Healthy Snacks Recipes

Snacking is one of the worst ways we shovel junk into our bodies. If you can make some healthy snacks for yourself, you will cut out all the fattening, salty foods like crisps and biscuits that do so much damage to your health. Here are a few ideas to get you started!



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RECIPES: TRAIL CRUNCH MUNCHIES

From the Kitchen of The Good Food Angel

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Use this for healthy snacks instead of biscuits.

INGREDIENTS

toasted oat cereal

rolled oats

dessicated coconut

chopped almonds

wheatgerm

flax seed

sunflower seeds

sultanas

honey

maple syrup

a little sunflower oil to bind

ground cinnamon

pure vanilla extract

METHOD

Preheat oven to 160 C. In a large mixing bowl, stir together cereal, oats, coconut, almonds, wheat germ, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds and sultanas. In another bowl, blend the wet ingredients. Then add these to the dry ingredients, stirring well. If your mix is too dry, add a little more honey or oil. Spread evenly over a greased baking sheet about a quarter of a an inch thick and bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool and break into pieces. Store into an airtight container.

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RECIPE: SUMMER BERRY SPREAD

From the Kitchen of The Good Food Angel

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Keep this in the fridge to make healthy snacks with,

INGREDIENTS

Cream cheese

Blueberries/strawberries/raspberries

Honey

METHOD

Mix well, or whizz in a blender. Voila! Use this delicious spread on toast, bagels or crackers.

TIP: When fresh berries are out of season, use frozen ones available in supermarkets. They are almost as good and you can put them in the food processor straight from the freezer.

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RECIPE: FRUITY SPREAD

From the Kitchen of The Good Food Angel

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INGREDIENTS

Chopped mixed dried fruits (apricots, dates, peaches, mango etc.)

Lemon and orange zest

Cinnamon

Fresh orange juice

METHOD

Put all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for about 30 minutes until the mixture has reduced to a paste. If it gets too sticky, stir in some more juice. Mash well with a fork. Spread on oat or rice cakes for a healthy dessert or snack.

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RECIPE: PEANUT BUTTER EXTRA

From the Kitchen of The Good Food Angel

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If you despair at your child’s propensity for eating nothing but peanut butter, try this. It actually turns peanut butter into one of your healthy snacks, provided you use good quality 100% peanut butter with no added oils.

INGREDIENTS

peanut butter (or almond butter)

raisins or sultanas

grated carrot

sunflower seeds

flax seeds

linseed

a sprinkling of wheatgerm

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients and spread over bread or oatcakes.

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RECIPE: APPLE BAGEL

From the Kitchen of The Good Food Angel

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INGREDIENTS

Cinnamon and raisin bagel

A little butter for spreading

Sliced apple

Maple syrup

METHOD

Slice bagel in half. Toast and butter. Arrange apple slices on grill tray and cook until soft. Put inside bagel and drizzle with maple syrup.

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RECIPE: A DATE WITH HALVA

From the Kitchen of The Good Food Angel!

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This must be the easiest dessert in the world and is one of my favourite healthy snacks. You can give it to your children guilt-free! If you are not yet familiar with this middle eastern combination, you will be amazed that something so delicious can be so nutritious. Halva is fantastic if you have a child with a sweet tooth and you are trying not to give them sugar.

It is made from pulped sesame seeds and honey, and nothing else! The sesame seeds are rich in calcium, which makes it deliciously creamy, and the honey makes it sweet. Like rich chocolate, a square or two is enough to round off a meal. Halva can be bought in health food shops. Both halva and dates keep well, so do like the Sahara nomads crossing the desert on their camels---stock up on supplies before heading off into the long school term!

INGREDIENTS

Halva

Dates

METHOD

Cut the halva into cubes and stone the dates for a young child. Voila!

VARIATION: Older children may enjoy the novelty of a small glass/flask of green mint tea with this dessert. (Use green tea and add a sprig of mint.)

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RECIPE: HOME-ROASTED NUTS

From the Kitchen of The Good Food Angel

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Ready-bought packets of nuts have far too much salt and often not very good quality oil. Try this delicious substitute and your child will easily forget packets of peanuts. Almonds are a great source of calcium, and the skins provide fibre. If you need to wean children off unhealthy TV snacks, this is a good thing to begin with.

*Not suitable for young children who can choke on nuts.

INGREDIENTS

whole almonds (with skins)

extra virgin olive oil

sea salt (optional)

METHOD

Spread the almonds over a wide, dry cast iron frying pan and toast over a medium heat, turning them until they are nicely browned. Pour into a bowl and allow to cool. Coat lightly in olive oil and sprinkle sparingly with sea-salt. (Delicious also without salt.) Store in an airtight container. If you have the oven on, pour the nuts over a baking tray and bake them instead.

VARIATION: Almonds are my favourite roasted nut, but this recipe also works beautifully with raw peanuts, raw cashews, and any other nuts and seeds. Instead of olive oil, you can also use canola oil, sesame, walnut, or avodado oil.

***TIP: Do up a large batch on a baking tray in the oven and fill airtight containers to keep them fresh. Then you always have a handful ready for the lunchbox or for after-school healthy snacks.



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