy, and drizzle with a small sprinkle of oil, coat with salt, pepper, rosemary and some cayenne pepper. Roast in the oven until golden brown. Once cool, pop into small pots. Swap the nuts for chickpeas for an even healthier snack.
A frittata can take a little effort but well worth it as it’s high in protein and you can pack them with veggies. Mix and match your fillings to change up the flavours, we recommend sweet potato and pumpkin. Try a large one and portion up for lunches or make smaller ones in muffin moulds for your snacks.
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