If your sweet tooth is getting in the way of your fitness goals, I’ve got a fix for you. Healthy snacks. You can serve them over the holidays, bring them to a potluck, or keep them for yourself when you’re feeling snacky.
You don’t have to feel like you’re cheating, because they’re made with healthy ingredients. Instead you can freely indulge. Some of the snacks also make great pre-workout and post-workout fuel so keep them in mind next time you get moving.
5 healthy snacks to keep your fitness goals on track
These healthy snacks are made with nutritious whole food ingredients and free from refined sugars. All of the recipes can easily accommodate gluten free and vegan styles of eating with a few simple modifications.
1. No-bake oatmeal protein energy balls
Protein balls are one my favourite snacks to grab on the go. They’re awesome because you can make a big batch and store them in the fridge or freezer, or share them with guests. They help to satisfy sweet cravings, or keep me tied over between meals. This oatmeal protein energy ball recipe can be made nut-free using sunflower seed butter instead, or vegan with plant based protein and maple syrup instead of honey.
2. Seedy breakfast bars – paleo and vegan-friendly
If you look at the ingredients on a box of granola bars, you know they’re usually junk. They usually have way too much sugar and sometimes in the form of high fructose corn syrup. This bar recipe from Wallflower Kitchen is a way healthier alternative to packaged granola bars, plus they’re really tasty. They’re loaded with nuts and seeds like hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds that pack in 10 grams of protein per bar. Lightly sweetened using either maple syrup or dates (your choice!) these bars are healthy enough to grab for breakfast.
3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
This smoothie is amazing for so many reasons, but here are 3:
- You only use whole food ingredients to make it.
- It’s chocolate.
- And… did I mention it’s chocolate?
Seriously though, this smoothie will crush a chocolate craving no problem. It’s like drinking an indulgent milkshake, but without refined sugar or dairy. As a bonus, this smoothie recipe will fuel your body with healthy protein, fats and carbohydrates. Awesome right?!
4. Quinoa brittle
Move over peanut brittle there’s a new snack in town and we’re obsessed. This quinoa brittle recipe is beyond creative, incredibly delicious and way healthier than normal peanut brittle.
With less then 10 ingredients, it’s simple to make and totally refined sugar free. Instead this brittle is naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup and a little bit of coconut sugar. It’s vegan-friendly and can be easily be made gluten free (with GF oats). This recipe is also perfect for gifting to your friends or family over the holidays or as a hostess gift.
5. Strawberry banana ice cream
This strawberry banana ice cream recipe couldn’t be easier. With just two ingredients, it masters the creaminess you want in a cone without any dairy or sugar added. All you need is strawberries and banana to make this homemade ice cream. Enjoy it as a mid-day snack or have it for dessert. You have zero reasons to feel guilt after indulging in this recipe.
Healthy snacks that keep it simple
If you’re looking to keep things even easier than the recipes above, you could try some of these ideas instead.
- Nut butter on whole grain rice cakes (macadamia nut butter is awesome)
- Trail mix (make your own or choose a high quality one without processed oils and extra salt)
- Fresh or frozen fruit with cacao nibs (or chocolate chips) and shredded coconut sprinkled on top
- Dried or fresh fruit
- Apple slices dipped in nut butter
- Stove-top popcorn with coconut oil (get organic popcorn kernels)
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If you go too long between meals without eating, you’ll just end up starving and binge eating junk. Healthy snacks help to give you just enough fuel until your next meal. They also prevent you from getting hangry – which is definitely safest for everyone around you. Breathe, your snack is coming.
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Don’t forget to tell us in the comments below if you try any of the amazing recipes above!